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Job Search Central: Job Information Resources


Job Search Central launched as a service of NYPL's Science, Industry and Business Library in April 2009. Its predecessor, the Job Information Center, had been a popular destination of the General Reference and Advisory Services Department in the Mid Manhattan Library since 1975. The JIC, as it was called, is where President Obama found the lead for his first job as a community organizer.

Job Search Central functions as an important community outreach unit of The New York Public Library in providing information to all populations on all aspects of career development, including self-exploration, career choice, job readiness, job search, career management, career change, and the world of work.

The following is an overview of our collections, programs, and services:

Besides the reference and circulating book collections that provide information for you to make a career choice, Job Search Central also has access to the Career Cruising database, which can assist you in learning more about yourself and finding occupations that may be right for you. It also includes information on hundreds of occupations, community colleges and universities, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.

The Occupational Information Reference collection includes major resources, such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career Insider (Vault).

  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a publication of the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.
  • Career Insider (Vault) is a premier career resource that includes industry guides, company and employer profiles, topics guides, and more. The industry overviews bring you inside 40 top industries, from investment management to manufacturing. It also provides details on career paths, salary ranges, industry outlooks, and more.

You can further enhance your occupational knowledge by acquiring information from the reference and circulating collections, including titles such as:

If you are interested in Civil Service in New York City, New York State or Federal Government, you can acquire occupation and examination information from the Library's Civil Service Examination collection. SIBL's collection includes titles such as:

If you are interested in special professional occupations, you can acquire licensing and certification examination information from our examination collection, including titles such as:

The examination collection also includes the Learning Express Library, which is a computer-based practice test program that helps users to familiarize themselves with Civil Service examinations and professional licensing and certification exams. Exams include:

  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Nursing and allied health licensure and certification test preparation

If you are interested in working in the business sector, you can use online business directories to create lists of companies and executives to target for your job search.

In addition, Job Search Central presents employment websites selected by SIBL staff for job searches from general resources and specific categories. Job search related information is also included.

Job Search Central also provides job search database classes and job search and career development programs to job seekers of all ages. All these are free to the public on a first come first seated basis.

If you have career concerns that need to be addressed on a one-to-one basis, you can register to participate in Free Career Coaching Services.

For 40+ job seekers, we offer the AARP WorkSearch program, which is an online system with links to job openings, skills assessment tools, and training programs.

We welcome college graduates to participate in our Drop-In Job Club to learn how to market themselves and to conduct a strategic job search.

As a community outreach effort, Job Search Central invites instructors and their students from learning centers and colleges to research occupational information.

Job Search Central has myriad kinds of up-to-date job resources to serve all populations to meet the changing labor force.


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