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Job Seeker's Guide

Career Exploration -- What do you want to do and where do you want to do it?

Career Transitions database

Career Transitions is a database available from the Boston Public Library. If you don't have a Boston Public Library card, any Massachusetts resident can get an eCard online for immediate use.

Whether you are are actively looking for a job or considering the pursuit of a new line of work, Career Transitions can help you:

  1. explore new career possibilities
  2. assess your interests and experience
  3. identify ways to improve your prospects, including networking and educational opportunities
  4. prepare for a job search
  5. search and apply for jobs

You can easily discover and target fast-growing careers and industries in Massachusetts or in locations across the United States. Career Transitions also features quick assessments to help you identify new opportunities based on your current skills, occupational knowledge, and interests.

You will have the opportunity to create a personal profile and use a Career Toolkit to build and save resumes, cover letters, and references. You may return to your profile later to track and update their progress in job searching, career exploration, and education planning.

Multi-Purpose Sites for Job Hunters

Many of the tabs above include websites and databases that are dedicated to or especially good in a particular area of job hunting. The list below includes particularly noteable websites that cover a multitude of job hunting topics. They are worth exploring.

Rules to a Successful Job Search

Steps to a Successful Job Search

Step #1 - Do Your Homework!  Find where to find jobs!

Step #2 - Write the perfect Resume and Cover Letter and/or Apply Online

Step #3 - After getting the interview, research the company

Step #4 -Get ready for the interview.  Practice questions and examples can make the difference between "Wow" and "Oh Well."

Step #5 - You might not have gotten the job.  It happens, use it as an opportunity to network or learn a new job skill so you can deliver next time.

NFL Applying for a Job Guide

For Job Hunters

Job hunting is a frustrating and stressful occupation.  Few jobs are tougher than the job of finding a job. 

The Newton Free Library is here to help. Whether you are a novice job seeker or an experienced professional, this guide can help.

Employment and Training Resources Career Centers

Employment and Training Resources Career Centers (ETRCC) have two offices located in Framingham and Norwood.

The satellite office, located at City Hall in Newton, is open Thursdays by appointment.  Residents wanting to access these services should contact Donna Lamontagne at 508-766-5733 for an appointment.

ETR will continue offering classes at the Newton Free library.