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Resources to help you land a job or find a new career.
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Reference Librarian

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Julia Selwyn
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Central Library - Reference
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Veronica Anderson
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Job & Business Classes

The library can help you improve your job search online or start a small business.  Check out one of our free classes.

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Computer Classes

New to computers? No problem. We offer free computer classes at most library branches. Basic computer skills are essential in today's job market.

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Local Agencies

  • Workforce Solutions
    Workforce Solutions offers job listings as well as career development tools. They have Alamo Career Centers to assist you in person. Call 210-272-3260 for more information.
  • Human Services
    This city department provides GED and adult education classes (like Training for Job Success). Please call 207-8198 for more information.
  • DARS - Vocational Rehabilitation
    The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program helps people who have physical or mental disabilities prepare for, find or keep employment. Gaining skills needed for a career, learning how to prepare for a job interview or getting the accommodations needed to stay employed are just a few of the ways this program helps people with disabilities increase productivity and independence. Local DARS office: (210) 228-2280

  • Project Quest
    Project Quest seeks to bridge the gap between education and long-term employment. Project QUEST services include outreach and recruitment, comprehensive applicant assessment, educational enhancement programs, occupational skills training, job search and placement, and case management services. Outreach and recruitment occurs at various community centers throughout San Antonio and informs residents about the advantages of comprehensive skills training.

Sharpen Your Skills

    Learn how to touch type through this handy website.
  • Mousing Around - How to Use a Computer Mouse
    Palm Beach County Library has a great mouse exercise. Practice how to move your mouse, click on links, and drag and drop.
    Provided by Goodwill Community Foundation, this site offers free classes on everyday skills such as using computer programs, filling out job applications, managing money, and more!
  • DIGITALLEARN.ORG is a site devoted to helping everyone to effectively use digital technologies through simple online training modules. It is also a home for those who want to help others with digital literacy. You will need a headset to listen to classes.

Welcome to the Job and Career Guide

Interested in finding a new job or career?  Here you can search our library catalog, check out our databases, and even take a look at our favorite resources - all in one place. 

Click on the other tabs for career, interviewing, and resume tips.


Library Services

Internet Access:

All library branches have free access to the Internet. Use our desktop computers to search for jobs, type a resume or apply online. Please bring a flash drive if you would like to save your work.

We have wireless access - you are welcome to bring in your laptop.  Adults can borrow library laptops for two hours at a time in most branches by presenting a library card and identification.  Please call your branch for more information.


Jobs and Small Business Center Information

The Jobs and Small Business Center on the 5th floor of the Central Library is dedicated to helping our patrons as they search for a job or perform business research.  Our online resources are available 24/7 with your San Antonio Public Library card. 


Career Resources

We enourage you to set up a free account with our job & career databases to save work or resumes.

Helpful Links

  • Jobs and Careers Resource Guide
    Resources to help you land a job or find a new career.
  • Business Resource Guide
    A guide to business resources at SAPL and beyond.
  • Career Center
    Work one-on-one with a professional tutor to get help writing your resume and cover letter and to polish business letters and proposals. Use the Career Center topics to get started, or click on on the top left side to chat with a live tutor (from 10:00am to 12:00am).
  • Job & Career Accelerator
    Courtesy of the Texas State Library TexShare database collection, the library now offers the Job & Career Accelerator (from the same company that provides Learning Express Library). JCA is a one-stop destination for creating a resume, finding job and internship opportunities, assessing career alternatives and mastering interviewing skills. They even have interactive videos for learning popular software (Word, Excel, Project, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator y más) and internet and computer basics.
  • LearningExpress Library
    Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library's resources will help you succeed. Each of our Learning Centers offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want.

    Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.

Favorite Books

You can find more books in our catalog under these keywords: interviewing, resume, job hunting and employment interviewing.  We encourage you to visit Central Library's Job and Small Business Center for a specialized collection of books and resources to meet your career goals. Search Catalog

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Knock 'Em Dead 2013 - Martin Yate
ISBN: 9781440536823
For more than 20 years, Martin Yate has been helping job seekers just like you achieve their ultimate career potential. In Knock 'Em Dead, you'll find the latest on job market development, effective career-researching methods and expert advice. This updated information includes how to leverage social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn for your job search.

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Fearless Job Hunting - by Bill Knaus
Successful job seekers have two major skills their competitors don't: the emotional endurance to approach job opportunities fearlessly, and the ability to adapt and position themselves as each interviewer's dream candidate. Fearless Job Hunting offers these powerful psychological techniques and reveals the strategies decision makers in top corporations use to find and hire exceptional employees.

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Over 40 & You're Hired! - by Robin Ryan
Ryan compiles over 20 years of career research in order to inspire 40 + workers to find a better paying job. With suggestions taken from a survey of 600 hiring managers across the country, Ryan emphasizes the computer and Internet proficiencies, shares tools for job searching online, advises job candidates to get a makeover to look more professional, and-in the book's most useful sections-shows how to fine-tune a resume to your target employer. Her suggestions are sensible and specific.

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Surviving a Layoff - by Lita Epstein
Being laid off is a traumatic event. You have to make decisions about reorganizing your life while feeling emotional grief from losing your job. Surviving a Layoff is a practical weekly guide to help you deal with these tough times, by providing practical advice, financial budgeting and helping you develop a job search strategy to get back in the job market.

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Job Hunter's Sourcebook - by Kristy Harper, project editor
Come in to Central Library's Job and Small Business Center to access this valuable Reference book. A comprehensive directory of trade organizations, employment agencies, headhunters, and other resources for finding employment.

Job Websites

Did you know that only 25 percent of jobs are listed in the paper?  Use these helpful sites to expand your job search into the online world.

  • City of San Antonio Human Resources
    Interested in working for the City of San Antonio? Search for jobs, learn about benefits, and apply online for positions.
  • Eagle Ford Shale Job Opening
    Eagle Ford Shale jobs are available now – the job board below lists job opportunities in the booming South Texas job market. You’ll find a wide variety of oil field jobs here. Open jobs include oilfield careers for engineers, a professional landman, truck drivers, and management positions – just to name a few of the latest job listings.
  • eBenefits and Jobs for Veterans
    The website will help veterans and military spouses build resumes, translate military skills into private-sector skills and provide career and training data with the click of a mouse.
  • FTC Consumer Protection - Job Hunting Scams
    If you’re looking for a job, you may see ads for firms that promise results. Many of these firms may be legitimate and helpful, but others may misrepresent their services, promote out-dated or fictitious job offerings, or charge high fees in advance for services that may not lead to a job.

  • H2HJobs-Hero to Hired
    Hero2Hired (H2H) was created: to make it easy for Reserve Component service members to connect to and find jobs with military-friendly companies. H2H also offers career exploration tools, military-to-civilian skills translations, education and training resources, as well as a mobile app. Support for H2H is provided through the Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.
  • Indeed
    A comprehensive search engine for jobs posted online, Indeed allows you to refine your job hunt by keyword, location, and the date the job was posted.
  • Job News USA - San Antonio
    Job News has a local focus, providing ways to search jobs by category, keyword, job status, and other criteria. They also have listed job fairs on their website.
  • Job-Hunt.Org
    Recommended as a job hunting gateway for those who have a career goal and now are trying to land a job. Provides both job hunting advice and ways to search jobs by location, networking resources, and more.
  • Learn How to Become: Grad's Guide to Getting Hired
    A website that focuses on helping graduates transition into their new careers. Job Searching, Networking, Counselor Advice, and Career Resources are all available.
  • Monster Job Search
    Monster is one of the largest job websites, covering both job seeker and employer information. Job seekers can post resumes and search for positions in San Antonio and beyond.
  • mySA Jobs
    This San Antonio Express News classified link will allow you to search by job keywords and also has career tools to help you target potential employers.
  • O-Net Online Search
    Sometimes the hardest part of applying is finding the right words. O-Net allows you to look up a job on DOT (Dictionary of Occupational Titles) and just like a dictionary find the definition, requirements, skills, and abilities used in each occupation. ONet also has a search for Military Occupational Classifications. The Occupational Outlook handbook search tells you what education and background you need for each occupation.

    Use these tools not only to search for jobs more effectively, but also to help you write your work experience on your resume or cover letter.
  • Snagajob
    Frustrated by all the job hunting websites looking for salaried workers? Try searching the largest website for hourly part-time and full-time jobs.
  • USA Jobs
    USAJOBS is the Federal Government's official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information. A great resource for military jobs, this site also has special sections for students, veterans, and disabled job seekers.
  • Texas Workforce Commission
    The primary governmental job training and job search program for the State of Texas. Find labor market and career information for any profession. Apply for unemployment benefits. Branch offices in San Antonio can assist you with your job search.

Job Hunting Tips

Looking for jobs is hard work, but if you start out right you can make it a little easier.

  • Be prepared - have all your previous job details down before you start looking.
  • Be a researcher - use a business database or the San Antonio Business Journal to do research into desired employers.
  • Job hunt in different places - look in the paper, online, and through your network of friends and family.
  • Tailor your resume and cover letter to the desired job - fit your skills to what they are looking for.
  • Be professional when you communicate with prospective employers.



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