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Career & Job Search

Looking for information about finding or changing jobs, updating your resume, developing new skills or becoming an entrepreneur? We can help.

Programs & Workshops

The Kitchener Public Library is proud of its community partnerships including those with the Canada Revenue Agency, ABC Life Literacy Canada, TD Canada Trust, YMCA Employment Services and Contact North. Learn more in our Partner Highlight blog post, or watch a recorded program in one of the videos linked below.

Check the library’s calendar for: 

The Working Center also has a great calendar linking many services in one place. Be sure to check it out: KW Community Employment Workshops Calendar

Online Learning & Computer Skills

Make the most of your time at home with online courses through the library and from outside groups. Visit the Lifelong Learning Page for more information.  

There you can learn the basics of using a computer with videos created by library staff. Tutorials include Introduction to Computers, Internet, Email, Word Processing, transferring photos from your phone to your computer and more.

YMCA Employment Services Workshop Videos

Effective Resume Writing

Effective Resume Writing

Second Career Information

YMCA Second Career Information Session

Research and Learning Tools

Business Plans Handbook

Includes actual plans from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.

CBCA Complete

A diverse mix of publications on topics ranging from business to the arts, to industry news and current events in Canada.

iSearchMyCommunity

Search for local community organizations and services in Waterloo Region.

Lynda.com

Update your skills online! Learn technology, creative and business skills you can use today. You must have a library card to use Lynda.com.

Press Reader

Instant access to newspapers and magazines from around the world.

Note: The Globe & Mail is available to in-library users only.

Reference Group

Look up Canadian business and industry profiles, company descriptions, executive directories, market research and more.

Making a Career Change

Local Employment Help

Agilec
205-385 Fairway Rd S. Kitchener
519-576-2681
Online appointments, workshops, resources

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
201-127 Victoria Street S. Kitchener
519-571-6788 x7661
Pandemic related online resources

Lutherwood
165 King St E. Kitchener
519-743-2460
New website with online support, appointments and job listings

Waterloo Region Small Business Centre
200 King St W. Kitchener
519-741-2604
Weekly newsletter and current resources in the community

Working Centre
58 Queen St S. Kitchener
519-743-1151
Community Employment Workshops Calendar

YMCA Employment Services
800 King St W. Kitchener
519-579-9622
Request an appointment through Employment Ontario

Government Benefits

Use this plain-language Benefit Information Guide to find information about current government benefits. This guide is compiled and updated by Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management, Carleton University. It was made to reflect changes due to COVID-19 and uses public information. Any errors or omissions are unintended. 

In addition, check out these resources from the Canada Revenue Agency:

PDF iconMoney to Help You

PDF iconCOVID-19 Benefits Factsheet

PDF iconCOVID-19 Economic Response Plan

PDF iconQ&A: COVID-19 Government of Canada Support for Individuals 

Need more information?

Find more in our blog post: Where to Start When You’re Without Work, call us at 519-743-0271 or email askkpl@kpl.org.