Career Resources


Education | Careers | Resume Writing | Job Searching | Salaries | Unemployment

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ApprenticeOhio (website)
Earn while you learn. Enroll in ApprenticeOhio today. On average, apprentices who complete their program earn $60,000/yr upon graduation.

Area Colleges, Universities & Trade Schools (website)
Find links to continuing education and apprenticeship on-the-job training.

Aspire: Learn More, Earn More (website)
Formerly known as A.B.L.E. (Adult Basic and Literacy Education), Ohio’s Aspire programs provide FREE services for individuals who need assistance acquiring the skills to be successful in post-secondary education and training, and employment.

HSE (High School Equivalency) Classes & Testing Centers (website)
Links to online resources and local institutions offering High School Equivalency (HSE) classes for GED, HiSet, & TASC tests.  Also find where to obtain a 22+ Adult High School Diploma.

Online Schools (website)
Links to online distance learning colleges and universities are included here

Proctoring Locations (website)
This is a list of proctoring exam locations in Mahoning County.

Scholarships (website)
Find links to locate scholarships and financial aid.
This resource offers free BMV permit practice tests, including some of the practice tests and the manual for a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). (website)
This site offers not only free practice tests for Ohio driver license permits, but also provides an online free Ohio driver’s education program.

Hoopla (Midwest Tape)
Here you can borrow, instantly stream and download free movies, TV shows, and more with a valid library card.  Educational and workforce development videos are found under Movies-Genres-Educational and Television-Genres-Business & Educational.

Learning Express Library (EBSCO)
Offering interactive tutorials and practice exams, this resource helps people prepare for grade school achievement tests, the ACT, SAT, GED, U.S. Citizenship test, as well as civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams.

LinkedIn Learning
Learn business, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals using these free video courses on the latest software, taught by industry experts. Both in-library and remote users must enter their library card number and PIN to access LinkedIn Learning. For those using the LinkedIn Learning app on mobile devices, the library ID is: oh0248. See this User Guide for helpful tips.

Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition (website)
This coalition of local manufacturers provides training, earn & learn, and career opportunities.

Mango Languages
Mango is our online language-learning tool! There are dozens of language courses available – French, German, Spanish – and specialized language courses, such as: Legal Spanish and Medical Spanish.

Mometrix eLibrary
Unlimited access to test preparation materials for over 1,000 different standardized exams. Access study guides and practice questions for exams including the GED, SAT, ACT, TEAS, HESI, Praxis, TOEFL, career and technical certification.

Northstar Digital Literacy
For anyone looking to improve their skills with computers, software, or technology, this is a self-directed assessment and learning tool that covers a variety of technology scenarios. It comes complete with short lessons and practice exercises to improve skills on a number of common computer topics. The Northstar resource is available 24×7 and library staff are available to help with the resource during regular hours.

Professional Development Collection (EBSCO)
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of high quality education journals and educational reports.

Transparent Language Online (RBdigital)
Learn a new language using a self-paced, online language-learning system. The Byki learning method takes users through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time.

Universal Class
With your PLYMC Library Card, you have access to FREE instructor-led online courses on many subjects, from academic skills to hobbies to general interest, with continuing education credits certified by the IACET.

WorkAdvance (website)
WorkAdvance provides free training courses, training stipend before employment, a high wage job with one of their partners, and career coaching for increased earnings.

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Assessement tests which match you to a career/job based on skills and interests
Occupations explained

Career Outlook (website)
Provides practical information on jobs and careers for students and those already on a career path. Articles cover a wide variety of career and work-related topics.

CareerOneStop (website)
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site provides many tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals.

Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) (Gale)
This is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, including career exploration resources and business resources ‘to become your own boss.’

Job & Career Accelerator (EBSCO)
Explore detailed information on different occupations, match your interest and skills with a career that’s right for you, search local and national job postings, create resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing skills and track your job search process each step of the way

My Next Move (website)
An interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options provided by the National Center for O*NET Development.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (website)
“This US Department of Labor site provides career overviews, including educational requirements, job outlooks and salary data.”

Ohio Occupational Wages & Employment Statistics (website)
Ohio Labor Market Information provides information about employment and wages for the entire state and for metropolitan areas, such as Youngstown. (website)
Find here career information, testing guides, career advancement guides, education information, and more-all about nursing.

Vocational and Career Collection (EBSCO)
Vocational & Career Collection provides full text coverage to trade and industry-related periodicals.

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CareerProfiles-Cover Letters That Get Results (website)
Learn how to write a cover letter that will get employers’ attention, land yourself an interview, and get a foot in the door.  Cover letters are just as necessary as a resume.  When well written, cover letters relate a personal introduction and a statement of interest in the job you are applying for.  They also allow you to expand upon your skill set and provide a sample of written communication.  They can also differentiate you from other candidates.

CareerProfiles-Resume Checklist (website)
Career Profiles and job search guide can assist you in creating a resume that will get noticed.  Creating a run-of-the-mill resume that looks like it was developed using a generic template will not get you noticed.  This site will give you advice on the dos and don’ts on creative resume writing.

GotResumeBuilder (website)
Get an instant online resume, all you need is a library card to access an array of professionally designed resume templates.  Get advice on how to highlight your skills, choosing which resume formats works best for you, and learn how to publish your resume so that employers can search for it.

Job & Career Accelerator (EBSCO)
Explore detailed information on different occupations, match your interest and skills with a career that’s right for you, search local and national job postings, create resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing skills and track your job search process each step of the way

Resumizer-Cover Letter Creator (website)
Resumizer is an online web app that enables people to write and edit their resumes, cover letters, and other important documents with ease and at no cost.  We don’t all have the money needed to hire a company to create these documents for us. In this case, we can do it ourselves, we make the tools available that you need to complete this endeavor.

Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips (website)
Learn about the different types of cover letters you can write that will make you stand out.  Your cover letter should show exactly why your background makes you a good fit for a particular position.  Your cover letter should be taylored and personalized for each job you apply for.  This site will give you tips on writing outstanding cover letters.

Ultimate Medical Academy Resume Guide (website)
This guide provides detailed information to help people create resumes to be hired in the healthcare field.

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Business Insights Global (Gale)
Great resource for company information – Use Advanced Search to search a company’s name and limit content to Company Histories.

COMPASS Family and Community Services (website)
This local agency’s Workforce Development department helps individuals with training and job placement.

Find a Remote Job (website)
CareerOneStop search tool for work-at-home jobs.

Jobsearch.Ohio.Gov (website)
A new website launched by Ohio for those out of work due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). (website)
A local employment site for job seekers and for employers seeking employees.

Nonprofit Career Match (website)
Help for those seeking a career in the nonprofit world. “From hire to retire, we can help you build your career.”

Nonprofit Talent (website)
A great place for nonprofit job seekers and nonprofit employers to connect. Find a job or post a resume.  Post a job or search resumes.

Ohio Means Jobs (website)
A compilation of electronic job opportunities from the major commercial job boards, niche industries and the government of Ohio.

Ohio Means Jobs Trumbull, Mahoning & Columbiana Counties (website)
The One Stop of Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties brings together resources to help jobseekers find employment and to assist employers in finding qualified workers.

Ohio’s Top Jobs (website)
Find here a listing of jobs that pay well and have lots of openings available in Ohio.

Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) (Data Axle)
The #1 source of information on businesses and people for researchers, students, job seekers and government agencies.

State of Ohio Job Search (website)
This is the official site for searching for Ohio government job openings. Links to benefit information and the application process are also available.

Top Jobs in Ohio (website)
Find here a listing of the top paying jobs in Ohio with lots of openings available for jobseekers.

USAJobs (website)
The Office of Personnel Management offers this official site for federal jobs and employment information.

Vantage Aging (formerly Mature Services)
Local agency offering resources to jobseekers aged 50+.

VolunteerMatch (website) 
Allows the potential volunteer to search by zip code, interest, skills needed and more to find a meaningful volunteer opportunity.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook (website)
“This US Department of Labor site provides career overviews, including educational requirements, job outlooks and salary data.” (website)
Look for salaries for the Youngstown area or any other location nationwide.

Wages, Earnings & Benefits (website)
Links to collected statistics for salary information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Ohio Unemployment Benefits (website)
The site for Ohio’s Citizens and Employers to conduct their unemployment insurance business online. Need help with your OH|ID? Click here! Plus click here for Unemployment Step by Step Guide.

Ohio Unemployment Statistics (website)
Ohio Labor Market Information provides links to state and local unemployment statistics.

Unemployment Resources for Ohioans

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