Job & Career Information
This listing of resources is designed to serve as a springboard to your next job. Below are numerous books, websites, and local agencies that will aid in your search for meaningful employment. If you happen to visit the New Lexington Library, you will find a Career & Education Center (a collection of books, pamphlets, and other information concerning test preparation, funding for college, resume and cover letter tips, as well as general career exploration).
- Best Career & Education Web Sites: A Quick Guide to Online Job Search by: Anne Wolfinger
- Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance (5 volume set)
- Guide to Internet Job Searching by: Margaret Riley Dikel & Frances E. Roehm
- Knock 'em Dead Cover Letters by: Martin Yate
- Knock 'em Dead Resumes by: Martin Yate
- Occupational Outlook Handbook compiled by: U.S. Dept. of Labor
- What Color is Your Parachute? by: Richard Nelson Bolles
- Online Resource - Learning Express Library: Excellent resource for taking interactive practice tests for everything from the ACT/SAT to Civil Service Exams and the GED. You may be prompted to enter your library card number if accessing this from home.
If you need assistance applying for jobs online or in preparing your resume, there are local agencies/organizations that can help. First, any of Perry County District Library's six locations are excellent places to make use of free access to computers and the Internet and to find books and other resources that will assist you in the job search process. In addition all six library locations offer jobseekers the use of WinWay software, which helps users create job-winning resumes, audits resumes for mistakes, assists with cover letters and more. Other features include job searching, salary maximizer and interview skill building videos. See a staff member is you need assistance. If you are looking for more personalized assistance, please contact/see the two organizations below.
Perry County Job & Family Services, Work Activities
212 S. Main St. / P.O. Box 311
New Lexington, OH 43764-0311
(740) 342-3551 or 1-800-551-3551
Perry County Job & Family Services employs someone throughout the week who is devoted to assisting people in the preparation of resumes and cover letters and filling out online applications. Use the contact information above for more information. View, print, and complete the Chronological Resume Worksheet to get the process started.
- Holland Center (Corning): The Holland Center provides free access to computers (Macs and PCs) and the Internet and will also assist individuals with resume and cover letter preparation. If you are interested in obtaining computer skills, the Center also provides regular (and free) computer/technology classes - a great community resource.
- CareerBoard Central Ohio: This is a source of job listings for Columbus and its surrounding areas.
- ColumbusJobs: ColumbusJobs gives you access to jobs listed in the Columbus Dispatch and others nationwide. You will also find job hunting advice here.
- Fairfield County Opportunity Center: This is an excellent place to explore job search and interview tips as well as to connect with employment opportunities and upcoming job fairs in Fairfield County.
- Find Help in Tough Times: Site created by the State Library of Ohio that provides links to information on housing, parenting, and employment (to name a few).
- Muskingum County Opportunity Center: This site provides online access to job leads within Guernsey, Licking, and Muskingum Counties, which are updated weekly.
- Office of Unemployment Compensation: Job and Family Services site serving as a portal to information concerning unemployment benefits in the state.
- Ohio Means Jobs: This site is a gateway to job opportunities within the state and nationwide. Like many of the other sites here, this resource also provides general job search and resume preparation assistance.
- Southeastern Ohio Help Wanted: Use this site to browse or search for jobs in Perry, Athens, Hocking, and Muskingum Counties (among others). Also be sure to make use of the career assessment test to help you take stock of your skills and abilities.
- Workforce Investment Act (WIA): Site providing information concerning this federally funded program aimed at providing individuals with employment and training opportunities. This program is usually administered locally through county Job and Family Services offices and is an opportunity to retrain for a new job/career.
- Ohio Here to Help: Provides direct links to job openings via Ohio Means Jobs, as well as training and education resources via the State of Ohio Library. It also has information on such topics as money, food assistance, heath care, housing, transportation, child care, veterans'services, legal services, clothing assistance, youth employment and much more.
- CareerBuilder: Popular job listing site offering access to opportunities in a variety of fields from all over the world. Beware of "opportunities" that are not really jobs at all - just attempts to mine for your contact information.
- CareerOneStop: Sponsored by the US Department of Labor, this site provides a wealth of information concerning employment, education, and business success. This site also functions as a portal to the many One-Stop Career Centers throughout the state.
- indeed: Site providing access to job openings from across the country. The best aspect of this site is its simple search feature that resembles Google (very easy).
- LinkUp: Job search site that attempts to eliminate work at home and other employment scams by pulling advertisements directly from company websites - very simple to use.
- Monster: Another popular site that allows users to search for or browse job listings.
- Simply Hired: Another simple searchable site where users can explore job opportunities from across the country.
- US Department of Labor - Job Seekers: Government website covering a wide variety of topics related to resume and job search strategies, disability information, and job training.
Help Wanted Ads in Local Newspapers
Job listings advertised on these newspaper websites can generally be found by clicking on "Classifieds" and then looking for the "Employment" or "Jobs" link.
- Athens Messenger
- Cambridge Jeffersonian
- Lancaster Eagle Gazette
- Newark Advocate
- Perry County Tribune
- Zanesville Times Recorder