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  1. 1. Resume Building and Job Searching Class
  2. 2. fromHow Libraries Stack Up: 2010
  3. 4. After this class, you will be able to:
    • Find an online resume builder and createan online resume.
    • Search for jobs using online job search tools.
    • Use these tools independently when you leave this session.
    • Find resources to help job hunters located in your neighborhoods.
  4. 5. Have you checked out our newEspecially for Job Searcherslink?!? Link is located on the Chicago Public Library websites home page.
  5. 7. Especially for Job Searchers
    • Learn about different careers.
      • Take self assessment tests, aptitude tests, and practice exams.
      • Learn about volunteer opportunities.
    • Find links to various job listings posted on websites.
      • Learn how to research employers and get tips on job interviews.
    • Get tips on writing resumes and cover letters.
  6. 8. Before you begin your search make sure you have...
    • An email address
    • A list of your past work experience(Try to limit it to the past ten years)
    • A mock paper resume
    • Time and patience
  7. 9. Writing a Resume at CPL
  8. 10. Option 1: Microsoft Word
    • Pluses
      • Easiest way to format a resume
      • Clean copies for printing
      • Total Control
    • Minuses
      • Not available at the branches
      • Must have some idea how to format a resume
  9. 11. Option 2: Google Docs and ZohoWriter
    • Pluses
      • Can be used from any computer with the Internet.
      • Counter-intuitively easy
      • Different file types
      • Can use for cover letters
    • Minuses
      • Must have an email address
      • Must know how to write a resume
      • Formatting can be tricky
      • Unable to print without sending it to you email account.
  10. 14. Option 3: The Online Resume Builder
    • Pluses
      • Available anywhere with Internet access
      • Guidance on how to write a resume
      • Automatically formats resumes
      • Downloadable in different file formats
    • Minuses
      • Must have an email address
      • Formatting options are limited
      • Some are pay sites,, Pay sites
  11. 15.
    • Create, share, and store your resume online for free. Use the resume builder and have a new resume in minutes.
    • Requires you to register for free. You need an email address to register
    • You can save it, download it, or print it right from the website.
    • Save up to 10 resumes!
  12. 18. Other Resume Building Websites
  13. 19. Illinois workNet
  14. 20. What Illinois Work Net has to offer
    • Find and prepare for jobs, connect to training, services, and more...
    • Learn about career pathways, trends, jobs in growing Illinois industries and more...
    • Find recruitment, training, development resources and more...
    • Adults and youth to go from disability benefits or school, to work and more...
    • Website sponsored by the Illinois government (no advertising on it)
  15. 23. Instructional Videos
  16. 24. Illinois workNet Centers
    • Find a location where staff are able to assist you in finding resources for yourjob search, career preparation, and work support such as financial aid, child care and much more. This is a free service for Illinois residents.
  17. 25. Questions Illinois workNet can help answer
    • Where can I file for unemployment?
    Is there a computer lab I can use in my neighborhood? I just got laid off. What do I do now? Where can I find free GED classes?
  18. 26. Two Internet Job Search Strategies
  19. 27. One: Find Job Postings Online craigslist
  20. 28. Direct link from theEspecially for Job SearchersTopic Page
  21. 29. Characteristics of Indeed
      • Simple Google-like search interface
      • Jobs are pulled from a wide variety of sources
      • Searches are easy to refine by date and origin of posting
      • Only service offered is job leads
  22. 30. Downside to Using Job Postings Websites
    • False Advertising
    • Must Register to most sites before applying
    • Scams on Craigslist
    • Outdated Posts
    • Spend hours on hours looking at Posts
  23. 31. Two: Find Contact Info for LocalBusinesses Online
      • Can approach employers directly
      • Some jobs are never advertised online
      • Recommended inWhat Color is Your Parachute
  24. 32. Reference USA CustomBusiness Search
  25. 33.
  26. 34.
    • Find a businesses in your neighborhood!
    • Get contact information such as
      • Phone Number
      • Email
      • Business History
      • Employment History
      • Managerial Information
    • Free to use at the Chicago Public Library!
  27. 35. Social Network Websites
  28. 36.
    • Where professionals network.
    • Students, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and recruiters all signed up and active.
    • Search for people teachers, old bosses and co-workers, CEOs of companies you wish to work for.
  29. 38. Closing Tips and Strategies
    • ALWAYS have a copy of your resume saved in your email!
      • Easy to update and send to employer
    • Network! Through friends, family, social networks, Craigslist.
    • Cover Letters do help!
    • Dont get easily discouraged.
    • References are a big plus!
  30. 39. Any Questions?
  31. 40. Good Luck in your Job Search! Thank you for supporting theChicago Public Library!