Job and Career Center

The Job and Career Center at the Central Library is located in the Business and Science Department on the third floor.  It has an extensive collection of materials on career selection, educational opportunities, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and test preparation.  Our Job and Career computers also include some special features such as:

Smaller versions of the Job and Career Center are available at the Parkway Village , Raleigh , Hollywood , and South branch libraries.You can also visit JOBLINC, a program that visits locations throughout the city. JobLINC staff also publish the Job and Career News Blog.For a complete list of local agencies that provide assistance with job searching, employment preparation, employment counseling and assessment, please visit our Community Resources Database.The Memphis Area Career Center, with several locations around town, provides job leads, skills training, resume advice and related career planning resources.

Internships, Teen Jobs and Seasonal Jobs

AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is a national network of community service workers divided into several different programs: State, National, Vista and National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). Students involved with the program have an opportunity to earn money for college. Seniors, adults and students can apply from this site.
Back Door Jobs
Designed for the short-term adventure job seeker. This site lists jobs and internships in ranches, resorts, camps, artistic endeavors, and various outdoor opportunities.
Global Experiences
Provides leads on international internships, fashion programs, summer programs, volunteer opportunities, and adventure travel around the world.
GrooveJob.com  
A search engine for part-time jobs, teen jobs, student jobs and summer jobs. Search by city or zip code.
iAgora.com
From a European commercial site, this link provides interesting links to internships throughout Europe.
idealist.org  
This site offers information on working in a nonprofit setting. It also provides a searchable database of jobs, volunteer opportunities, internships and consultant work.
InternshipPrograms.com
A commercial internship search engine, this site requires the user to complete a free registration to access the listings.
Studentjobs.gov  
A joint project between the US Office of Personnel Management and US Dept. of Education's Student Financial Assistance office, this site provides information on federal jobs for students and a job search engine.
Study Abroad
Use this site to find opportunities to study abroad, including internships, intensive language programs and summer-only study. Programs can be searched by subject, country or city. The site also offers a helpful handbook for those going abroad and financial aid information.
SummerJobs.com  
SummerJobs.com offers summer jobs and seasonal staff positions with camps, resorts, national parks, hotels, environmental organizations and more. Summer job searches are free or users can research prospective employers.

 

Job and Career Information

Associations on the Net
The Internet Public Library has an index of prominent professional associations and organizations online. Professional association websites are a great place to learn more about a particular career or field. These sites sometimes include available job postings in their fields as well.
CareerJournal.com
This site, from the Wall Street Journal, provides articles and tools to help anyone in the job market. Get interview tips, salary information, sample resumes and career planning tools here.
CareerLab
An executive career planning site, CareerLab also offers a gallery of cover letters and tools for testing and assessment.
CareerOneStop
From the Department of Labor, this site provides information on careers, job searching, resumes, networking, education, salaries and much more. A great place to get started.
eResumes and Resume Writing Services
This site provides resume writing tips, keyword suggestions, information on resume formats, and much more. Some services require a fee, but the site also offers free sample resumes for many different fields.
Idealist Career Center  
This site offers information on working in a nonprofit setting. There is a wealth of information for managers, employees and volunteers. Also provides a searchable database of jobs, volunteer opportunities, internships and consultant work.
JobHuntersBible.com  
This site, created and maintained by Dick Bolles, is designed as a supplement to his popular book What Color Is Your Parachute?
Monster Career Advice: Interview
This is a great place to go to prepare for an interview. Make sure to check out the articles in both the "Prepare" and "Perform" sections, which cover everything from body language to appropriate attire.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
O*NET Online  
The Occupational Information Network is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. It replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) and is now the primary source of occupational information. The site also allows users to find occupations which match their particular skills using the Skills Search.
Tennessee Health Care Careers
For those interested in working in the health care industry, this site provides information on types of careers, education and training, and financial aid.
The Riley Guide
The Riley Guide is a directory of employment and career information sources and services on the Internet. It is primarily intended to provide instruction for jobseekers on how to use the Internet to their best advantage, but recruiters and other career service industry professionals will find information here to help them as well.

 

Job Listings

Local

City of Memphis Human Resources
From this site you can find jobs available with the City of Memphis, and you are able to apply on-line for any job in which you are interested.
Commercial Appeal Employment Classified Ads
A searchable database of the newspaper's classified ads. Allows you to view ads from the current paper or the Sunday issue.
Craigslist
Craigslist provides local classified ads for jobseekers in most major cities in the United States. Use this link to view jobs currently open in the Memphis area.
Jobs and Careers at the Library
See what jobs are available at the Memphis Public Library.
Memphis Business Journal
The Memphis Business Journal website has a search engine for local job postings.
Memphis Job Hotlines
A list of telephone numbers for many leading companies in the Memphis area.
TN Health Jobs
For those interested in working in the health care industry, this site can be used to search for jobs in Tennessee. Users can also create a free account and post their resume.

National

America's Career InfoNet  
Developed by the U. S. Dept. of Labor, this site allows you to search a database containing over ten million employers for job leads. It also contains a Resource Library which provides links to over 3,500 career-related web sites, many of which are sites showing available job openings. You can also find information on job market trends, wage trends, and other valuable career-related information.
America's Job Bank
A computerized network that links the 1,800 state employment service offices. It provides seekers with the largest pool of active job opportunities available anywhere. The nationwide listings in America's Job Bank contain information on approximately 250,000 jobs.
CareerBuilder.com
A popular commercial site, CareerBuilder.com allows users to search for jobs, post resumes or find information about upcoming career fairs nationwide.
Chronicle of Higher Education - Job Openings  
Makes available the job listings published in the previous week's issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Job listings can be browsed by type, or the entire list can be searched using key terms.
Indeed
Indeed is a search engine for jobs. With a design similar to that of a normal search engine, it searches all the job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages.
Job Bank USA  
Specializes in providing employment networking and Information Centers to job candidates, employers and recruitment firms.
JobWeb
A link for the college educated job seeker. It provides current information on salaries, legal issues, diversity recruitment, internships, college relations, and general employment labor statistics.
Monster.com  
A site for jobseekers to search nationwide job listings and post their resume for potential employers. The site also offers opportunities for networking.
USA Jobs  
The current available job openings with the United States government are found on this site, as well as general information about working for the federal government. You can search the current federal job openings by the type of job you are looking for, or you can see an alphabetical listing of current federal jobs. You can narrow your search geographically if you like, selecting to see jobs available in one state or any number of other states. The site also offers online applications for any job openings.
US Postal Service Employment
Apply online for a job with the US Postal Service, or find out more about postal exams.

 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

BrokeScholar
BrokeScholar is a scholarship search engine that lists over 650,000 scholarship opportunities. Create a free profile to find scholarships that match your needs.
College Board: Pay for College
The College Board provides this guide to the different types of financing available to students. Includes access to a tool called Financial Aid EasyPlanner, which allows users to design a personal savings plan that suits their needs. Also provides information on scholarships, grants and loans.
College Savings Plans Network
A guide to the Section 529 state college savings program, which is designed to make college savings easier for families. Provides information on the plans in all states, with links to related websites. For Tennessee residents, see Tennessee BEST below.
FAFSA on the Web
The online application for federal student aid. Visitors can also get school codes and find out the status of their online applications. Also available en Español.
FastWeb 
Provides an extensive database of national, community, and college-specific scholarships. Access is free, but users must create an online profile which will help to match students to scholarships for which they are eligible.
Federal Student Aid
The portal for all federal student aid information, this site provides information on preparing for college, choosing a school, applying for aid, funding sources, attending school and repaying loans. Also provides links to FAFSA and instructions on obtaining a PIN for online applications.
FinAid: The Financial Aid Information Page
A guide to online resources for scholarship and loan information. Although most links guide the user towards FastWeb, there are other scholarship search services provided.
Grants for Individuals
The Michigan State Libraries' Grants for Individuals site indexes grants that are available for the purpose of education, mostly in the form of scholarships or direct financial aid. You may search by academic level (Precollege, Undergraduate, Graduate, or Postdoctorate), population group (Minorities, Veterans, Disabled, etc.) or subject.
Mapping Your Future
This site includes information to help someone plan a career, select a school, and pay for their education. One section, entitled "Ten Steps to Paying for School," discusses the different kinds of financial aid one can find: scholarships and grants, federal financial aid, and work study. Links to online scholarship resources are provided.
Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust
Founded in 1998, MOST provides scholarships and tuition assistance for elementary students from underprivileged families.
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is an association of over 3,000 colleges, universities, career schools, and others with an interest in the effective administration of student financial aid. The Association does not provide financial aid to students, but serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources for parents, students and counselors.
Princeton Review: Scholarships & Aid
Offers tools and tips for finding financial aid, as well as a scholarship search in partnership with FindTuition.com.
Tennessee BEST
Tennessee's 529 Plan-the Baccalaureate Education System Trust (BEST) Program. Review the details of the plan, download enrollment materials, or request to have the materials mailed to you.
Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
Administers financial aid to assist students in obtaining post-secondary education. Also includes the administration of the Tennessee Lottery Scholarships.

 

Schools and Educational Opportunities

Back to College
A resource for the adult student returning to college, this site provides information on financial aid, online degree programs as well as numerous articles on issues affecting adult students.
Business Schools and Careers
From The Princeton Review, this site provides resources for students interested in pursuing a business degree or career. Users can view business school rankings, get advice for creating a GMAT test prep schedule or take assessment quizzes. Requires free registration for full access.
Campus Tours: Virtual College Tours
A directory of colleges with information about admissions, programs of study, tuition, and the student body. This site also provides virtual tours for many of the included schools, as well as links to college websites.
College & University Rankings 
This page, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, provides links to websites where rankings of graduate, undergraduate, law, business, medical, and international schools can be found.
Colleges & Careers 
The Princeton Review's site for undergraduate study, this site provides resources for current and prospective students. Requires free registration for full access.
The Common Application
The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application - online and in print - that students may submit to any of approximately 300 member schools.
Distance Learning & Online Degree Programs
Use Peterson's site to search for distance learning programs by school, area of study, degree or keyword.
Grad Schools & Careers 
From The Princeton Review, information and resources for current and prospective graduate students. Requires free registration for full access.
HBCUMentor
An online guide to historically black colleges and universities, this site has everything a student will need to plan for and apply to one of the associated schools.
Law Schools & Careers
The Princeton Review's site for law schools. Provides rankings and information on LSAT preparation. Requires free registration for full access.
Mapping Your Future
This site includes information to help someone plan a career, select a school, and pay for their education. One section, entitled "Ten Steps to Paying for School," discusses the different kinds of financial aid one can find: scholarships and grants, federal financial aid, and work study. Links to online scholarship resources are provided.
Med Schools & Careers 
The Princeton Review's site for medical schools. Requires free registration for full access.
Military Schools
A directory of military grade schools, high schools, junior colleges and colleges from the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States.
Peterson's Education Center 
Searchable databases of information about educational opportunities at all levels, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities and graduate study. Also includes information about studying abroad, careers and jobs, summer programs, language study and financing your education.
Study Abroad
Use this site to find opportunities to study abroad, including internships, intensive language programs and summer-only study. Programs can be searched by subject, country or city. The site also offers a helpful handbook for those going abroad and financial aid information.
US News & World Report: America's Best Colleges
The online version of the popular annual report. Basic rankings are provided free-of-charge; expanded information is available for a fee.
US News & World Report: America's Best Graduate Schools
The online version of the popular annual report. Basic rankings are provided free-of-charge; expanded information is available for a fee.

 

Test Preparation and Practice

LearnATest
Test preparation and practice for a wide range of educational and occupational tests.  In addition to interactive practice tests and tutorials, some study materials can be downloaded as e-books in the free Adobe Acrobat PDF format.  Access outside the library is possible with a Memphis Public Library card number by choosing the "library card access" option.
TCAP and Gateway Tests
The Tennessee Department of Education provides information on all of the educational assessments used in the state, including TCAP and Gateway. Included on this site are samples and practice tests.  Use the menu on the left to learn more about a test of interest.

Other Useful Sites:

ACT  Use this site to register for the test online or send previous scores to selected schools.  Information about other tests offered by this organization, such as WorkKeys, is also provided here.

CollegeBoard.com   Register online for the SAT or find a test center near you.

Compass Placement Test practice:
http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html
http://www.highline.edu/stuserv/testcenter/COMPASS.html
http://www.gpc.edu/~gpcls/practicecompass.htm

Educational Testing Service  ETS is the home for a multitude of tests, including AP exams, GRE, PRAXIS and TOEFL.

Internet4Classrooms   Internet4Classrooms is a collaborative project that provides assistance to those taking Gateway or TCAP exams.  The site also offers modules to assist students in learning different subjects and computer applications.                                               

Tennessee GED  This fact page outlines the requirements and procedures for obtaining a GED in Tennessee.  Also provided is a link for statewide GED classes and test centers.   

Test Prep Review  Offers free practice tests for most standardized tests, including ASVAB, COMPASS, HOBET and various nursing exams.