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Career Development & Job Hunting

Building a career in Racine or beyond?

Job searching is all about who you know.


Think of the Racine Public Library as one of your greatest networking partners. We can help you find job leads, improve your resume, learn new skills, and impress the right people.


Get started by browsing the resources on this page. When you’re ready for more — for example, if you need to dig up information on a company or need to be connected with someone who can offer individualized support — give us a call at (262) 636-9217.

Local Job Search Tools


The Department of Public Instruction has put together a new tool to help people seeking employment.


Racine County Workforce Solutions has a skills-based job search tool. It also offers no-fee professional development to assist you in your search.


Greater Racine at Work is another great plate to start your search if you live in or are looking for work in the Racine area.

Job Listings: Newspapers & Online

The Sunday employment classified sections from the following newspapers are available at the second-floor staff desk by the staircase: the Chicago Tribune, the Journal Times, the Kenosha News and the Milwaukee Journal- Sentinel. 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 online.


Information About Companies

Trying to find more information about a company you’d like to work with? The links below are a great place to get started. If you still have questions, stop by the library’s second-floor staff desk, or give us a call at (262) 636-9217. We’re happy to help you dig up more information for your job search or direct you to someone who can help further.


  • Reference Solutions is an online listing of companies that can help you learn more about a prospective employer.
  • The Wisconsin Business Service Directory includes brief information such as a company’s 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.
  • The SEC’s Edgar database compiles annual reports from public companies.
  • BadgerLink’s magazine and newspaper indexes are a great place to find stories and articles about different companies.
  • Business Source Premier is a database of business and management information — and it also includes profiles on the world’s largest companies. You can access from within the library without a library card number, or from home with your library card number and PIN.

Digital Resources for Your Search

Got Resume Builder


This free, easy-to-use resume builder helps you write your resume. Resume Builder includes samples, step-by-step tips, and professional templates. Visit their website or download the app from Apple or Google Play.

LinkedIn Learning


Browse LinkedIn Learning’s career development courses and become your own expert. This service is free — just use your library card number and PIN to log in.

BadgerLink Career Resources


Wisconsin’s digital database, BadgerLink, offers a whole section of resources just for job hunting and college searches. (Are you getting an error when you open BadgerLink? See this article for ways to solve a common error we’re seeing right now.)

Job Hunting & Career Information

The library has circulating books, DVDs, and Reference materials on Job Hunting & Career Development. If you need help finding information 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.

A hand pulls an e-reader out from amidst a shelf of books.


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.


Do you need a proctor for an upcoming test? We also offer a free proctoring service.

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

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