Resources File

Jobs and Workforce Recovery

(last updated September 2010)

Week 1


Labor Market Statistics

The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.


Local Area Unemployment Statistics

Regional state employment and unemployment statistics tabulated once a year in August. Data at the regional level are produced by the following programs: Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Consumer Price Index, Employment Cost Index, and Mass Layoff Statistics.


Economy at a glance for California

Labor Force Data and Nonfarm Wage and Salary Employment statistics tabulated once a year in August. Data at the State level are produced by the following programs: Local Area Unemployment Statistics, State and Area portion of Current Employment Statistics, and Mass Layoff Statistics.


Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment (PDF)

Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment statistics tabulated once a year in August.

Data at the metropolitan area level are produced by the following programs: Local Area Unemployment Statistics, the State and Area portion of Current Employment Statistics, and, for some metropolitan areas, the Consumer Price Index.


Library usage statistics

The State Library annually publishes California Library Statistics, a compilation of statistical data from public, academic, special, and county law libraries throughout the state.


California Public Library Statistics FY 2007-08 Excel Data File

Statistical information on all aspects of library usage including circulation and visitor’s hours asking for reference assistance for the year 2008.


California Library Statistics 2009

Statistical information on all aspects of library usage including circulation, visitor’s hours and computer usage asking for reference assistance for the year for 2009.


Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN)

WARN provides protection to employees, their families, and communities by requiring employers to give affected employees and other state and local representatives notice 60 days in advance of a plant closing or mass layoff. Advance notice provides employees and their families some transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain alternative jobs and, if necessary, to enter skills training or retraining that will allow these employees to successfully compete in the job market.


Employment Development Department (EDD)

This website includes all the information regarding unemployment insurance.


Before You Start: Information You Need to Apply for UI

A list of critical information you must have immediately available, regardless of which option you select to apply for UI benefits.


Video: How to Apply for UI


After You Filed: Managing Your UI Claim

Information on telephone interviews, completing the Continued Claim Form, and following up on a claim check by telephone.


Video: How to Complete the Continued Claim Form

            A video on how to complete the continued claim form.


Questions or Comments

Frequently asked questions for claimants, employers, extended unemployment benefits, identity verification, 1099G, and overpayment


Health Coverage for Unemployed Workers
COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) provides eligible individuals with the ability to continue group health insurance benefits during periods of unemployment. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a 65 percent federal subsidy for the costs of paying medical premiums for a period of nine months. The subsidy program is available though December 2009.


COBRA Questions and Answers: Administration and Eligibility from the IRS,,id=205364,00.html

IRS website answers questions regarding COBRA administration and eligibility.


Job Loss Survival Guide

Job Loss Survival Guide: “The deeper psychology of dealing with a Job loss” is an interesting article by Jim Davis. It offers interesting insight on the emotional aspects of job loss.


Asher, Donald. How to Get Any Job with Any Major: Career launch & re-launch for everyone under 30, or, how to avoid living in your parent's basement. Berkeley, Ten Speed Press, 2004.


Farr, J. Michael. Top 100 careers for college graduates: Your complete guidebook to major jobs in many fields. Indianapolis, JIST Works, 2007.


Finnigan, Dan and Karasu, Marc. Your Next Move: Success strategies for midcareer professionals. New York: Sterling Publishers, 2006.


Week 2


Online Assessments Sources


Quintessential, Online Career Assessment Tools Review for Job-Seekers, Career-Seekers

This website offers brief descriptions and ratings of most of the online assessment websites along with the cost (if any) to take the test. If job seekers are looking for some career direction, or perhaps just want to learn more about themselves and their personality, then taking one or more of these assessment tests can give them a better idea of their attitudes and interests as they relate to discovering more about who they are, and their possible career choices.


Review the following four Career Exploration and Assessment websites from the North Carolina State Library:


Occupations and Career Exploration

General information on all aspects of the job search process.


Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II)

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) is a widely used personality instrument. The personality instrument uses 70 questions to help individuals discover their personality type. The KTS-II is based on Keirsey Temperament Theory™ developed by Dr. David Keirsey.


Self-Assessment Exercise

Holland Occupational Themes

Based on the theory of John Holland, Ph.D., people with the same or similar interests are often found in the same work environments. A short checklist activity provides you with a three-letter Holland code.


Career Briefs

You can then explore to learn about occupations with related Interest (Holland) profiles. Career Briefs offers results in English and Spanish.


Online Career Exploration and Preparation Sources


The following websites are available for job seekers to explore salaries, cost-of-living, personal budgets and paycheck deductions:

Links to over 300 free online salary surveys for a wide range of professions and settings. The focus is on California and national surveys.

Search the base salaries of thousands of jobs by job-title and location. It tabulates the low, average and high-end salaries for the area.


How far will my salary go in another city?


How to Create a Budget

A brief and clear explanation of how to create a budget.


Budget Worksheet

A simple budget worksheet for patrons to complete for a better understanding of what their monthly expenses are from Financial Planning at


Salary Paycheck Calculator

Generate hourly net pay, or take-home pay, using a free calculator. This calculator is a fast and easy way to find out what your employee actual wages are per hour. Enter gross pay, federal withholdings, federal, state, FICA, and local deductions and exemptions as applicable; the Hourly Net Pay Calculator will do the rest.


These websites have useful information and examples of resumes for job seekers:

Clear and detailed explanation on the importance of resumes.

Samples of resumes by format. Provides samples of the three different types of resumes.


Chronological Resume Format





Functional Resume Format





Combination Resume Format


Template: No template is provided because it varies depending on the job and the applicant.



Plain Text/ASCII/Scannable Resume or Electronic Resume

Definition of an electronic resume.

Instructions to convert your word-processed resume to an electronic resume.


University of Santa Clara Website

Step-by-step instruction to follow to convert your word-processed resume to an electronic resume.


Why Use Keywords in a Resume

There is an example of a resume with several keywords included in the body of the text (under the Skills Summary section). They are in the body of the resume to ensure hits.


Job Applications

This website explains why employers require job applications and the information needed to accurately complete them.


Privacy Protection on the Internet

What are the risks of not protecting your privacy?, Make Your Resume "Cyber-Safe"


Job Search Correspondence


Online Job Search Preparation Sources (Resumes, Cover Letters, Reference Letters):


Review the following websites with examples of different types of job correspondence:

Offers a great web site for resume writing and sample resumes.


Jobstar, Sample cover letters


The Damn Good Resume Book author Yana Parker

Sample resumes and cover letters


The Riley Guide, Sample Resumes


The Riley Guide, Sample Cover Letters and Other Correspondence, Sample letters of resignation


Online Sources for Information on Companies and Job Listings:


The following websites are directories listing other company or industry job search resources. Job seekers can search by type of industry and location to find very specific information on names of professional associations in a given field.

Job search resources by industry, profession and/or location., Research and target employers by location

Find information on employers and organizations to prepare for an interview or before applying for a position.


Riley Guide, Sites with Job Listings

This page connects you to 50 pages of job resources, starting with the more general resources and moving through location or audience specific listings to the occupation and industry resources., Web Sites for Job Hunting Research

Industry Research - Obtain news about a given field or industry, discover trends, professional pay scales, names of associations in the field, schedule of meetings or networking events, and so on., Company Research


Mega Job Sites:

These are the three biggest job sites on the Internet. Job seekers may register with each service to post their resumes, search for jobs, and get advice on every aspect of job searching.






Yahoo! HotJobs

Search for jobs locally and nationally—especially good for finding jobs from small and mid-sized companies

This search engine searches job sites, newspapers, associations, and company career pages.


Traditional or Face-to-face Networking


Networking Your Way to a New Job, by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.


The art of job search networking


Social Networking Resources



LinkedIn has over 48 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the world. Members are linked to potential clients, service providers, and subject experts who come recommended by other members.


Networking For Professionals

Networking For Professionals is a dynamic business networking organization that powerfully combines online business networking and real life events.



Users can add friends and send them messages. They can update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, or region.


Career/Social Networking

Career and social networking online resources. Where to network online as part of your job search and how to use a social network to help land a job.


Privacy Issues and Other Disadvantages of Social Networking:


One-in-Five Employers Use Social Networking Sites to Research Job Candidates, Survey Finds


“Search Me” by Scott Westcott

This is an interesting article on the pros and cons of using social networking in the job search.


Print and Media Sources on Traditional Networking and Social Networking:




How to Succeed in Business Using LinkedIn: Making Connections and Capturing Opportunities on the World's #1 Business Networking Site. Eric Butow and Kathleen Taylor. AMACOM, 2008

ISBN-10: 081441074X

ISBN-13: 978-0814410745


I’m on LinkedIn, Now What? By Jason Alba. Happy About; 2 edition, 2009.

ISBN-10: 1600051367

ISBN-13: 978-1600051364


Internet Articles


7 Secrets to Getting Your Next Job Using Social Media, by Dan Schwabel


Don’t Search for Jobs; Search for People!, by Meg Busse/


How to: Find a Job on Twitter by Sarah Evans


How to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn, by Brian Wallace


Leveraging Social Media in a Nonprofit Job Search: Q&A with Beth Kanter, Author of Beth’s Blog, by Bridgestar and Beth Kanter


Professional Social Networks That Take on LinkedIn, by Don Reisinger


Search Me, by Scott Westcott


To Blog or Not to Blog: How Blogging and Social Networking Can Impact Your Job Search, by Alison Doyle


Twitter, Facebook, Digg: Can You Join too Many Networks? by Dan Schwabel,


Online Resources on Interviewing


Interview Tips

An extensive list of resources including a video on interviewing.


Handling Questionable Questions


Successful Interviewing: What Candidates Need to know by Jeff Lipschultz


Thank-You Letter after the Interview, Interview Advice


To Thank or Not to Thank, by Sally Kearsley


Evaluating a Job Offer


Job-Offer Evaluation Checklist by Paul W. Barada


Letter of Acceptance


Letter Accepting a Job Offer by Alison Doyle


Letter of Resignation


How to Write a Resignation Letter


Sample letter of resignation


Week 3


Mental Health Organizations by State

Provides information on mental health agencies and private mental health organizations in each state.


Mental Health Services Locator

This locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources and is useful for professionals, consumers and their families, and the public. You can access this information in several ways by selecting a State or U.S. Territory from the map or drop-down menu.


One Stop/Career Centers by State

A locator service for local employment and workforce services.


Community Voice Mail

A national network of free voice mail providers.


Job assistance programs at the Wake County Public Library

A monthly listing of programs provided by volunteers from SCORE and Job Link/AmeriCorps.

Fairfield (CT) Public Library, Jobs 2010

Provides job and career resources, programs, networking opportunities and podcasts.

Cuyahoga County Public Library Career Page

An extensive listing of career resources and information about the Maple Heights Branch Career Center.


Workforce Resources compiled by Project Compass


Finding Jobs and Careers on the Internet

A web page that serves as the syllabus for a class taught at the San Francisco Public Library.


Partnerships and Collaborations in Tough Times

An Infopeople webinar presented by Joan Frye Williams and George Needham.


Library websites with extensive resource pages for job seekers:


Jobs and Job Hunting
Fresno County Library (CA)

Jobs & Careers
Burlington County Library System (NJ)

Job Search Toolkit
North Carolina State Library (NC)

Job Help Center
Columbus Metropolitan Library (OH)

Jobs, Careers & Education

Carnegie Library of Pittsburg (PA)

Find Help in Tough Times

State Library of Ohio (OH)


Your Library, Your Lifeline

Camden County Library System (NJ)

Job Resources

The Seattle Public Library (WA)

Job Information Centers

Queens Library (NY)


WebJunction: Workforce Resources

Workforce resources include programs, services, and tools that libraries can use to assist the unemployed in their community. Also includes information about statewide initiatives and partnerships that help local libraries provide these resources.


WebJunction Workforce Resources Wiki

Provides a list of state and local libraries that have created or enhanced their websites to provide ready access to a variety of online resources to help job seekers.


Libraries and Economic Development series

Resources for how libraries can support small business development and local economies.


Week 4


Image, Branding, Positioning, Vision

Ohio Library Council, Marketing the Library.


Top 10 Slogans of the Century

A marketing history reference resource.


Camden County Library System


Career Fridays, La Pintoresca Public Library, Pasadena, CA

Library staff has partnered with community organizations to establish a “Career Fridays” programs offer FREE career development and lifelong learning workshops. These classes empower individuals with educational, vocational, and technological skills that will make a difference to the Pasadena community.


Fresh Start Tuesdays, La Pintoresca Public Library

Library staff has partnered with Women At Work to establish a “Fresh Start Tuesdays” program which provides one-on-one career counseling. Attendees receive free guidance with resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, and other career development assistance. All are welcome. Services available in Spanish.


How did our job resources help you?

Patrons using the Seattle Public Library are asked to provide feedback on how the library’s job resources assisted them in finding a job.


Peggy Barber and Linda Wallace, Building a Buzz: Libraries and Word-of-Mouth Marketing, ALA Editions, 2010, in Library Marketing: Beyond Bookmarks and Brochures, an Infopeople online course.


Peggy Barber and Linda Wallace, “The Power of Word-of-Mouth Marketing,” American Libraries, November, 2009, p. 38.


ARRA Funds Ohio Libraries


Resources for Libraries to Understand Opportunities in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)


ARRA Grant Money Available for Rural Libraries


In New Jersey, Teens, Parents Alerted by Text to Library Programs

The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), no stranger to innovative programs (read about LJ's 2008 Librarian of the Year NJ State Librarian Norma Blake), has launched a six-month pilot using mobile communications to promote library services. Libraries will use text messaging, averaging two messages a week, as a tool to reach out to teens and the parents of younger children.


Skokie Library’s Twitter

Twitter is a rich source of instantly-updated information. It's easy to stay updated on an incredibly wide variety of topics.


Kansas City Public Library's Facebook page!/kclibrary?v=wall

Kansas City Public Library uses Facebook pages to promote job search programs.


Cuyahoga County Public Library's Career Centers


NJ Libraries helping the unemployed