Job + Career Resources

job and career


Library Job Fair June 2021

Information and links to Job Fair participant organizations seeking employees

Library Job Search Resources Instructional Videos

Applying for a Civil Service Exam in Erie County                                                                                                                                                        Have you ever thought of applying for a civil service exam and you weren't sure of the process? Check out this instructional video where we explore the Erie County Civil Service website and navigate through job postings, FAQs, forms and much more.

An Overview of Data Axel Reference Solutions Job Search                                                                                                                                     Are you looking for a job and don't know where to start? Look no further than the jobs search on Data Axel Reference Solutions. This resource is available at your local library and is also accessible at home on the library website. This video will give you a step-by-step guide to the features available and also demonstrate how to search for your ideal job.

Getting Started with LinkedIn                                                                                                                                                                                          Join us for this brief introduction to Linkedin. You will learn the basics of setting up an account and also get a brief tutorial on the many features of Linkedin. After viewing this video, you will be comfortable establishing your own presence on the platform of Linkedin.

Resume and Cover Letter Fundamentals                                                                                                                                            In this brief video, we will explore the important elements that your resume and cover letter should include. A focus on available templates and ideal formatting will be discussed.

Set and Reach Your Career Goals
In this session, you'll learn how to set goals that align with your vision, then identify sacrifices and actions you’ll need to make to achieve them as well as the strengths and weaknesses that will affect your journey. 

Microsoft Word - Using Templates to Create Resumes 
Includes how to find and fill out resume templates in Word and Google Docs.

Jump-start Your Career in Data Analytics
This session covers tips for breaking into this in-demand field through a Google Career Certificate.



Business Insights:  Essentials
Detailed company and industry news and information from company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, periodicals and more.  Virtual Tour

Data Axle Reference Solutions (previously ReferenceUSA)
Includes 24 million business listings nationwide searchable by name, location, line of business, size and other details. This product is for personal non-commercial use only.  Virtual Tour



Career Information 

Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center (ENAHEC)
Transforms and creates a diverse health workforce by educating, exposing and connecting future and current health professionals to underserved and underrepresented communities in Erie and Niagara counties.

Occupational health and toxicology database designed to link jobs to hazardous job tasks that are linked to occupational diseases and their symptoms.

Occupational Outlook Handbook 
This classic source contains job descriptions, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.  A list of the 20 occupations with the highest projected numeric change in employment is available at

Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH)
WNYCOSH has empowered hundreds of thousands of workers including young workers, refugee and immigrant workers, low-wage workers and workers in high hazard industries through direct training to identify, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace.   Information on worker righters are available in 14 languages at

Civil Service Exams

City of Buffalo
Current civil service job openings in the city of Buffalo.

Erie County
Current civil service exam postings in Erie County.  This website includes a printable application form.

New York State
Examination postings for jobs in New York State.  Apply online at

New York State Unified Court System 
Current exams, statewide examination schedule, and a printable application form.

The U.S. Government's official site for jobs and employment information.  Current federal job openings and an online application form.

Test Preparation

Erie County Civil Service Study Guides
Study guides for select Erie County Civil Service Exams.

Test Guides and Resource Booklets for Local Examinations
Study guides for local New York State Civil Service Exams.

Test Guides and Resource Booklets for State Examinations 
Study guides for select New York State Civil Service Exams

Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews 
The official site for the book What Color Is Your Parachute. Includes information on creating resumes and cover letters; provides job hunting advice and career counseling.

Create an online resume and make connections with past or present colleagues and former classmates.  Used by over 40 million people to exchange job information, ideas and opportunities. Resumes & Letters
Resume and cover letter tips and samples. Interviewing 
Provides assistance with interview preparation and questions.  

“What Is Your Biggest Weakness?”
An article on answering the interview question "What is your biggest weakness?" by Mary Ryan, Associate Director of Career & Leadership Services for Working Professionals, University at North Carolina.

Local Job Search Assistance

Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC)
Offers career counseling, skills assessment, job listings, computer training classes and networking opportunities free of charge. Computers with Internet access help you perform job searches, send electronic resumes, and search career sites.

SUNY Erie One Stop Career Center 
Helps job seekers access the skills they need to obtain employment and links qualified job seekers to hiring employers.  All services are cost-free.  Explore alternative career paths, upgrade your computer skills, compare salary data for different occupations, learn which careers are hot, get résumé writing tips and job interview strategies.

New York State Department of Labor
Job Express page lists job openings available in New York State by region.

Reentry Services within Erie County
Links to mentoring services, vocational guidance and job training and placement for ex-offenders.

Senator Tim Kennedy's Job File
Connects Western New Yorkers seeking employment to job opportunities at companies and agencies across WNY.  Every Monday, new postings will be updated on the Kennedy Jobs File, with links to each agency and application. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the latest listings.

UB Educational Opportunity Center
Offers vocational training programs that lead to gainful employment.  Provides civil service exam preparation and career planning.

Local Jobs

Buffalo Help Wanted
Browse Buffalo area jobs and post your resume.

Buffalo Job Finder 
Search local job postings through The Buffalo News and post your resume. 

Western New York Jobs
Find local career training opportunities and search help-wanted ads.  Offers email notification for job listings, information about career fairs, and open interviews.


Library Materials

Click on the following topics for a quick search of related materials in the B&CPL Catalog.

Career Development
Civil Service Examinations
Cover Letters
Employment Interviewing
Job Hunting
Vocational Guidance for ex-offenders
Vocational Interests

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