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Career & Job Resources

Whether you're just starting out, changing careers, or returning to the workforce, finding a job can be tough.  We can help you land the right position and answer your questions along the way.

Questions?  Please contact our Workforce Development team at workforce@lexpublib.org.

 

Did you know? 73% of libraries help with job searches. 48% provide access to and assist entrepreneurs with online business information resources.

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What Does a Job Seeker Need?

Upcoming Events

Additional Resources

 

What Does a Job Seeker Need?

1.  Resume

This document lists your current and previous jobs, along with your skills and accomplishments.  The purpose of a resume is to obtain an interview from an employer.

Take a look at an example of an entry-level resume.
 
Here is a mid-level career resume example.
 
If you are focused on a managerial position, review this IT resume.
 
Need to create or update yours? Watch this video and then try the resume builder in the LearningExpress Library’s Job and Career Accelerator!  (Learning Express Library can be accessed for free with your library card.)
 
These final tips may help you polish your resume! (Thanks to Vaco.com for the resume tips.)
 
If you’d like to have your resume reviewed, ask the online reviewers from the Brainfuse Adult Learning Center for feedback.  (Brainfuse can be accessed for free with your library card.)

 

2.  Cover Letter

A cover letter accompanies your resume when applying for most jobs.  Each cover letter is specifically written to an employer describing you are a match for a position.

Guidance on developing a cover letter that will help you get noticed by an employer is available through LearningExpress Library's Job and Career Accelerator in “Great Cover Letters.”  To create your cover letters, try "Build Your Letter."

 

3.  Online Applications

Employers may also request that you complete a job application on its website.  You will most likely be required to type information about your job history into an online application that will be sent directly to the employer through the computer.  Having a resume will be helpful, but also completing a list of your work history in advance will make the process smoother.

If you would want to save your work history, you could also complete this online application builder. Once you’ve added your work history, you can download or print it to help you apply for future jobs online.

 

4.  Interview Preparation

Once you’ve prepared your resume, cover letter and application, it’s time to get ready for interviews that will come your way.  Interviews are opportunities for you and a prospective employer to determine if a particular job is a solid fit for both parties.  To put your best foot forward, consider reviewing the "Interview with Confidence" course found in LearningExpress Library's Job and Career Accelerator.

Be sure to research the companies that you are considering for employment.  You can Google the company information, visit the company’s webpage, or search the company’s profile using EBSCO's Business Source tool.  (Business Source can be accessed for free with your library card.)

When you’re ready to practice what you’ve learned, go online to Interview Warmup to get some feedback before the big interview.  If you have a phone or video interview, peruse some focused tips to stand out.

After every interview, don’t forget to send that all-important thank-you letter.  You can find examples in LearningExpress Library's Job and Career Accelerator.

 

5.  Negotiation of Job Offers

You’ve applied for a job, completed an amazing interview and now, you’ve received the coveted job offer.  How should you proceed?

Negotiating a job offer involves a variety of factors based upon your circumstances.  Google has a webinar to help you develop your game plan: Negotiate Like A Pro.

Upcoming Events

Do you need help with your job search? Are you looking to polish your resume?

Then this Resume Help Drop-In is for you! Starting July 15th. every Friday morning from 10 am - 12 pm, you can drop in at the Eastside branch to get personalized one-on-one help with your job hunt. 
Laptops will be available to use to build your resume, and USB drives will be provided for your electronic document storage.
Fri. December 9th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Eastside Branch
Small Conference Room
bpye@lexpublib.org
8592315500 x2220

Students grades 3-12 and their families will meet professionals from automation, 3D printing, engineering and MORE! We will learn about their careers and have hands-on learning opportunities.


Join us in December as we learn about Thermal and Test Engineering from Dominique R. Wright who is the CAE, Thermal and Test
Engineering Manager at Lexmark.

Please register each family member who wishes to attend. 
Sat. December 10th - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Central Library
Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab

Need assistance with a job application, job search, or creating your resume? Come to Northside for one on one help with these tasks. Walk ins welcome.

Tue. December 13th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Northside Branch
Computer Class Room
bhocevar@lexpublib.org

Do you need help with your job search? Are you looking to polish your resume?

Then this Resume Help Drop-In is for you! Every Wednesday morning from 10 am - 12 pm, you can drop in at the Beaumont Branch to get personalized one-on-one help with your job hunt. 
Laptops will be available to use to build your resume, and USB drives will be provided for your electronic document storage.
Wed. December 14th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Beaumont Branch
awasielewski@lexpublib.org
8592315500

Do you need help with your job search? Are you looking to polish your resume?

Then this Resume Help Drop-In is for you! Starting July 15th. every Friday morning from 10 am - 12 pm, you can drop in at the Eastside branch to get personalized one-on-one help with your job hunt. 
Laptops will be available to use to build your resume, and USB drives will be provided for your electronic document storage.
Fri. December 16th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Eastside Branch
Small Conference Room
bpye@lexpublib.org
8592315500 x2220

Need assistance with a job application, job search, or creating your resume? Come to Northside for one on one help with these tasks. Walk ins welcome.

Tue. December 20th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Northside Branch
Computer Class Room
bhocevar@lexpublib.org

Do you need help with your job search? Are you looking to polish your resume?

Then this Resume Help Drop-In is for you! Every Wednesday morning from 10 am - 12 pm, you can drop in at the Beaumont Branch to get personalized one-on-one help with your job hunt. 
Laptops will be available to use to build your resume, and USB drives will be provided for your electronic document storage.
Wed. December 21st - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Beaumont Branch
awasielewski@lexpublib.org
8592315500

Do you need help with your job search? Are you looking to polish your resume?

Then this Resume Help Drop-In is for you! Starting July 15th. every Friday morning from 10 am - 12 pm, you can drop in at the Eastside branch to get personalized one-on-one help with your job hunt. 
Laptops will be available to use to build your resume, and USB drives will be provided for your electronic document storage.
Fri. December 23rd - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Eastside Branch
Small Conference Room
bpye@lexpublib.org
8592315500 x2220

Need assistance with a job application, job search, or creating your resume? Come to Northside for one on one help with these tasks. Walk ins welcome.

Tue. December 27th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Northside Branch
Computer Class Room
bhocevar@lexpublib.org

Do you need help with your job search? Are you looking to polish your resume?

Then this Resume Help Drop-In is for you! Every Wednesday morning from 10 am - 12 pm, you can drop in at the Beaumont Branch to get personalized one-on-one help with your job hunt. 
Laptops will be available to use to build your resume, and USB drives will be provided for your electronic document storage.
Wed. December 28th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Beaumont Branch
awasielewski@lexpublib.org
8592315500

Do you need help with your job search? Are you looking to polish your resume?

Then this Resume Help Drop-In is for you! Starting July 15th. every Friday morning from 10 am - 12 pm, you can drop in at the Eastside branch to get personalized one-on-one help with your job hunt. 
Laptops will be available to use to build your resume, and USB drives will be provided for your electronic document storage.
Fri. December 30th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Eastside Branch
Small Conference Room
bpye@lexpublib.org
8592315500 x2220

Do you need help with your job search? Are you looking to polish your resume?

Then this Resume Help Drop-In is for you! Every Wednesday morning from 10 am - 12 pm, you can drop in at the Beaumont Branch to get personalized one-on-one help with your job hunt. 
Laptops will be available to use to build your resume, and USB drives will be provided for your electronic document storage.
Wed. January 4th - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Beaumont Branch
awasielewski@lexpublib.org
8592315500

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Career Preparation

Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Preparation Center and begin your path to a bright future.  Provided by the Kentucky Virtual Library.

Computer Skills Center

Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of using a computer, navigating the internet, and using popular software programs from Microsoft and Adobe. Achieve basic to advanced skills in word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design and more.

Job & Career Accelerator

Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in an exciting new industry, Job & Career Accelerator has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process to succeed in today's job market.  Provided by the Kentucky Virtual Library.

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