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Information for Job Seekers

Computer Skills for the Job Seeker Program

Are you looking for work? Do you need basic computer skills to help you apply for jobs?

If so, the Troy Public Library has a free, two-week program just for you: Computer Skills for the Job Seeker. This program will help you bring your computer skills up-to-date and improve your job search.

Computer Skills includes 30 hours of hands-on computer training. You will learn how to

• organize your computer files;
• create an electronic resume in Word;
• communicate with employers via email;
• apply for jobs online;
• stay in contact using social network websites; and
• how to perform the best in your interview.

Plus, you will hear from employers and experts on what to expect in a job search. There will also be plenty of time for one-on-one assistance, and a comprehensive workbook. The training will be held in the Library, and will be limited to 16 students per session. All classes will be taught by the Library's staff.

The next Computer Skills will be offered January 27 - February 6, from 5 - 9 pm. Click here to print an application, or click here to fill out an application online.

For more information, contact the Library's Technology Department, at or phone 248.524.3542.

Computer Skills for the Job Seeker is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Troy Public Library. For more information about the Friends, visit them on Facebook.


Library eResources

Access World News
Access articles from 1,100 newspapers world-wide. Ideal for finding out information about various companies.

Learning Express Library (Mel)
Comprehensive practice tests and self-paced courses for academic tests, licensing tests, US citizenship exams, and job searching. Provides immediate scoring and complete answer explanations. Also includes a variety of free ebooks covering resume writing, academic test prep, and reading, writing, and math skills.

Reference USA
Contains directory information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses and 89 million U.S. residents.


Helpful Websites

Finding and Applying for Jobs and Evaluating Offers
Part of the Occupational Outlook Handout published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site provides basic information on how to conduct a job search. Topic covered include where to find job openings, job search methods, and interview tips.
Build a resume, find resume advice, and see sample resumes at this site.

MeL Business and Jobs Gateway
This website from the Michgigan e-Library (MeL) provides databases, links to job and career websites, business and economic data, and more.

Tough Times - Library Lifelines Recession Resources
Created by a group of Oakland County libraries, this site gives you basic information on filing an unemployment claim, health insurance options, finding a new job, homeownership preservation, credit repair and maintenance, and additional assistance programs geared toward the unemployed. 

U.S. News and World Report Careers Website
This website contains many different articles related to job searching, careers, networking, and more.

What are Employers Looking for These Days
An article from SLA with tips for preparing yourself before applying for a new job.


Job Searching Tips

How to Network Using Social Media

Job Search Logs May Help Your Job Search Be More Successful


Job Sites
Job search engine that aggregates postings from thousands of company career sites.
Search engine that collects jobs from one source -- the company's website -- to reduce the possibility of scams and duplicates.

Official site for U.S. Governement jobs and employment information.