Job Search Resources

The Oakland Public Library offers an array of resources to help you navigate through these challenging economic times. From job listings to learning how to craft an effective resume, you're sure to find everything you need.

Below, find online resources to help you with your job search.

Resources for Job Seekers

AtoZDatabases | Find a Job with Indeed.comAtoZDatabases contains an excellent search engine for job listings, provided by Jobs are collected from thousands of websites such as job boards, newspapers, industry association listings, and company career pages. You will need your OPL card number and PIN to access the database from home.

BrainFuse JobNow/VetNow: Learn new skills, prepare for certification testing, create and improve resumés, prepare for and practice interviewing, and search for jobs. Veterans can connect with community resources and get live online help navigating their benefits. 

@Oaklandhasjobs: See at least six local, entry-level job openings every workday at

Gale Business Insights: Global: Contains business information and industry profiles through business directories and association directories. You will need your OPL card number and PIN to access the database.

Union Apprenticeship Opportunities: Union apprenticeships are paid opportunities to learn a skill or craft through a formal program run by a trade union. This page lists general and local resources for learning about and applying for apprenticeships.

Oakland and California Job Resources

City of Oakland Job Listings

The City of Oakland Human Resources Department job listings for all departments providing title, salary, open/closing dates, required documents and, for many jobs, ability to apply online.


Joint venture of public entities, non-profit agencies, and private organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties helping businesses and job seekers meet their employment needs.

California State Job Assistance

State of California website: file for unemployment; job seeking assistance.

California State One-Stop Source

California State Personnel Board listing jobs in California, One Stop Career Centers, Federal government jobs, Community College jobs, local governments, and state government websites.

JobStar: California Job Search Guide

JobStar now offers job search information and community resources for the following counties in the San Francisco Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma. It also contains information for resources in the Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego regions.

Top Employment Websites


LinkUp is a unique job search engine that only lists jobs taken directly from company websites. Almost any company, big or small, that has a career section on their website can be found on LinkUp. Currently, there are more than 21,776 companies in this database.

One of the best job searching tools available online, provides online resume posting, Job Search Agent notification, company profiles, resume and interviewing tips, as well as more than 800,000 job postings. Registered users can also create and store several versions of their resumes and cover letters, apply for jobs online, and receive personalized employment news.

Indeed is a free service to job seekers where you can upload a resume, create job alert emails, search for jobs, save them and apply to them directly. Indeed includes all the job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations, and company career pages, and employers can even post jobs directly to Indeed that may not be available anywhere else.

US Department of Labor One-Stop Center

Sponsored by the US Department of Labor, this site provides one-stop shopping for the serious job seeker. Post your resume, search job listings, learn how to write a great resume and negotiate the salary you deserve. Explore occupational and salary trends, and research the training and education you need to get ahead.

Resume Building Resumes

Test your resume savvy and receive expert tips for creating quality resumes, cover letters and other business correspondence. Free online registration allows you to post your resume for potential employers to search, and allows you to apply for various positions via the Internet.

14 tips for writing a rockstar resume.

Interview Skills

Another great Monster site for useful interview components from pre-interview preparation, tips to remember during the interview, and proper follow-up procedures.

Career Development

O*Net Online

Sponsored by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, this site helps employers, workers, educators, and students make informed decisions regarding education, training, career choices, and work. It has good sections for green jobs and civilian jobs for veterans.

Bureau of Labor Statistics / Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a user friendly way to research job descriptions, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and future job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

Salary Guides

Job Star

Originally established for the California job seeker, this site has the largest collection of salary surveys online anywhere. Combined with lists of books to request from your local library and articles from experts like Jack Chapman, this site will lead you in the right directions for your salary search.

This site provides reporting on salaries and cost-of-living from compensation professionals. Tools help people make informed decisions when planning careers and searching for jobs.

Unemployment Resources

California State Job Assistance

State of California website: file for unemployment; job seeking assistance.

Career One Stop Reemployment Portal

This is an all encompassing site for finding One Stop Career Centers, getting immediate unemployment or health benefits assistance, job hunting and networking, changing careers and upgrading skills, and beginning or finishing a degree.

A guide to unemployment benefits in California. is a free and independent website devoted to helping all citizens and lawful residents of the United States take full advantage of all the benefit programs and services made available to them by local, state and federal governments.