Job Search Resources

The Oakland Public Library offers an array of resources to help you navigate through these challenging economic times. From job listings to learning how to craft an effective resume, you're sure to find everything you need.

Below, find online resources to help you with your job search.

Resources for Job Seekers

Gale Power Search

Gale Power Search contains all of the Gale periodical archives and reference resources including Gale Directory Libraryfor anyone seeking business information through business directories and association directories; and Gale Virtual Reference Library for anyone seeking general reference information including business plans, health information, science, history, and many other topics. You will need your OPL card number and PIN to access the database.

Learning Express Library

The Learning Express Library contains over 300 online practice tests, including the SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Postal Worker, and many others. It also includes US Citizenship Examp Preparation and English language and math practice exams for Spanish speakings. Find invaluable career resources for job search skills, resume building, and career certification. You will need your OPL card number and PIN to access the database from home.

Job & Career Accelerator

The new Job & Career Accelerator section of the Learning Express Library provides information on jobs that suit your interests and experience, lets you check current job listings from over 5 million job postings, creates resumes and cover letters, and assists with interviewing skills. You will need to create a username and password to store your personal job search tools in complete confidentiality. To access, click on the Job & Career Accelerator link on the Learning Express Library homepage.

Vocations, Careers, and Technical Education Collection

A customized selection of academic journals, general magazines, books and newspapers on employment ranging from 1980 to current, available through the Oakland Public Library's databases. You will be required to enter your Name, Library Card number, and PIN to access the collection.

Oakland and California Job Resources

City of Oakland Job Listings

The City of Oakland Human Resources Department job listings for all departments providing title, salary, open/closing dates, required documents and, for many jobs, ability to apply online.

EASTBAY Works

Joint venture of public entities, non-profit agencies, and private organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties helping businesses and job seekers meet their employment needs.

California State Job Assistance

State of California website: file for unemployment; job seeking assistance.

California State One-Stop Source

California State Personnel Board listing jobs in California, One Stop Career Centers, Federal government jobs, Community College jobs, local governments, and state government websites.

JobStar: California Job Search Guide

JobStar now offers job search information and community resources for the following counties in the San Francisco Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma. It also contains information for resources in the Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego regions.

Craigslist for Bay Area Jobs

San Francisco Bay Area job listings and resume postings for job seekers. Job listings by occupation and job sector. Also at this site are jobs listings and resume positings for all states and almost 60 countries.

Job Mega Sites

LinkUp

LinkUp is a unique job search engine that only lists jobs taken directly from company websites. Almost any company, big or small, that has a career section on their website can be found on LinkUp. Currently, there are over 21,776 companies in this database.

Career Builder

Search hundreds of thousands of job postings by occupation, location, or keywork; post your resume online, and take advantage of expert advice and job seeking hints.

US Department of Labor One-Stop Center

Sponsored by the US Department of Labor, this site provides one-stop shopping for the serious job seeker. Post your resume, search job listings, learn how to write a great resume and negotiate the salary you deserve. Explore occupational and salary trends, and research the training and education you need to get ahead.

Monster.com

One of the best job searching tools available online, Monster.com provides online resume posting, Job Search Agent notification, company profiles, resume and interviewing tips, as well as over 800,000 job postings. Registered users can also create and store several versions of their resumes and cover letters, apply for jobs online, and receive personalized employment news.

Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks is the national online job site focused exclusively on the non-profit community. For non-profit professionals, Opportunity Knocks is the premier destination to find non-profit jobs and access valuable resources for developing successful careers in the non-profit community.

Resume Building

Job & Career Accelerator

The new Job & Career Accelerator section of the Learning Express Library provides information on jobs that suit your interests and experience, lets you check current job listings from over 5 million job postings, creates resumes and cover letters, and assists with interviewing skills. You will need to create a username and password to store your personal job search tools in complete confidentiality. To access, click on the Job & Career Accelerator link on the Learning Express Library homepage.

US Department of Labor One-Stop Center

Part of Career One Stop, this site provides a user friendly resume tutorial, as well as tips on essential resume components, design, presentation, and method of delivery.

Job Bank USA

This site offers comprehensive information regarding several areas of resume development, from creating career profiles and objectives, to effective word usage and resume editing.

Monster.com

Test your resume savvy and receive expert tips for creating quality resumes, cover letters and other business correspondence. Free online registration allows you to post your resume for potential employers to search, and allows you to apply for various positions via the Internet.

Unemployment Resources

US Department of Labor One-Stop Center

The Labor Market Information Center helps job searches research occupational trends and wages, state and national employment projections, and state employment resources. Users can also create state specific market profiles and detailed reports by occupation, education, skills and training, and labor market information.

California State Job Assistance

State of California website: file for unemployment; job seeking assistance.

Career One Stop Reemployment Portal

This is an all encompassing site for finding One Stop Career Centers, getting immediate unemployment or health benefits assistance, job hunting and networking, changing careers and upgrading skills, and beginning or finishing a degree.

Interview Skills

Monster.com

Another great Monster site for useful interview components from pre-interview preparation, tips to remember during the interview, and proper follow-up procedures. Make sure to check out the virtual interviews for select occupations that provide practice questions in a safe environment.

Career Development

America's Career InfoNet

This site provides a comprehensive and user-friendly resume tutorial, as well as tips on essential resume components, design, presentation, and methods of delivery.

O*Net Online

Sponsored by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, this site helps employers, workers, educators, and students make informed decisions regarding education, training, career choices, and work. It has recently added a good search key for green jobs and over 100 occupations in this area.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a user friendly way to research job descriptions, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and future job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

The Riley Guide

This site provides self-assessments and links to a variety of personality assessment tools. For each link, it indicates whether the assessment tool is self-directed or requires assistance, and whether it is free or charges a fee for use.

Salary Guides

The Riley Guide

This site provides various general salary surveys, government surveys, occupational and location-specific data, cost-of-living information, and ideas for finding and evaluating salary data.

Job Star

Originally established for the California job seeker, this site has the largest collection of salary surveys online anywhere. Combined with lists of books to request from your local library and articles from experts like Jack Chapman, this site will lead you in the right directions for your salary search.

SalaryExpert.com

This site provides reporting on salaries and cost-of-living from compensation professionals. Tools help people make informed decisions when planning careers and searching for jobs.

Salary.com

Use this commercial site to see how your income rates against state averages for your occupation. There is also a link to a cost of living wizard enabling the user to compare cost of living indexes and salary differentials in order to make informed reloation decisions. A free profile must be created in order to get industry specific market range salaries.