We are happy to help you find tools and information to assist you in your job hunt by providing materials to support you in your search. We work closely with Workforce Solutions.  The Department of Public Instruction has put together a new tool to help people seeking employment.

Job Listings: Newspapers & Online
The Sunday employment classified sections from the following newspapers are available at the Reference Desk: Chicago Tribune,  Journal Times, Kenosha News, Milwaukee Journal- Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal. The employment sections of the other newspapers to which we subscribe remain with the Sunday editions, which are kept on the newspaper shelves for the current week.

Civil service announcements for the State of Wisconsin  and for the Federal Government are available via the Internet, and can be accessed using the library’s public Internet workstations.

Additional Job Listing Websites

Job Center of Wisconsin

Job Hunting & Career Information Neighborhood
The library has combined in one area the circulating books, DVDs, and Reference materials on Job Hunting & Career Development. If you need help with this section please call 262.636.9217 or ask one of our friendly Reference Staff for Assistance.

Resume Preparation, Employment Interviewing and Job-Hunting Strategy
All of our job hunting materials are under the call number 650.14 in the Non-Fiction Collection, and include resume preparation, cover letters, employment interviews, and general job hunting tactics and strategies.

Most of these books are in high demand. Visit the Adult Services Reference Desk  to get help placing holds on materials that are not available.

The Racine Public Library belongs to the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. The WPLC has purchased ebooks for job hunters. All you need to check them out is a valid library card and your PIN. Contact the Racine Public Library Adult Services Reference Desk at 262.636.9217 if you have questions about downloading ebooks.

Employment Tests
The Library maintains a wide selection of civil service test study guides. These are not geared specifically to the State of Wisconsin civil service test, but we may be able to help you find one that covers similar job skills. We also have study guides for general employment tests which some private employers use, as well as study guides for general aptitude tests.

Career Information
If you are considering changing job fields, you may wish to begin in the with the Library’s occupational guidance encyclopedia and dictionaries. Sources such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Career  Information Center, Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, and College Majors Handbook.  All cover a wide variety of jobs.  These sources provide information such as the nature of work, the types of jobs that are generally available, what skills are needed, what training and/or  education are required, approximate salaries, sources to contact for more information, and outlook form employment in the field.

The library also owns titles like The Big Book of Jobs and Top 300 Careers.  The reference librarians can show you how to use the computer catalog to find these sources, as well as many books on specific career fields.

Occupational Outlook Handbook – Online

Information About Companies
Reference USA is an online listing of companies that’s available through the library’s website.  In addition , the library has the Wisconsin Business Service Directory. It includes brief information such as location, phone, business or product, officers, numbers of employees, and annual sales.

Value Line (ask for this at the Reference Desk) gives more in-depth information, such as company history and financial statistics. Annual reports from public companies are available on the Internet in the SEC’s Edgar database . You can also use the magazine and newspaper indexes available through BadgerLink to find recent news stories, and Business Source Premier also provides
company profiles.

The Library’s web site provides links to several sites that have information about companies, and companies may have their own websites, which you can find using an Internet search engine. For assistance, call the Reference Desk at 262.636.9217.