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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Portland Public Library offers classes and tutoring for all levels of computer users. Advance registration is required for most sessions – please call 871-1700 x 708 or stop by the public computing desk at the main library to sign up.
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.