Resources for Job Seekers
The Library offers resources to assist job seekers including Illinois workNet advising, a blog, monthly job club meetings, a resource guide, networking in a LinkedIn group, one-on-one assistance through the Mobile Workforce Center, other services and technology training. The Library also provides access to several online resources that will assist job seekers with company research, job listings, job coaching, resume review, career test prep and technology training. Events are free and all are welcome unless otherwise noted
Illinois workNet partner
The Library is a partner site for Illinois workNet, a free resource that provides career, education, and work support information for Illinois residents and businesses. www.illinoisworknet.com
Job Club meetings
Every month on the third Wednesday, Noon to 1:30 PM, attend a presentation on a career-related topic and network with local job seekers in a friendly and helpful atmosphere. Bring your lunch. Click on a topic to register through the events calendar.
August 15, 2018: “Top 5 LinkedIn Tips” with speaker Dee Reinhardt, Time2Mrkt, Inc.
September 18, 2018: “Get Ready for Fall Job Fairs” with speaker Pam Abbott, Workforce Services Division of Will County
October 17, 2018: “Treat the Job Interview as a Sales Call” with speaker Mike Cooper
More dates and topics to be announced soon!
Job Seekers Resource Guide
This document contains suggested websites for career exploration, networking, computer training, online job boards, and resume and interviewing tips. Updated July 2018. Click here to download (.pdf).
The Plainfield Public Library Job Club has a group on LinkedIn. Join the group to connect with other area job seekers and receive announcements about activities. Click here to sign in to LinkedIn and join the group.
Mobile Workforce Center
Workforce Services Division of Will County will bring the Mobile Workforce Center to the Route 59 parking lot behind the Library every Wednesday, 9:30 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. The Mobile Workforce Center is a state of the art computer lab that travels to communities throughout Will County. Job seekers can choose from the following services:
- information on job openings in Will County
- assistance creating/revising a resume
- keyboarding lessons
- internet access to assist in your job search
- information on other job search resources
Please note that if the Mobile Workforce Center cannot park in the Route 59 lot, their staff will be available inside the Library to assist job seekers. Their complete schedule is available on their website: www.jobs4people.org/job-seekers/mobile-workforce-center.aspx.
The Library has provided access to online resources for job seekers that may be accessed from home with a Plainfield Public Library card. Click here and choose “Career and Job Resources” to find these resources along with other helpful websites.
|Career Center from LearningExpressLibrary offers resources, pratice tests, and tutorials to help you prepare for a career exam, explore occupations, and improve your workplace skills. Users must create a free account and password to use this resource.|
|GCFlearnfree.org has free lessons for a variety of computer topics, including computer basics, Apple software and different versions of Microsoft Office. No additional software is required.|
|JobNow features expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching. JobNow also includes resume templates, career assessment and other resources. JobNow Coaches are available: Sunday through Saturday, 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM CST except holidays.|
|Learning Express Library offers career test prep and guidance for writing resumes and interviewing. Also included are computer basics. Users must create a free account and password to use this resource.|
|Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.|
|ReferenceUSA includes 2.5 million job listings, 48 million business profiles, 1.2 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, company research, employment opportunities and much more.|
Other services include access to the internet and Microsoft Office 2013 software on our public computers, free wireless internet throughout the library, printing and photocopying in black & white (10 cents per page), printing and photocopying in color (50 cents per page), faxing ($1 per page) and free scanning to a flash drive or email address.
Free hands-on technology classes for adult library card holders are offered every month. Topics include basic skills, social media (including LinkedIn) or Microsoft Office 2013 software. Classes in Spanish are also available. Click here for more information.