The Library Can Help!
The Tulsa City-County Library can help you navigate through these challenging economic times. From job listings to learning how to craft an effective resume, you're sure to find everything you need on this guide.
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Need access to a computer to search for jobs, fill out online job applications or write a resume? Our 24 locations offer free computer access and wireless (Wi-Fi) connection. Find your neighborhood branch.
First Step: Get an Email Address
The first thing to do before any job search is to set up an email account. Employers often ask you to email your resume or a job application. Be one step ahead and have it ready to go.
Many sites offer free email services. Simply create an account by filling out the website form.
While the registration form can be somewhat intimidating, it only needs to be completed once.
Often times the desired username (the portion of the email address before the ‘@’ symbol) is already taken. Get creative or pick one of the suggestions.
Stuck? Try using your initials, middle name, a nickname (keep it professional), numbers or symbols
Make sure you note important details like your new email address and password so you are able to check your email in the future.
Get One-on-One Job Assistance
The following libraries offer one-on-one appointments to assist job seekers with resumes, interviews and other job skills.
Book-A-Librarian appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis and generally last 30-60 minutes.
Call to set up an appointment.
Broken Arrow Library ■ 300 W. Broadway Ave. ■ 918-549-7500
Brookside Library ■ 1207 E. 45th Pl. ■ 918-549-7507
Hardesty Regional Library ■ 8316 E 93rd St ■ 918-549-7550
Owasso Library ■ 103 W. Broadway ■ 918-549-7624
Skiatook Library ■ 316 E. Rogers ■ 918-549-7676
Zarrow Regional Library ■ 2224 W. 51st St. ■ 918-549-7683
Martin Regional Library ■ 2601 S. Garnett ■ 918-549-7590
Rudisill Regional Library ■ 1520 N. Hartford ■ 918-549-7645
Collinsville Library ■ 1223 Main ■ 918-549-7528
Build Your Skills
The library has a lot of materials to help you begin your job search. Check out these popular titles or explore more @ Catalog Search: Job Hunting.
- The Ultimate Job Hunter's Guidebookby Susan Greene; Melanie C. L. Martel
Call Number: 650.14 G835u 2012
- 5 Steps to Rapid Employment by Jay A. Block
Call Number: 650.14 B6201f 2014
- Knock'em Dead 2016: The Ultimate Job Search Guide by Martin Yate
Call Number: 650.14 Y27k5
- Your First Job: The Recent Grad's Indispensable Guide to Getting a Job by W. Daniel Quillen
Call Number: 640.14 Q414y 2015
Start Your Search
Where Else Can I Look?
- Visit Workforce Tulsa. They offer job seekers tremendous resources, including job search assistance
- Read the library's Job blog!
- Check the help wanted secton of your local newspaper
The Oklahoman (OKC)
- Attend a job fair. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission regularly posts job fair information to connect prospective employees to area employers.
- Ask your friends, relatives, teachers, and previous employers for job leads.
- Explore Reference USA . Available through the library, Reference USA collaborated with Indeed.com to add a Jobs/Internship module. Users can find jobs based on keyword, location, company name and job title. Results can be printed and emailed and include company information that will be helpful in the interview process.
Specialized Job Searching
The following sites are customized for particular career fields, such as technology or nonprofit careers.
The leading career website for technology and engineering professionals, and the companies that seek to employ them, in the United States.
Search and apply for jobs in academia.
Lists non-profit jobs both paid and unpaid in the U.S. and abroad.
Specializes in sales recruiting. Search by location, industry or company.
Several organizations, such as those listed below, help job seekers in Tulsa and Oklahoma. Check out our Tulsa Organizations and Servicesresource for even more referral information.
- Workforce Tulsa
Job Seekers can access substantial services at workforce centers including job search assistance, resume assistance, interviewing skills, on-the-job training, GED assistance and post-secondary education for qualified applicants.
- Goodwill Industries of Tulsa: Job Connection
Goodwill's free Job Connection program provides interest and skills assessment, resume development, job search assistance, interview skills, and referral to community resources.
- Transportation Connections WorkAdvance
A career advancement program in Tulsa that provides un- and under-employed individuals with high-quality training, job placement and advancement services in the transportation sector.
- Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
OESC is your direct link to employment and training, unemployment benefits, labor market data, and much more.
- Oklahoma Works
Oklahoma Works brings all of our state’s workforce resources together, connecting employers, employees and job-seekers to information and programs that help build Oklahoma’s workforce.
Career & Job Seeking Blog
Build Your Skills
- Knock 'em Dead Resumes by Martin Yate
Call Number: 650.14 Y27kr 2014
The library has a lot of materials to help build you build an effective resume and cover letter. Check out these popular titles or explore more @ Catalog Search: Resumes.
- Quick Resume and Cover Letter Book by Michael Farr
Call Number: 650.14 F24q 2011
- Before and after Resumes with CD by Tracy Burns-Martin
Call Number: 650.14 B937b 2012
- Resumes, Cover Letters, Networking, and Interviewing by Clifford W. Eischen; Lynn A. Eischen
Call Number: 650.142 E361r 2013
- Blue Collar Resumesby Steven A. Provenzano
Call Number: 650.142 P948b 2012
- 201 Killer Cover Letters by Podesta; Paxton
Call Number: 650.14 P751t 2014
Take an Online Class
UniversalClass offers hundreds of online noncredit classes on almost any imaginable topic. Available online 24/7.
REGISTER TODAY: TulsaLibrary.org/OnlineClasses
Online Resume Guides
Need more assistance with your resume? Check out these online sources.
- Purdue OWL Resume Workshop
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides detailed explanations, as well step-by-step processes, for creating an effective resume.
- Resume Writing from GCFLearnFree.org
Learn which resume formats the experts prefer. Browse sample resumes and use a resume template to write your own.
Things to Consider
When Developing a Resume...
→ Tweak the resume (and cover letter) every time you send it out.
→ Relate your skills to the job qualifications of that specific job.
→ Keep the resume to a page if possible, and keep it an easy read by using bullets and bolding.
→ Be honest, and identify your skill level accurately.
→ As a general rule of thumb, you do not need to go back beyond ten years of work experience.
Resumes with Microsoft Word
Below are instructions for creating resumes in Microsoft Word 2016
- Open Microsoft Word.
- Click on Blank Document.
- Or, search by the keyword Resume to locate templates. Select a resume template by clicking on it then click on Create.
- Information that should be changed is enclosed in brackets. Click the bracket to select the area to replace, such as [Objective]. Type your specific information, such as “I would like to secure a position in the medical field.”
- To add more than one entry of any category, such as Work Experience, highlight the bracket portion you want repeated and copy and paste it as many times as you would like before changing the information.
- Click on Print to get an idea of how your resume will look when printed.
Saving Your Resumes
Since you'll want to be able to make changes to your resume you'll need to save it to a flash drive before exiting. Below are the instructions for saving to a flash drive in Windows 10.
- Insert the flash drive into a USB port.
- Click on File and then click Save As.
- Click Browse to locate the flash drive.
- Locate the flash drive (usually drive D:) and highlight it.
- In the File name box, type a name for the document.
- Click Save.
Emailing Your Resume
Below are generic instructions for creating attachments.
- On your email composing screen click the paperclip image to Attach a file.
- In the window that opens, select Computer to locate the flash drive and double click.
- Click the name of the document you wish to attach, then click Open.
- The box should close and the attachment process will begin. Depending our your email company you may have to click Attach again to begin the process.
- Once the upload is completed you will be returned to the composing screen and you will see the file name or image at the bottom.
- Repeat these steps to attach more files.
- You are now ready to send your email with an attachment.
Build Your Skills
- Knock 'Em Dead Job Interview by Martin Yate
Call Number: 650.144 Y271k 2013
The library has a lot of materials to help build your interview skills. Check out these popular titles or explore more @ Catalog Search: Job Interviews
- Acing the Interview by Tony Beshara
Call Number: 650.14 B463ac 2008
- Next-Day Job Interview by Michael Farr
Call Number: 650.14 F24n 2009
- Don't Wear Flip-Flops to Your Interview by Paul Powers
Call Number: 650.14 P874d 2015
- 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions by Ron Fry
Call Number: 650.14 F947o 2016
What will they ask?
What should I ask?
An interview is a two-way street. Ask questions. The employer will typically provide an opportunity for you to ask questions at or near the end of the interview.
What would a typical day be like for me at this position?
Is there opportunity for growth in your company?
What is the next step in the interview process?
Find more examples at the websites below.
What happens next?
- Take notes about things that you can improve for other interviews.
- Write a thank-you letter to the interviewer for expressing interest.
- If you are offered the job position, one to two weeks is a reasonable time to make a decision and write a reply about the job.
For more detail and examples on how to best follow-up on an interview, visit these online resources:
Take an Online class
UniversalClass offers hundreds of online noncredit classes on almost any imaginable topic available 24/7.
REGISTER TODAY: TulsaLibrary.org/OnlineClasses
Dress for Success
- Dress for Success Tulsa
Provides business appropriate clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories at no cost to disadvantaged women in Tulsa
You only get one chance to make a good first impression with a potential employer. The clothes you wear are the first part of that first impression, so dress to impress!
Build Your Skills
- Knock 'Em Dead Social Networking by Martin Yate
Call Number: 650.1 Y271k 2014
- 100 Conversations for Career Success by Miriam Salpeter
Call Number: E-book
- Social Networking for Career Success by Miriam Salpeter
- Highly Effective Networking by Orville Pierson
Call Number: 650.14 P615h 2009
- How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and Other Social Networks by Brad Schepp; Debra Schepp
Call Number: 650.14 S325h 2010
What is Networking?
Networking involves using the vast numbers of people that you know -- your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, customers, vendors, associates, etc. -- as information sources for job leads.
The more people in your network, and the more people each person in your network knows, the greater number of job leads.
Things to Consider
Upcoming Library Classes
Did you know the library offers instructor-led computer classes?
Check out our event guide for the latest offerings.
Need access to a computer to search for jobs, fill out online job applications or write a resume?
All library locations offer free computer access and wireless (Wi-Fi) connection.
Find your neighborhood branch.
Learning Express offers basic, intermediate and advanced self-paced tutorials on a variety of software packages. Available online 24/7.
Master Microsoft Office
Learn Computer Graphics
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
Understand Your Operating System
- Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
Looking for a new career?
U.S. News and World Report offers job seekers an intuitive method to compare professions based on components that matter most: the number of expected openings, advancement opportunities, career fulfillment and salary expectations. Check out their 100 Best Jobs.
For even more ways to find the “best” job for you, check out these titles available at the library.
- Work Your Strengths: a Scientific Process to Identify Your Skills and Match Them to the Best Career for You
Call Number: 650.1 M363w 2010
- What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017 by Richard N. Bolles
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2016-08-16
- 50 Best Jobs for Your Personality by Laurence Shatkin
Call Number: 331.702 S533f 2012
- The Sequel: How to Change Your Career without Starting Over
Call Number: 650.14 S533s 2011
- The Pathfinder by Nicholas Lore
Call Number: 650.14 L885p 2012
- Career Changer's Manual
Careers That Match Your Talent
Check out these websites to determine how your interests and skills can be used to find the right career path for you.
- My Skills My Future
Enter a job you've had, and get a list of occupations that require similar skills. Then you can explore careers, find training, and view and apply for job postings.
- My Next Move
Search for careers by keywords, browse by industry, or by matching with your interests and training. Also available in Spanish and offers a special site for Veterans.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a profile for careers covering the nature of the work, working conditions, employment, training, job outlook, earnings, and related occupations.
Workforce Tulsa fuels economic development by connecting businesses in our region with job-ready talent through public/private partnerships.
Job Seekers can access substantial services at workforce centers around a four county area including job search assistance, resume assistance, interviewing skills, on-the-job training, GED assistance and post-secondary education for qualified applicants.
Eastgate Workforce Center
14002 E 21st Street, Suite 1030
Tulsa, OK 74134
Phone: (918) 796-1200
Skyline Workforce Center
6128 E 38th Street, Suite 405
Tulsa, OK 74135
Phone: (918) 384-2300
Sand Springs Workforce Center
401 E Broadway, Suite B 1
Sand Springs, OK 74063
Phone: (918) 245-9544
Sapulpa Workforce Center
1700 S Main
Sapulpa, OK 73533
Phone: (918) 224-9430
Pawhuska Workforce Center
516 Leahy Avenue
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Phone: (918) 287-2410
For more information on Workforce Tulsa and itheir services visit www.workforcetulsa.com.