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Free Career Support and Advice Online
Whether you use a library database with your library card or check out some of our recommended sites from around the web, these resources can help you learn new skills, find out information about companies you're applying to, or read up on helpful career advice.
Podcasts are great to listen to while walking, on a break, during your commute, or just relaxing at home. Some great podcasts to check out: CareerCloud Radio, Career Talk: Learn, Grow, Thrive, Early Career Moves, No Stupid Answers, Life Kit: The Right Mentor Can Change Your Career, Brown Ambition, Career Revisionist with Dr. Grace Lee, and Blood, Sweat, & Careers. There are tons more great podcasts out there for career advice.
Free Library Resources
Many of these resources can be accessed from home using your Brooklyn Public Library card and your 4 digit PIN. You can click the links below or visit https://www.bklynlibrary.org/learning-resources to see the full list.
Brainfuse JobNow features live online coaches who assist in resume/cover letter preparation, job interview prep, and career coaching. Live job assistance from Brainfuse's experts are available from 2:00 PM until library closing. This resource is accessible via username and password at the Learning Centers and at the Business & Career Center.
Interactive career guidance resource in English and in Spanish. Users can find help with occupational assessment, career exploration, educational planning, and portfolio development.
Gale eBooks hosts a number of titles that can help you prepare for a job interview and gain social media skills. Using the search box at the top of the virtual library, you can type in any keyword for job search and be given a list of titles that will assist you.
This is a database that contains video tutorials that often have downloadable exercise files that you can work on along with the course. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions.
Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s like to work within an industry, company, or profession. Find current job openings, rankings, ratings, and reviews on employers and internship programs, research about companies, schools, internships, and industries, and advice on resumes, interviews, networking, and more.
All of these websites can be accessed through an internet connected computer or mobile device and are free to use.
Ask a Manager
Answers questions related to job search, salary, and management situations in the workplace.
GCF LearnFree: Work
Free lessons that can help you plan your career, apply for jobs, balance work life, and get the training you need to succeed.
See reviews from current and former employees detailing what it is like to work at that business, as well as search for open positions.
A website that offers career advice and allows you to explore companies and find job listings.
O*Net: Occupation Net Online
Explore occupations and the important skills and abilities needed to perform well in a variety of professions. Special symbols will indicate careers with strong growth and "green" jobs.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations. You can search it online using the link above, and you can also find this book in print behind the reference desk in the Business and Career Center at the Central Library.
We're here to help! Do you have a question? Call 718.YOUR.BPL. You can also connect with a librarian via chat, email, or through our Book-A-Librarian service.