I recently attended a workshop at the Library of Michigan about job hunting and career resources for library users. Three of the resources they reviewed stood out to me — check them out yourself!
- The Job & Career Accelerator is a terrific all-in-one on line job hunting resource provided by the State of Michigan. There are quizzes to help assess your interests, a resume builder, and a jobs database. You can create and save several resumes so it’s easy to tweak a resume for a particular job application. Software tutorials will help you update or refresh your Microsoft Office or Adobe program skills. There’s a GED preparation section and skill-building resources for writing, math, finance and public speaking. To get started, create your profile and begin exploring careers.
- There are additional, free on-line training sessions available at the Goodwill Community Foundation site. GCFLearnFree has classes on everything from Facebook and internet basics to reading and math, and even has mobile apps for learners on the go.
- Last but not least, check out the Michigan Talent Bank for jobs posted by area employers. Create a profile and you can save resumes and job searches to make applying for jobs quick and easy.
One of the presenters at the workshop was Lisa Wiley Parker, a recruiter who’s currently leading networking sessions at the Lansing Michigan Works office. She has a really useful Twitter feed, @RecruiterUncens (if you aren’t using Twitter yet, you should try it) and blog called Recruiter Uncensored. She often posts job-hunting or resume tips, but she also posts information about job openings in the wider Lansing area.
Last but not least, she and the other presenters strongly recommended that everyone who’s job hunting, or might be job hunting someday, have a LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is a way to network with other professionals on-line and get leads on potential jobs. Setting up a profile is simple, and you can choose how much personal and professional information to share.