Job Hunting

Employment Resources Available at Philadelphia FIGHT

Searching for employment can be a daunting task. Philadelphia FIGHT offers several resources that may be useful for job seekers. Be sure to contact the AIDS Library at if you would like additional information about any of the resources spotlighted in this post. Please make sure to call each program directly to check eligibility in order to participate in the services highlighted below.


Here are some titles that we have in the AIDS Library that could be helpful for job seekers.

Job interview preparation:

  • Job Interview Tips for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: How to Put Red Flags Behind You to Win the Job, by Caryl and Ronald L. Krannich
  • Networking and Interviewing for Jobs, by Ronald C. Mendlin

Resume and cover letter tips and examples:

  • Resume, Application and Letter Tips for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 185 Tips for Landing the Perfect Job, by Ronald L. Krannich
  • Best Resumes and Letters for Ex-Offenders, by Wendy S. Enelow
  • Gallery of Best Resumes: A Collection of Quality Resumes by Professional Resume Writers, by David Noble

Job hunting advice and tips for retaining employment:

  • Job Hunting Tips for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 101 Smart Steps That Can Change Your Life, by Ronald L. Krannich
  • JIST’s Putting the Bars Behind You Series: Instructor’s Resource Manual, by Ronald C. Mendlin
  • The Job Loss Recovery Guide: A Proven Program for Getting Back to Work — Fast!, by Lynn Joseph
  • The 2004 Philadelphia County Assistance Office Employment and Training Programs, by Philadelphia County Assistance Office

Tips for navigating the workplace:

  • Managing AIDS in the Workplace, by Sam B. Puckett
  • AIDS in the Workplace: Legal Questions and Practical Answers, by William F. Banta
  • AIDS Issues in the Workplace: A Response Model for Human Resource Management, by Dale A. Masi
  • Gay Issues in the Workplace, by Brian McNaught
  • Public Library Services for the Poor: Doing All We Can, by Leslie Edmonds Holt and Glen E. Holt
  • AIDS and the Public Workforce: Local Government Preparedness in Managing the Epidemic, by James D. Slack
  • AIDS in the Workplace: Employee Attitudes and Perceptions and the Impact of Educational Programs, by Vincent Gerard Kownacki
  • Returning to Work: A Helpful Guide, by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
  • Your Rights in the Workplace, by Barbara Kate Repa

Educational resources for job seekers:

  • McGraw Hill’s GED: The Most Complete and Reliable Study Program for the GED Tests, by Patricia Mulcrone
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Computer Basics, by Joe Kraynak
  • Office 20013 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies, by Peter Weverka
  • Office 2007 for Dummies, by Wally Wang

DVDs exploring HIV/AIDS and employment:

  • All of Us – Documentary about two women struggling with the social factors that put them at risk for HIV.
  • Philadelphia – Fictional account of an HIV-positive man challenging discrimination (set in Philly!).


Employment Resource Guide

The Society for Employment and Equal Rights of the Institute of Community Justice publishes a resource guide for formerly incarcerated people seeking employment in the Philadelphia area. The resource guide includes:

  • Job searching tips
  • Job training for people with a criminal record
  • Information about staffing agencies and part-time work
  • Companies that have hired formerly convicted people
  • Computer access resources
  • Tips for creating a resume

Download the Employment Resource Guide 2014 [PDF]

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The Institute for Community Justice offers two comprehensive programs that may be useful for job seekers in Philadelphia.

Access to Recovery Life Skills Program

When: Every Thursday, 2-4pm
Where: Institute for Community Justice
21 S. 12th Street, 7th Floor (Between Market and Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Details: This course consists of 9 classes and some topics covered are setting goals, violence prevention, parenting, and stress management.

For more information contact Akua at (215) 525-0460 ext. 403

 Access to Recovery Career Development Workshops

When: Every Thursday, 11am-1pm
Where: Institute for Community Justice
21 S. 12th StREET, 7th Floor (Between Market and Chestnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Details: Come learn various career development skills including –

  • Resume creation
  • Tips for keeping a job
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Interviewing skills
  • Using a computer for your job search
  • Completing online job applications
  • Overcoming a criminal record and getting employed


Career Development – Job Readiness Classes                                             (ENROLLMENT REQUIRED)

Call 215-985-4448 ext. 279 to enroll in this course. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoon for 2 hours over an 8 week period Details: Enroll in this class if you would like to learn valuable career development skills including:

  • Writing a great resume and cover letter
  • Interviewing skills
  • Learning how to understand job descriptions
  • Research potential employers

Special Note: You must have some basic computer skills to enter this class. In addition to valuable job and computer skills, students that enroll in the class will also:

  • Leave with both a hard and digital copy of their new resume, cover letter, and thank you letter for future updates and changes
  • 2 SEPTA tokens at the end of each session
  • A certificate of completion at the end of class
  • A graduation party

Please be on the lookout for the next installment of our employment series! The next post will feature employment resources available for job seekers in the Philadelphia, PA area.

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Job Hunting


These are some job-hunting books we have in the AIDS Library’s reference collection:

  • Gallery of Best Cover Letters: A Collection of Quality Cover Letters by Professional Resume Writers
  • Networking and Interviewing for Jobs (from “Putting the Bars Behind” You series
  • Job Hunting Tips for People with Hot and Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 150 Smart Tips That Can Change Your Life
  • Resume, Application, and Letter Tips for People with Hot and Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 185 Tips for Landing the Perfect Job
  • The Job-Loss Recovery Guide

These books are designated “REFERENCE,” which means they can’t leave the library, but folks can use the books on site, or make photocopies of pages or sections that they find particularly useful.

We also have a computer program called Resume Pro.  Users can enter in their personal information, job history, etc., and the program shapes it into a professional-looking resume, which they can edit and tailor as they chose.

If clients need help using these books or this program, make sure they know to ask for Reference Librarian, Ben Remsen (or any other library staff member, in my absence).


There are many places to search for jobs online.  For general job searches, one of the first websites that I show people is, which is a Google-like search engine that searches other commercial job listings.  You can combine a search for a job title or description and with a location, and you can sort your results by full-time/part-time, desired salary, and more.

Also check out:

Inquirer / Daily News job listings
Philadelphia Craigslist
job listings
Philly Weekly job listings
Philadelphia city government
jobs website
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
job bank
– focusing on hourly employment
Community College of Philadelphia
job site
University of Pennsylvania
job site
Temple University
job site
Drexel University
job site
St. Joseph’s University
job site
La Salle University
job site

Remember, online job applicants are usually expected to have an email address.  Clients who need an email can get one free from our own Critpath, as well as from Yahoo mail, Gmail, and many other commercial sites.  Please feel free to send clients to the library for help with this.


Clients can access workshops and training programs through several organizations, including:

Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation
Philadelphia Job Corps
(must be 16-24)
Pennsylvania CareerLink
JEVS Human Services
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Career Services

Follow those links to find out about current programs and to get contact information.


People living with HIV returning to work may want to consult AIDS Law Project’s Returning to Work: A Helpful Guide, which explains relevant laws clearly and offers advice about such issues as:

  • explaining HIV-related employment gaps in interviews
  • disclosure on the job
  • getting Medicaid while working

If folks feel these rights are being violated, they should use ALP’s intake page contact information to seek legal help.

For legal issues applying to all job-seekers, regardless of HIV-status, see the Community Legal Services webpage on Employment Rights, including explaining:

  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Wage Laws
  • and more

To apply for legal representation, if rights are being violated, see CLS’s intake page.


The Mayor’s Office for Reentry of Ex-Offenders has a webpage of Philadelphia organizations that do job training and/or job placement specifically for people who’ve been incarcerated.

For people dealing with employment discrimination due to criminal records, CLS has a page just on Employment with a Criminal Record, which includes info on:

  • “cleaning up” a criminal record
  • getting convictions pardoned
  • employment rights
  • and more


For people with employers who are relatively ignorant regarding HIV, but would like to help make their workplace a more comfortable place for PLWHAs, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a website entitled Business Responds to AIDS/Labor Responds to AIDS that provides information on many workplace issues concerning HIV/AIDS. has a page of links to articles on HIV and the Workplace, including an article called When Things Are Looking Up: Tips for the Job Search.

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