Dearborn Heights Libraries

Skill Building and Job Seeking Assistance

Workforce Development Resources


Basic Computer Skills

Goodwill Community Foundation -- Innovative online learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve technology, literacy and math skills necessary for success.
https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/

Microsoft Office 365 Training Center -- Learn important skills using Microsoft Office products through online tutorials and examples
https://support.office.com/office-training-center?redirectSourcePath=%252fen-us%252farticle%252fOffice-Training-Center-b8f02f81-ec85-4493-a39b-4c48e6bc4bfb

Computer and Internet Basics Tutorials – links to variety of online resources to help newbies and others learn computer software basics.  From the Flint Public Library. 
http://www.fpl.info/computers/tutorials.shtml

Mouse Aerobics – online tutorial to help newbies learn how to use a mouse from the Monroe County Library System.
http://monroe.lib.mi.us/computer_classes/mouse_exercise/mouse_exercise.htm

Computer Tutorials – a web guide with links to listings of computer tutorials including Microsoft applications, Internet searching, email, typing and using a mouse. Compiled by Newark Public Library.
http://nplwebguides.pbworks.com/w/page/5673363/Computer%20Tutorials

Visual Tutorials – assistance learning Microsoft programs and other computer technology using pictures.
http://inpics.net/

DigitalLearn.org -- Tutorials on computers basics, Windows 10, email, job skills, and more.
https://www.digitallearn.org/

Job Seekers

Michigan Talent Bank – search for job openings or post your resume
http://www.mitalent.org/

Michigan Works Agency Locator Map
http://michiganworks.org/agencies/map/

Career Zone Write Your Resume – from New York a one-stop way to create a resume and export it in pdf, or MS Word. 
https://www.careerzone.ny.gov/views/careerzone/index.jsf

Cover Letter Generator
http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/cover_letter/

My Skills, My Future from the U.S. Department of Labor
http://www.myskillsmyfuture.org/

O*Net Resource Center - Occupational Information Network, is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics.
http://www.onetcenter.org/

USA Jobs – Official Jobsite of the U.S. Government
http://www.usajobs.gov/

LEARN - a free university e-learning and career re-branding courses for unemployed Michigan workers with a goal of preparing unemployed Michiganders to re-enter the workforce with a new career.
http://www.50plusprime.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/Content.Display/Page/careers.cfm


These websites provide helpful information on how to apply for jobs and upload a resume.

CareerBuilder – Search job openings and sign up for job alert emails.
http://www.careerbuilder.com

 Indeed – Search job openings and upload your resume.
 http://www.indeed.com/

 Monster – Search job openings and find hiring advice.
 http://www.monster.com

 Glassdoor – Search job openings and read company reviews.
 http://www.glassdoor.com

 ZipRecruiter – Search job openings and find salary information. 
 http://www.ziprecruiter.com

 SimplyHired – Search job openings and create a free online resume.
 http://www.simplyhired.com

 LinkedIn – Search job openings, create a profile, and connect with a career coach.
 http://www.linkedin.com

 State of Michigan - Search governemnt job openings, create a profile, and sign up for job alert emails.   
 http://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan

 Michigan Jobs – Search job openings, read career advice, and learn interviewing tips.
 http://www.mlive.com/jobs

 Michigan Job Network – Search job openings and internships and learn resume writing tips.
  http://www.michiganjobnetwork.com/


Book Suggestions for Job Seekers

Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies by Joshua Waldman
Call Number: 650.14 WALDMAN (Caroline Kennedy Library & JFK, Jr. Library)
Learn how to research job opportunities using social media.

The Career Coward's Guide to Job Searching: Sensible Strategies for Overcoming Job Search Fears by Katy Piotrowski
Call Number: 650.14 PIOTROWSKI (Caroline Kennedy Library & JFK, Jr. Library)
Learn techniques to quickly and easily find a fulfilling job.

The Job Search Checklist: Everything You Need to Know to Get Back to Work After a Layoff by Damian Birkel
Call Number: 650.14 BIRKEL (Caroline Kennedy Library)
Learn how to write an effective resume and prepare for interviews.

Knock 'Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide by Martin John Yate
Call Number: 650.14 YATE 2017 (Caroline Kennedy Library & JFK, Jr. Library)
Learn online job search techniques and how to create effective resumes.

Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities: A Complete Planning and Job Search Guide by Daniel J. Ryan
Call Number: CAREERS 650.14 RYAN (JFK, Jr. Library)
Explore careers and learn the newest job search techniques.

Job Hunting Tips for People with Hot and Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: [150 Smart Tips that Can Change Your Life] by Ronald L. Krannich
Call Number: CAREERS 650.14 KRANNICH (JFK, Jr. Library)
Learn how to assess your skills, write a resume, and network to find a fulfilling job.

Internet Your Way to a New Job: How to Really Find a Job Online by Alison Doyle
Call Number: CAREERS 650.14 DOYLE (JFK, Jr. Library)
Learn how to use professional branding and social networking to find a new job.

50 Ways to Get a Job: Customize Your Quest to Find Work You Love by Dev Aujla
Call Number: 650.14 AUJLA (JFK, Jr. Library)
Learn how to prepare for a job hunt and how to interview effectively.

Financial Literacy

MyMoney.gov - U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.
http://www.mymoney.gov/

Greenpath – debt counseling and consolidation information
http://www.greenpath.com/home.htm

Money Smart a Financial Education Program – an easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/mscbi/mscbi.html

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Small Business Administration – The United State Small Business Administration provides programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed in small business.
http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/counseling-training

Small Business Administration Michigan District Office
http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3121

Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs – Help from the Harvard Business School
http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/3348.html

Entrepreneurs and Innovators Web Portal from Michigan Economic Development Corporation – Find small business start up resources. http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Entrepreneurs-and-Innovators/

 
Book and magazine suggestions for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

The Small Business Start-Up Kit by Peri Pakroo
Call Number: 346.73 PAKROO 2016 (Caroline Kennedy Library)
Learn how to create a small business and the applicable laws.  Includes a CD-ROM with downloadable forms.

The Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business by Fred Steingold
Call Number: REFERENCE 346.73 STEINGOLD 2015 (Caroline Kennedy Library)
A legal guide for small business.

Ultimate Homebased Business Handbook by James Stephenson
Call Number:
658.041 STEPHENSON (Caroline Kennedy Library)
Learn tips on how to create a homebased business.

How to Write a Business Plan by Brian Finch
Call Number: 658.401 FINCH (Caroline Kennedy Library)
Learn how to write an effetive business plan and how to raise finance.

Duct Tape Marketing: The World's Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide by John Jantsch
Call Number: 658.8 JANTSCH (Caroline Kennedy Library)
Learn how to develop and execute an effective marketing plan.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting Your Own Business by Ed Paulson
Call Number: 658.022 PAULSON (Caroline Kennedy Library, JFK, Jr. Library)
Learn effective social media strategies to promote your small business.

The Wall Street Journal Complete Small Business Guidebook by Colleen DeBaise
Call Number: 658.02 DEBAISE (JFK, Jr. Library)
Learn how to create and grow a small business.

The Small Business Bible: The Make-or-Break Factors for Survival and Success by Paul Resnik
Call Number: 658.022 RESNIK (JFK, Jr. Library)
Learn how to develop an effective business plan and how to manage cash flow.

 Magazines & Newpapers

Inc. Magazine (JFK, Jr. Library)
Learn how to grow your small business.

Wall Street Journal Newspaper (Caroline Kennedy Library, JFK, Jr. Library)
Business and financial news from the U.S. and around the world.


These websites provide helpful information on how to start a business and connect with other entrepreneurs.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation – Find small business and start-up resources.
http://www.michiganbusiness.org

 U.S. Small Business Administration – Find contact information for the Michigan District Office.
 http://www.sba.gov/offices/district/mi/detroit

 MeL Business Book Summaries - Provides concise, comprehensive summaries of the best business books.
 http://web.a.ebscohost.com

 Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Provides consulting, training, and research to assist small business.
 http://sbdcmichigan.org

SCORE Detroit – Entrepeneurs can access free, confidential business mentoring in person   and remotely.  SCORE also provides free online workshops on a wide variety of business topics.
http://detroit.score.org

StartupNation – Provides small business advice, help on starting a business, and a entrepreneur forum.
http://startupnation.com

Business Owner's Tool Kit – Provides information to help with incorporation options.
http://www.bizfilings.com/toolkit

 Small Business and Self-Employed Tex Center – Provides extensive tax information and forms. 
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed

Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) – Provides information on licenses and permits for a wide variety of businesses.            http://www.michigan.gov/lara

United States Patent & Trademark Office – Learn how to file for a patent and trademark.
https://www.uspto.gov/

General Assistance and Social Services

Michigan Helping Hand - site helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need.
http://michigan.gov/helpinghand

United Way 211 - free and confidential information and referral help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.
http://www.211.org/

Michigan Department of Human Services -- Food assistance information.
http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5527---,00.html

Michigan Department of Community Health -- How Can I Get Free or Low Cost Health Care for Me & My Family?
http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2943_52115---,00.html

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – veteran’s assistance programs
http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,1607,7-126-2362---,00.html

Michigan Unemployment Services and Benefits
http://www.michigan.gov/uia/

Webcasts for Unemployed Workers -- The webcasts are designed to inform residents about Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency programs and services, and in some cases serve as guides or tutorials.
http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,1607,7-118-53900-219607--,00.html

Michigan Attorney General Brochure on Avoiding Foreclosure
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ag/Avoiding_Foreclosure_Brochure_215948_7.pdf

Forclosure Resources -- Links from the Dearborn Heights Public Library on avoiding foreclosure.
http://www.dhcl.michlibrary.org/news-events/dearborn-heights-foreclosure-help-resources.html

Michigan State Housing Development Authority
http://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,1607,7-141--235359--,00.html