Looking for a Job?  Start Here!

The Alexandria Library has the resources and tools to help you succeed in your job search.  You’ll find books and online guides on careers, links to the major job listing websites and advice on putting your best foot forward in your resume and interview.


Finding a new job is a project that requires research, organizational and writing skills, and above all, a positive attitude.  The following is just a small sampling of many resources available at the Alexandria Library and online to help you in your job search.


Career Books

100 fastest-growing careers     The career chronicles     What Color is Your Parachute?    The book of U.S. government jobs     Occupational Outlook Handbook     Top 100 Careers Without a Four-Year Degree



Barron’s How to Write Better Resumes and Cover Letters     Federal Resume Guidebook     Knock 'em Dead Cover Letters     No Nonsense Cover Letters; the Essential Guide to Creating Attention-grabbing Cover Letters     Resume Magic; Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer     202 great cover letters



Acing the Interview : how to ask and answer the questions that will get you the job     Interview Magic: Job Interview Secrets from America's Career and Life Coach     The Interview Rehearsal Book: 7 Steps to Job-Winning Interviews Using Acting Skills You Never Knew You Had     Job Interviews for Dummies     Next day job interview     Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy


Databases (requires AL library card)

Vocations and Careers Collection

Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones.

Cypress Resumes - Online resume building too.

Testing and Education Reference Center - Career test preparation and Resume building tools.


Finding the Right Career; Choosing or Changing Career Paths

This article from Helpguide.org can help you analyze your skills and interests and match them to an occupation that will be right for you.

U.S. News & World Report Best Jobs 2012

Best jobs are ranked by industry with descriptions and salary ranges.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

From the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, up-to-date information on every career.

City of Alexandria, Community and Human Services JobLink

This website provides a description of the services available at the Job Search Resource Center.  Get help with your resume, prepare your cover letter and use the Center’s copier, phone and fax to contact employers.

How to Write a Resume

Build your personal resume using the sample templates provided.

Job Interview Questions, Answers, Tips and Resources

Sample interview questions and tips for how to turn an interview into a job.

Resume Baking

Build your personal resume based on resumes of others.


Build technical resumes and access University webpages on resume building.

Candid Career

Video clips to help individuals learn about careers and get hired..

Local Job Websites

City of Alexandria Jobs

Vacancies are advertised every third Monday for 14 calendar days.

Virginia Jobs

Work for Virginia state government; see job openings and apply online.

Washington Post Jobs

Job listings and articles on resume writing, interviewing, salary negotiation tips and more.

National Job Websites
Career Builder

Job listings, plus.  Post your resume, save your job searches, get job recommendations. CareerBuilder works with over 300,000 employers around the world, including 92% of the Fortune 1000.


Jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities.


Search job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages; post your resume
online; get email alerts about newly posted jobs.


Search by job title or skills to find jobs across the U.S.  You’ll also find resume samples, interview tips, and advice on starting your own business.


Jobs listed in the U.S. with thousands of internships and volunteer opportunities. The site also features links to the “After” Tax Salary Calculator and the Salary Search, useful tools.

Simply Hired

An easy to use set of tools to search over 6 million jobs worldwide.

USA Jobs

This is the U.S. Government’s official website for Federal jobs and employment information. You can create and save your resume here and apply online for government job openings.

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