Business & Career Search
Harford's Business Edge is a collaboration between HCPL, Harford County Office of Economic Development, Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Harford Community College, Harford Business Innovation Center and Small Business Technology Development Center to provide resources and support for aspiring business owners. Learn more!
Harford County Public Library offers a variety of online resources to assist people during their job search process.
In addition, Harford County Public Library branch librarians offer one-on-one assistance to job seekers in identifying employment opportunities, filling out online applications, setting up email accounts, saving and printing documents, and using resume templates. Call your local branch for an appointment!
Nonprofit organizations and other grant seekers searching for information on fundraising, nonprofit management, grant seeking and grant writing and related subjects have access to the Harford Grant County Public Library Grant Collection which is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.
Located in the Maryland Room of the Bel Air Library, the Grant Collection consists of a comprehensive print collection and dedicated computers to access these comprehensive resources. The collection includes the following resources: The Foundation Directory Online, which profiles more than 100,000 U.S. grant makers; Foundation Grants to Individuals Online; and Philanthropy In/Sight. Directories and proposal writing books are also available as part of this collection. For more information, please see a staff member at the Bel Air Library.
Premium Resources @ Your Library : Business & Investing
DemographicsNOW is the ideal resource for library patrons in need of a comprehensive business and residential reference and research tool. Users can produce comprehensive business and residential lists as well as detailed demographic reports — they can even utilize a unique mapping tool that ‘visualizes’ trends. Assess business viability, perform market and site location analysis, create sales leads and/or marketing mailing lists, find potential sponsors and donors to grow a non-profit, prepare a small business plan and much more.
Morningstar Investment Research Center provides access to premium information on stock and funds and includes Morningstar analysts’ independent opinion on 1,700 stocks, 2,200 mutual funds, and 300 exchange rated funds. The research center also offers accurate, up-to-date data on 35,000 stocks and funds, along with industry and market data. The database lets users build and test portfolio ideas online, and provides financial education through its Investing Classroom.
NEW! Jobs/internship module allows patrons to search for jobs by job type, company and location. Mapping tools can pinpoint openings in specific geographic regions making job searching much more effective.
ReferenceUSA is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 260 million U.S. residents. ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more. Available for use at this library are: U.S and Canadian Businesses, White Pages, Consumer, New Businesses, Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyles, and New Mover/New Homeowners.
Small Business Resource Center is a comprehensive database offering content that covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax and more.
Value Line, the most complete guide to investment research, provides online access to a full array of products including the Research Center, Value Line Investment surveys (standard edition, plus edition, small & mid-cap edition), the Selection & Opinion newsletters, Value Line Mutual Fund Surveys and many more.
Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.
Provides access to the world of Internet commerce and addresses the concerns of those who want to join the ranks of the Internet business community.
Provides entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own business.
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This site is a gateway to federal, state, and local information to help small businesses understand their legal requirements and locate government services.
This database provides instant access to registration documents filed by more than 25,000 SEC- or state-registered investment advisers.
Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC) site provides BRAC-related information and activities that enable businesses the opportunity to be positioned for the expected growth in the county.
The Business Owner’s Toolkit offers free cost-cutting tips, step-by-step checklists, real-life case studies, startup advice, and business templates specifically geared to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
This website was created by the “big three” credit score companies to comply with federal law requiring these companies to provide every citizen with a free credit report (not including credit score) once a year. This service truly is free, unless users choose to purchase additional credit information, especially their credit score.
Premium Resources @ Your Library: Job & Career Search
The Adult Learning Center provides resources and live tutors for adults returning to school, switching jobs, or to help brush up on an academic skill. You will find:
- GED tests with live coaching. You can take practice tests and access helpful resources.
- Practice tests and resources to help you prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Test.
- Find support and assistance for writing cover letters and resumes.
- Connect with instructors to learn MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Tips and resources to start your job search.
LearnATest is an interactive test preparation site for both academic and career exams that allows users to take practice exams and receive on-line scoring and customized evaluations. First time users will need to register online. If you need assistance, please see a librarian. You will find:
- Licensing exams for multiple occupations, as well as GED tests.
- Skills building courses for adults, including personal finance, writing and grammar.
- Workplace skills improvement courses that include business writing, job search, resume and interviewing.
- U.S. Citizenship practice tests in English and Spanish.
- Interactive Tutorials to Improve Computer Skills. Click on the “Popular Software Tutorials” link.
Job Seeker Online Toolkits
The following website toolkits contain multiple resources, including tutorials, all in one spot.
The Job and Career Information Center provides materials and services to individuals exploring careers or seeking jobs. Services provided include free resume reviews by appointment and workshops on job searching, interviewing, and résumé writing.
The Maryland State Library Resource Center has put together a series of tutorials for library customers to use during their job search. The tutorials help the customer prepare for their job search, covering such tasks as applying for an e-mail address, searching job websites and applying online for a job.
The Allegany County Library System offers several online computer tutorials including Introduction to the Internet and Creating Résumés for Word 2007.
The Career Center at Towson University offers résumé writing tips.
A free learning site provided by Goodwill Community Foundation with a variety of tutorials from basic everyday activities to computer training to work and career resources.
Use this website to connect to resources to build digital skills and find jobs for new economic opportunities.
Career Planning Map from Enoch Pratt Free Library
One of the most important components of the search for employment is the process of determining what the best career fit is. The guide created in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Licensing and Regulation walks customers through the process by presenting them a Career Planning Map. The guide will not only be helpful to adults in the job search process but to teens as well. Teens are required to complete a career portfolio as part of Maryland State graduation requirements. The Career Map guide supports this requirement.
Information on Unemployment Insurance
Worker ReEmployment, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides employment, training, and financial assistance for laid-off workers. Includes resources for getting immediate help with unemployment insurance, healthcare, and other financial needs; job searching and resume tips; changing careers and understanding transferable skills; and upgrading skills through education and training.
Harford County and Maryland Job Searching Sites
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, this is a “one-stop” access point to career centers across Maryland.
“Workforce Exchange is a ‘virtual’ one-stop network created to improve access to information about jobs, training and workforce support throughout Maryland. Workforce Exchange connects agencies, programs and services electronically to assist employers and individuals in making the right decisions for future success. The information and services made available through Workforce Exchange is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Employers are able to manage their entire recruitment process online and job seekers can build resumes that can be used to apply for jobs instantly!”
Search for jobs in the greater Baltimore area.
The Susquehanna Workforce Centers serve Harford and Cecil counties. The Susquehanna Workforce Centers feature an array of employment and training services for job seekers and businesses, providing a broad range of workforce development resources and information in one location. The centers provide a variety of employment and support resources to assist individuals in achieving their employment goals and encourage lifelong learning. Office locations are in Bel Air, Elkton, and Aberdeen.
Changing jobs or career path? Try these sites for guidance:
Key to Career Success provides career information and links to work-related services that help veterans and military service members successfully transition to civilian careers.
LearnHowToBecome.org is a non-profit organization that provides detailed information into 45 popular career fields, with "how-to-guides", resources and tools need to research specific careers and the educational and professional steps needed to enter the field.
Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, “My Next Move” is an easy-to-use electronic tool that enables users to explore occupations and find related information, including job openings, job outlook information, salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site helps laid-off workers and other career changers find new occupations to explore. Users can identify occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to their current or previous job, learn more about these suggested matches, locate local training programs, and/or apply for jobs.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.
Developed by Stanford MBAs, this site provides job seekers with resources to research their next career move.
The Occupational Information Network or O*NET is the nation’s primary source of occupational information, developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training.
Provide by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) of the State of Maryland, this site provides an overview of wage estimates for Maryland workforce investment areas.
Additional Employment Searching Websites for Baltimore and Nationwide Job Searches
State and Federal:
Search for jobs in the Baltimore area.
Search for jobs with the Federal Government, and access additional information about Federal employment.
The Federal Government’s Official Jobs site: Use the direct link to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management job searching tool.
“The leading source for Middle-Income diversity jobs”.
Career Builder in the largest online job site in the U.S.
“The #1 Entry Level Job Site”.
A searchable database of nonprofits and the opportunities they provide world-wide.
“Indeed is the #1 job site worldwide, with over 50 million unique visitors and 1 billion job searches per month. Indeed is available in more than 50 countries and 26 languages”.
A huge and well-known site for posting résumés, and searching for jobs, and social networking.
This website is dedicated to hourly workers and those who employ them.