Job Search & Career Resources

Computers & Internet Access

Bring your laptop! Wireless is available throughout the building. Don’t have a computer? Use a public computer here at OPL with high-speed Internet access and Microsoft Office software.


Our Career/Occupational Collection, located in the Reading Room, includes a wide range of resources available to check out. See OCC/650.14 specifically for books on resumes, cover letters, and job search advice.

Helpful Websites

The Minnesota WorkForce Center in Owatonna provides the tools, resources and services needed for job search, career planning and training needs. Contact the Owatonna office at 631 North Cedar, (507)446-1470.

The Positively Minnesota Web site (from the Department of Employment and Economic Development) has many resources for Job Seekers, including:, another no-fee site from DEED. You can do even more than simply search for jobs on this site. Create an account, upload your resume (up to 5 versions of it), and automatically match your skills to posted jobs. Employers may also search uploaded resumes and contact job seekers directly. is “Minnesota’s gateway to career, education, employment, and business information.”

Occupational Outlook Handbook. Covering hundreds of jobs, this guide from the U.S. Department of Labor tells you the training and education needed, expected job prospects, average earnings, what workers do on the job, and working conditions. In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more.

The Riley Guide is a popular source for career and employment information on the Internet. Advice on job searching, resumes, networking, and links to job sites are included.

Check out more links under "Jobs" on our page of recommended Web Resources.

Featured Resources

LearningExpressLibrary helps you prepare to take a placement or certification test including the ASVAB, corrections officer, EMT/paramedic, firefighter, nurses’ aide, police officer, postal worker, and real estate broker/salesperson. Multiple resources for math, writing, and reading skills improvement are available. Also check out the E-BOOKS section, which includes titles such as Resumes That Get You Hired, Goof-Proof Resumes & Cover Letters, and Job Interviews That Get You Hired. Log in with your Owatonna Public Library card number from home, school, or work.

ReferenceUSA helps job seekers locate and research companies they want to work for. Details provided on 14 million U.S. businesses including 200,000 human resource contact names, business descriptions, company size and website links to job postings. Log in with your Owatonna Public Library card number from home, school, or work.

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