resources for job seekers

Job Seekers!

Just want to shoutout a little resource that you might have access to via your public library!

If your library has brainfuse, an online tutoring service, and use brainfuse’s Adult Learning Center or JobNow resources, you have access to a lot of cool stuff!

For example, want help on your resume? JobNow offers a Resume Lab where patrons can submit their resume and within 24 hours, can receive an analysis of their resume. Analysis can include formatting, proofreading, and/or offering strategies for improving placement/descriptions of experiences in a resume. 

Their Adult Learning Center offers live, online writing support so you could discuss your resume or cover letter with one of their writing tutors.

Need to hone your interview skills? There’s live online interview coaching, where patrons can work on interview techniques or practice interviewing with a tutor!

Still trying to figure out what you want to do? If your library has access, use brainfuse’s JobNow to do a career self-assessment, or access the ePARACHUTE (inspired by the What Color is Your Parachute? career guide).

If your library doesn’t have brainfuse? Check out what other online resources they have! There’s a lot of great stuff out there for job seekers for free with your library card!

And check if your library has a partnership with a local workforce development agency! A lot of large cities have a career center at their main library, so you might be able to get some assistance face-to-face!

tl;dr: Check out your library’s career resources!

anonymous asked:

You managed to find a job recently. How the hell did you find it? I've been searching for work for months, and nine out of every ten jobs I find require 3-5 years experience that I don't have. Of the ones that don't require experience, nine of every ten of those are in fields that I have no understanding of or have tried before and found myself unable to do effectively. I have no idea what to do.

I feel you about the pains in the job market right now. I searched and searched for a new full time job for over a year. I did an average of three job applications a week, that translates into 150 job apps that I’ve done to get what I got now. It does stink and it’s difficult out there unless you can really stand out or “know” the right people to get you to the interview. Don’t let that discourage you though, because you can find help out there!

When job hunting the first thing you can do for yourself is to build a resume. There are lots of sites and aids online that can help you construct a professional resume and I advise you take full advantage of that. Not only resumes but also consider constructing cover letters too and send them in with your resume to give potential hiring managers a taste of your personality and marketable skills. On these resumes and cover letters, do not just “tell” them what you can do but give short examples of “how” you can provide them a better employee. Also do not forget to supply professional references, people who supervised you. Managers, fellow employees, teachers, etc. Provide of at least three of them and be sure they are willing to answer the phone when called upon.

I also took the advantage of signing up with a temp office to help me find work in between jobs. It led me to a part-time job to help me fill in my hours while I’m seeking gainful employment. See whats in your area and go to their office. Work with them to construct a profile and have them help you find work. The job(s) you may take while working as a Temp can boost your profile and resume. Not only that, people who’ve been out of work for too long don’t always look as good as those who “recently lost” their job. That is just how some human resource people think. They see someone who has been absent of gainful employment for months and that leaves them to ask “What is going on with this person that other people aren’t hiring them?” Thankfully, not a whole lot of people act this way anymore given the acknowledgement of how tough it is to find work now-a-days.

Consider also your approach to the job and when you’ve had interviews. What you’ve said or did. Did you came in dressed like you were ready to work for them on the spot? What kind of research did you do on the company? What kind of language were you using? When you go to an interview, you’re trying to sell yourself. You could just answer their questions but without giving specific examples (even when they aren’t asking for them) it will be hard for them to distinguish you from the previous four or six people they’ve interviewed. Also never leave an interview without asking them questions too about the company and the details of the job, what will be their expectations once you’re hired. It will show them your interest and readiness to take the job seriously. I also dared to ask the following question after an interview and it worked well for me…

“Is there anything else you saw on my resume or heard from me today that you question about my qualification to do this job? I’ll gladly answer them.”

Don’t give up looking for gainful employment, keep at it and use all the tools you have on hand. There are resources out there specifically to help you overcome the troubles in this job market. Here are a few sites that helped me. All of them are free or partially free. 

I gained the most “hits” in finding active jobs through this site and you can post up an online profile of your resume so hiring managers could find you too. 

A job search site that also gives you a real look inside businesses about how employees feel about their work, salary expectations, and can connect you with people who know about the jobs you maybe searching for. They also sponsor a resume builder service that will evaluate your resume for free and (for a fee) rebuild it so it can be more professional.

This site helped me reconstruct my drabby resume when I was trying to build it back up after getting the free evaluation from Glassdoor. You can also search online for cover letter and resume examples to help you better plan out how to build your resume and cover letters to stand out and still look professional.

A good “All in one” job seekers site with resources and more advice for people in-between jobs. One article in particular that I’ve read I found to be very helpful for low-experience college grads trying to find jobs after graduating and might relate to your situation.

I hope this helps and good luck to your search.