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Sep 16 2008

Help, it’s been a while since I’ve looked for a job!

by Amanda L

If the above statement describes you, the library has a few things that can help prepare you for that job search. I know years ago, I was taught that you had to create a resume using a basic format and put it on white or manila stock paper. Over the last five years or so, how you present your resume or job history has changed quite a bit. Now most companies require that you fill out an application online whether it is for a the engineering firm or the fast food restaurant down the road. If they don’t have an online form, most companies will request that you e-mail your resume. You might also use a one stop web site that allows you to post your resume and apply to several jobs at one time.

Don’t know where to start? The library has many books on writing resumes and cover letters (again usually electronic). Some examples are Resumes for Dummies and Cover Letters that Knock Them Dead. You may also want to try a subject keyword search in the catalog using the phrases resumes, cover letters or job hunting. For more information, you can also check out the resources listed on the Jobs/Careers Subject Guide.

Need help using Word to create that electronic resume? The library has classes on how to use Microsoft Word and specific classes on using Microsoft Word templates to create a basic resume. Check our events calendar for the classes, times and locations. Most of these classes require sign up prior to the class.

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