Finding a Job

Cover Letter, Resume and Interviewing 

Database: 

JobNow (eLearning at SFPL) 

Use a variety of flexible templates for creating your resume or cover letter. Includes word and phrase suggestions. Consult with an interview expert about techniques, questions, best practices, industries and more. 

 

Peterson’s Test Prep (Gale Presents) 

Create or update a resume or use the career advice tutorials to learn about everything from job searching and interviewing to negotiating salaries. 

 

Gale Courses 

Enroll in a resume writing workshop where you can earn to create an effective resume or improve the one you already have in this instructor-led course. 

 

Ebsco Learning Express 

Find ebooks, tutorials and career tools to help you build and write your resume. 

 

Local Organization: 

Goodwill/CAP - OEWF SF 

Offers weekly job search classes. 

 

CalJobs 

California Employment Development Department’s job database. Allows users to search for jobs, build résumés, access career resources, find qualified candidates for employment, gather information on education and training and more. Create a basic resume by entering your information into a template. Create a login and password to save your information. 

  

Helpful Links: 

Resume Workshop SF 

Offers resources on how to build and refine your resume. 

 

Glassdoor 

An inside look at jobs, salaries, company reviews and interview questions asked at companies and organizations. 

 

Networking 

Network online, follow potential employers and tap into the hidden job market.  

X (formaly Twitter) 

Social networking and microblogging service utilizing instant messaging, SMS or a web interface. Create an account and seek out companies to follow, network with potential employers and other professional contacts. 

 

LinkedIn 

The largest professional social media site on the web. Create an account, post your resume, research companies and more. Use LinkedIn to find internships and who is connected to them. 

 

Facebook 

An online social networking website where people can create profiles, share information such as photos and quotes about themselves, and respond or link to the information posted by others. 

 

Meetup.com 

An online platform for finding people or groups with shared interests and activities, including jobs and careers. Find thousands of groups of interest and quite a few related to job search in SF alone. 

 

Eventbrite.com 

Search Eventbrite.com for networking events in San Francisco and the wider Bay Area. 

 

 

Researching Employers 

Researching Companies & Industries 

Build lists of companies by location (for example, San Francisco) and type of business (hotels, hospitals, real estate firms, etc.) using our subscription directories.  

 

Database: 

Mergent Online  

Research a company’s profile, their history, company news, corporate events, list of executives, business operations, financials and more. 

 

Reference Solutions 

Build lists of companies by location (for example, San Francisco) and type of business (hotels, hospitals, real estate firms, etc.) to research. 

 

Helpful Links: 

UC Berkeley Career Center 

A guide on researching companies of interest. 

 

Glassdoor 

Glassdoor has millions of company reviews — all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers like you. You need to create an account and anonymously contribute a post of your own to view content. 

 

Job Search Engine 

There are many ways for jobs seekers to find employment opportunities through online job boards. Using search engines can help significantly narrow down the type of job or career you want. Some search engines are industry specific, and other are general aggregators which includes job posting from various fields across the board. 

Indeed.com 

A search engine that lists results from hundreds of job boards and company websites. 

 

CalJobs 

California Employment Development Department’s job database. Allows users to search for jobs, build résumés, access career resources, find qualified candidates for employment, gather information on education and training and more. Create a basic resume by entering your information into a template. Create a login and password to save your information. 

 

Hot Jobs! Department of Rehabilitation Job Database 

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) offers opportunities for individuals with disabilities. These jobs are from DOR business partners who are actively working to diversify their workplace by including opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 

 

Dice.com 

Find tech jobs and explore careers. Use the Skills Center, career plans, salary calculator, find articles and more. 

 

CalCareers 

Search for jobs, get assessed, and apply for a job vacancy. Veterans, persons with disabilities and state retirees are welcome. 

 

CalOpps 

A public employment job board owned and operated by public agencies. Create a profile to be notified when jobs become open and more. 

 

City & County of San Francisco 

Job listings in all areas of San Francisco city and county government. Create an account, apply for jobs, check job status, and get notified of job openings. 

 

Idealist.org 

Idealist is a non-profit that connects people to the resources, community, and opportunities they need to take action and create a better world. Find jobs, volunteer opportunities and organizations. 

 

Chronicle of Philanthropy - Careers 

Save resumes, cover letters, and searches. Get job alerts via email. Search the national database of job listings by entering a zip code and radius. 

 

Work for Good 

This job board focuses exclusively on the nonprofit sector. Post your resume, get alerts and an email newsletter. 

 

Gig Jobs 

There are many job search sites for gigs, freelance jobs, part-time jobs, and more.  Check out our list below to find the right gig search site for you.  

 

Blue Crew 

A temporary staffing agency for a wide range of service jobs. 

 

Care.com 

Connect families with caregivers and caregivers with jobs. Jobs include child care, senior care, special needs care, pet care, housekeeping and tutors. 

 

Field Agent 

An on-demand platform for retail audits, mystery shops, shopper insights, digital product demos, and online ratings and reviews. Connects businesses that need work done with on-demand workers looking to make extra money. 

 

Field Nation 

An online matching service for IT contractors and other freelancers. 

 

Fiverr 

Provides a platform for freelancers to offer digital services to customers worldwide. Categories: Graphics & Design, Digital Marketing, Writing & Translation, Music & Audio. 

 

Freelancer 

Connects small businesses with freelancers to get jobs done. Mostly websites, IT and software jobs and many design, media and architecture jobs as well. Other categories include: writing and content; data entry and admin; engineering and science; sales and marketing; translation and languages; local jobs and services; and others. 

 

Gig Walk 

Gigs are primarily posted by consumer brands and retailers seeking on-the-ground feedback about their products or events. Gigs require workers to document their work and product/event compliance or noncompliance through geo-tagged photos. 

 

Guru 

Brings employers and freelancers together around the globe. Mostly Programming & Development jobs. There are other categories such as Writing & Translation, Design & Art, Sales & Marketing, Business & Finance, Engineering & Architecture, Administrative & Secretarial and Others. 

 

Handy 

Cleaner, handyman and lawn care professionals. 

 

lyft 

Become a driver. 

 

Rover 

Pet sitters and dog walkers. 

 

Sittercity 

Babysitter, nanny, child care, special needs, companion care and pet sitter. 

 

Skillshare 

Teach on Skillshare by creating educational videos. Focuses on creative and entrepreneurial skills and popular topics such as design, illustration, writing, photography, productivity and freelancing. 

 

TaskRabbit 

Popular categories for Taskers include: handyman, cleaning, delivery, moving, furniture assembly and personal assistant. 

 

Thumbtack 

Create a profile for your business that connects you with customers. Project types include: home maintenance, remodeling, landscaping, health coaching, tax prep & financial planning, weddings & events planning. 

 

Upwork 

Connects businesses and professional freelancers. Categories include: Web, Mobile & Software Development, IT & Networking, Data Science & Analytics, Engineering & Architecture, Design & Creative, Writing, Translation, Legal, Admin Support, Customer Service, Sales & Marketing, and Accounting & Consulting. 

 

UrbanSitter 

For babysitters and nannies. 

 

Wag! 

For dog walkers, sitters, and trainers. 

Virtual Library 24/7 resources

Your Virtual Library is Open 24/7

The Library’s abundant digital offerings, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, research databases and digital magazines and newspapers are available 24/7 to you while our locations are closed. In addition, we offer many opportunities for eLearning—build valuable job skills or work on your resume, get one-on-one tutoring and homework help, all from your home. We’ve got you covered.

 

Live job coach

Live Job Coach

The library offers online job coaching through a service called Brainfuse JobNow. Their job coaches are available everyday from 1 pm to 10 pm. You can access this service by clicking on the link above. You'll be prompted enter your library card number and PIN/password. Once you're at the Brainfuse JobNow homepage, create a profile to get started.