Though Brooklyn Public Library is closed, the Business & Career Center is working to connect you with resources and services that can help get through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn.
Resume & Career Help by Email
The Business & Career Center staff is pleased to offer virtual Resume & Career Help by email. If you have questions about your resume, cover letter, resources or programs that could help you in your job search, or other job search-related questions, please email [email protected].
If you are seeking help with a resume or cover letter, please attach it to your email in Word or PDF format. It also may be helpful to send information about the type(s) of job(s) you are applying for, or include a link to a specific job ad, to make sure the documents are "on point" for what you may be applying for.
Inquiries will be answered as quickly as possible, based on demand and available staff, in the order in which they are received.
Please note: Our staff will offer suggestions, but will not write resumes or cover letters or alter the documents that are submitted.
Resume & Career Help by Video
If you are interested in a real-time video consultation with a Job Information Resource Librarian for a quick critique of a resume, cover letter, or for career advice, a limited number of 15-30 minute consultations will be available on Thursday afternoons via Zoom. To register, please visit our Calendar of Events and enter the keyword "resume" to find available sessions.
Job Search Resources During COVID-19 Crisis
BPL librarians have created a list of helpful suggestions and resources to guide you as you search for work. The list includes career specific tips and suggestions for potential employment.
One-on-One Legal Assistance for Unemployed Workers
Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) has launched the Unemployed Workers Project to provide free advice to low-wage, unemployed workers in New York who are seeking to access their government benefits, including updates as state and federal rules change. For assistance complete the form on the VOLS site or call the hotline at 347-521-5720
Events & Classes
- Creative Careers
- Paying for College
- Ace Your College Application
- Finding a Job After 50
- Reentry Resources
Make art, make money : lessons from Jim Henson on fueling your creative careerStevens, Elizabeth Hyde
The artist's compass : the complete guide to building a life and a living in the performing artsMoore, Rachel, 1964-
Monetizing entertainment : an insider's handbook for careers in the entertainment & music industryWacholtz, Larry E.
College without student loans : attend your ideal college & make it affordable regardless of your incomeSmith, Dave.
1001 ways to pay for college : strategies to maximize financial aid, scholarships and grantsTanabe, Gen S.
The ultimate guide to America's best colleges 2018 : detailed profiles on academics, student life, campus vibe, athletics, admissions, scholarships, and financial aidTanabe, Gen S.
The scholarship & financial aid solution: how to go to college for next to nothing with short cuts, tricks and tips from start to finish revisedLipphardt, Debra, 1954-
Plan and finance your family's college dreams : a parent's step-by-step guide from pre-k to senior yearHupalo, John A.
The financial aid handbook : getting the education you want for the price you can affordStack, Carol.
The complete guide to paying for college : save money, cut costs, and get more for your education dollarIngram, Leah
Admission possible : the "dare to be yourself" guide for getting into the best colleges for youShaevitz, Marjorie Hansen.
Conquering the college admissions essay in 10 easy steps : crafting a winning personal statementGelb, Alan.
The secrets of picking a college (and getting in!) : over 600 tips, techniques, and strategies revealedJacobs, Lynn F., 1955-
Admission matters : what students and parents need to know about getting into collegeSpringer, Sally P., 1947-
50 successful Stanford application essays : includes advice from Stanford admissions officers and the 25 essay mistakes that guarantee failureTanabe, Gen S.
College essay essentials : a step-by-step guide to writing a successful college admission essaySawyer, Ethan.
Don't retire, rewire! : 5 steps to fulfilling work that fuels your passion, suits your personality, and fills your pocketSedlar, Jeri
Great jobs for everyone 50+ : finding work that keeps you happy and healthy-- and pays the billsHannon, Kerry
The new scarlet letter? : negotiating the U.S. labor market with a criminal recordRaphael, Steven, 1968-
The ex-offender's re-entry assistance directory : public and private support programs for making it on the outsideKrannich, Ronald L.
The ex-offender's new job finding & survival guide : 10 steps for successfully re-entering the work worldKrannich, Ronald L.