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Internet Resources for a Bad Economy

Useful websites compiled by Belvedere-Tiburon librarians.

Last update: August 2012

Index to Resources:
Jobs - Government Resources
Jobs - Regional Resources
Jobs - Specialized Searches
Top National Job Search Sites
Other Employment Resources
Resumes
Housing Resources
Money Saving Resources
Helping Others



Jobs - Government Resources

California Job Services
California's Internet system for linking employer job listings and job seeker résumés.

CalOpps.org
Search for job openings in public agencies and local governments in California.

Employment Development Department
Where to file for California unemployment benefits, disability, paid family leave.

Marin County Online Employment Center
Job openings with the County of Marin.

U.S. Census - 2010 Census Jobs
Information on how to apply to be a census taker.

U.S. Department of Labor
Official site for information about all labor related programs, workers rights & benefits, news, statistics, etc.

USA Jobs
One-stop source for Federal jobs and employment info.


Jobs - Regional Resources

Bay Area JobFinder
Browse job openings, register to view full job descriptions and apply for current job postings, or post a resumé. Free for job seekers.

California Job Journal
Online newspaper with links to job listings, job fairs and career articles.

JobStar San Francisco
Great site sponsored by California public libraries featuring local job openings, career assistance and information for Northern California. Links to resume resources, salary info and more.

NorthBay Careers
Find potential employers by industry & location. Direct links to employers' jobs pages.


Top National Job Search Sites

CareerBuilder.com
Online job board specializing in professional positions.

Craigslist
A Bay Area institution, with job, resumé, and housing postings, plus other listings like personals and items for sale.

Indeed.com
Search California or nationally for all the job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages.

Monster.com
National job and career site with job search, resumé posting, and career self-assessment tools. Search by location or job category. Free registration required.

Simply Hired
Easy to use, one-stop job search site which claims to be developing the largest online database of jobs on the planet.

Yahoo! HotJobs
Job listings, resumé posting, and career tools from Yahoo!


Jobs - Specialized Searches

California Services for Veterans
Information about special employment services for veterans with links to State and Federal resources.

Dice.com
Technology job resource center. Post resumé & search for tech jobs.

EDJOIN
Online search site for jobs in public education.

Opportunity Knocks
Nonprofit jobs resource center.

SnagAJob.com
Source for hourly & part-time jobs. Post a resumé or search by ZIP.

Workforce50.com
Career site for the over-50 jobseeker.


Other Employment Resources

glassdoor.com
Free inside info on over 21,000 companies. Contains salaries, ratings, and reviews posted anonymously by employees. You must post a company review to gain full free access.

JobCentral National Labor Exchange
Consortium of DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies designed to match jobs and job-seekers. Link directly to major employers to see current openings. Click on "Career Resources" for a great resumé tutorial, and find links to "expert career advice" under "Career Articles."

job-hunt.org
Comprehensive guide to job search resources on the Web. Great, free advice for getting started. Read "Protecting Your Privacy" before you post an online resumé!

Job Lounge
Blog offering resumé & other job-related advice. Professionals post answers to common career questions and instructional videos on related issues.

LinkedIn
Social networking for professionals.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Nationally recognized source of career information from the Dept. of Labor, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.

Riley Guide
Excellent resource for finding employment opportunities and job resources on the Internet.

Scams & Schemes in Work & Employment Services
Librarian Margaret Riley (see above) has put together a page with advice you should read before you post a resume or respond to an online offer. Avoid becoming a victim of fraud!


Resumés

CareerZone Resumé Builder
Free resumé template from New York State's CareerZone. Fill in the boxes and create a basic resume.

Resume Resource
Like the other resumé resources, this one has good advice and free examples interspersed with ads and fee-based services links.


Housing Resources

Avoiding Foreclosure: California
Don't lose your home! Here is information on California regulations and legal assistance.

Bay Area Real Estate Information Services
Provides real estate listings for property in Marin County.

California Consumer Home Mortgage Information
A guide to mortgage resources in California. Click on "Mortgage Help" for links to forclosure help, scam alerts, and what to do if you're having trouble making payments.

Center for Responsible Lending
Consumer resources for information about predatory lending. Report lending fraud or find a housing or credit counselor.

County of Marin Assessor-Recorder's Office
Real estate sales, parcel maps, and property tax inquiry.

EAH Housing
Develops, manages and promotes rental housing in the Bay Area for low and moderate income families, individuals with disabilities, and for seniors.

Foreclosure Prevention Resource Center
Mortgage Bankers Association provides useful links, including contact info provided by many lenders and servicers.

HUD Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure
Whether you're in foreclosure now or worried about it in the future, HUD has information that can help.

Making Home Affordable
Provides homeowners with the resources they need to determine whether they might be eligible for a modification or a refinance under the Administration's new program.

Marin.org
An online guide to housing resources in Marin.

Marin Housing Authority
The Housing Authority of the County of Marin, "Marin Housing" is a public corporation authorized to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for low and moderate income people.


Money Saving Resources

AnnualCreditReport.com
Federal law requires each of the major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) to provide consumers with a free credit report every year. This is the ONLY authorized site where you can request your free reports.

Coupons.com
Printable coupons for groceries and other products.

Energy Savers
U.S. Department of Energy site, gives free and inexpensive strategies for saving energy during cold months, as well as long-term savings investments. Also gives information on financial assistance for improvements that save energy.

Google's Tip Jar
Tip Jar is a collection of money saving tips submitted and ranked by the web community. Fun to browse.

Center for Responsible Lending
Consumer resources for information about predatory lending. Report lending fraud or find a housing or credit counselor.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling
Consumer debt advice and credit counselor locator. Find an NFCC accredited counselor.

Save Money in College
Great tips for college students looking to save money from College Scholarships.org.

Valpak
Printable coupons for restaurants and services in your zip code area.

We Connect
Maria Shriver’s links help California’s working families become more financially secure by connecting them to important programs and resources.


Helping Others

Marin Community Food Bank
Donate time and/or money to help families and seniors who need nutritional assistance.

Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin
Time on your hands? Learn about volunteerism in the community.