College, Careers & Job Search

Test Preparation, College Information, Careers, Job Search, Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviewing, Entrepreneurship, Layoffs, Career Change, Career Testing.

Contact: Adult Service Desk 203-438-2282 x12004 referencedesk@ridgefieldlibrary.org


Online Resources   |   Websites   |   Library Materials   |   Also of Interest


NEW! College Corner

The Ridgefield Library has a new College Corner with resources to help parents and students with college decisions and the application process. We have the latest books and resources covering college listings, admissions and applications, the college essay, campus visits, test prep including the new SAT and PSAT, scholarships, paying for college, college living, and academic success. The College Corner is located near the Teen Center on the upper level of the Library.

NEW! Exam Proctoring Policy

In fulfillment of its mission to be a source of support for lifelong learning, the Ridgefield Library offers proctoring for tests and examinations, under the guidelines of a policy adopted by the Library Board in July 2015.  Exams are proctored by the Adult Services Department during regular Library hours Monday through Saturday, subject to staff availability.  Appointments must be made at least 5 days in advance, and there is a $25.00 fee for proctoring, payable at the time of the exam.

See the full policy.

Complete a form to request a proctoring appointment. Submit via email to gadiorio@ridgefieldlibrary.org or by fax to 203-438-4558 or drop off at the Adutl Service Desk.


Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Have your library card handy for log-in.

   

Lynda.com Now Available!

Lynda is an online video learning resource offering more than 3,400 video courses covering a wide range of commercial software, business skills, computer programming and web development, creative and technical skills.  Lynda for Libraries allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage chunks, and to return to the lessons at your convenience.  It is now available to all Ridgefield Library cardholders and can be accessed online – from home or at the Library (accessible from both computers and mobile devices).

Course offerings include:

  • Help with computer programs and software, Microsoft Office, Apple software, and more
  • Social media and publishing tools
  • Art, graphic and web design: everything from 3D animation to app development tools
  • Computer Programming and IT management (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X)
  • Business and career skills: public speaking, marketing, workplace issues and more
  • Photography, video and music editing

Log onto Lynda using your library barcode and the password used to log into your Ridgefield Library catalog account (usually the last four digits of your phone number, unless you have changed it).  You will be asked to create a Lynda Library account which will allow you to track your program through your tutorials.

 

 

 

 



JobNowJobNow
  Help with resume writing, interviewing, and job search. Career assessments included. Live online coaching and feedback.

LearningExpress Library  PSAT, SAT, and ACT practice tests, Advanced Placement (AP) practice exams, college admissions essay prep, career information, occupation exams such as Praxis, academic skills improvement (including math, reading, writing, vocabulary, social studes, and science) for grades 4 through adult, and more. All users should register and create an account to get started.

Reference USA  Custom search 24 million U.S. businesses.  Explore jobs, internships and get job search help in the U.S. Jobs/Internships database. Includes U.S. Standard White Pages and U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles databases.

iCONN NewsstandiCONN
Hartford CourantiCONN
New York TimesiCONN
Wall Street Journal iCONN
Academic OneFileiCONN
MasterFile Premier iCONN


Have you seen iCONN's Job Seeking Resources geared for Connecticut residents?   

Explore career fairs in Connecticut, Job & Career ConneCTion, the Connecticut Job Search Toolkit, and information from the CT Department of Labor, all with a vast amount of information. Search summer jobs and internships nationwide, find career selection help and much more. Job Seeking Resources is available on the homepage of iconn.org.

      

Explore State of Connecticut Occupations in Demand
                  from the CT Department of Labor.  
        



New Job Search database!

Glassdoor gives you an inside look at company reviews, interview questions, & salary information for thousands of jobs. The content is "employee generated" – anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions and more – posted by current and former employees, job seekers and sometimes the companies themselves.

Try Glassdoor here for full access without having to sign up or post any information!

 

 


Websites

Tested and recommended by our librarians.

College Resources

College Board
College Scholarships.org
FastWeb
FinAid
Go College
Match College.com
National Application Center - Plan, explore and apply to college
New England Board of Higher Education
UCONN Mentor Connection - Summer enrichment experience for academically talented high school students
U. S. News and World Report Best Colleges
U. S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools

U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid
FAFSA - (fafsa.ed.gov) Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid
Financial Aid Toolkit


Careers

Job & Career ConneCTion - take personality and career interest assessments, find careers
State of Connecticut Occupations in Demand
Career Guide to Industries
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Occupations in Demand - from the CT Department of Labor
The Riley Guide

Job Hunting in Connecticut

Connecticut's Job Bank (CT Job Central) - from CT Department. of Labor
CT Department of Labor
   
State of Connecticut Occupations in Demand

Fairfieldcountyjobs.com
CTjobs.com
JobsInCT.com
DAS Employment Connection - from CT Dept. of Administrative Services, find State of CT jobs and information and newly added seasonal jobs
State of Connecticut Statewide Job Postings - from CT Dept. of Administrative Services            

Job Hunting Nationwide

About Jobs.com
Career One Stop
Federal Jobs Digest
HealthCareerCenter.com
HealthcareJobsite.com
LinkUp
O*net Online
The Riley Guide

Resumes

Try JobNow for resume templates, resources and live expert advice. Submit your resume to receive constructive comments from a resume expert. Have your library card handy for log-in, then create a username/password to access and view resume comments, usually within 24 hours. There is no need to include your name, address, email, or any other identifying information.

Need a resume template? Try Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word has a wide variety of resume templates that make it easy to create professional looking resumes. In Word 2013, type "resumes" in the search box for "Search for online templates" (which is found before you select a new "blank document.")  There are approximately 60 resume templates which include chronological and functional resumes, entry-level resumes, and professionoal resumes for sales managers, computer programmers, and teachers, and more. Many of the resume templates use designs which may be printed in color.


Library Materials

Circulating books and most reference books are shelved in the stacks on the Upper Level. College-related materials are now in the separate College Corner near the Adult Services Desk. Print magazines and newspapers are located in the Friends of the Library Reading room or ask at the Adult Services Desk. Audiobooks and most nonfiction DVDs are shelved separately. Travel DVDs are interfiled with travel books in the stacks.

Books/DVD/Audiobooks

Directories of Colleges and Universities - 378.7
College Entrance Test Preparation - 378.1
Careers – 650.14 and 331-332
Job Search & Resumes – 650.14
Entrepreneurship – 658
Career Change – 650.1

College Courses on CD/DVD - located in Adult Services

Magazines/Newspapers

Business Week
Fairfield County Business Journal
Forbes
Fortune
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
See also: General Periodical Indexes online


Also of Interest

Check here to see if we have any programs and events coming up at the Library related to college, careers and job search.


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