Helpful tools to get started
Computer Skills: Brush up on your computer skills with these free resources compiled by the South Central Library System. This page include checklists to identify areas to improve, tutorials for a wide range of skill levels, information on internet security, and more.
Job Listings: Once you’re ready to start looking for job listings, there are many different websites to search and browse. South Central Library System has compiled a list of major, state, local, and specialized websites here.
Resume: Job Center of Wisconsin has free virtual workshops on resume writing either prerecorded or live (Registration Required). Free sites like ResumeGenius and Resume.com can help you build and format a resume from scratch. ResumeGenius also has tips for writing an effective resume here.
Cover Letter: Goodwill Industries offers a helpful breakdown of what makes a good cover letter along with a short video tutorial with step-by-step instructions. ResumeGenius also has a free cover letter builder online.
Interview Guides: Goodwill Industries has a comprehensive guide of things to know for preparing, acing, and following up an interview. They also have a helpful section on what employers aren’t allowed to ask.
Interview Videos: South Central Library System also has several videos of interview tips here.
Dane County Job Center - Job Service Assistance is available for help with Job Center of Wisconsin registration, resumes, cover letters, job applications and unemployment benefits.
Job Center of Wisconsin - Register for an account to get one-on-one job search assistance, create a resume, search and apply for jobs, view virtual workshops, and more.
Unemployment Benefits Information - Apply for benefits, file weekly claims, and get answers about the unemployment process from the Department of Workforce Development.
WorkSmart Network - Offers help finding a job, tips on resumes and cover letters, and training to move you forward.
Waunakee Neighborhood Connection - Neighborhood Connection’s team can help you with job searches, completing job applications, interview preparation, and more.
Centro Hispano - Services include searching and applying to jobs online, resume creation, practicing for interviews, and creating pathways for next educational and workforce steps with a focus on clients with different language, digital skills, and educational background levels.
Urban League of Greater Madison - Offers a broad array of career assessment, training, coaching and placements services.
Veterans Employment Resources - The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide variety of services and resources to veterans at all stages of their career.