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Resume and job search tips, recommended reading, online resources, and community trainings for job seekers

If you have questions about your resume or cover letter, job interviewing, resources or programs that could help you in your job search, or other job search-related questions, our Job Information Resource Librarians are happy to help, via email or videoconference.

 

Resume & Career Help by Email

If you are seeking help with a resume or cover letter, please email it in Word or PDF format to resumehelp@bklynlibrary.org. If possible, please include information about the type(s) of job(s) you are applying for, or include a link to a specific job ad, to make sure the documents are "on point" for what you may be applying for.

  • Inquiries will be answered as quickly as possible. Response time may vary based on demand and available staff.
  • Please note: Our staff will offer suggestions, but will not write resumes or cover letters or alter the documents that are submitted. 

Resume & Career Help Live sessions via Zoom

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If you are interested in a real-time video meeting with a Job Information Resource Librarian, a limited number of Zoom consultations (30 minutes maximum) are available weekly. To find available sessions, please visit www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar and search for keyword resume

Preparing for a Job Search

 

 

Looking for work can be a full time job! Keeping your resume up-to-date and writing a cover letter can't be done in one night, and often involves some trial and error. You need to communicate clearly how your skills can fit with the employer so you may want to customize your resume and cover letter for each job you apply for. This guide will give you resources to help with your job search goals and help you get through the tough parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What will it take to get a new job?
  1. Identify your skills and look for jobs that require people with your particular skill set. The library's Learning Resources and the free websites that are highlighted in this guide can help you determine what careers may be a good fit for you based on your interests and strengths.
  2. Once you create a resume or cover letter, you should customize those documents based on what the potential employer is highlighting as its most important employee assets. For example, if the employer is looking for someone with extensive project management experience, make sure your resume and cover letter detail the previous experience you have with project management. Your cover letter requires you to craft a story that conveys that you are the best fit for the open position because of your skills and experience.

  3. It may be necessary to follow up after submitting a job application but be mindful of whether the listing specifically requests "no phone calls."  It may take a long time to get responses to your application; this is not unusual, and don't follow up with an employer more than once if you haven't heard anything. Don't wait for one job to contact you before applying for another.

  4. Keep yourself organized! Whether you keep a paper list or a spreadsheet, it's good to keep track of where you applied, the date you applied, and if you got selected for an interview.

Types of questions about job searches:

Primary Questions

  • Where should I look for a job?
  • How long does my resume have to be?
  • Should I put volunteer experience in my resume?
  • How long should my cover letter be?

Secondary Questions

  • What type of clothes should I wear on an interview?
  • What type of questions will they ask on the interview?
  • When do I ask about salary?
  • When do I ask about the potential for advancement?
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