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CAREER & JOB SEARCH RESOURCES

Rock County Job Center

1900 Center Avenue
Janesville, WI 53546
608-741-3400

Visit the Virtual Job Center

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The government’s premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations.

Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook 

Before You Apply, Consider These Items:

Cover Letter

A cover letter highlights your qualifications. shows you are a fit for the specific job to which you are applying. is unique to each position. It gives employers a sense of your personality, motivation, and writing style.

Resume

A resume helps land an interview. It’s a a record of work experience, professional achievements, education, skills, certifications, and other details that make the case for the job. Be sure to include measurable outcomes/achievements if possible.

References

Many employers will ask for References in order to confirm your job history, past performance, and to determine if your interview responses were truthful.

Note: Never list a reference without speaking to them first to make sure they are willing to speak positively on your behalf.

Thank You Notes

Yes, you really do need to send thank you notes or emails to all those involved in your interview. It shows that a candidate is actually interested in the job/company and would be a thoughtful coworker.

Try These Library Resources

Services at All Libraries

Please call the library to verify services are available. Services vary by library and may be suspended due to COVID-19.

  • Internet & Wi-Fi (also available in most library parking lots)
  • Public Computers
  • Printing (Charges may apply)
  • Answers to specific questions
  • **Faxing** (Available at most libraries, charges may apply)
  • Gale Courses (6-week online classes)
  • Lynda.com (on demand video tutorials)
  • Brainfuse HelpNow: Adult Learners (Career resources & resume tips/review)
  • LearningExpress Library (Career preparation & exam resources)

Services at Specific Libraries

Please call the library to verify services are available. Services vary by library and may be suspended due to COVID-19.

Beloit Public Library
Phone: 608-364-2905

  • Drop-Off Resume Review Service, call computer lab for details
  • Referrals to community resources

Clinton Public Library
Phone: 608-676-5569

  • 1-on-1 Appointments for resumés, applications, unemployment, or job search help

Edgerton Public Library
Phone: 608-884-4511

  • 1-on-1 Appointments for resumés, applications, or job search help

Hedberg Public Library
Phone: 609-758-6600

  • May be referred for a 1-on-1 appointment

Milton Public Library
Phone: 608-868-7462

  • 1-on-1 Appointments for resumés, applications, or job search help

Orfordville Public Library
Phone: 608-879-9229

  • 1-on-1 Appointments for resumés, applications, or job search help
  • Print up to 5 pages free for job search or educational purposes
  • Job Center resource corner

 

Online Tools: Websites, Classes, Videos, & Services

LiveBrainfuse HelpNow: Adult Learners

Use Brainfuse HelpNow‘s Adult Learners tools to get a personal review of your resume, help with Microsoft Office, GED or US Citizenship test prep, career resources, writing help, live tutoring and more.

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LearningExpress Library: Career Preparation

Make your work goals a reality—start a new career or advance in your current field. Use LearningExpress Library to explore careers, improve job search and workplace skills, or prepare for over a dozen different  career exams like nursing, real estate, cosmetology, or CDL.

Gale Courses

Over 350 free online courses in professional development, technology skills, and personal development. Most classes are six-weeks-long and take an average of 24 hours to complete. Learn more about Gale Courses. Free with your local library card!

Don’t miss these courses and more!

Resume Writing Workshop

Discover the secret to transforming your tired, boring resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews.

Click to enroll now.

12 Steps to a Successful Job Search

World-renowned author and career advisor shows you how to get the job you want quickly and easily and in any economy.

Click to enroll now.

Listen to Your Heart, and Success Will Follow

Design a life that makes you happy by learning how you can use work to express yourself and share your interests and talents.

Click to enroll now.

Lynda.com

Thousands of video tutorials taught by industry experts help you to acquire software, creative, and business skills. Learn more about Lynda.comFree with your local library card – be sure to use our log in portal!

Don’t miss these courses and more!

Cover Letter Tips with Jenny Foss

Get tips on how to tie your strengths to what the employer is seeking, explain missing skills, address a career gap, ensure that decision-makers actually read your letter, and land the interview.

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Writing a Cover Letter with Jenny Foss

Explore the elements of an exceptional cover letter and learn how to craft a killer lead, provide direct evidence for why your skills align with a position and close on a strong note.

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Managing Stress and Building Resilience, While Job Hunting with Careercake

Learn how to artfully manage two of the most significant emotional challenges that job hunters face: managing stress and remaining resilient.

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Resume Makeover with Jenny Foss

Learn to condense years of experience into a compelling marketing document, address resume gaps and job hops, and choose the right format for the final document.

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Writing a Resume with Stacey Gordon

Start with the basics of resume writing for job seekers, then snag a few extra job search basics such as identifying companies to work for and determining fit.

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Designing a Resume with Steve Harris

Learn three different approaches to make your resume stand out. Master smart strategies for organizing your content and highlighting your most impressive qualifications.

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