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Job Skills & Career Help

Below are some ways you can get started on the next step in your career or job search. If you have questions or need assistance, the librarians at the Reference Desk on the second floor are happy to help. You can visit in person, call 563-589-4225, or email yourlibrarian@dubuque.lib.ia.us.

Finding Jobs

Are you looking for a new job? This is where you can find job listings for the Dubuque area and the state of Iowa.

  • Use your library card to access ReferenceUSA and search nationwide job listings and internships.
  • Use your library card to borrow books to help your job search efforts.
  • If you have lost your job, contact the Dubuque office of Iowa Workforce Development for help in filing for unemployment.
  • Find employment opportunities with the City of Dubuque. This is also where you can find job openings for Carnegie-Stout Public Library.
  • The County of Dubuque and the State of Iowa both list job openings on governmentjobs.com.
  • You can find local job listings with Dubuque area companies and employment agencies on Access Dubuque, a partnership between the Telegraph Herald and the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation.
  • Future Ready Iowa provides various job search engines and job banks available online to assist you in your job or career search throughout the State of Iowa.
  • Home Base Iowa offers career assistance for Iowa veterans. Current or past active duty/reserve/guard military members and spouses can post their resumes to the Home Base Iowa website for employers to review for potential job openings.
  • The State of Iowa has information on registered apprenticeships where you can learn a skill with on the job training.

Applying for Jobs

Do you need help with a resume or cover letter? The library has tools that help you get started with examples, and experts online who can give you advice.

  • Use your library card to borrow materials to help you with your resume or cover letter. Library staff at the public computers on the second floor can also help you access Microsoft Office, email, or answer other technical questions.
  • Use your library card to access Brainfuse for resume templates and advice. You can also submit your resume for review and feedback.
  • Future Ready Iowa offers a Resume Builder. Simply type your information into the website, and it will build a resume document that you can download and save.

Job Interviews

Are you ready for your next job interview? The library has tools and resources that will help you prepare and practice so that you can enter the interview with confidence.

  • If you need professional clothing for an interview, local organizations can help. The United Way of Dubuque has a Community Clothes Closet and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church has The Open Closet.
  • Use your library card to access Brainfuse for interview tips and advice or to meet live with an online coach to help prepare for an interview.
  • Use your library card to borrow materials to help you get ready for a job interview.

Job Training and Education

Do you want to finish your degree? Would you like to learn a new skill? Do you need to study for a certification program? The library has tools and resources that can help you improve and further your vocational training and education.

  • Use your library card to borrow materials to help develop your career or professional skills.
  • Use your library card to access the Small Business Reference Center for advice, ebooks, resources, and more for small business owners.
  • Use your library card and log in to Brainfuse for help preparing for the High School Equivalency Test or the US Citizen Test (go to “Adult Learners” on top menu bar).
  • Opportunity Dubuque can help you get the training you need for a new job or to advance your career. Opportunity Dubuque is a partnership between Northeast Iowa Community College, the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, and other local organizations to match skilled workers with local employers.
  • Iowa Workforce Development offers FREE Digital Kickstart Courses through Kirkwood Community College. Learn everything from computer fundamentals and online safety to improving your communications and working in the new digital world.
  • Find information on scholarship programs funded by the State of Iowa to help you further or complete your education.
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services helps Iowa job seekers with disabilities to find jobs and job training.
  • Iowa Legal Aid has information to help if you are having problems at work. Find answers to common legal questions about general work/employment issues or farmworker and migrant worker issues.
  • Future Ready Iowa connects Iowans to the education and training required for good paying jobs and careers to improve people’s lives.
  • The State of Iowa has information on registered apprenticeships so you can earn while you learn.

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