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Helpful information for individuals in their effort to search and apply for employment online.
Last Updated: Aug 2, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Occupational Outlook

Want to know more about a specific type of job or find out if you have the qualifications needed?

Click here to take a look at the Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Click here to see dictionary of occupational titles.


Books about Job Searching

Click on desired subject for view of holdings in ACPL catalog. To find books in specific library branches, click on CHANGE on the left side of the page next to ALL LOCATIONS and choose which branch(es) you want to find items.


Book Jacket for: The resume catalog : 200 damm good examples

Cover Letter

Book Jacket for: Step-by-step cover letters : build a cover letter in 10 easy steps using personal branding

Online Job Search

Book Jacket for: Guide to internet job searching

Finding a Job

Job Interview

Book Jacket for: Nail the job interview! : 101 dynamite answers to interview questions

Online Job Social Networking


Catalog Search Starters

Browse the library's books about job searching OR use these keywords to start your own search!

  • Careers
  • Careers & Jobs
  • Job Searching
  • Job Searching for College Graduates
  • Job Searching for Seniors



NC Divison of Employment Security

Check out the NC Department of Commerce, Divison of Employment Security Individual Services for information to

  • Find a Job
  • File a Claim
  • File Weekly Certification
  • View Your Benefit Payment History
  • View Tax Form 1099-G
  • Employer Websites
  • Career Planning
  • Training
  • Benefits Estimator

         and more!



Alamance County Public Libraries

ACPL logoAlamance County Public Libraries provide free and open access to lifelong learning, resources for everyday living, and reading for pleasure in a welcoming environment.  Our collections, services and programs enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.  Contact the Library webmaster.

AC SealAlamance County Public Libraries operates as a Department of Alamance County Government.  Visit the Alamance County Website at


Looking for a Job ?


Your Library Can Help !

The library provides a variety of aids for anyone looking for a job or career change.

  • Stop in the library to use the free wireless (Wi-Fi) connection, or use your library card number and PIN to sign on to one of our public computers.
  • Make use of Microsoft Word resume and cover letter templates on public computers for professional looking documents. Click the Resume tab above for more information about creating a resume. 
  • Sign into NCLive for Job Accelerator for assistance on "The Fast Track for Getting Hired."
  • Free Computer Classes held at various locations to assist you in obtaining digital skills necssary to be successful in your job search and apply.
  • Learning Express is found on NCLive and offers practice exams in a wide variety of career fields, as well as a Job Search and Workplace Skills Learning Center with resources for helping create resumes and prepare for job interviews. You will need a library card to create an account.
  • GCF Learn Free offers lots of techonolgy tutorials but it also has a section devoted to Job Searching.This section covers writing your cover letter/resume, interview skills, job applications and more!



Before Starting Your Search

Finding a job today requires computer skills that were not necessary years ago.

Not quite sure about your computer skills? Take a look at Computer Skills with listings of online tutorials of benefit to Job Seekers. This guide will assist you by exploring areas to get you started with digital job searching.

Once you are comfortable using the computer, mouse, keyboard, and internet, prepare to search out and complete job applications!

Getting Started

What you need

  • Basic Computer Knowledge
  1. How to sign on to the computer
  2. How to navigate your screen with a mouse
  3. How to use a keyboard
  • Email address - you must have (or create) an email address to apply for online job applications!
  1. KNOW your username
  2. KNOW your password

What else you need

  • Some type of personal Organizational System
  • Enough time to apply to a job or multiple jobs (You can have 3 hours per library per day of computer time!)
  • Positive Attitude - Don't be discouraged!

It is important that you keep track of submitted applications, contacts, and progress. Keep a list of usernames and passwords for specific job application sites. Be confident in your strengths, be creative, stay positive, and don't give up!


  • What you want
  • What you know
  • What you can do

Know why you are in the job market. Know your strengths, what motivates you, what you want in a job.

Career Options

  • Make a list of possible occupations
  • Identify companies and locations where you would like to work


Starting Your Job Search

Use technology, print mediums, career centers, and/or social media, word of mouth.

Online Job Sites:


  • Socially (friends, family, friends of friends)
  • Professionally (previous jobs)
  • Online Social Media (LinkedIn and/or Facebook)

Job Fairs

  • Check the Library Job Resource Table for local events
  • Check the local newpapers (online as well) for any Job Fairs coming near you

Temporary Employment Agencies

Newspaper Classifieds

Don't forget there are still some advertisements placed in the print newspaper classifieds. Check your local paper at home or come by the library to browse our selection of newspapers.  Sunday is generally the day with the most current listings.

Local Employer Websites:

Alamance County    
Alamance Burlington Schools
Alamance Foods
Alamance Regional Medical Center
City of Burlington
Dollar General
Elon University
Family Dollar
Krispy Kreme
Lowes Home Improvement
Sears and K-Mart
UNC - Chapel Hill

Note: To locate a specific employer, perform a Google search ( and enter company/business name. From the displayed results, select one that has the business name in the site address if listed for best results.

Found a listing that is a strong possibility ?  Click here to continue with information about online Job Application Basics.


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