- Use a brief Career Summary instead of an Objective. Employers want to see what you can do for them – not what you want to do or to get from them.
- List your Accomplishments, not your Duties. Avoid using “Responsible for…” and tell them what you actually did and how you added value.
- Almost all are online now. Learn the computer skills needed to complete them in a timely manner. Have all the information you will need in a document so you can copy and paste to save time and avoid errors.
- Most employers use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to screen resumes. Learn to recognize and use the Keywords in the job posting to get through the screening.
- More jobs are found through connecting with people than through applying for advertised jobs. Everyone you know should be aware that you are job seeking and know what you want to find. Then, expand your network to include people you don’t already know.
- The keys to interviewing success are research, preparation, and practice. Know as much as you can learn about the company, the specific job, and how your knowledge, skills and experience can add value to the employer. Then practice responses to common interview questions so you can respond with confidence. Keep the response clear, concise, and compelling.
- This social media platform is an essential tool in the search for a professional level job – and a real asset for most other types of jobs as well. A job seeker needs a good profile and the ability to use the features of LinkedIn effectively. Make connections, join groups, read your Home Page and “like” or comment on posts that are relevant to your field.
Resume Outline: A quick reference to help arrange your resume.
Results Oriented Resumes: A comprehensive guide to building a resume.
Top 10 Free Resume Builders: Jobscan has compiled this list of some the best online resume builders. Many of these sites have fee-based premium features, so be sure to read the fine print.
*Once you have finished your resume, you can make an appoinment with a Shaker Librarian to review it and get advice about formatting. To request an appointment, call the Reference/Information desk or sign up online for Book-a-Librarian Resume Review.
JobNow from Brainfuse: JobNow™ provides live online assistance, powerful tools, and other resources for job-seekers. It features the following services: live interview coaching, a resume lab, 24/7 access to a carefully-selected library of job resources, and The Adult Learning Center. The Adult Learning Center provides foundational, career-enhancing skills to job seekers. In addition, the Adult Learning Center offers test preparation (including the GED and the USCIS citizenship test) and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors.
Lynda.com: Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. As a Shaker Heights Public Library card holder, you have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Once you have logged into lynda.com with your library card number and PIN you must create a personalized lynda.com account by entering your name and e-mail address. This account can help you manage your course history, playlists, bookmarks, and Certificates of Completion.
Ohio Means Jobs: A free website that connects employers and Ohio job-seekers. This site also provides access to the practice tests, courses, tutorials, and ebooks from LearningExpress Library, Job & Career Accelerator, and Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success.
Possible U: WKYC and The Cleveland Foundation have partnered to create Possible U. Users can find news stories and links to jobs, training, and resources.
The 50 Best Job Search Websites: Compiled by Career Sherpa (which is a very useful website in its own right) this list runs the gamut from salary information to help with interviewing skills.
NorthCoast 99: Updated annually, NorthCoast 99 lists some of the best employers in Northeast Ohio.
ReferenceUSA: In addition to compiling business and consumer information, ReferenceUSA also lists more than 2 million job postings.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Hundreds of job descriptions, including education requirements and salary information.