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America's Career Infonet
A service of the U.S. Department of Labor, this website's goal is to be a comprehensive source of occupational information. One neat feature in its Resource Library is a list of links to career assessment websites for those who need some help in finding a career suited to their interests and personality.
BLS Career Information: Exploring Career Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Explore career possibilities by clicking on different topics that interest you. Topics include: Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Music and Arts, Building and Fixing Things, Helping People, Computers, Law, Managing Money, Sports, Nature. A teacher's guide is also available as well as an extended list of "A-Z List of Careers." Provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Finding a Job in Tough Times
Sections include: Finding and Applying for Job Openings, Exploring Careers, Resume and Interview Help, Help During Career Transitions, and Avoiding Job Scams. From the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
Job Hunt Strategies
Browse articles and advice for job hunters by topic. From
Job Search Writing
Preparing an Application, Job Search Letters, resumes, cover letters, and more. From Purdue University.
My Next Move
"My Next Move is intended to assist all jobseekers. It may be especially useful for students, young adults and other first-time workers as they explore potential careers based on their interests. The new tool complements the department's 'mySkills myFuture' website, which is designed to help those with previous work experience match their existing skills to new occupations."
My Skills My Future
This site, sponsored by the US Department of Labor, allows users to type in current or past jobs to find other potential careers and provide information about necessary training.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) - Latest Edition
For hundreds of different types of jobs-such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse-the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you: the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions. In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more. From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
"A resource center, a salary-checker and a tool for helping American workers understand more about pay and work life."
The free Basic Report provides a high, low and median salary for occupations by geographical area as well as the cost of living for that area. It also includes nationwide averages. Only the Basic report is free.
Work Force New York - Career Services
From the New York State Department of Labor, this site offers a variety of guides for the job seeker. It includes information on choosing a career, surviving a job loss and "marching to your next career," for veterans. There is a wealth of valuable employment and occupational information: a business directory, searchable by county and occupation, allows you to find potential private sector employers in New York State. Includes CarreerZone, the New York state award winning guide to matching occupations to interests, skills, and capabilities. See also: NYS DOL's "Find a Job" website as well as Jobs Express and Job Zone.

See also: Gateways

Resumes & Cover Letters

The resume is a powerful tool in your job search. Equally important and decisive can be the cover letter. Below are links to sites containing hints, tips, and guides to strengthening your resume and cover letter writing skills.

Resume Links
Basic Resume Generator
You can use this very simple but free service to generate a basic resume quickly. You can print the results, copy/paste/save the text in a word processor, or copy/paste into a job website (if that website allows copy/pasting of resumes). From Middletown Thrall Library.
The Damn Good Resume
If you can ignore all the advertisements, there are some free sample resumes that may be helpful. Search Thrall's catalog for copies of many of these books.
Introduction to and Expectations for Resumes
From Purdue University.
Features "expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching." Available to members of Thrall.
Preparing A Perfect Plain Text Resume
Step by step instructions for converting your MS Word resume to a plain text format compatible for posting.
Resumes: What They Are, How They Work, and How to Create One
Middletown Thrall Library's own informational flyer.
The Secret Formula to Cover Letter Success
An article detailing the process of writing a good cover letter.
Writing Resumes and Cover Letters
From the New York State Labor Department this chapter from their Job Search Guide provides information on preparing effective resumes.

Cover Letter Links
Cover Letters: What They Are, What They Do, and How to Create One
Middletown Thrall Library's own informational flyer.
The First and Best Cover Letters
One example for each situation is free. You can view others by subscribing.
Writing a Winning Cover Letter
A nice overview on writing a cover letter from Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute

You may also want to look for resume and cover letter information on the sites in the Job and Career Resources and Gateways sections or visit the library to check out our print collection.

Upgrading Skills & Education

Your education and skills decide for what jobs you qualify. To be a competitive candidate for any position your skills must be impressive and current. To explore higher educational opportunities, click here for College Connexion.

We encourage members of Thrall to take full advantage of the many free courses, learning materials, and test preparation services available:
"Free Learning Tools to help Technology Work for You." From the Public Library Association and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Educational Resources
Free online courses and test preparation services.
OpenCourseWare (OCW)
Free lesson plans, courses, and learning materials from colleges and universities.
Testing & Education Reference Center
Practice examinations (ACT, CLEP, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, etc.), practice courses, study materials, information on accredited schools, college planning/preparation, financial aid, graduate schools, scholarships, career tools, resumes, and more.

As Internet literacy becomes a permanent prerequisite for "good-paying" jobs, you should do everything possible to build Internet proficiency. Free Internet tutorials are available online:

Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
Thrall Documents
Contains a number of informative pages, such as Web Check List, Critical Thinking, Search Smarter, and more.
Thrall Self-Study Center
Quick, easy, self-directed tutorials on a variety of topics.

While you're at it...

Upgrade Your Outlook, Self-Image,
and Determination!

In these trying economic times, finding a good-paying job can be challenging. Why not take advantage of the many free materials, available at your library, which can help you weather the storms, feel better about yourself, and help you grow not only professionally but personally?

If you're interested, please check out these posts in our Booklovers Blog for links to self-help, self-esteem, motivational, and inspirational books, videos, and other related items in the library system catalog. Note: just skip the text about "displays" and head straight for the topic links at the end of each post: We also provide a guide to finding Self-Help information at our website (PDF format) and a free "Succeed" flyer at Reference, which introduces you to free services our library provides - services you can use to literally get ahead in your professional career and in life!

Licensing Information

Many jobs require you meet certain educational and/or profession qualifications. Some modes of employment might require you to hold one or more licenses before you can act in a specific capacity or perform a certain duty. Here are some sites to help you learn more about these things:

Division of Licensing Services - List of Professions
New York State licensed occupations not covered by the Department of Education. Includes links to applications and instructions.
Licensed Occupations
From CareerOneStep, this website allows you to find qualifications and contact information by profession and state.
New York State Office of the Professions
Provides licensing requirements and applications for New York State

Job and Career
Resources Online

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Gateways to Employment Information

American Job Center
While not entirely live yet, this site is designed to become a major source of employment opportunities. The links it has already make it a useful portal for job seekers. "The American Job Center website will consolidate information and services from across the government - access to job retraining and education opportunities, skills and career development and counseling -- into a single online resource for both job seekers and for businesses looking to tap into the vast resource of skilled and dedicated workers around the country." From the U. S. Department of Labor.
"The purpose of the Job-Hunt.Org Web site is to provide the most comprehensive listing of useful Internet-accessible job-search resources and services on the Web, in a format which is most useful to job seekers."
Riley Guide
Created by librarian Margaret F. Dikel (formerly Margaret F. Riley), this is a gold mine of job related resources. Especially good for finding sources for specialized jobs, it includes links to information on all aspects of the job search as well as links to the help wanted databases. Jobseekers looking for employment outside of the U.S. will find links to many helpful resources.
What Color is Your Parachute?
Job Hunter's Bible. The online supplement to the classic text on job hunting and career planning includes links to information on every step of the process, from discovery and career counseling forward.

Internships & Entry-Level Employment helps students and recent graduates by tailoring their job and internship search according to three criteria: Where they went to college, their major, and when they graduated.
A subsidiary of, Careerrookie focuses on linking students and new graduates with up to date internship, part-time, and entry-level offerings on the web. Users can connect to opportunities by posting their resume, creating job alerts, reading career advice, and discovering local job fairs. College Career Connector
Job Board and Blog dedicated to helping Individuals find internships and entry level employment. Tools of Interest include a free Career Test, Education Test, Resume Builder, and Resume Guide.
Experience: A ConnectEDU Company networks with schools across the nation to help young adults explore their interests and learn how to apply their skills to a job. Users can browse or search for internships, entry level jobs, or possible employers, and at the same time examine's Blogs and career advice resources.
INROADS provides valuable training and leadership opportunities for minorities by placing high-performing undergraduates in competitive corporate internships. Some highlights of their website include an overview of INROAD's diversity mission, a page dedicated to their corporate partners, and a link to an application for their program.
" is a global database of internships and entry-level positions for students, recent graduates, and career changers." Free resource powered by
This site provides a wide spectrum of aid for job and internship researchers. Ranging from Resume samples to cover letter guides and Interview advice articles, is much more than a job search board.
"The world's largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education institutions together in one centralized location. We specialize in helping students and young professionals find the right internship to kick start their career."
Youtern aims to connect current students and new graduates to valuable internships, new learning experiences, and influential mentors to better equip them for success in our competitive job market. Featured in USATODAY, The Wall Street Journal, and


Explore these websites for local area employment opportunities:
All County Jobs
Job Boards for Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess Counties.
Career One Stop
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site is designed to be a source for everything job seekers may need. Information about employment opportunities, wage statistics, training information, assistance services, and more.
Craigslist (Hudson Valley)
A lot of jobs, but also a lot of sketchy postings.
From that allows you to search by keyword and zip code.
Hudson Valley Help Wanted
"All the tools you will need to get a job." From The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
New York State Department of Labor Career Services (+ NYS Job Exchange)
"New York State Department of Labor and Workforce New York provide the tools to find your next job or another job. Whether it is the New York's Job Exchange (NYSJE), job posting sites or the one-stop system; we provide the assistance for your first and future steps."
Orange Works
SUNY Orange Career Portal
"The Office of Career and Internship Services assists students, alumni and community members with all phases of the career development process. The office is staffed by professionals who can guide the students through a maze of career information and make valuable resources available for the students' career discovery." Scroll down their page for their schedule of upcoming workshops and their Annual Job Fair.
Times Herald Record Employment Search

Mega Sites

National & International Job Listings

America's Job Exchange
Successor to America's Job Bank
Career Magazine
Beta site from that allows you to search by keyword and zip code.
JOBCentral - National Labor Exchange
"Jobs and Careers Online, Recruitment and Employment Solutions. The JobCentral National Labor Exchange is provided by leading U.S. employers in alliance with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) as a public service for all employers and all job seekers regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability...."
Wall Street Journal's Career Journal

Computer & High Tech Employment
Computerworld's IT Job Search (formerly
Please be aware that there are unrelated Google ads to be ignored at this website.
Contract Employment Weekly
Data Processing Independent Consultant's Exchange

Government Jobs

Careers in Government
Civil Service Jobs - Announcements, Current Tests, Upcoming Exams
Governmental employment in New York State (NYS), Middletown, NY, and Orange County, NY.
Plum Book
"Every four years, just after the Presidential election, the ''United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions,'' commonly known as the Plum Book, is published, alternately, by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. This publication contains data (as of September 1, 2008) on over 7,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment (e.g., positions such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials). The duties of many such positions may involve advocacy of Administration policies and programs and the incumbents usually have a close and confidential working relationship with the agency head or other key officials."
USA Jobs (US Office of Personnel Management)
Federal job opportunites in the U.S. Government.
Government Jobs: Work for the Government
Presents links and tips on finding government employment through and State Job Banks. Specific information regarding veterans, students, Congressional Staff Jobs, Selective Service Registration, and popular employment forms are also made available. From

Specialized Job Searches

American Staffing Association: Finding a Staffing Company
Find agencies for temporary and assignment jobs as well as permament positions.
Back Stage
Backstage is the web based version of Back Stage, the newspaper that has traditionally published casting call and audition notices.
Diversity Employers
Formerly Black Collegian.
For executive positions with salaries over $100,000.
Medical personnel. Formerly Medhunters: Nursing and Healthcare Jobs.
A global database of internships and entry level jobs.
The Ladders
Job search site focusing primarily on executive-level positions. They charge a membership for full access to job postings, but there is a free component that everyone can use.
LatPro Professional Network
Spanish/English and Portuguese/English bilinguals
Internships, Entry-Level Jobs for New Graduates, and Jobs for College Students
Temporary and contract jobs
New York Foundation for the Arts Classifieds
"NYFA Classifieds is the largest national online resource for jobs and internships, opportunities and services, event listings and studio spaces for artists, arts administrators and museum professionals."
NYSUT Career Center
"New York State United Teachers, a statewide union of professionals in education and health care, welcomes your suggestions as we develop and grow this Career Center. It includes a comprehensive map of links for education job listings in New York state, along with information to help you progress in your career and many links to additional resources."
Overseas Job Express
Openings for part-time and hourly jobs.
Seasonal staff positions with camps, resorts, national parks, hotels, environmental organizations and more.
Veterans and Government Job Banks
For Veterans, Service Members and Spouses
Vitae (formerly "Chronicle of Higher Education Job Listings")
"online career hub for higher education professionals, created by The Chronicle of Higher Education." This website aims to connect academic communities, highlight innovative career advice, and present a top notch job search database.

Other Employment Sites
NationJob Network
Vault Reports

Visit the Middletown Thrall Library to access
our Job Information Center Resources.

The Interview

Below are some links to help you focus on particular aspects of the interview process.
Getting an Academic Job
Provided by the University of Washington.
Interview 101
Sections include: Thorough Research, Getting the Interview, Persistent Preparation, Confident Performance. Includes sample interview questions and suggestions.
Interviews: Interview Advice, Tips, and Techniques
Sections include: Job Interview Guide, Job Interview Questions, Interview Attire (what to wear, how to dress), How to Follow Up After a Job Interview, Interview Thank You Letters, Job Interview Types, Acing the Interview, Interview Blunders, How to Ace the Interview E-Course, Job Interview Follow-Up, How to Use Nonverbal Communication to Impress, Teen Interview Tips, A Second Look at First Impressions, Difficult Interview Questions. From
Job Interviews - Advice and Tips for Job Interviews: A Guide To Success for Your Next Job Interview (Tech Careers)
Sections include: Interview Tips, Behavioral Interviewing Tips, Job Interviews - Guidelines for Success, Interview Questions - Examples, Interview Questions to Ask, Illegal Interview Questions. From
A complete resource for preparing for your interview. Includes information on handling tough questions and sticky situations.
Features "expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching." Available to members of Thrall.

Look for more interviewing information from the sites in the Gateways section.

Free Thrall Publications
for Job Searchers

(Adobe Reader required)
Cover Letters:
  What They Are, What They Do, and How to Create One
Computer Terminology:
  Some Technical Words and Concepts You Should Know
Critical Thinking Skills:
  What They Are and Why You Must Develop Them!
Finding Jobs & Career Resources in the Library Catalog:
  Where to Look and What Search Terms You Can Use
Get Your Own Free E-mail Account
- simple instructions
Jobs & Careers
- An overview of free library services and tools available to you as you search for employment or develop your career potential
Navigating and Completing Forms
  at Employment Websites and Other Places Online
  What They Are, How They Work, and How to Create One
Web Checklist:
  Consider and Evaluate Websites

Job Search Engines

You can search multiple job sites for opportunities through the following specialized search engines:
Job Search Engine (juju)
LinkUp: Exposing the Hidden Jobs
Simply Hired: Job Search Made Simple
USA Jobs
Government employment search engine from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Civil Service

[Civil Service Postings]
These are often substantial job opportunities, and it might be wise to extend your job search into Civil Service. Educational and prior experience requirements are explained with each posting, as are the salary ranges and other vital information. Job announcements are also maintained in a folder at the Reference desk.

Should you wish to pursue any particular Civil Service job and prepare yourself for its respective test, our library also contains many study guides for major Civil Service job titles. Use our Public Access Catalog or speak with a librarian to learn about these and other employment opportunity information at Middletown Thrall Library.

Please select a section:

New York State
New York State Civil Service home page.
See also:
GOT-IT (Glossary of Titles - Inquiry Tool)
"GOT-IT allows New York State employees to learn more about job titles within the State." Job title searches include details on salaries, job descriptions and qualifications, examination information (wherever applicable), and related career mobility options. Occupational searching allows you to find "a listing of titles within that occupation." You can also search by government agency or by location (county, city/town through their Geographic Search). From the Career Mobility Office of the New York State Department of Civil Service.
New York State Uniform Court System: Careers - Current Opportunities
Test Guides and Resource Booklets for State Examinations
"Test Guides published by the New York State Department of Civil Service are usually targeted to specific, entry-level titles. Test Guides are not provided for every examination. If a Test Guide is provided for an examination, information about the guide will appear on the examination announcement. Test Guides are designed to familiarize candidates with the format of the test. Test Guides provide a description of the subject areas that will be tested and present samples of the types of test material that will appear on the test." Guides are in PDF format (view with Adobe Reader).

See also the Test Preparation section of our Ready Reference guide.
Workers with Disabilities Program
"The Governor's Programs to Hire Persons/Veterans with Disabilities consist of two specialized programs. These programs are coordinated efforts to place individuals with disabilities in entry-level State jobs. No initial written or oral examinations are required for appointment. You must however, submit a formal application and a medical evaluation may be necessary for program certification." From New York State Department of Civil Service.

Local Civil Service - Middletown, NY and Orange County, NY

For Local civil service listings, please see Thrall's bulletin board (located in the lobby). Middletown Thrall Library posts civil service announcements in its library and maintains a folder of test announcements at our Reference Department.

Local civil service websites:
City of Middletown, New York Civil Service
Examination Announcements for Positions in Local Government
Click on their map or you can browse alphabetically by county, city, or town.
Orange County Government: Civil Service Tests / Continuous Examinations
Openings, positions, testing dates, announcements.
Questions and Answers about Municipal Civil Service Examinations

Test Preparation - Civil Service & General Tests / Test-Taking Strategies

Testing and Education Reference Center
Testing and Education Reference Center
Practice examinations (ACT, CLEP, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, etc.), practice courses, study materials, information on accredited schools, college planning/preparation, financial aid, graduate schools, scholarships, career tools, resumes, and more. Available to members of Thrall.
Test Guides and Resource Booklets for Local Examinations
"Test Guides published by the New York State Department of Civil Service are usually targeted to specific, entry-level titles. Test Guides are not provided for every examination. If a Test Guide is provided for an examination, information about the guide will appear on the examination announcement. Test Guides are designed to familiarize candidates with the format of the test. Test Guides provide a description of the subject areas that will be tested and present samples of the types of test material that will appear on the test." Guides are in PDF format (view with Adobe Reader).

See also the Test Preparation section of our Ready Reference guide.

Employment & Career Development
Materials at Thrall

Books and DVDs on employment, career development, test preparation, certification, and other topics relevant to advancing your job search, skills, and general employability can be found throughout our collections.

Study guides for Civil Service tests are located in several areas depending on the job title. For example, Civil Service examinations for law-related jobs are in the 340s, the general area where Law books are.

Here are some popular topics and their "call numbers" (their locations in the library):
  • Resumes & Cover Letters - 650.14
  • Civil Service Test Study Guides - 351.076, 651.3 (and other areas)
  • Nursing (LPN/LVN/NCLEX/etc.) - 610.73
  • Adult Education (GED, SAT, teacher certification, etc.) - 370s
If you do not know where to begin, our Reference Librarians will be happy to show you where these and other materials are located within our library.

See also:

Library Catalog Resources

Jobs, Employment, Career Development,
and Unemployment Information in the Library System

Please click any topic below to locate items available in the library system.

Also be sure to check out our Jobs & Unemployment
Special Coverage Guide for more information.

For even more information, please call or visit Thrall's Reference Department
or click here to use our free "Ask a Librarian" service on the web.


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