Career Resource Guide

The Career Resource Guide is a collection of employment, career, and job related information compiled by the librarians of the CARE Committee. Its purpose is to provide easy access to relevant and timely resources which can be used by librarians to assist Suffolk County  patrons in their job and career pursuits.
This list is updated on a semi-annual basis. Visitors may recommend resources not listed here by contacting us.

Adult and Continuing Education | Civil Service | Job Fairs | One-Stop Employment Centers | Small Business | Unemployment Insurance | Displaced Homemakers | Senior Workers | Vocational Rehabilitation | Veterans Employment | Youth Opportunities |
Job Hunting for Ex-Offenders | Long Island Job Links | Colleges & Trade Schools

Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Eastern Suffolk BOCES and Western Suffolk BOCES provide special education programs to meet the diverse needs of disabled students, and a broad array of programs in career and technical education for secondary school students, out-of-school youth and adults.

Eastern Suffolk BOCES
James Hines Administration Center
201 Sunrise Highway
Patchogue, NY 11772-1868

Western Suffolk BOCES
507 Deer Park Avenue
P.O. Box 8007
Dix Hills, NY 11746-9007

School Districts and Colleges
Check your local school districts and colleges for continuing education courses.

The Learning Connection for Adult Education, Inc.
The CSJ Learning Connection for Adult Education is a private non-profit educational and job training program sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, NY. It aims to provide the tools for the empowerment of people who are undereducated, speak languages other than English or are in need of job skills. In a multicultural, non-competitive setting, participants follow the course of study suited to their needs, abilities and personal goals. The Brentwood School District and the Brentwood Library became aware of the significance and contribution of the Learning Connection and now it is considered an off-campus site of the Adult Literacy Program.

The Learning Center for Adult Education, Inc.
1725 Brentwood Road
Brentwood, NY 11717 631-951-4783

Non-traditional Education

This is an approach to learning not conforming to conventional standards. Methods are established for obtaining an education with limited formal classroom attendance.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning is a term that encompasses all learning that takes place at locations remote from the point of instruction. Examples include cable television, the Internet, satellite classes, videotapes and correspondence study. Some libraries have partnerships with Western Suffolk BOCES enabling them to provide online courses to users at a reduced cost. Contact your local library to determine if it has a partnership with BOCES.

The following sites contain information on distance learning:

Peterson’s Distance Learning

SUNY Learning Network
Western Suffolk BOCES          

Many colleges and universities provide credit for lifetime experience and will offer independent study and/or an opportunity to take examinations for credit.

Two examples of colleges providing non-traditional education include:
Empire State College is the SUNY solution for working adults, featuring undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students can design their own programs within a guideline.  They can earn credit through distance learning, independent study, prior learning, examinations, and lifetime experience.  Students work with a faculty mentor who will help them through every step of creating a degree program
Empire State College
SUNY Old Westbury College
Trainor House
223 Store Hill Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568-0130
State College at Hauppauge
Perry Duryea State Office Building
Room 1A11
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11778-5539
Empire State College at Riverhead
303 Griffing Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901-1120
Excelsior College helps adults earn the degrees they need by offering flexible distance education programs.  Students can earn credit through distance courses at Excelsior and other regionally accredited institutions; attend traditional classes at a campus nearby, take  for-credit examinations, and/or have lifetime and military experience evaluated.
Excelsior College
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159
518-464-8500 (international students) 1-888-647-2388 (toll-free in U.S.)
CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) affords students the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses.  There are 2900 colleges that grant credit and/or advanced standing for CLEP exams.
DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support) is a Department of Defense organization created to help Service Members earn degrees and certification while they continue to serve their country.  The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) provide an opportunity for people to earn college credit for what they have learned outside the traditional classroom.  They are accepted and administered in over 1900 colleges and universities and approved by the American Council on Education.
6490 Saufley Field Road
Pensacola, FL 32509-5243
Excelsior College Examinations furnish students with an opportunity to earn college-level credit accepted at Excelsior College and hundreds of other colleges and universities around the world. Choose from 40 exams in the arts and sciences, business, nursing and education.
7 Columbia Circle – Excelsior College
Albany, NY 12203-5159

Foreign Education Evaluation Services

Students who have been educated in another country and would like to have their credits evaluated should contact:

Evaluation Service, Inc. Globe Language Service, Inc.
333 W. North Ave., #284 305 Broadway, Ste. 401
Chicago, Il 60610-1293 New York, NY 10007
847-477-8569 212-227-1994

World Educational Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 5087, Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087

Built-on-Pride Pre-Apprenticeship Program is a free training and education program offering qualified individuals 16 years of age or older an opportunity to apply for a registered apprenticeship program in the building and construction trades.

Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau & Suffolk Counties, AFL-CIO
300 Motor Parkway, Suite 200
Hauppauge, New York 11788

New York State Department of Labor Apprenticeship
Training offers candidates an opportunity to learn a skilled occupation through paid on-the-job training and classroom education. To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years of age or 16 with parental approval. The length of the training may vary from 1-6 years depending upon the occupation. Examples of apprenticeships on Long Island include laborers and plumbers.

New York State Department of Labor
303 West Old Country Road
Hicksville, NY 11801 516-934-8525

High School Equivalency Testing

TASC – Test Assessing Secondary Completion (replaces GED) test is for adults who did not graduate from high school. The TASC test is the new National High School Equivalency Exam. It is made up of five subtests in the areas of Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts and Writing.

The New York State Education Department TASC Testing Office
P.O. Box 7348
Albany, NY 12224-0348 518-474-5906

Test Preparation

Study guides including books, videos and DVDs may be available at your local library. Practice tests for exams are offered via the Internet. Some libraries offer LearningExpressLibrary which provides test preparation in a variety of areas. Contact your library for more information.

Test Prep Review

This section covers the various governmental and quasi-governmental jobs available to the public.  To obtain a civil service job, the usual process is to review government job announcements, complete an application and take a competitive test.  Each governmental entity issues its own announcements and applications and may have residency requirements. Announcements, applications and study guides may be available at your local library.

Federal Civil Service

USAJOBS connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and around the world. As the Federal Government’s official employment site, USAJOBS provides resources to help the right people find the right jobs.

New York State Department of Civil Service

The New York State Department of Civil Service is the State’s principal human resources provider for the Executive Branch of State Government, serving approximately 150,000 employees. The agency also provides technical services to the State’s 95 municipal civil service agencies that are responsible for civil service administration for more than 360,000 local government employees.

Suffolk County Civil Service

The Suffolk County Department of Civil Service is responsible for overseeing personnel actions taken by some 241 employing jurisdictions including school districts, towns, villages water districts, library districts, etc. The majority of all jobs fall within the competitive class, which is characterized by examinations used to ascertain the relative merit and fitness of candidates. Job and examination announcements are updated regularly. Individuals can create an account and apply for tests online.

Suffolk County Civil Service Current List of Examinations

Suffolk County Civil Service Eligible List

Suffolk County Civil Service Job Title Search

Suffolk County Community College Employment Opportunities

Nassau County Civil Service

The purpose of the Nassau County Civil Service Commission is to administer New York State Civil Service Law and ensure Nassau County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness. It currently serves 33 County departments and 234 municipal agencies, including the Towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, Nassau County school districts, libraries, villages and special districts.

U.S. Department of State Civil Service

As a part of the nation’s largest, most stable employer, the U.S. Government, the U.S. Department of State is the lead foreign affairs agency responsible for formulating and implementing U.S. foreign policy overseas. See current offerings and apply online.

Job Fairs afford job seekers an opportunity to meet with a variety of employers, to gather information, to practice interviewing skills and to submit resumes. Job Fairs can target a particular occupation or company, or may offer many different types of job opportunities.

New York State Career Center Events & Recruitment:

Suffolk County Department of Labor Job Fairs:

Department of Labor Workforce New York Career Center
The Career Center provides a variety of job seeker services including job listings, individual and group counseling, career exploration services, job readiness workshops and resume preparation assistance. In addition, job seekers will find a Job Resource Center equipped with computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones and a resource library. The Job Resource Center is available to all job seekers during the One- Stop’s regular business hours, however other services require pre-registration. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the Center.

New York State Department of Labor Workforce New York Career Center
160 South Ocean Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772
Monday – Friday : 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center
Equipped with state of the art computers, fax machines, phones, and copiers, the Employment Center also maintains job banks and specializes in job clubs, job fairs, employability and computer workshops and focus groups. Some eligibility requirements may apply. Workshops require pre-registration.

Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
North County Complex, Building 17
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099
Monday – Friday : 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Riverhead County Center
Equipped with computers, fax machines, phones and copiers for the use of job-seekers. They also post job listings and may have recruitment events for companies hiring on Eastern Long Island.
300 County Center Drive, Room S-12
Riverhead, New York 11901
Monday – Friday : 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island (HIA-LI)
The Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island provides educational programs, career resources, research capabilities, mentoring opportunities, business advisory services and networking events for businesses.

The Long Island Advancement of Small Business (LIASB)

The Long Island Advancement of Small Business helps small business owners on Long Island by providing informative, entertaining seminars that arm the small business owner with the tools necessary to compete with “Big Business”.  In addition, the LIASB provides a single voice to its members that will be heard by Local, State and Federal political leaders.

Long Island Association (LIA)

The LIA’s mission is to lead the region’s development, bringing together disparate factions within the community to forge regional solutions to Long Island’s problems. The LIA also acts as an umbrella business organization, providing products and services designed to assist the growth of businesses large and small.

Long Island Business Development Council

The mission of the LIBDC is to expand local business, create new jobs, attract new firms to the Island, and help create a viable future for Long Island’s young talent. Over the last four decades, the group has grown to include business professionals representing every aspect of “the deal,” including town and county Industrial Development Agency staffers, commercial and residential real estate brokers, bankers, developers, accountants, construction experts and many others.

The LIBDC’s schedule of events includes a broad range of dinner and luncheon meetings featuring experts on economic development, financing, smart growth and more.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

Offers free confidential advice to individuals interested in starting or expanding a small business. Provides access to relevant articles, workshops and individual counseling both online and in person. Several locations are available.

SCORE – Main Office
350 Motor Parkway Rm. 109
Hauppauge, NY, 11788
Phone:(631) 454-0771

Brookhaven Town Economic Development
1 Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY, 11738

Kings Park Smithtown Library
1 Church Street
Kings Park, NY, 11754

Miller Business Center
Middle Country Public Library
101 Eastwood Blvd
Centereach, NY, 11720
Phone:631-585-9393 x 133

Shirley Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
407 William Floyd Pkwy
Shirley, NY, 11967
Phone:(516) 816-5600

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC offers free, one-to-one business advice. Services range from answering startup and business structure questions to assisting with business plans, cash flow projections, marketing plans and loan information. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment.

SBDC Farmingdale
Farmingdale State University of New York
Campus Commons, 2350 Broadhollow Rd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735-1006

Western Suffolk Outreach Offices:

EOC Hempstead Outreach Center
269 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550 – 3900
Phone: (516) 564-8672
Fax: (631) 370-8895

One North Country Road
Smithtown, NY 11787
by appointment only
Phone: 631-420-2765

Stony Brook SBDC
Stony Brook University
Research & Development Park
Stony Brook, NY 11794-6016
(631) 632-9070

Central/Eastern Suffolk Outreach Offices:

Brentwood Outreach Center
34 Second Avenue
Brentwood, NY 11717
By appointment only
Phone: (631) 632-9070

Calverton Business Incubator
4603 Middle Country Road
Calverton, NY 11933
Phone: (631) 632-9070

Stony Brook Southampton
Stony Brook University
Sunrise Highway
Southampton, NY 11968
Phone: (631) 632-5067

Suffolk County Women’s Business Enterprise Coalition (SCWBEC)
H. Lee Dennison Building
Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Established to promote women-owned businesses, the SCWBEC operates under the auspices of the Suffolk County Executive’s Office. It guides members through government, public and private sector procurement practices and procedures; acts as a watchdog to ensure that all such procurement opportunities offer equitable access to women; assists in achieving Suffolk County and state certification and advises the Suffolk County Office of Affirmative Action of the special needs of women entrepreneurs.

United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
35 Pinelawn Road
Melville, NY 11747
Presents programs and services to assist entrepreneurs and aid already established small businesses in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Offers technical assistance, business planning, financing, counseling, and access to federal contracts and a variety of loan programs.

New York State Department of Labor
When applying for unemployment benefits, file a claim during the first week of unemployment, as a delay may cost benefits. Benefits may be received through Direct Deposit or through an Unemployment Insurance debit card. It takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks to receive the first payment. An application can be filed via the New York State Department of Labor website or by calling the toll-free automated Telephone Claims Center.

New York State Department of Labor
To file online:

The Telephone Claims Center: 1-888-209-8124 (Monday – Friday : 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Suffolk County Department of Labor Displaced Homemaker Program
This program is for homemakers who have lost their main source of income due to separation, divorce, widowhood, a disability, unemployment, etc. The Suffolk County Department of Labor offers a two-week career readiness program covering career counseling, resume preparation, interview preparation, job search assistance, training referrals, computer workshops, and Internet access for the job search. Call for an appointment to meet with a counselor.

725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Some services are geared towards helping older workers find employment after being laid off or retiring. Under the Title 5 Program of the Older Americans Act, individuals 55 years and older may qualify for assistance in job placement. However, they must meet income eligibility requirements.

Suffolk County Office of the Aging
H. Lee Dennison Building Riverhead County Center Office
100 Veterans Memorial Highway County
Road 51 3rd Floor Riverhead, NY 11901-3397
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099

The National Council on Aging

The National Council on the Aging Maturity Works is a partnership coordinated by NCOA that places mature workers needing jobs with employers needing workers. The partners include national, regional and local employers, National Aging Title V Programs, state agencies on aging, faith based and community organizations and training partners.
251 18th Street South, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22202.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides training and employment opportunities to low-income Americans over the age of 55. They may work as child care providers, customer service representatives, teachers’ aids, job developers, etc.
Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) brings together mature workers with environmental projects. The SEE program offers administrative and technical support positions nationwide. These positions are full and part-time with benefits: accrued vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, and medical insurance.
For more information, call 202-479-6647.

Abilities, Inc.
Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center prepares adolescents and adults with all types of disabilities (cognitive, physical, learning, developmental) and levels of experience for entry or re-entry into the workforce by assisting them in securing pre-employment services as well as employment so that they can enjoy independent living, full community participation and economic self-sufficiency.

201 IU Willets Road Albertson, NY 11507-1599
TTY: 516-747-5355

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW)
Association for Mental Health & Wellness (Clubhouse of Suffolk), Inc. 939 Johnson Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 631-471-7242
Their mission is to drive evidence-based practices, information, education, and resources to the residents of Suffolk County.

Workforce New York(Hauppauge) – Veterans’ Employment
Includes job information and placement services, employment counseling and testing services. 631-853-3877

Contact Phone: (631) 567-3320
Category: Employment/Training Mental Health
Provides mental health clinical treatment and counseling as well as vocational training, job placement and job coaching services.

Contact Phone: 855-787-7555
Category: Employment/Training Housing Family Support
Services for the Underserved offer supportive services, employment/training services and housing services for veteran families.

Contact Phone: (631)665-1571
Category: Employment/Training Housing Food
United Veterans Beacon House has a Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), a food pantry and provides free job training, retraining, job placement.

Contact Phone: (631)940-3712
Category: Employment/Training
United Way is developing a new Veterans Hiring Project that will actively collaborate with the corporate community to take significant steps to help returning veterans find gainful employment to support their families.

VETSBUILD (Bayshore)
Contact Phone: (631)665-1571
Category: Employment/Training
In a partnership between United Way and United Veterans Beacon House, VetsBuild offers free basic training to post 9/11 veterans in weatherization and energy efficiency in the emerging Green Industry field.

Category: Employment/Training
Contact Phone: (631)420-2765
Provides one-on-one free counseling, business training and mentoring to help veterans start and grow their small business.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service
Provides vocational and educational counseling services to active service members, veterans, and certain dependents. Services include interest and aptitude testing, occupational exploration, etc.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Benefits Administration Office
To request VA Form 28-8832, call: 1-800-827-1000

Long Island Vets Help
The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. and The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless have partnered to produce a resource directory devoted specifically to the needs of Veterans navigating civilian life on Long Island.

Northwell Health – Military Events

VetJobs services makes it easy to reach transitioning military, National Guard, Reserve Component Members and veterans that have separated over the last several decades and, due to the services provided by VetJobs, are now productive members of the civilian work force in all disciplines as well as their family members.

Job Corps
Job Corps is a free educational and vocational training program that helps people ages 16 through 24 learn a trade, earn a high school diploma or GED, and receive help finding a job.

Employment and Training Administration Job Corps – United States Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Ste N4463
Washington, DC 20210

New York Department of Labor – Youth Portal
Local assistance:
Stacy Lesko
631- 853-6932
Suffolk County Department of Labor
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788

New York State – Apprentice Program
Allows young people ages 16 and up to learn a skilled occupation through on-the-job training and in the classroom.

Work Based Learning Programs
Work-based learning (WBL) is the “umbrella” term used to identify activities which collaboratively engage employers and schools in providing structured learning experiences for students.

Workforce New York
160 South Ocean Ave.
Patchogue, NY 11772

Suffolk County Department of Labor One-Stop Employment Center
The Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center is a cutting-edge endeavor which brings together both employers and job seekers, providing a comprehensive, one-stop approach to job search.

Youth Career Center
The Youth Career Center provides teens with a variety of services including career counseling, resume preparation, computer labs, job listings, vocational training, and much more. They also offer several programs including In-School Youth Work Experience Program, and Summer Youth Employment Program.

Recently Released Offenders under Training
Provides individualized services to Suffolk County residents who have been incarcerated and need assistance in obtaining employment or education after re-entry into their community.
Contact: Barbara Egloff
201 Sunrise Highway, Patchogue NY 11722

Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance, Inc. – Second Chance Program
Provides case management for non-violent ex-offenders age 16-55. Assists clients with job readiness and placement in appropriate training programs affiliated with local unions, BOCES, and adult education.
Contact: Julianne Villafane
631-286-9236 x 20
1492 Montauk Highway, Bellport, NY 11713

Provides a regularly updated list of companies that hire ex-offenders. Also offers articles and resources for re-entry into workplace and community.

Center for Employment Opportunities
A highly structured and tightly supervised program for men and woman on parole or probation who need employment services.

America Works
This agency helps ex-prisoners seeking employment and places them in jobs when possible.

Exodus Transitional Community
This agency offers a broad spectrum of services for adult and youth affected by the justice system.

Jail to Job
This group publishes a list of companies that hire felons in the U.S. They write articles offering advice and offer free legal consultation and information about housing.

Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Provides information on services of Eastern Suffolk BOCES.

Long Island Association
Contains a membership directory with information on the latest news, Project Long Island, LIA Health Alliance and more.

Long Island Business News
View business happenings on Long Island.

Long Island Chambers of Commerce-Online
Presents links to the Chambers of Commerce on Long Island.

Suffolk County Civil Service
Suffolk County Government Online

Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center
Provides information on the services available at the One-Stop Employment Center.

University at Stony Brook Career Placement Center
Features career and job fairs, career and occupational information, company profiles, continuing education, employment listings, employment agencies and recruiters, how to get a job and other related resources.

Job Listings

Brookhaven National Lab
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Links job seekers with Long Island high-tech companies.

Long Island Browser
Offers all levels of employment opportunities on Long Island. Job listing are current and updated frequently.

Long Island Railroad Employment Opportunities
Lists jobs for the Long Island railroad.

New York State Department of Labor Find a Job

University at Stony Brook Campus Job Opportunities


Adelphi University


Briarcliffe College

Five Towns College


Hofstra Law School

Hofstra University

Long Island University – Brentwood Campus

Long Island University – C.W. Post Campus

Long Island University Pharmacy

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SUNY Stony Brook)

SoMAS Home Page

Molloy College

New York Institute of Technology

Polytechnic University

Stony Brook University Medical Center

St. John’s University

St. John’s University School of Law

St. Joseph’s College New York

SUNY/Empire State College


SUNY/Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook

SUNY/Nassau Community College

SUNY/Old Westbury

SUNY/Stony Brook

SUNY/Stony Brook/School of Dental Medicine

SUNY/Suffolk Community College

Touro College

Touro Law Center

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology


Webb Institute

Home Page

1-800-BARTEND Bartending Schools

The Academy at Milliken Technical Center

Access Careers (individual and corporate training—computer related classes)


American Real Estate School

Audio Recording Technology Institute


Captain’s School of Long Island (U.S.C.G. certified licensed Captain)

Chubb Institute

Clarus Training Solutions

Cleary School for the Deaf

Welcome to Cleary School for the Deaf!

Commercial Driver Training

Culinary Academy of Long Island

Executrain of Long Island

Future Environmental Design

Gloria K Business Center

Island Drafting & Technical Institute

Hunter Business School

Homepage – Two-step form

Long Island Board of Realtors

Merrell Institute

New York College of Health Professions


New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

RETC Real Estate Training Center

Wilson Tech


Viscardi Center (formerly Abilities, Inc.)