Resources for Job Seekers

The Evanston Public Library is committed to helping residents who are seeking employment, developing job skills or changing professions.

Borrow a Job Search Tech Kit:

Evanston Public Library cardholders can borrow a Job Search Tech Kit containing a Chromebook, a WiFi hotspot and information about resources and services to help with their job search. Kits check out for 28 days and can be renewed two times. Reserve a kit online or call 847-448-8630 for assistance.

Learn a new skill or gain a certification:

Evanston Public Library cardholders can access the following tools from anywhere, with their library card number.

Gale Presents: Udemy
Whether you are looking to build new skills in a profession you love or make a big career change, Gale Presents: Udemy includes over 6,000 on-demand video courses for in-demand skills in the areas of business, technology, design and more. These are available, free at any time with your Evanston Public Library card.

Gale Courses
Stay competitive in your job search by learning new skills. Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online, free with your Evanston Public Library card. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Learning Express Library
Learning Express Library provides career preparation resources, including test prep for school entrance and career exams, including many career-specific exams such as nursing, law enforcement, civil service, culinary arts, and teaching.  It also has modules for job advancement and workplace skills assistance. Free to all Evanston Public Library card holders.

Get help with your job search, resume and technology skills:

EPL Career Counselor
Make an appointment to meet remotely with our volunteer career counselor, Darryl Grant. Darryl can help guide you through the job searching process and point you in the right direction to resources. This service is available, free, to anyone. Call 847-448-8630 for more information.

EPL Tech Trainer
Evanston Public Library has two technology trainers who offer one-on-one personalized technology training sessions, in English or Spanish. This service is available, free, to anyone. Call 847-448-8630 for more information.

Connect to Career Services & Local Job Training Programs:

National Able Network
Receive personalized support from National Able Network. Their programs are designed to assist job seekers from all backgrounds, including the unemployed, career changers, military veterans, seniors and aspiring IT professionals.

YWCA of Evanston/North Shore
The YWCA of Evanston/North Shore’s YWeb Career Academy  provides education in digital skills to traditionally underrepresented or vulnerable populations, such as women of color, survivors of domestic violence, and low-wage workers. Upon completion of the online course, students will have opportunities to pursue full-time permanent employment, a paid internship or freelance careers in technology through partnerships established by YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

The YW Culinary Program is a free 10-week job training program designed to prepare women for success in Chicagoland’s vibrant food service industry.

Youth Job Center
YJC prepares youth ages 14 to 25 for success in the workplace. For more information and to see if YJC’s services are right for you, check out their Career Resource Toolkit.

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse’s Workforce Training Program is a paid career training initiative offering comprehensive instruction in deconstruction, construction, warehousing and customer service as well as professional readiness skills for individuals facing barriers to employment.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services CAGML-247937-OMLS-20.  Este proyecto ha sido posible en parte por el Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas, CAGML-247937-OMLS-20.

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