Job Hunting Tips, Choosing a Career, Training and Education
Job hunting, planning your professional future or making your next career move can be a daunting task. EPL has a wealth of information in-branch and online to assist you in taking the next step in your job search or towards your career aspiration.
All EPL locations can support you in your job search with books, digital content like eBooks and databases, public computers with high speed Internet (accessible with your FREE EPL library card), faxing, printing (fees apply), scanning and photocopying services.
On this page, you will find links to:
- Resources to help you make a career move
- Trust-worthy job posting sites to help with job hunting
- Resumé help (including cover letters)
- Recommended content such as online databases, books, eBooks and more
Choosing a Career
Looking for help in choosing a career? Below are some resources to make this important decision a little easier.
- Take quizzes to help you find a career match, explore the careers that are suitable for you and find out what training is required
- Find school and program information including potential earnings, career paths and job postings
- Review easy-to-read occupational profiles, career paths and interviews with real workers in many industries—featuring great Alberta content
The provincial gateway to help Albertans plan and achieve educational and career success. It provides information for career planning, post-secondary education and training, occupational profiles, financial aid, job search, labour market trends and workplace issues. Also contains OccInfoopens a new window, Alberta Occupational Profiles.
Services and information to help immigrants before and after they arrive in Alberta, including assessment of credentials received outside of Canada, language training grants and more.
Provides Canada-wide information on available jobs.
Focuses on training people for employment, with possible financial support and Indigenous resources.
Information for trades and apprenticeships.
Provides business directories for a wide variety of industries, as well as occupation statistics and a job search option.
Improve Your Skills
Find information about career, education and training opportunities with the following FREE databases:
- LearningExpress Library Canadaopens a new window: practice tests and tutorial courses to help you succeed with academic or licensing exams—includes computer skills training for a variety of Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, etc.)
- Gale Coursesopens a new window: take six-week, instructor-lead courses to build your skills
- Brainfuseopens a new window: support for university courses, adult learners and resumé help—students can chat live with online tutors and create study aids customized to their learning needs
- Lynda.comopens a new window: online learning library that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills with over 3,100 engaging video courses taught by recognized industry experts
Get Help with Your Resumé and Cover Letter
Prepare for and conduct a successful job search by improving your resumé and cover letter.
- Resumé Templatesopens a new window: includes simple formatted resumé templates in Microsoft Word
- Cypress Resumé Builderopens a new window: an online tool that guides you in building a better resumé
- Resumé Tipsopens a new window: find out how to craft a high impact resumé
Search for Jobs Online
Below are some key, reputable job search sites:
- Alberta Job Centreopens a new window
- Edmonton Job Shopopens a new window
- Jobshark Edmontonopens a new window
- Monsteropens a new window
- Service Canada Job Bankopens a new window
Other Resources for Job Hunting
Employee Rights Resources
- Volunteer with EPLopens a new window and make meaningful connections
- City of Edmonton Volunteer Opportunitiesopens a new window
- EPL Student Work Experience Programopens a new window: develop skills and add practical library experience to your resume—EPL's work experience program is open to grade 9, high school and post-secondary students
Resources for Job Seekers with Disabilities
- Goodwill Power of Work Programopens a new window: supports people with disabilities in locating employment or volunteer opportunities
- EmployAbilitiesopens a new window: provides specialized services to individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment by creating opportunities for skill development, education and employment
- On Site Placement (OSP)opens a new window: assists individuals with disabilities looking for temporary or permanent work, from entry to senior levels
- EPL Recommended Resourcesopens a new window: career-related resources in our collection that are available to borrow or access with your library card
- BGS Enterprisesopens a new window: offers free programs, workshops and resources—including resumé writing, interview prep and career planning
- Youth Connectionsopens a new window: government services and programs—including jobs and internships, education and training and study, work and travel opportunities—for youth ages 16 to 24
- Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers Employment Servicesopens a new window: offers various programs and services to help unemployed or underemployed immigrants and refugees obtain employment
- Building Trades of Albertaopens a new window: provides job lists, trade union information, training and opportunities, Alberta job forecasts, journeyman and apprentice opportunities and job initiatives for the building trades
- Women Building Futuresopens a new window: this organization empowers women to pursue careers in trades occupations by offering information and providing training, job placement and job retention
- Alberta ALISopens a new window: this website lists industry associations, professional associations and unions in the province
- Water Wings: a free employment readiness program designed for job seekers who are facing multiple barriers to employment—helps participants gain essential job readiness skills and access to industry standard safety training, as well as providing one-on-one attention tailored to meet individual needs
- Bredin Centre for Learningopens a new window: offers employment services and training programs for new immigrants as well as unemployed and underemployed Albertans
- ASSIST Community Services Centre:opens a new window offers government-funded settlement and employment services for newcomers to Canada
- Beyond Food: under the umbrella of the Edmonton Food Bank, resource workers at Beyond Food offer free help on a drop-in basis with resumes, job searching, interview skills and obtaining safety tickets. They will also provide assistance with budgeting as well as math and English upgrading.
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