Need Help Writing an Interesting Resume?

Our PCC will be offering the workshop Using the Library in Your Job Search on May 28 at 1 pm,  which is full of helpful tips for getting a job. However, job seekers often can’t make it to the class but could still use guidance on writing a resume that will get noticed by employers. GCFLearnFree has a great tutorial that meets these needs, and can be completed at the user’s own pace. Participants learn about different resume styles and what information to include (and not include) in each section, and can also take a look at the gallery of resume samples for ideas on how to format their own resume.

Check out this great resource here.

LinkedIn Etiquette

The PCC will be holding an Introduction to LinkedIn workshop on May 21 at 1 pm, and with that in mind, I thought I would share an article on LinkedIn “don’ts” from the Information Week website. People often think LinkedIn is a magical website that will instantly find you a job, but they often have no real idea what to do with their profile once they sign-up for an account. LinkedIn is not a magic bullet for people’s job search struggles, but it can be a useful tool if used correctly (and realistically). Pitfalls to be aware of when using LinkedIn include exaggerating your job titles or accomplishments, oversharing irrelevant information that clutters up your connections’ newsfeed, and (arguably one of the worst mistakes) doing nothing with your profile. Read these helpful hints and more here:

8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes

And let us know–what are the worst mistakes you have seen LinkedIn users make?

Post-Interview Silence

In our Open Computer Lab, we assist many job seekers with all aspects of the job search process. One of the biggest frustrations we see these individuals encounter is that they work very hard on their resume and job applications, and go on interviews that they think went well…but then they never hear back from the companies they interviewed with. They wonder, “why didn’t they like me” or “what did I do wrong?”

Well, the applicant may never know the definitive answer to why they were not chosen, but a recent article by Jennifer Parris for Mashable offers five reasons why employers do not follow-up with individuals that they have interviewed. The reasons range from the company being afraid of legal repercussions to the interviewer being just plain rude. Check out all five reasons here: 

Your Library Card & Microsoft Office

Did you know that in addition to the great hands-on workshops the Public Computer Center offers on Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, our library system also subscribes to databases that provide instruction on these useful tools as well?  All you need is your library card to gain access to these helpful resources.

  • Check out Gale’s Testing & Education Reference Center and Workforce Skills for the 21st Century for tutorials on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook, as well as lessons on more basic computer skills. 
  • If you need personalized help on a Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint project you are working on, check out the database Job Now’s live help provided by expert tutors. You just connect with a tutor via chat then upload the file you are working on, and the tutor will assist you.
All of these great resources are available to anyone with a library card from a Mid-Hudson Library System library.  Click on the link below to access these databases.