Are you looking for a job? Don’t forget that your library can be a valuable asset in your job hunt! We have excellent resources to aid you in each step of the process.
The best place to start your job hunt is with a little preparation. (The resources are listed at the bottom of the post.)
- Make Lists: Before beginning your job search, identify and clarify what you have to offer employers. Sit down and list out your skills, accomplishments, experience, interests, and goals. For reference later, it’s helpful to also create a list of addresses and phone numbers of past employers. You might want to also sketch out a loose monthly budget, if you don’t already have one. This can help you when looking at what jobs pay.
- Look for Jobs: Armed with your lists, you can begin your job hunt well informed. Look for jobs that are a good fit with your experience, skills, and interests. As you find jobs that are a good fit, keep track of the company name, address, phone number, website, and how to apply. Use this information to learn as much as you can about the company. At the very least, be clear that you understand what they do, what kind of positions they have, and who their market, or customer, is. This information will help you craft a resume that fits their needs, and help you in the interview.
- Create Your Resume: Once you’ve found a few jobs that interest you and would be a good fit for your skills, it’s time to create your resume. Refer to the lists you made in step one to help create your resume. Tailor your resume to each job you are applying for. You may end up with multiple versions of your resume, each targeted to a different employer, and that’s okay – good, even! Be sure to proofread your resume, and have one or two other people read it too. You don’t want to send out a resume with simple spelling errors! Spell check is not perfect. Sometimes our brains can’t see errors because we have worked on something for so long. Also, try reading your resume out loud to get rid of sentences that sound awkward or confusing.
Resources at the Library
- Using Resume Maker, each individual creates an account. You can access the database from home or the library. Enter your information, and proofread the resume that is created. Because you create your own account, the information is stored for you to access later. The database also has job search tools, interview tips, and salary information.
- AtoZdatabases’ jobs database makes it easy to find and apply for jobs. You can access the database from home or the library. They also offer a ton of career building resources, including free webinars like this one:
ATZJ 101 – Webinar: Principles of How to Find a Job, Résumé Writing & Ace an Interview
In this training session we will generate lists of job opportunities, go over job tips and look at various résumé templates. This is an interactive session, so feel free to ask any and all questions. Classes typically run between 20 and 30 minutes depending upon questions.
- Resume and interview books can be found in the our library’s adult non-fiction stacks, in the 650s.
- Search the catalog to see what books are available at other district libraries, then inquire about an Interlibrary Loan (it’s easy, and we can help).
- We provide public access computers to anyone with a photo ID, or a library card. You can use computers to look online for jobs, to create resumes, to use the databases. We also have printers, and prints cost $0.30 per print.
- We also offer free public wifi. However, you cannot print using the wireless network.
Remember, we are here to help you! If job search assistance is what you need, please stop in and check us out.