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 Job and Career Resources


Business Insights:  Essentials
A great source to help you prepare for a job interview! This database brings together company profiles, rankings, company histories, chronologies and journal articles. For use at any library or from home with a valid Buffalo & Erie County Public Library card number.

Job Now
JobNow provides practical tools and live chat-forum assistance to help you get a job.  On the home page, you have three services to choose from:  Career Resources, Resume Builder, and Ace the Interview.  For use at any library or from home with a valid Buffalo & Erie County Public Library card number. 

Learning Express Library
LearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help both students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.  For use at any library or from home with a valid Buffalo & Erie County Public Library card number.

Reference USA
Information on businesses and people. Search by geography, industry, size, executive names. A great source to help you prepare for a job interview! Reference USA includes 12 million nationwide business listings searchable by name, location, line of business and size. For use at any library or from home with a valid Buffalo & Erie County Public Library card number. Virtual Tour


Web Sites

Career Information 

Apprentice Training
Apprenticeship is the process of learning a skilled occupation through both on-the-job training (practical, paid experience) and learning the related technical knowledge in a classroom. You must be 18 years old, or be 16 years old with parental approval.

The Career Interests Game
This site suggests what careers you might enjoy given your interests. It also provides you with information about the salaries of various career choices are, and how much education is needed.

My Job Scout
This website starts with the basics to assist job seekers unfamiliar with computers, the Internet, online job searching and resume building, to develop the skills necessary in today's technology-driven world.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
This classic source contains job descriptions, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

Salary Calculator
Measure your job compensation in this database by searching on job title and location.

Ultimate Job Security Guide
This guide has been created by CBS' Money Watch and has good advice for a job search. 

Civil Service Exams

City of Buffalo
Lists current civil service job openings in the city of Buffalo

Erie County
Lists current civil service exam postings in Erie County. This website includes a printable application form.

New York State
Examination postings for jobs in New York State. It includes a printable application form.

New York State Unified Court System
Lists current exams and has a statewide examination schedule. It also includes a printable application form.

 The U.S. Government's official site for jobs and employment information. It includes current federal job openings and an online application form.

Test Preparation

Erie County Civil Service Study Guides
This website contains study guides for select Erie County Civil Service Exams.

Test Guides and Resource Booklets for Local Examinations
This website contains study guides for local New York State Civil Service Exams.

Test Guides and Resource Booklets for State Examinations
This website contains study guides for select New York State Civil Service Exams

Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

This is the official site for the book What Color Is Your Parachute. It includes information on creating resumes and cover letters, provides job hunting advice and career counseling.

Create an online resume and make connections with past or present colleagues and former classmates. Used by over 40 million people to exchange job information, ideas and opportunities.

Monster.com Resumes & Letters
Provides resume and cover letter tips as well as samples of both.

Monster.com Interviewing
Provides assistance with interview preparation and questions.  

Community and Local Links

NYS Department of Labor
The Dept. of Labor's Job Express webpage lists job openings available in New York State by region.

Local Job Search Assistance

The Buffalo Employment and Training Center
This center offers career counseling, skills assessment, job listings, computer training classes and networking opportunities free of charge. Computers with Internet access help you perform job searches, send electronic resumes, and search career sites.

ECC One Stop Center
This center helps jobseekers access the skills they need to obtain employment while linking qualified jobseekers to hiring employers. All services are cost-free. Explore alternative career paths, upgrade your computer skills, compare salary data for different occupations, learn which careers are hot, get résumé writing tips and job interview strategies.

Everywoman Opportunity Center, Inc.
EOC's mission is to help women achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency. There are five centers that provide individual and group services to women in transition. Each center has a variety of resources available including but not limited to computers and software, a professional clothes closet and a job search library. 

UB Educational Opportunity Center
This center offers vocational training programs that lead to gainful employment. They also provide civil service exam preparation as well as career planning.


Local Jobs

Buffalo Help Wanted
Browse Buffalo area jobs and post your resume.

Buffalo Job Finder
Search local job postings through The Buffalo News and post your resume. 

 Western New York Jobs
Find local career training opportunities and search help-wanted ads. Also offers email notification for job listings, information about career fairs, and open interviews.


Library Materials
Click on the following topics for a quick search in the Library's Catalog.

Career development
Civil Service examinations
Cover letters
Employment interviewing
Job hunting
Vocational interests