Looking for a job or to improve your career skills?
Although the Library is closed because of COVID-19 precautions, our professional staff in our workforce development program SBPL Works! are ready to help you with one-to-one consultations in English or Spanish remotely.
This program is free and open to all by appointment.
Please complete this survey to send us your information, or leave us a voicemail at 805-564-5633.
We'll get back to you ASAP to schedule an appointment! Our services include:
Basic Resume and Cover Letter Creation
We can work with you via phone and email to get your resume or cover letter created or updated and ready to submit with your job application.
Job Search Assistance
We will gather information for you on jobs currently available in the area in your desired field or that are a good fit for your skills and experience.
Having trouble with computer basics? We can help you learn how to access your email, search the internet, and use common office workplace software like Microsoft Office and Google Suite over the phone.
Getting ready for a phone or remote interview? Practice with us and tackle it with confidence! We can also set you up with access to Big Interview, where you can view lessons about the hiring process and practice interviewing skills on your computer or device at home. When you're done, we can provide feedback and guidance.
ServSafe Food Handler® Program
To support Santa Barbara’s food industry workers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Santa Barbara Public Library is proud to offer free access to the ServSafe Food Handler® Online Courses and Assessment certification program. This initiative is made possible with grant support from the Santa Barbara Adult Education Consortium. The ServSafe Food Handler® California Online Course and Assessment meets the requirements set forth by the California Retail Code (with specified exceptions). The law describes a food handler as anyone who is involved in the preparation, storage, or service of food. Instructions: Please fill out this form completely, and we will reach out to you after your application is processed. Please be aware that there are a limited number of free courses and assessments available.
Employment Development Department (EDD) Resource Assistance
Need help navigating EDD resources? Get in touch! We've also made video tutorials in English and Spanish about how to file for Unemployment Insurance through EDD, available on the Library's YouTube Channel.
SBPL Works! is made possible, in part, with support from the Santa Barbara Adult Education Consortium.
The Library also offers a number of online resources for job seekers: Jobs & Careers.