Job help guide

Use these library and online resources to assist you in your job search.

Job Hunting and Career Guidance

  • CareerOneStop
    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals. Here you can explore careers, get information on salary and benefits, education and training, job searching, resumes and interviews and people and places to help.
  • Job Hunter's Sourcebook. [R 650.14 JOB]
    This comprehensive reference is split into two sections. Part one lists sources of job hunting information by occupation. Part two lists sources of essential job hunting information by topics such as interviewing, relocation and opportunities for various populations.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook [331.7 OCC]
    The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a publication of the U.S. Bureau of Labor that provides information and forecasts for hundreds of different career choices. The latest edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook is also available online.
  • Ohio Labor Market Information
    What jobs are in demand? How much do they pay? How many workers are unemployed? If you have questions like these, this site has the answers. OLMI is your source for reports and data about employment levels, unemployment rates, wages and earnings, employment projections, jobs, training resources and careers.
  • O*NET Online
    O*NET online is a powerful tool for researching occupations and jobs. The skills search feature is a great way to match your talents with specific occupations. There's also a feature that allows users to identify "in-demand" job sectors
  •'s Job Searching
    This personal finance website (an company) has a host of articles on everything from job application tips, to interview help, to leaving your current job.
  • United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
    This site is chock full of employment statistics, offering information on national, state and local, and state and county employment, employment and worker characteristics, employment research, international employment comparisons and employment projections.
  • What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles. Revised annually. [650.14 BOL]
    This popular guide provides practical information on how to conduct a successful job search. Take a look at the companion website to this book.

Central Ohio Jobs

Job Hunting on the Web

    CareerBuilder lets you search for jobs, post your resume, and also features a number of free tools including salary calculators, career assessments and resume critiques.
  • CareerOneStop
    CareerOneStop is a website that provides a wealth of information for job seekers. It includes tips for resume writing and interviewing, education and training links, and information on salaries and benefits.
  • Indeed
    Indeed is a job search engine. Enter the job you're looking for and a location, and Indeed returns results pulled from newspaper and job board listings as well as association and company employment sites.
  • LinkedIn Jobs
    Browse for jobs by industry, company or title; search by keyword and location. LinkedIn also allows you to set up a profile and receive alerts for jobs matching your background.
    Monster is the largest job search engine in the world. It lets you search for jobs, post your resume for recruiters to find, and also features company profiles and advice forums.
  • Simply Hired
    Simply Hired is a job search engine boasting over 4 million job postings. Search by field and geography or browse by industry.
  • USAJobs
    This site is maintained by the U. S. Government and provides information on federal jobs available across the country.
  • Vault
    In addition to a job search feature, Vault offers news and discussions on companies and industries.

Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

  • CareerOne Stop's Interviews
    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site offers information on the different types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, and a Ready to Go? Checklist so you'll arrive prepared.
  • Knock 'Em Dead Cover Letters by Martin Yate. Revised biannually. [650.14 COV]
    Practical advice for writing cover letters, along with sample letters for today's hot jobs are presented in this book. Tips for using the internet and creating electronic cover letters, including correspondence via e-mail are presented. Contacts for professional organizations and resume writing services are found in the appendix.
  • Knock 'Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide by Martin Yate. Revised annually. [650.14 KNO]
    Once you have landed an interview, the challenge of surviving questions lies ahead. Martin Yate analyzes what the interviewer wants to find out about you, and tells you how to respond to hundreds of tough interview questions.
  • Knock 'Em Dead Resumes by Martin Yate. Revised biannually. [650.14 YAT]
    Advice on how to create a great resume that stands out from the rest is presented with scores of sample job-specific resumes and resumes for special situations. Strategies for using the internet to get a job include electronic resumes and etiquette in an increasingly electronic world.
  • Monster Resumes & Letters
    The popular online recruitment provider offers articles packed with tips and advice on crafting resumes and cover letters. Especially noteworthy are the many sample resumes and cover letters the site provides.
  •'s Interview Questions and Answers
    Here you can access sample interview questions and find tips on interviewing, interview attire and crafting interview thank you letters.
  • The OWL at Purdue's Resume Workshop
    This resume workshop provides detailed explanations, as well step-by-step processes, for creating an effective resume.
  • Susan Ireland Resumes
    Susan Ireland, resume expert and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume and Ready-Made Resumes Software, offers free resume advice and samples.
  • Winway Resume Deluxe
    Available on all public use computers (except 15 minute Express computers) at Worthington Libraries, this user-friendly program offers templates to guide you step-by-step in creating resumes and cover letters including suggested phrases and keywords related to your field. Winway also offers video tutorials to guide you through the interviewing process, and lets you search job listings from throughout the United States.

Where the Jobs Are: Employer Directories

  • AtoZ databases (database)
    AtoZ Databases offers an extensive directory of businesses, including detailed profiles, job opportunities and more. Requires a Worthington Libraries card and PIN for access outside the Library.
  • The Almanac of American Employers. Revised annually. [R 331.2 ALM (OWL)]
  • Book of Lists. Revised annually. [R 338.74 BOO]
    The Book of Lists is published annually by Business First. It provides a list of the largest employers in central Ohio as well as the leading businesses in various sectors. Please ask for the Book of Lists at the Information Desk.
  • Reference USA (database)
    Reference USA, a subscription database, is an excellent tool for building company and contact lists. Requires a Worthington Libraries card and PIN for access outside the Library.


  • LinkedIn
    LinkedIn lets you connect with people, give and receive recommendations and post your professional profile where recruiters can find it.
  • LinkedIn for dummies by Joel Elad. [650.13 ELA]
    Wondering what all the buzz is about LinkedIn? This book shows you how to use the site to network and find a job.
  •'s guide to Career Networking
    This page provides a number of articles outlining the importance of career networking, how to develop contacts and how job search networking can help you find a job.
  • The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success by Wayne Breitbarth [650.13 BRE]
    Learn how to navigate the world's largest business networking site, create a powerful personal profile and discover your next job, customer or opportunity.
  • Social Networking for Career Success by Miriam Salpeter [650.13 SAL]
    Learn to market yourself as an online brand in social media.
  • VisualCV
    VisualCV lets you post your resume online, along with work samples, charts, graphs, images, audio and videos. Get your own unique URL to email to potential employers or post to networking sites. The site also lets you control who can see your information.

Central Ohio Networking Groups

When you're ready to get out there and start meeting people, Central Ohio offers a variety of options for face-to-face networking.

  • Big Fish Networking
    Founded in 1999, Big Fish Networking is a nationally recognized, Columbus and Central Ohio based networking group.
  • Career & Business Meetups
    Not only is a great place to find new friends, it is also useful for professional networking.
  • Columbus Young Professionals (CYP)
    CYP Club focuses on providing social, cultural, philanthropic, athletic, and career networking opportunities for Columbus-area professionals in their twenties, thirties, and early forties.
  • IT Martini
    IT Martini connects Information Technology professionals in Ohio to their IT community with thoughtful and fun events.
  • Transition Networking for Ohio Women
    This group offers networking opportunities for women returning to the workforce who are over 50.

Job Training and Education

Sometimes a new skill or a little extra training is all it takes to land your next job. The sites below can help you find training opportunities and certification requirements.

Filing for Unemployment in Ohio

If you've recently lost your job, you may qualify for unemployment. Below are some sites that can help you through the process of filing an unemployment compensation claim.

Wage, Salary and Relocation Information

  • American Salaries and Wages Survey by Helen S. Fisher. Revised biannually. [R 331.21 AME]
    Provides compensation information for 2,660 occupations, listed alphabetically by occupation. Information is obtained from federal and state government sources and various trade associations and journals.
  • Ohio Occupational and Employment Statistics
    The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates for over 700 occupations. These are estimates of the number of people employed in certain occupations, and estimates of the wages paid to them. Self-employed persons are not included in the estimates. Estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states and for metropolitan areas. National occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.
    This commercial web site provides salary information for a variety of positions and geographic areas in the United States.

Striking Out on Your Own

If you've ever thought about starting your own business, there are a number of resources available for entrepreneurs and small-business persons at Worthington Libraries.

  • BusinessUSA
    An official site of the U.S. Government, helps small businesses understand their legal requirements and locate government services supporting the nation's small business community. BusinessUSA offers a number of unique search tools and features that help small business owners, start, manage, and expand their operations while meeting all their legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Business Decision (database)
    Business Decision is a demographic and marketing database that combines detailed market data with powerful GIS mapping features. Users will find a wealth of consumer household information, market segmentation profiles, population forecasts and demographic data. Entrepreneurs, established businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies will all benefit from this high-powered marketing database.
  • Business Plans Handbook (database)
    This resource is a great place to see examples of real life business plans, from coffee shops to ski resorts.
  • City of Columbus Economic Development
    The City of Columbus Economic Development site contains a wealth of information for businesses interested in starting or expanding in the Columbus area. They offer statistics, forms, demographic information and maps that provide a wide range of data for interested entrepreneurs.
  • Columbus Small Business Administration
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent agency of the federal government that provides assistance to existing and prospective small business owners. Columbus' local chapter offers counseling, consulting, and financial assistance to local entrepreneurs.
  • Gale LegalForms (database)
    New business start-ups and home-based entrepreneurs will both benefit from this comprehensive collection of forms. Forms for partnerships, limited liability companies, contracts, and personnel issues are all available in an easy to use Word format.
  • Ohio Business Gateway
    This site is administered by the State of Ohio and provides a wealth of government information and support for businesses large and small
  • Ohio Small Business Development Centers
    The SBDCs are staffed with highly trained business advisors who offer free counseling to help with your specific business needs. The 36 centers across Ohio are in your local communities to guide you to the right resources and services to help your business grow and succeed. The SBDC business advisors are the experts to assist pre-venture, start-up and existing businesses.
  • SCORE Columbus
    SCORE Columbus serves the greater Central Ohio area and is part of SCORE, a national nonprofit association dedicated to the success of the nation's small businesses. SCORE Columbus provides free and confidential business advice and counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives.

Related Job Hunting Subjects

Browse the library catalog or the shelves using these links and Dewey numbers.

revised January 2017