Employment Resource Center
at Skokie Public Library

Use Skokie Public Library's Employment Resource Center to research career opportunities and strategies. Learn all you can about the company you're interested in working for, or find out how to go into business for yourself.

Services for individuals
Career counselors at the Library
Skokie Career Support Group
Services for groups and community agencies
Materials and resources in the Library

Services for Individuals

Library staff provide assistance to patrons using Library resources for job searching and career strategies. Other services include:

  • Individual orientation to the Employment Resource Center
  • Assistance using the Internet for your job and career information search
  • Referrals to agencies, associations, and organizations
  • A bulletin board with job listings and program notices
  • Career seminars in the Library led by professional consultants and counselors
  • Lists of Library holdings on entrepreneurship and careers
  • Lists of Internet resources of interest to job seekers and career changers, including a list of Major Employers in Skokie.

To schedule an appointment for any of the above services, please contact Career Specialist Michael Buhmann by phone at 847.324.3176 or by .

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Career Counselors at the Library

If you are uncertain about what career path to follow, if you need some help polishing a resume, or if you just need someone to talk with about your job situation, then a career counselor may be able to help.  Experienced career counselors are available to meet with jobseekers at Skokie Public Library on an appointment basis.  There is no charge for this service.  Contact the Reference Desk at 847.673.3733 to make an appointment.

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Skokie Career Support Group

For an opportunity to network and share career search tools and strategies with other job searchers, join us at the Skokie Career Support Group. The group meets at Skokie Public Library on the third Monday of each month from 9:30am to 11:00am, and is moderated by Melissa Fickling, a licensed career counselor from Jewish Vocational Service.   For more information or to reserve a place in the group, contact Mike Buhmann by phone at 847.324.3176 or by .

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Services for Local Groups and Community Agencies

  • Tours of Skokie Public Library and the Employment Resource Center
  • Training in using the Library and the Internet for a job search
  • Meeting room space
  • Lectures on employment topics
  • Internet presentations

To schedule an appointment for any of the above services, please contact Career Specialist Michael Buhmann by phone at 847.324.3176 or by .

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Materials and Resources in the Library

Books and materials on careers, employment, vocational education, and businesses are located near the Information Services desk. These resources are available for use in the Library or for checkout and include:

  • Books on resume writing, interviewing, job search strategies, and small business management
  • Directories for companies, consultants, non-profit organizations, associations, executive recruiters, advertising agencies, and more
  • Online business directories such as ReferenceUSA and Hoover's Online, providing lists of companies to target in your job search
  • Online periodical indexes such as Factiva, Business ASAP, and the Chicago Tribune  in which you can research prospective companies and industries
  • Internet access and classes to learn to use and search the Internet, and lists of Internet sites that might be of interest
  • PCs with word processing software to write and print resumes and cover letters
  • Tutorials to learn how to use the latest software packages
  • Videotapes and audiocassettes on job search and career enhancement topics

Helpful Materials Elsewhere in the Library

  • Local and out-of-town newspapers
  • College directories and financial aid resources
  • Hundreds of test preparation books and tapes available to checkout
  • The Teen Corner -- our collection for teens -- which contains material of interest to first-time and entry-level job seekers

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