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Pathways to Economic Growth

Becoming financially empowered involves a combination of access to information and skill-building in order to identify and work toward goals. The Sawyer Free Library supports community members with pathways to economic growth by offering access to free online resources, books, and technology. For more in-depth job seeker support such as resume help and interview tips, we highly recommend Action Inc located at 180 Main Street in Gloucester.

Online Resources

Foundation Directory Online (Remote Access): Over 240,000 grantmaker profiles to provide fundraising expertise for organizations, projects, or clients. Research grant data to find and approach great prospects. You may also use Foundation Directory in the library without creating an account, either on your own device or one of ours.

*To create an account and access the pass for the first time, follow these steps:

  1. Click through the FDO link above
  2. Enter your email address in the box and click the “Next” button”
  3. Check your email
  4. Follow the provided confirmation link
  5. New users will be redirected to fill out a form creating an account.
  6. Click on the “Go to FDO Essential ” Button
  7. Use, download, and save for 24 hours.
  8. You may activate a new pass in 30 days using that same email.  

 

  • LinkedIn Learning: Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts.
  • Vocations and Career Collection: Covers the college and job search and provides current and applicable content for all vocational milestones from nearly 400 journals. General career guides as well as highly specialized industry journals.
  • Business Source Premier
  • Insurance and Liability Collection
  • Regional Business News
  • Small Business Resource Center

Books (Audiobooks, eBooks, and Print Resources)

There are many useful books to help with all aspects of job hunting and career advancement. Here are some suggestions.

Work better together : how to cultivate strong relationships to maximize well-being and boost bottom lines by Fisher, Jen
The rejection that changed my life : 25 powerful women on being let down, turning it around, and burning it up at work by Bacal, Jessica
Influence and impact : discover and excel at what your organization needs from you the most by Berman, William H.
Beautifully organized at work : bring order and joy to your work life so you can stay calm, relieve stress, and get more done each day by Boyd, Nikki
Love it or leave it : how to be happy at work by Clarke, Samantha
Recalculating : navigate your career through the changing world of work by Pollak, Lindsey
Not today : the 9 habits of extreme productivity by Schultz, Erica
Disrupters : success strategies from women who break the mold by Fletcher, Patti
Workparent : the complete guide to succeeding on the job, staying true to yourself, and raising happy kids by Dowling, Daisy
Next job, best job : a headhunter's 11 strategies to get hired now by Barnett, Rob
The job closer : time-saving techniques for acing resumes, interviews, negotiations, and more by Dalton, Steve
How to get a good job after 50 : a step-by-step guide to job search success by French, Rupert
Great pajama jobs : how to land a job without the commute by Hannon, Kerry
Measure up : mastering your career search like a boss by McAfee, Josh
Get hired now! : how to accelerate your job search, stand out, and land your next great opportunity by Siegel, Ian
Working from home : making the new normal work for you by Mangia, Karen
The new world of work : enable the workforce and the business to thrive by Cheese, Peter
A minute to think : reclaim creativity, conquer busyness, and do your best work by Funt, Juliet
How to thrive in the virtual workplace : simple and effective tips for successful, productive, and empowered remote work by Glazer, Robert  (CEO)
Did that just happen?! : beyond "diversity"--creating sustainable and inclusive organizations by Pinder-Amaker, Stephanie
Remote, Inc. : how to thrive at work... wherever you are by Pozen, Robert C.
Working remotely : being productive without getting distracted, lonely, or bored by Bhargava, Rohit
Leading at a distance : practical lessons for virtual success by Citrin, James M.
Work, your way : reinvent yourself, create the life you want and thrive as a consultant by Hufford, Lisa
(Not) getting paid to do what you love : gender, social media, and aspirational work by Duffy, Brooke Erin
Work pause thrive : how to pause for parenthood without killing your career by Stromberg, Lisen
Gigged : the end of the job and the future of work by Kessler, Sarah
What color is your parachute? 2021 : your guide to a lifetime of meaningful work and career success by Bolles, Richard Nelson
Work won't love you back : how devotion to our jobs keeps us exploited, exhausted, and alone by Jaffe, Sarah
Flex : reinventing work for a smarter, happier life by Auerbach, Annie
Occupational outlook handbook : 2018-19 edition by
Women in tech : take your career to the next level with practical advice and inspiring stories by Van Vlack, Tarah Wheeler
Feminist fight club : an office survival manual (for a sexist workplace) by Bennett, Jessica
Designing your life : how to build a well-lived, joyful life by Burnett, William  (Consulting professor of design)
Designing your work life : how to thrive and change and find happiness at work by Burnett, William  (Consulting professor of design)
Lifeboat : navigating unexpected career change and disruption by Craddock, Maggie
Ask a manager : how to navigate clueless colleagues, lunch-stealing bosses, and the rest of your life at work by Green, Alison
The myth of the nice girl : achieving a career you love without becoming a person you hate by Hauser, Fran
The career code : must-know rules for a strategic, stylish, and self-made career by Kerr, Hillary
Joy at work : organizing your professional life by Kondō, Marie.
Work reimagined : uncover your calling by Leider, Richard
When to jump : if the job you have isn't the life you want by Lewis, Mike
Parenting while working from home : a monthly guide to help parents balance their careers, connect with their kids, establish their inner strength by Medini, Shari
The gig economy : the complete guide to getting better work, taking more time off, and financing the life you want! by Mulcahy, Diane
Deep work : rules for focused success in a distracted world by Newport, Cal
The dirty little secrets of getting your dream job : everything you need to know to land your first job and find career success by Raskin, Don
No fears, no excuses : what you need to do to have a great career by Smith, Larry
Ladies get paid : the ultimate guide to breaking barriers, owning your worth, and taking command of your career by Wasserman, Claire
LinkedIn profile optimization by Serdula, Donna
50 ways to get a job : an unconventional guide to finding work on your terms by Aujla, Dev
The big book of job-hunting hacks : how to build a résumé, conquer the interview, and land your dream job by Bernstein, Brenda
Comeback careers : rethink, refresh, reinvent your success - at 40, 50, and beyond by Brzezinski, Mika
Lose the resume : land the job by Burnison, Gary
The 2-hour job search : using technology to get the right job faster by Dalton, Steve
Resumes by DeCarlo, Laura
Resumes for dummies by DeCarlo, Laura
Modernize your resume : get noticed...get hired by Enelow, Wendy S.
Coming back : how to win the job you want when you've lost the job you need by Germer, Fawn
Job interview tips for overcoming red flags : winning strategies, examples, and short stories for people with not-so-hot backgrounds by Krannich, Ronald L.
Step-by-step cover letters : build a cover letter in 10 easy steps using personal branding by Salvador, Evelyn U.
Creating your first resume : a step-by-step guide to write your first competitive resume by Troutman, Kathryn K.
Crush your career : ace the interview, land the job, and launch your future by Turner, Dee Ann
From boots to business : transitioning from the service to a career in business by Ventrone, Jillian
When can you start? : the insider's guide to job search and career success by Whitehouse, Bud.
Knock 'em dead cover letters : cover letters and strategies to get the job you want by Yate, Martin John
Work-from-home hacks : 500+ easy ways to get organized, stay productive, and maintain a work-life balance while working from home! by Frost, Aja
The leader's guide to unconscious bias : how to reframe bias, cultivate connection, and create high-performing teams by Fuller, Pamela
Work disrupted : opportunity, resilience, and growth in the accelerated future of work by Schwartz, Jeff
The big leap : an insider's guide to freelancing in the creative industries by Flor, Martina
The non-obvious guide to virtual meetings & remote work (when you just can't be there in person) by Bhargava, Rohit
Machiavelli for women : a playbook for getting ahead at work by Vaneck Smith, Stacey

You can find ebooks to assist you in Overdrive.

#entrylevelboss : how to get any job you want by Shoen, Alexa
Answering tough interview questions for dummies by Yeung, Rob
Ask a manager : how to navigate clueless colleagues, lunch-stealing bosses, and the rest of your life at work by Green, Alison
Born for this by Guillebeau, Chris
Bullshit jobs by Graeber, David
Coming back : how to win the job you want when you
Designing your life : how to build a well-lived, joyful life by Burnett, William  (Consulting professor of design)
Designing your work life : how to thrive and change and find happiness at work by Burnett, William  (Consulting professor of design)
Do over : rescue Monday, reinvent your work, and never get stuck by Acuff, Jonathan M
Don
Eat, sleep, work, repeat : 30 hacks for bringing joy to your job by Daisley, Bruce
Fair play : a game-changing solution for when you have too much to do (and more life to live) by Rodsky, Eve
Feminist fight club : an office survival manual (for a sexist workplace) by Bennett, Jessica
Finding work you love : three steps to getting your perfect job after college by Snyder, Kirk
Get hired now! : how to accelerate your job search, stand out, and land your next great opportunity by Siegel, Ian
Great answers, great questions for your job interview by Block, Jay A.
Great pajama jobs : how to land a job without the commute by Hannon, Kerry
How women rise : break the 12 habits holding you back from your next raise, promotion, or job by Helgesen, Sally
I know how she does it : how successful women make the most of their time by Vanderkam, Laura
Knock
Long-life learning : preparing for jobs that don
Lose the resume : land the job by Burnison, Gary
Real artists don
Recalculating : navigate your career through the changing world of work by Pollak, Lindsey
Resumes for dummies by DeCarlo, Laura
Roadmap : the get-it-together guide for figuring out what to do with your life by McAllister, Brian
The 2-hour job search : using technology to get the right job faster by Dalton, Steve
The actor
The elements of résumé style essential rules for writing résumés and cover letters that work by Bennett, Scott
The genius habit : how one habit can radically change your work and your life by Garnett, Laura
The introvert
The job closer : time-saving techniques for acing resumes, interviews, negotiations, and more by Dalton, Steve
The professor is in : the essential guide to turning your Ph.D. into a job by Kelsky, Karen
What color is your parachute? 2020 : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers by Bolles, Richard Nelson
Work won
Working from home : making the new normal work for you by Mangia, Karen
You turn : get unstuck, discover your direction, and design your dream career by Stahl, Ashley

Technology

  • Laptops and WiFi hotspots available to borrow with your library card.
  • Desktop computers at 21 Main Street for use with your library card or guest pass.
  • Printing and photocopying up to 10 pages per day for free, plus scanning and saving via email and flash drive.
  • Device Advice on Tuesdays and Thursdays – one on one appointments with a member of the library staff.

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