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Careers & Jobs

Searching for a job? Let the Library help you get started with job-seeking resources selected by our expert librarians. Using PPL’s Career Resources, you can learn about careers, create a resume, find and apply for jobs, prepare for interviews, take practice tests, and more. We offer free computer access to the Internet, as well as wifi service, expert staff assistance and robust collections to support your search.

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Searching for a job? Get started with job-seeking resources  about careers, creating a resume, finding and applying for jobs. You can also prepare for interviews, take practice tests, and more! Check out these informative videos from the Maine State Library: How to Navigate Job and Employment Websites and Uploading/Sending a Resume.

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Online Job Search Resources

 

PPL has online resources you can access with your library card, in the Library or from home, to help you with your job search.

You can create a resume using Optimal Resume. This suite of online career tools helps job seekers build a resume and cover letter, manage an online portfolio, hone interviewing skills, and develop a personal brand online. To view a video tutorial, click here.

Glassdoor gives you an inside look at jobs, salaries, company reviews, & interview questions. To view a short video on this resource, click here.

You can build lists of companies by location (for example, Portland) and type of business (hotels, hospitals, real estate firms and so on) using Reference USA To view a short video tutorial, click here – *this video was created by the Lake Villa District Library.

Use Learning Express  to prepare for a professional exam, if  you are curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills. To view a video tutorial, click here.

Visit Getting a Job: Resources, Courses and Webinars published by the Maine State Library  for helpful tools, interview tips, cover letters and more.

Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook for in-depth career information. The profiles featured cover hundreds of occupations; describing What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

Call For Presenters: Makers @ PPL
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The inaugural Makers @ PPL event is happening here on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11am to 4pm. The community is invited to respond to the Call for Presenters from December 1 through January 15, via this form: http://bit.ly/1vsVoFc.

Maker culture is a movement that emerged from the do-it-yourself community. This attitude that people can best learn new skills through hands on experimentation has been embraced by open source computer advocates, manufacturers looking for ways to renew interest in craftsmanship, and librarians and educators who advocate for information sharing and engagement with the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math).

Community focused interaction around making has proven to be one of the best ways to incubate and develop ideas. With that, Portland Public Library is excited to announce the first Makers @ PPL event— an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn about all the creative opportunities right here in Portland.

The themed tracks of the event have a broad appeal—Creative Arts, Science & Technology, Entrepreneurship, Food & Drink, and Local History. This event is designed to expose people to a variety of topics, ideas, and new materials, and the hope is that people will not only walk away with a bag full of creations, but with a profound sense of having learned something new.

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Don’t forget that the Maine Career Center provides a variety of employment and training services at no charge for Maine workers and businesses. Whether you are looking to improve your job qualifications, explore a different profession, find a new career or hire an employee.

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