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Help for Job Seekers

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.  The video tutorial will guide you through the resources on this page, or you can use the links below to jump directly to a section.

What Do You Need?

Library Services

Web Resources

Recommended Reading

 

 

 

What Do You Need?

A Resume

  • When looking for a job, the first thing you need is a way to tell employers what you can do.  They will need to know where you've worked, what you did, and when.  Include any special training, skills or accomplishments.
  • If you've never had a resume, click here to see what information you need to build one.
  • For a template (a pattern you can use to build your resume in Microsoft Word), click here.
  • If you need to build or update a resume, click here for advice.
  • If you're not sure what shape your resume is in, click here.

 

A Cover Letter

  • If you need to know about cover letter structure, click here. (courtesy of scholastic.com)
  • If you need to improve your cover letter, click here for advice.

 

An E-mail Address

  • Nearly every employer uses an online application system, and you'll need a working e-mail address to apply for jobs. Many people choose to create an e-mail address especially for their job search.
  • If you've never had an e-mail account, cannot access your e-mail account, or would like to create one just for your job search, click here for a list of suggested e-mail providers.

 

Interview Preparation

  • If you need to know how to prepare for an interview, click here for advice.
  • If you need to study possible interview questions, click here.

 

 A Search Strategy

  • Use jobs sites like Indeed, CareerBuilder, and Monster to find out who is hiring.
  • Look at your skills and experience.  What types of work do they qualify you to do?  Which of these most interest you?  If you're not sure, you can take career assessments like the ones found here.
  • Check the Occupational Outlook Handbook to find out more about different types of jobs, including pay, educational requirements, and the expected need in the job market.
  • Make a list of positions that interest you and the companies who are offering them.  Read the requirements carefully and make sure you meet or exceed them.
  • Use a search engine, like Google, to find each company's homepage, and look near the bottom for a "Jobs" or "Careers" link.  Applying with the company directly can help you to avoid the massive amount of emails that many job sites and their backers send out.
  • Keep careful records to help you see where your efforts are most successful.  When you submit an application, record the name of the position, the company, the date, and if/when they contact or interview you.

 

A Person to Help Me

  • Job Lab @ Central Library
    Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4:30pm in the 4th floor Computer Classroom.  Library staff will assist you with any part of the job-seeking process.  No registration required.
  • Resume Help from Skilled Volunteers
    Call (859) 231-5500 and select Eastside Branch or Tates Creek Branch to inquire about available appointments.
  • Book a Librarian
    Available at all Library locations.  Please make requests several days in advance to ensure that we can accommodate your schedule.
  • Classes
    Instructor-led training is offered at Library locations for computer and job-seeking skills, including resume writing, cover letter writing, and interviewing.

 

Library Services

These services can be accessed for free with your library card.  Book a Librarian for a quick, one-on-one tutorial.

Brainfuse JobNow

Search for a job, write an effective resume, or prepare for an interview with help from a live job coach. Job coaches are available 2pm-12am daily.


 

LearningExpress Library

Practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want.  Study for the GED, ACT, SAT, and many other entrance and professional exams.  Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.  Provided by the Kentucky Virtual Library.

 

Lynda.com

Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Users receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.


Download the Lynda.com app!
(Note:  To log into the mobile app, select the "Organization" tab and enter lexpublib.org in the "Web Portal" section.  You will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN.)

 

 

Web Resources

These are examples of sites with job listings for national or regional employers.

Job Searching Sites

Local Employers

Government Careers

These are examples of websites that provide free e-mail accounts.

E-mail Providers

 

 

Recommended Reading

This list includes titles from our collection that have been specially selected by Library staff to assist you.