Job Search & Careers

Contact: Adult Service Desk 203-438-2282 x12004 or email Reference Desk

Job search and career resources are located in the Business collection near the Adult Services Desk on the upper level in the Ridgefield Library. We focus on acquiring an up-to-date collection of the best resources on job search, resumes, cover letters, and interviewing, as well as resources on careers, career change, and entrepreneurship. In addition, the Business collection covers all work-related topics such as LinkedIn and social media, productivity and time management, presentations, public speaking, management and leadership, marketing, accounting, human resources, performance reviews, and much more.

We’re Here to Help

Librarians are available in person, by phone, or via email to assist with library resources. Have a question? Just ask.

Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Items identified by the researchIT CT logo are provided courtesy of the Connecticut State Library. Have your library card handy for log-in.

Lynda.com

Lynda is an online video learning resource offering more than 3,400 video courses covering a wide range of commercial software, Microsoft Office, Apple software, business and career skills, resumes, interviewing, public speaking, workplace issues, social media and publishing tools, computer programming and web development, creative and technical skills, art, graphic design, web design, 3D animation, app development, photography, video and music editing, and much more.

Lynda for Libraries allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage chunks, and to return to the lessons at your convenience.

Log onto Lynda using your Ridgefield Library barcode and the password used to log into your Ridgefield Library catalog account (usually the last four digits of your phone number, unless you have changed it). You will be asked to create a Lynda Library account, which will allow you to track your progress through your tutorials. Lynda is accessible from both computers and mobile devices.

Job Now

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Help with resume writing, interviewing, and job search. Career assessments included. Live online coaching and feedback.

Try Job Now for resume templates, resources, and live expert advice. Submit your resume to receive constructive comments from a resume expert. Have your library card handy for log-in, then create a username/password to access and view resume comments, usually within 24 hours. There is no need to include your name, address, e-mail, or any other identifying information.

Reference USA

Custom search over 50 million U.S. businesses. Create a targeted list of companies; search by name, geographic location, industry, size, and more. Perfect for market research and job seekers. Explore jobs and internships and get job search help in the U.S. Jobs/Internships database. Includes U.S. Standard White Pages and U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles databases.

iCONN News Stand

Hartford Courant

Wall Street Journal

Academic Search Premier

MasterFile Premier


Have you seen these Connecticut Department of Labor resources geared for Connecticut residents?

Websites

Most company websites have a careers section where you can search and apply for jobs. Professional and trade associations such as American Society of Administrative Professionals and the American Management Association have related job listings.

Careers

Job Resources – Connecticut

Job Resources – Nationwide

Most company websites have a careers section where you can search and apply for jobs. Many professional and trade associations (such as American Society of Administrative Professionals or American Nurses Association) have related job listings.

Resumes – Need a Resume Template?

Try Job Now for resume templates, resources, and live expert advice. Submit your resume to receive constructive comments from a resume expert. Have your library card handy for log-in, then create a username/password to access and view resume comments, usually within 24 hours. There is no need to include your name, address, e-mail, or any other identifying information.

Microsoft Word has a wide variety of resume templates that make it easy to create professional looking resumes. In Word 2016, type “resumes” in the search box for “Search for online templates” (which is found before you select a new “blank document”). There are approximately 60 resume templates, which include chronological and functional resumes, entry-level resumes, and professional resumes for sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, and more. Many of the resume templates use designs that may be printed in color.