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Job Seeker Pathfinder

The sources below have been grouped by the steps of self-assessment, self-training, job hunting, applications and networking, resumes, and interviewing, as well as federal jobs/transitioning from military.  The sources may be useful for steps beyond the group they are introduced in, but are included where the primary focus of the source is, or the group in which the source is most useful and timely. 

Many books for job seekers are housed in a separate Vocational Guidance (VG) collection.  Any call number that does not start in VG is likely in the adult nonfiction section.  If you cannot find a book, check its status in the public catalog (OPAC), place a hold on it in the catalog, or ask a librarian for assistance.

Books on Self-Assessment

VG 331.702 SHA

Shatkin, Laurence. 150 Best Jobs for Your Skills.  454 p., 2012.

VG 370.113 COP

Coplin, William D.  10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: the Skills You Need to Succeed.  292 p., 2012.

VG 650.14 LOR

Lore, Nicholas.  The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success.  430 p., 2012.

VG 650.14 MER

Merritt, Jennifer.  The Wall Street Journal Guide to Building Your Career.  200 p., 2012.

158 COV

Covey, Stephen R.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change. 391 p., 2013.

158 REP

Leider, Richard.  Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Good Life.  2012 (3rd ed.).

158.1 REY

Reynolds, Siimon. Why People Fail: the 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them.  236 p. 2012.


158.1 SUL

Sullivan, Bob. The Plateau Effect: Getting from Stuck to Success.  298 p., 2013.

158.2 GRA

Grant, Adam M.  Give and Take: a Revolutionary Approach to Success.  305 p., 2013.


Blake, Trevor. Three Simple Steps: a Map to Success in Business and Life.  237 p., 2012. 


Internet Sources on Self-Assessment

Career Cruising.  2014.  https://www2.careercruising.com/main (access to Poplar Creek library card holders through our website at http://www.poplarcreeklibrary.org/library-resources/online-databases)

CareerOneStop.  2014.  http://www.careeronestop.org/

Innes, J.  Ultimate New Job: the Definitive Guide to Surviving and Thriving as a New Starter.  2012.  http://emedialibrary.lib.overdrive.com/5513C9C7-7CA1-453E-AF37-F1EF9B596F43/10/384/en/ContentDetails.htm?id=FB3C0625-4DA8-45F5-9B4C-F95B724DD4E1 (access to Poplar Creek library card holders only)

O*Net Onlinehttp://www.onetonline.org/

The Riley Guide: Self-Assessment Resources.  2014.  http://www.rileyguide.com/assess.html

Books on Self-Training

004.160846 FOR

Muir, Nancy. Laptops for Seniors for Dummies.  457 p., 2014.

004.165 MAC

Vandome, Nick.  Mac Computing for Seniors.  2012 (3rd ed.).

005.2762 JQUERY

Dayley, Brad. Sams Teach Yourself jQuery and JavaScript in 24 hours.  638 p., 2014.

005.446 WINDOWS 8.1

Miller, Michael. Computer Basics: Absolute Beginner's Guide: Windows® 8.1. 438 p., 2014.

006.754 FACEBOOK

Miller, Michael. My Facebook for Seniors. 330 p., 2014.


Teukolsky, Roselyn.  Barron's AP computer science A.  2013 (6th ed.).

VG 378.16 TEAS

Stocker, Brian. Complete TEAS V!: Test of Essential Academic Skills Study Guide and Practice Tests. 308 p., 2013.

Internet Sources on Self-Training

Learning Express Library.  2014.  http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/  (access to Poplar Creek library card holders through our website at http://www.poplarcreeklibrary.org/library-resources/online-databases)

Books on Job Hunting

VG 331.702 FAR

Shatkin, Laurence.  Top 100 Careers without a Four-Year Degree: Your Complete Guidebook to Good Jobs in Many Fields.  410 p., 2012.



Hannon, Kerry.  Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work that Keeps You Happy and Healthy and Pays the Bills.  565 p., 2013.

VG 333.72 SCH

Schatt, Stanley and Michele Lobi.  Paint Your Career Green: Get a Green Job without Starting Over.  2012.

VG 650.14 BES

Beshara, Tony.  The Job Search Solution: the Ultimate System for Finding a Great Job Now!  313 p., 2012.

VG 650.14 DAL

Dalton, Steve.  The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster.  233 p., 2012.


Ghilani, Mary E. Working in Your Major: How to Find a Job When You Graduate. 234 p., 2012.

VG 650.14 HOL

Holland, R. William.  Cracking the New Job Market: the 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy.  238 p., 2012.

VG 650.14/HOW

American Library Association. How to Get a Great Job: a Library How-to Handbook.  172 p., 2011.

VG 650.14 LON

Long, Cheryl Butler.  Unemployed, but Moving on!: Smart Job Searching in a Web-Based World and a Sucky Economy.  151 p., 2012.

VG 650.14 SIL

Silvis, Carol A.  Job Hunting after 50.  2012.

650.14 LEI

Leibman, Pete.  I Got My Dream Job and So Can You: 7 Steps to Creating Your Ideal Career after College.  245 p., 2012.

Internet Sources on Job Hunting

Birkel, Damian. The Job Search Checklist: Everything You Need to Know to Get Back to Work after a Layoff [electronic resource] 2013 (1st ed.). http://emedialibrary.lib.overdrive.com/5DE8ABA0-810B-47BA-958F-61A0D23041C2/10/50/en/ContentDetails.htm?id=68D85ECA-48CA-49D1-8EEB-146BF499B710 (access to Poplar Creek Public Library card holders only).

Denny, Melanie L.  The Job Seeker's Secret Guide to LinkedIn.  2012.  http://emedialibrary.lib.overdrive.com/5513C9C7-7CA1-453E-AF37-F1EF9B596F43/10/384/en/ContentDetails.htm?id=C1B0F06F-D11B-4E40-BA77-65C43BA916A2 (access to Poplar Creek library card holders only)

Illinois Dept. of Employment Security. Illinois JobLinkhttps://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/

Indeed.com.  2014.  http://www.indeed.com/l-Illinois-jobs.html

United States. Federal Trade Commission. Jobs & Making Money. http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/jobs-making-money

Books on Applications and Networking

VG 650.14 HIL

Hill, Paul.  The Panic Free Job Search: Unleash the Power of the Web and Social Networking to Get Hired.  246 p., 2012.

VG 650.14 LAB

Labovich, Laura M.  100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Tweet, Cold Call, and Network Your Way to Your Dream Job.  214 p., 2012.

VG 650.14 RUT

Rutledge, Patrice-Anne.  Sams Teach Yourself LinkedIn in 10 Minutes.  246 p., 2012.

VG 650.140285 SCH

Schepp, Brad.  How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  253 p., 2012.

VG 650.142 SCU

Scudamore, Patricia.  Successful Job Applications in a Week.  121 p., 2012.

650.13 GUN

Gunelius, Susan.  The Complete Idiot's Guide to LinkedIn.  308 p., 2012.

658.872 BEL

Belew, Shannon. The Art of Social Selling: Finding and Engaging Customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Other Social Networks. 267 p., 2014.

658.872 JOE

Joel, Mitch.  Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It. 276 p., 2013.

Internet Sources on Applications and Networking

LinkedIn.  2014.  http://www.linkedin.com

Networking Monkey.  2014.  http://www.networkmonkey.co/

Snagajob.  2014.  http://www.snagajob.com/job-applications/

Books on Resumes

VG 650.14 EVE

Graber, Steven.  The Everything Resume Book.  2013 (4th ed.).

VG 650.14 SCH

Schuman, Nancy.  1,001 Phrases You Need to Get a Job: the "Hire Me" Words that Set Your Cover Letter, Resume, and Job Interview Apart.  383 p., 2012.

VG 650.142 KNO

Yate, Martin John.  Knock ‘em Dead Resumes.  2012 (10th ed.).

VG 650.142 KUR

Kursmark, Louise.  Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads: Jump-Start Your Career!  234 p., 2012.

VG 650.142 NOB

Noble, David F.  Gallery of Best Resumes: a Collection of Quality Resumes by Professional Resume Writers.  428 p., 2012.

VG 650.142 PRO

Provenzano, Steven.  Blue Collar Resumes.  232 p., 2012 (2nd ed.).

VG 650.142 SCH

Schultze, Quentin J.  Résumé 101: a Student and Recent Grad Guide to Crafting Résumés and Cover Letters that Land Jobs.  136 p., 2012.

Internet Sources on Resumes

Kennedy, Joyce Lain. Job Search Letters For Dummies [electronic resource]. http://ebook.3m.com/library/pcpl-document_id-bmx3xz9/ (access to Poplar Creek Public Library card holders only).

Noble, David F. Gallery of Best Resumes [electronic resource]: a Collection of Quality Resumes by Professional Resume Writers. http://proquestpubliclibrary.safaribooksonline.com/9781593578589 (access to Poplar Creek Public Library card holders only).

Monster.com.  2014.  http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/careers.aspx

Resume.com.  2014.  http://www.resume.com

Books on Interviewing

650.144 FRE

Freiberger, Paul. When Can You Start?: How to Ace the Interview and Win the Job. 229 p., 2013.

VG 650.142/STR

Straw, Alison.  Succeeding at Interviews in a Week.  121 p., 2012.

VG 650.144 GRE

Grensing-Pophal, Lin.  The Everything Job Interview Book: All You Need to Stand Out in Today's Competitive Job Market.  290 p., 2012.

VG 650.144 KEN

Kennedy, Joyce Lain.  Job Interviews for Dummies.  318 p., 2012 (4th ed.).

VG 650.144 KRA

Kramer, Eric P.  Active Interviewing: Branding, Selling, and Presenting Yourself to Win Your Next Job.  293 p., 2012.

VG 650.144 WIL

Williams, Lynn.  Ultimate Interview: 100s of Great Interview Answers.  223 p., 2012.

Internet Sources on Interviewing

The Ladders.  2014.   http://www.theladders.com/career-advice/interviewing

Books on Federal Jobs/Transitioning from Military

VG 331.128 JOB

Troutman, Kathryn K.  Jobseeker's Guide: Navigating the Federal Job System for Transitioning Military Personnel and Family Members of Active Duty Military2012 (5th ed.).

VG 351.73023 WHI

Whiteman, Lily.  How to Land a Top-Paying Federal Job: Your Complete Guide to Opportunities, Internships, Résumés and Cover Letters, Networking, Interviews, Salaries, Promotions, and More!  270 p., 2012.

VG 650.14086 WOL

Wolfe, Tom. Out of Uniform: Your Guide to a Successful Military-to-Civilian Career Transition.  239 p., 2012. 

LocDoc PC 3.11:AD 9

Poplar Creek Public Library. Adventures in government jobs. 3 p., 2013.

L 1.7/2:W 89/6

U.S. Dept. of Labor.  U.S. DOL Employment Workshop: Transition from Military to Civilian Workforce, Participant Guide.  268 p., 2012.  Government Document.


Internet Resources on Federal Jobs/Transitioning from Military


USA Jobshttps://www.usajobs.gov/

Feds Hire Vetshttp://www.fedshirevets.gov/