Welcome Northborough Job Seekers!

Many people have experienced unfortunate losses or reductions in work because of the pandemic. If you're looking for a job, a change in career, or to start your own business, we're here to assist you in any way that we can. Below are descriptions of the services that we provide.
 
LinkedIn and Facebook Networking Groups
We encourage you to join our LinkedIn Group and FB Group.

In these networking groups, you can connect with other job-seekers in the area to share job leads, advice, professional contacts, and support. You can also stay up-to-date on upcoming networking events hosted by us.
 
Zoom Networking Sessions
Click here to see the schedule and register for our Northborough Job Seekers Zoom Networking Session. Access to Zoom via smartphone, tablet, or computer is required, but it's free and easy to use.

The Northborough Job Seekers Zoom Networking Group meets bi-weekly and hosts guest speakers who present on a variety of topics important to finding work (e.g., networking, interviews, LinkedIn, etc.). After presentations, attendees are free to connect with each other to exchange contact information, job leads, and social support. Sessions are also a great opportunity to practice interview questions.
 
Application Proofreading Services
Email the reference department at adults@northboroughlibrary.org if you’d like to have us proofread your resume, cover letter, or any other application materials. We'll only proofread for spelling and grammar, and won't comment on content. Attach the documents that you'd like us to proofread to your email. Your documents will remain confidential, but we cannot be held responsible if our internet servers become compromised. One of our reference librarians will proofread your documents and provide feedback within three business days of receiving your documents.
 
Application Printing Services
Printing fees are waived for any documents related to finding work. You can send documents to be printed at adults@northboroughlibrary.org and we'll print them here. You can rerve a time to retrieve your documents from the library here, under Curbside Pickup. Your documents will remain confidential, but we cannot be held responsible if our internet servers become compromised.


Online Job-Seeking Tools
Here is a list of online job search services that the library provides.

Peterson's Career Prep provides guidance and essential activities for job seekers and those investigating new career options, including students, soon to be graduates, and adults new to navigating the modern job market.
   
Learning Express is the ultimate one-stop shop for test preparation and skill building featuring hundreds of online tut
orials, practice tests, and eBooks. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, TOEIC® test prep, and more.

Learning Express Library with Job & Career Accelerator is available through the Boston Public Library. In addition to the resources noted in Northborough Library's Learning Express database, the Job & Career Accelerator offers Cover Letter and Resume builders, preparing for job interviews, find a career match, discover schools and scholarships, and more. To use this database, you will need a Boston Public Library ecard, which is available to all Massachusetts residents . Apply for the BPL ecard here.

Vocations and Careers Collections provides access to journals and magazines that aid users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career. The database offers current and applicable content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.


Small Business and Entrepreneurial Resources
These databases are also provided by the library and are designed for small business owners and entrepreneurs.


Business Insights: Global provides authoritative, in-depth company and industry profiles, including SWOT reports, market share reports, and financial reports. Searchable by location, size and industry description.

Small Business Resource Center covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Startups, established businesses, and business students alike can find answers from its mobile responsive experience.

Small Business Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines perfect for both business school students and entrepreneurs. The database offers content that includes insights, tips, strategies and success stories.


Business Collection provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing and strategy; as well as business theory and discipline. Users will understand the activities of industries and companies worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, domestic, and regional news publications.

Business Economics & Theory Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics and related fields. The database has an emphasis on titles indexed in the American Economic Association's EconLit bibliography.

Additional Resources
Beyond the resources offered by our library, there are many other tools available online. By posting links to the following resources, we do not endorse them, but only provide them to help give you ideas in your job search.

State Resources

MassHire creates and sustains powerful connections between businesses and jobseekers through a statewide network of employment professionals.
MA Unemployment Insurance


Job Search Engines
These tools allow you to search for jobs online.

Indeed
CareerBuilder
Simply Hired


Samples, Guides, and Advice
These provide examples and tips for writing applications.

Resumes
Indeed provides an extensive array of examples by job type.
Resume Genius also has many examples for different fields.

Cover Letters
The Muse provides a how-to guide on effective cover letter writing by analyzing sample letters.
Indeed has many examples of cover letters for different jobs.

Interviews
Indeed also lists 125 common interview questions with sample answers and tips.
The Balance Careers covers 10 interview questions and examples of good answers.

Advice
Job-Hunt.org is a popular job search advice site dedicated to providing the best and most up-to-date advice from genuine job serarch and career expers to help job seekers be successful in their job search.


Job Club RI is a community based support group that meets in RI. The group holds six week sessions providing job search assistance, networking, and emotional support for individuals seeking meaningful employment. Job Club RI focuses mainly on professional skilled and semi-skilled income workers. (Please note that at this current time with the COVID pandemic, Job Club RI is not meeting.) For inquiries regarding job search assistance, contact Program Director Steve Colella at S.Colella@JobClubRI.org

Many other useful tools can be found through internet searches. For example, to find curated lists of job search engines, try searching for “best job search engines” or “top search engines.” To narrow it by field, try something like “best culinary job search engines.”
 
There are also many useful articles and videos on effective interviewing. You can find many text and video samples of common and difficult interview questions and answers through internet searches. Try searching for “sample interview questions and answers.”
 
The same applies for resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes. Try searching for “resume samples.”
 
You can also try searching for podcasts about career advice.
 
There are a great number of resources available on the internet, which can be overwhelming. If you would like further guidance, please do not hesitate to contact our reference librarians for assistance in finding tools that work for you.
 
Contact us if you’d like assistance with using any of the resources listed on this page or if you have any other questions.
Phone: 508.393.5025 x.5
Email:
adults@northboroughlibrary.org