Career Services

The Indianapolis Public Library can help you toward a career through one-on-one help, online tutorials on our blog, workshops, and also point you in the right direction for navigating local supports around Indianapolis.

Career Services

Library Career Service Support

One-on-one support with a Library Career Center staff member can help get you started or answer the tricky questions you might have. For appointment-based or over-the-phone help, patrons can use our Ask-a-Librarian service to connect or attend one of our Career Center open labs:

Central Library Career Center
Adults needing help with creating a resume, searching for a job or career online, or filling out an online job application are invited to receive free one-on-one assistance. Drop in anytime during the Career Center Open Lab in the 1st Floor Computer Lab. If you can’t attend this open lab session, you can receive Career Center help on the 4th Floor, Tech Learning Desk during all library open hours.

  • Sunday, September 26 at 1:00 pm Details
  • Sunday, October 3 at 1:30 pm Details
  • Sunday, October 10 at 1:30 pm Details
  • Sunday, October 17 at 1:30 pm Details
  • Sunday, October 24 at 1:30 pm Details
  • Sunday, October 31 at 1:30 pm Details

Central Library See Yourself in Tech: First Steps to a Tech Career Join us for a panel discussion exploring pathways into tech careers and how to find the right path for you. Hear from panelists who help provide affordable training for a variety of in-demand tech skills.

  • Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pm Register

Central Library See Yourself in Tech: Advancing Tech in 46218 Meet with members of the Advancing Tech in 46218 initiative and discover how residents of the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood are receiving support to launch into tech careers and discover ways you can get involved in the local community. Are you looking to launch a career in tech? As part of the Advancing Tech in 46218 initiative, anyone living in the 46218 area is eligible for IT Professional and Web Development courses through Eleven Fifty Academy! Find out more.

Career Center at Haughville
Adults needing help with creating a resume, searching for a job or career online, or filling out an online job application are invited to receive free one-on-one assistance.

  • Monday, September 20 at 1:00 pm Details
  • Wednesday, September 22 at 10:30 am Details
  • Monday, September 27 at 11:00 am Details

    Near West Job Fair at Haughville also on September 27 at 11:00 am Details We will have a variety of employers represented. The Career Center will run at the same time to help with resumes and job applications.
  • Wednesday, September 29 at 10:30 am Details

See our full listing of workshops and programs on our events calendar. Take a look to see what is coming up.

Creating a resume can be challenging, but there are tools that can make it easier. Check out our blog with instructions and helpful how-to video for getting started with a new resume, how to keep it professional, and use a FREE Library tool called Career Transitions to develop and download a professional resume.

Automated resume readers are utilized by many employers, and it is important that your resume contains the right words so that it stands out - both to the humans and the computers reviewing it. Visit our blog to see how you can fine-tune your resume to get seen.

Identifying transferable skills is very important in today's job market. Recruiters and employers like knowing that their applicants understand how skills from a previous job or industry can fit in a new career - and there are tips and tricks on our blog that can help you reflect on your own experience to make these connections.

Local Unemployment and Re-employment Support

WorkOne Indy is Marion County's provider of state-level unemployment and career services. Take a look at their website for helpful links, workshops, and services related to job-seeker resources, training opportunities, job boards, and more.

Unemployment insurance is handled by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). residents who have lost their job can find information and resources related to filing for unemployment insurance on the DWD website.

YES Indy is a program specifically designed to help young adults - age 16-25 - get the guidance and financial support they need to complete their education, train for a job, and get employed. Learn how they work with community partners to help.

The High School Equivalency, or HSE (formerly known as the GED), is an alternative for earning a high school diploma in Indiana. An HSE Diploma is considered a minimum requirement for many employers, and can be earned through Indiana's network of Adult Education Providers. (Practice tests are available at Testing and Education Resource Center. From your personal computer, you'll need to log in with your library card number.)

Check out Our Resume Tune-up Book List

Looking for help creating a new—or strengthening an existing—resume? This list highlights a variety of resume writing resources that can help you communicate who you are and what you have to offer. It also includes an invitation to sign up for an online appointment with an IndyPL Career Center Assistant. #indypladults


DeCarlo, Laura

Don't let the Resumes for Dummies title fool you. This book provides well-ordered, in-depth advice on creating winning resumes. It also offers insights into navigating the job search process in this digital age. Resumes for Dummies is also available as an eBook through Overdrive/Libby.

The Perfect Resume

Resumes That Work in the New Economy!

Quillen, W. Daniel

Drawing on his 20+ years of experience as an HR Director, the author of The Perfect Resume walks you through the basics of resume mechanics, keywords and action words, listing your accomplishments, and more to help you craft a resume that gets results.

Modernize your Resume

Get Noticed ... Get Hired

Enelow, Wendy S

This resource is packed with examples of modern resumes that are designed to grab a hiring manager's attention. Each chapter focuses attention on a different aspect of your resume.

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