LIB 8 - Information Competency for Job Seekers & CalWORKS Students

Search for Jobs

Whether you want to start a career or advance in your current career in business, criminal justice, health care, education, engineering or the arts, all applicants want put together a winning application package. There are many resources that can guide the applicant through the application process and job hunting strategies.

Application Process

The following resources provide comprehensive information from finding the right job, exploring diverse career options, writing the perfect resume and cover letters to negotiating a job offer.


U.S. Department of Housing
A comprehensive guide to a “10-step jobseeking process." Each step provides online tools (samples, drafts, etc) and /or resources (information on a specific topic).

California EDD Job Seekers
Provides tips to help applicants explore career options, prepare applications and resumes, and improve interview skills.

Riley Guide
Employment Opportunities and Job Resources on the Internet
Provides job search techniques and links to other resources.


Bolles, Richard N. What color is your parachute?
HF5382.7. B64 2002

The Internet: a tool for career planning (ordered)

Moren, Susan. How to get a job and keep it.
HF 5382.7 .M645 2007

Landing your dream job. (includes a CD)
HF 5382 .T59 2001

Washington, Tom. Interview power: selling yourself face to face.
HF 5549.5 .I6 W373 2004

Yates, Martin. Cover letters that knock dead.
HF 5383 Y378 2006


E-books are accessible from the Hartnell Online Catalog and from Electronic Books on the Hartnell College Library website. You must create an account from the LRC to view E-books from your home.

Ackley, Kristina. 100 Top Internet Job Sites: Get Wired, Get Hired in Today’s New Job Market, 2000.

Career Guide to America’s Top Industries: Essential Data On Job Opportunities In Over 40 Industries, 2004.

Decker, Diane C. First Job Survival Guide: How To Thrive And Advance In Your New Career, 2006.

Godin, Seth. If You’re Clueless About Getting A Great Job And Want To Know More, 1998.

Pigford, Lois. The Successful Interview and Beyond, 2001.

Looking for job vacancies

Another phase in the job search involves looking for job openings. Local services and websites post job vacancies. Many websites enable applicants to not only apply for current openings, but also to create and store resumes.

One Stop Career Centers

This is the nation's publicly-funded resource for jobseekers and businesses. Personnel are available to help applicants in every step of the application process.

California – One Stop Center. There are five (5) locations in Monterey County. A comprehensive list and location of all California offices can be found at


State of California (EDD) CalJOBS
California’s Internet system for linking employer job listings and job seeker resumes. Job fairs and events are also listed. Also in Spanish.

The official job site of the United States Federal Government. It is the one stop source for employment information and jobs openings at the Defense Language Institute, Naval Postgraduate School, Park Service and other Federal employment in Monterey County and other California locations.

Monterey Bay Jobs
Provides current job openings in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties

Career Builders
“The largest job search, employment and careers site.” Register, post a resume and receive weekly job openings.

Register and post a resume. Lists job openings as well as provide job hunting tips.


Newspapers are excellent sources for looking for employment. Newspapers post weekly new openings.
Salinas Californian – Tuesday

City and County Governments, Businesses, Corporations, Schools and Colleges

Human Resources Departments are responsible for posting openings within the organization. Employment openings are also provided online as a link from an organization’s home page.


Download and print the following activity sheet,  then answer each of the questions. The PDF version requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader,, to display and print the handout. The RTF version may be displayed and printed from any word processing program.


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