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

Online Resources   |   Websites   |   Library Materials   |   Also of Interest

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.


Atomic Training
Online software training to enhance software and technology skills.
Video-based how-to training with unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 300 of today's most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.

  • All the latest offerings — Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
  • Valuable job training — Improve job skills with in-depth training on Excel and
         Photoshop, or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging,
         and podcasting
  • Mobile training — Learn how to use mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad
  • Access anywhere — Watch videos at the library or remotely from home

  • JobNow

  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 JournaliCONN
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


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!




Tested and recommended by our librarians.

College Resources

College Board
Go College
National Application Center - Plan, explore and apply to college
New England Board of Higher Education
UCONN Mentor Connection - Summer program for 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 - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid
Financial Aid Toolkit


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
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

Career One Stop
Federal Jobs Digest
Healthcare & Medical Employment
O*net Online
The Riley Guide


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.

"Five Top Resume Turnoffs" -, February 19, 2013

Free Resume Builider -


Library Materials

Circulating books and most reference books are shelved in the stacks. Print magazines and newspapers are on display or ask at the Adult Services Desk. Audiobooks and most nonfiction DVD's are shelved separately. Travel DVD's are shelved in the stacks.


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


Business Week
Fairfield County Business Journal
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.

Reference Toolkit

Search Our Catalog:

Encyclopedias & Ready Reference

Image Collections

Research Style Guides

Teen Homework Help

Children's Homework Help

Inter-Library Loan

Senior Gold Card Members: Get Personal Help with Any Database

Get a Library Card to Access Online Databases