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Library Resources: Spotlight on the Library's Career Advancement Options

Chattanooga Public Library resources for career advancement

Your Chattanooga Public Library card gives you access to many different resources, including resources to help you change or advance in your career!

If you're feeling overwhelmed by all of our different options, we have a few suggestions on how to get started. If you have any questions about using these or any of our resources, call the library at 423-757-5310 or email us at ebooks@lib.chattanooga.gov.

Books and eBooks

If a physical book is the way you learn best, try our career and resume books available at our branches including

If you want to be able to read or listen on the go with your computer, tablet, ereader, mp3 player, or smartphone, try one of our eBooks or audiobooks. Make sure to have your library card handy so you can sign in. For some of our eBooks and audiobooks, you may need to create an account, so make sure you have an email address, and think of a good password! Some of the eBooks and audiobooks available in our digital collections include

If you don't have time to place a hold on a book, take a look at the eBooks available in our Jobs & Careers Gateway, LearningExpress Library, and Testing & Education Reference Center resources, which are available all the time! Make sure to have your library card handy if you're using a computer outside the library. LearningExpress Library and Testing & Education Reference Center also require you to make an account with them to access these eBooks, so make sure you have an email address, and think of a good password!

Online Resources

In addition to these books and eBooks, we also have some online resources that include job searching advice, online courses, resume building tools, and more!

Brainfuse has a lot of great tools for job-seekers, like access to live online resume experts, Microsoft Office tutorials, career and job searching resources, and resume help.

To get started,

  1. Click here.
  2. Click the link near the top that says "Adult Learners."
  3. You'll need to login or create a Brainfuse account to have access to these resources, so make sure you have an email address, and think of a good password!

​​Career Transitions is the perfect resource if you're looking for a job or want to brush up on your resume and cover letter. Career Transitions has a job search engine, a career interest assessment, information about different career paths, and tips and advice for every step to finding a job, from the initial application all the way to salary negotiation. You can even practice your interviewing skills using the interview simulation tool! If you need to create a resume or cover letter, try the resume and cover letter tools. All you have to do is input your info into the webform, and leave the formatting to them! It will generate a professionally formatted resume and cover letter for you.

To get started,

  1. Click here. Make sure to have your library card handy if you're using a computer outside of the library.
  2. If you create an account, you can save your work, so make sure you have an email address, and think of a good password!

Gale Courses has many different online classes, including some to help you build your job searching skills. Each class lasts 6 weeks, and is taught live by real instructors. Most provide a certificate upon successful completion.

To get started,

  1. Click here.
  2. From the list of categories on the left side of the page, click on "Personal Development," then click on "Job Search."
  3. Select a course like "Resume Writing Workshop" or "Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search."
  4. Gale Courses also has courses to teach the skills that employers look for, like basic computer skills, finance, accounting, and general business skills.
  5. Once you decide which course or courses to take, just click the button that says "Enroll Now," select your start date, and create an account or login if you already have one. After that, you'll have to provide your library card number, and you'll see a confirmation that you're enrolled! Make sure you complete the lessons on time, as the instructor says, so that you aren't dropped from the class.

​​LearningExpress Library has tools to help you improve the skills that employers are looking for, including skills like math, reading, and writing, various entrance and occupation exams, or information about joining the military. You can also work on your computer skills. You'll find tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks.

To get started,

  1. Click here. Make sure to have your library card handy if you're using a computer outside the library.
  2. Towards the top of the page, a drop down menu will appear if you move your mouse where it says "All Centers."
  3. From this list, click on "Adult Learning Center," "Career Center," or "Computer Skills Center."
  4. When you hover your mouse where it says a "All Centers," you'll see a drop-down menu. If you want to build your basic skills like math, reading, or writing, or to find resources to prepare for the citizenship test, click on "Adult Learning Center."
  5. You'll need to login or create a LearningExpress Library account to have access to these resources, so make sure you have an email address, and think of a good password!