Virtual Career Resources @ FPL
Start a successful job search at FPL online! Use the links below to help you write a winning resume, search job postings, explore careers, prepare for an interview, and learn new skills. If you need personalized assistance, stop by the Main Library to speak to one of our Librarians about one-on-one job counseling and many other services the Library offers job seekers.
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Visit the Main Library’s Job and Career Resource Center to find hundreds of new books on resumes, cover letters, top careers, interviewing, and more. Search our catalog.
Work on a resume or view online job postings in our 18-seat computer lab with free, high-speed internet access and Microsoft Office 2010 software. Printing is available for $0.10/page.
Take advantage of the many services FPL offers job seekers:
- Attend our weekly Jobs series, Jan-June and Sept-Dec, offering career advice from HR pros.
- Listen to audio podcast recordings of over 80 recent Jobs presentations.
- Meet 1-on-1 for 20 minutes with a career counselor: Wednesdays from 12-2 pm with Elizabeth Kaufman or Thursdays from 10:45-2 pm with Ann Wright. Main Library, Study Room D. Drop in, first come, first served, sign in at Reference Desk or call 203-256-3160 the day of.
- NEW! Coaching For Interview Success! with Elizabeth Kaufman, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, on the last two Wednesdays of every month. It’s time to take control of your job interview, and feel empowered and confident with the coaching assistance of Career Counselor Elizabeth Kaufman. Get more details on the job groups page.
- Join in on a Job Search Boot Camp every Thursday with Ann Wright, 9:15-10:30 am. Memorial Room. Network with other job seekers and jump-start your job search!
- Ask one of our Librarians how to research companies, people and organizations as you prepare for interviews. Call 203-256-3160 or stop by the Reference Desk.
- Join the Fairfield Public Library Networking Group on LinkedIn.
- Meet with SCORE mentors for free, confidential guidance on starting or growing your own business. SCORE has appointments at the Library every other Monday at 9:15 and 10:30 am.
Stop by the Rotary Job and Career Collection at the Main Library to check out dozens of new books on writing your resume and cover letter. Search our online catalog for titles using keyword “resume.” A career counselor is available at the Main Library on Wednesdays and Thursdays to critique your resume in a 1-on-1 session. Call 203-256-3160 for more information.
Click the links below for resume writing guidelines and examples of resumes by industry and job type. JobNow and Tutor.com offer live online chat and resume critique services.
About.com – Resume and cover letter samples
Career One Stop – Resume, cover letter and job search advice
Job Now – Upload your resume to be critiqued, contact a job coach for real-time mock interview via online chat, and access resume and career resources online 24/7. A Fairfield Public Library card is required to access this service.
Quintessential Careers – sample resumes and a wealth of job search information
Tutor.com – Access career resources and a live tutor online to answer questions and offer critique about resumes, interviewing, and more. A Fairfield Public Library card is required to access from home.
Online job sites are an excellent way to discover new job postings. Consider setting up email alerts through your favorite job boards to receive emails when new jobs that fit your interests are posted.
Don’t forget to network with your family, friends and former co-workers. Networking is one of the most effective ways to tap into the “hidden job market” and discover jobs that never get posted online! The CT Department of Labor maintains a list of Career Transition Networking Groups in towns throughout CT.
Local Job Search Sites:
CT Job Search Sites:
Connecticut’s Job Bank – jobs and recruitments at local CT DOL offices
CtJobs.com – comprehensive listings from across the state, as featured in local classified ad
Connecticut Career Fairs – listing of career fairs throughout CT, maintained by CT DOL
State of CT – jobs working for the State of Connecticut
Federal Job Search Sites:
USA Jobs – the Federal Government’s official job board
Federal Jobs Digest – (free 7 day trial online) or in print at the Main Library
Avoiding Online Job Scams – important security measures to be aware of when applying for jobs online
Niche/Industry Job Websites:
AHA Career Center – American Hospital Association healthcare career advice and job postings
Accounting Jobs Today – career resources for accountants and financial professionals
Dice – job postings in the technology (IT) industry
e Financial Careers – jobs in banking, accounting, and securities industries
Freelance Switch – a forum for freelancers. Find freelance work, get advice from the blog.
Inside Higher Ed – jobs and career advice for higher education professionals
M.E.P. – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Trade employment site
Military Careers – information on jobs in the military
Senior Job Bank – committed to connecting employers to the over-50 workforce
Wall Street Journal – careers section offers job search advice and postings for professionals
6 Figure Jobs – Senior-level executives can post resumes and review postings for positions paying over $100,000
Nationwide Job Search Sites:
Career Builder – online job board and classified ads for 140 local & national newspapers
Craigslist – job postings throughout CT and nationwide
Indeed – the #1 job site worldwide
Job Applications Online – overview of the online application systems for popular employers.
Simply Hired – US and international jobs from job boards, employer sites and the web
US Jobs – leading employers and National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).
After College – connects college students and entry-level job seekers with employers through faculty and career networks at colleges and universities.
Collegegrad.com –an entry- level job site for college grads
College Recruiter – thousands of internships and entry-level jobsI
Internhere -internship opportunities with employers in CT and MA.
JobWeb -offers career and job-search advice for new college graduates.
Summer Jobs –entry level summer jobs for students across the country
Wet Feet – helps new grads transition from internship to employment: interview, salary and job search tips.
Go online to explore careers, salaries, educational requirements, and the employment outlook for industries and careers. The Main Library also has several directories and career books that offer this information. Ask a Librarian!
Career Leak – get career advice, job descriptions, salary and employer information
Career One Stop – explore careers, investigate salary and benefit information, research education and training opportunities, plan a job search and browse job sites, write and improve resumes and cover letters, prepare for a job interview, and search for jobs.
CT Job and Career Connection – find an occupation, education, training, and job search resources.
CT Works – employments offices of the CT Department of Labor
My Skills My Future – new grads: find careers that match your skills and experience
My Next Move – Just starting out? Explore careers and find a match for your interests and training.
Occupational Outlook Handbook – job profiles including typical work, pay, education required
O*Net Online – career exploration and detailed job descriptions including green jobs and jobs with bright outlooks for future hiring
STEM Careers – career planning in science, technology, engineering, math, computers, and healthcare
The Library offers computer training classes, job search seminars, and free online access to career training courses through our website. Additionally, many local and state agencies and colleges offer adult education ranging from training courses to certificate programs to associate, bachelor and master’s degree programs.
Jobs Podcasts – The Main Library offers weekly job search seminars led by career coaches, HR professionals and recruiters, covering resumes, interviewing, using social media in a job search, networking and more. Over 100 previous Jobs presentations have been recorded as podcasts, offering a wealth of job search information, accessible 24/7.
JobRadio – Job Radio is an internet radio station that airs career advice and interviews with the industry’s best, including career coaches, company executives, and headhunters.
Technology Topics – The Main Library hosts hands-on, instructor-guided classes in Microsoft Office, social media, using eReaders, and other tech topics. Fairfield residents are given priority.
Learning Express- this online database offers career test preparation and practice exams for EMS, Firefighter, Real Estate agent, GED, Nurse Aide, Citizenship, ESL, and other civil service jobs. FPL Library card is required.
Universal Class – hundreds of free, online class that earn continuing education units (CEU’s).
Tutor.com – career guidance and resume review.
CT Works –regional offices offering employment workshops, re-education programs and more.
CT Department of Labor – file for unemployment, learn about apprenticeships and more
Fairfield Continuing Education – offering continuing education classes for adults in Fairfield
Literacy Volunteers- provide literacy training, ESOL, and workplace readiness skills. Bridgeport area, 203-368-5526
Goodwill Career Center, 165 Ocean Terrace, Bridgeport, CT 1-800-423-9787
Goodwill Career Center, 1700 Post Road East, Westport, CT 203-256-3943
United Way 2-1-1 Infoline – free information, referral and crisis counseling in Connecticut. See: “Where to Turn When You Become Unemployed”
Norwalk Community College – 188 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854. (203) 857-7000
Housatonic Community College – 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT 06604. (203) 332-5000
Sacred Heart University- 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT (203)-371-7999
Fairfield University – 273 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT (203)-254-4000
Typing Web – online typing tutorial – create a user name and password and select “free version”
Mousing Around – learn mouse and keyboard skills with this free online tutorial
Microsoft Office – free, self-paced online tutorials for Microsoft Office software, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and more.
MIT Open Courses – an online classroom with access to hundreds of free, non-credit courses made available to the public by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Goodwill Community Foundation – free online learning community. Practice sessions such as job applications, tutorials on job searching, and becoming work ready
The Main Library has print directories that list local, regional and national companies by geography, type of business, size and more; inquire at the Information Desk.
- Connecticut Business Directory
- Book of Business Lists: New Haven, Fairfield and Westchester County
- The Business Council of Fairfield County
- Dun’s Regional Business Directory
- Fairfield County Business Journal
- Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory
- Harris Connecticut Manufacturer’s Directory
Additionally, the databases listed below offer 24/7 online access to company information:
Reference USA – a directory of over 12,000,000 businesses in the U.S. that can be sorted by geography, size, and type of business. A Fairfield Public Library card is required to access from home or office.
Business and Company Resource Center – provides company profiles, rankings, statistics and recent news articles. A library card is required for remote access.
Riley Guide – articles on researching employers, with general job search and salary information
Glass Door – employees rate and comment on their employers, with salary and interview questions