Have you been looking for a job this summer? Maybe you just graduated or you’re getting ready to start college this fall and need something part time. CCPL’s Employment Resource Center is here to help you get started in the job seeking department. We have resources that will help you improve your resume, write cover letters, prepare for interviews, and help point you to different job search engines. I know searching for a job can be overwhelming but we are here to help. So deep breath, and let’s dive in.

Writing your Resume

  • Brainfuse: When you visit Brainfuse if you click on the link “Write a Winning Resume” it takes you to a page that allows you to:
    • View example resumes and resources
    • Upload a draft resume for them to review and return to you within 24 hours
    • Discuss with a live Brainfuse instructor the comments you received on your resume
  • Quick Resume: This website allows you to type in key information for your resume and then generates one for you.
  • Hloom free resume: Here you are able to select a template resume and then type in the information to auto populate it. No formatting is required on your end. They also offer resume examples, skills, objectives, formats, and how to format a resume in word. *Note: only certain resume templates are free.

Improving your Resume  

For those of you who already have your resume you may find these two resources useful to see how well your resume matches the jobs you are seeking.

  • JobScan: This site allows you to paste your resume and a job description into two boxes and see how they match up. The site will let you know what you may need to add or prioritize in your resume to more closely match this job. You are also able to scan your LinkedIn profile through this website and it will give you tips on how to organize and optimize your profile.
  • TagCrowd: You can use this site to paste job descriptions and generate word clouds to see which terms are being used most frequently. You can then add these words into your resume so that the algorithms will be noticed during applications.

Job Searching Sites

  • CollegeGrad: A site where grads can look for entry level positions, explore different careers, and has tips for resumes and interviews.
  • GovernmentJobs
  • Indeed
  • Maryland Workforce Exchange Jobs
  • Talent: Talent is a job search engine that centralizes all jobs available on the web to help people find new career opportunities, much like Google for jobs.
  • SnagaJob
  • USA Jobs: A site where you can look for federal employment opportunities.

Preparing for an Interview

  • 20 traditional interview questions: Check out these questions and practice answering them. Preparing as much as you can ahead of time is key for interviews.
  • Preparing for a Job Interview: This page walks you through the research you should do before an interview. It helps you understand what you should know about the company going into the interview, and what you should know about the job. It also offers questions that can be used for a mock interview. If you click on “Interviews part 2” it also offers advice on what to do during the interview and what to do after the interview.

More resources and upcoming programs can be found on the Employment Resource Center page.


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