Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

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Career Planning and Job Searching

Job Search Tips

Resume and Cover Letter Help, Job Search Assistance


If you want in-person help, make an appointment with one of the Ottawa’s Employment Resource Centres.

Employment resource centres will help you develop your resume and cover letter, and meet with you for employment assistance. Some services address specific populations:

  • Employment Ontario agencies serve Permanent Residents.
  • Newcomers who are not Permanent Residents can use the services of a settlement agency for support in job searches.

Ottawa Public Library branches organize drop-ins provided by some of the Employment Ontario agencies, for job search help. Check the OPL Programs page under the Subject Jobs and Careers for program details.

Resume Writing Resources

Interviewing Skills and Preparation

Preparation and practice for an interview with the help of resources such as these will give you confidence and better chances of a successful interview.

Upgrading Skills

Part of the job search can be preparing yourself with the skills required. These resources on the OPL website offer a chance to learn online. Log in to the OPL website with your Library card and PIN.

Learning Express Library allows you to improve writing, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension and math skills at the elementary (grade 4), secondary, college and university level. Practice and prepare for exams like the TOEFL, GED, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE and GMAT. This resource also contains tools and resources for career development, including job search and networking, resume writing, cover letters and interview techniques and tips.

Business Writing helps learners develop and practice written business communication skills in the context of emails, SMS, letters and reports. Topics include the writing process, linking ideas and writing clearly.

Lynda.com is the place to go for learning technology, creative and business skills you can use today. Choose from over 4,000 in-depth video courses from top experts and learn online.