News from the Reference Desk Category: Jobs

Writing a resume with help from library resources

Changes in the labor market mean that many people are looking for a new job or transitioning to a new industry. Getting started with writing a new resume can be overwhelming, and MPPL cardholders have access to some helpful online resources to support resume and cover letter writing: 

Adult_Career_Center_wr_iconAdult Career Center from Tutor.com – Not just for students, job seekers can get support from Tutor.com in resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and more. MPPL cardholders can access five free online sessions with a qualified career coach every week. Live sessions are available 2 – 9 p.m. CST. Additionally, resume and cover letter review is available with a 12-hour turnaround.

Testing_and_education_IconGale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – Under the “Explore Career” tab, this database includes a robust resume and cover letter builder, skills assessments, and additional career development tools.

 

LinkedIn_Learning_IconLinkedIn Learning – High-quality and in-depth, these courses include valuable information about best practices in resume writing in a variety of situations, including switching fields and returning to work after a prolonged absence. 

 

There are also many books to support job searching and career transitions, available from the library.  

Find more online resources on the Jobs and Career Development Research Guide.  With questions about any of these resources, or to set up a time to meet with a librarian for a resume review appointment, please contact the Research Desk to request a reference appointment. 

Resume Builder from Peterson’s Test and Career Prep

Creating a new or updated resume can be overwhelming. The Resume Builder tool available from Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep, available through the library’s website, can simplify the process and give your resume a visual boost. 

To get started from home, select Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep after logging with your library card on the Web Resources page.  

Resume Builder resume exampleSelect “Explore Careers”, then “Career Tools,” and finally “Create a Resume. Creating a login before you get started will allow you to save your changes and make updates at a later date. Once you’ve created a resume or cover letter, download it as a Word document or PDF, or create a link to share with prospective employers.

For more support with creating resumes and cover letters or assistance with accessing any of the library’s Web Resources, contact the Research Desk. More suggestions for library resources and websites to support the job search are available on the job and career development research guide. 

Upcoming webinars and community resource for job seekers

Illinois WorkNet American Job Center logoThe North Suburban Cook County American Job Center is a valuable local resource for any residents affected by job loss. One of over 3,000 federally-funded American Job Centers in the nation, the center offers free services to job seekers: assistance with resumes, mastering interviews, connecting with job training and more.

Did you know: volunteer experiences can boost your job search! As an active job seeker, volunteering can offer an opportunity to develop new skills and bolster your interviewing confidence. The North Suburban Cook County American Job Center regularly recruits volunteers, and often finds that job seekers who volunteer their time to the center find themselves landed in a meaningful employment more quickly.

Though the center is currently closed to the public, virtual services are available. Upcoming webinars feature such as working with recruiters, virtual networking, and identifying transferable skills. Webinar registration is available through their monthly evening calendar. 

Connect with all of their available job seeker services.

Free tech courses available to job seekers

Computer displaying online learningA technical skills upgrade is one effective way to add valuable, attention-grabbing content to an existing resume. LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft are making several technical courses available for free of charge and certifications in selected skills available at a greatly reduced price for many workers 

LinkedIn Learning has identified ten jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and are positioned to grow in the future. They are making ten LinkedIn Learning Paths aligned with these jobs available for everyone for free in 2021.  

The ten role-based learning paths are:  

  1. Software developer – Become a Software Developer
    Sales representative – Become a Sales Representative
    Project manager – Become a Project Manager
    IT administrator – Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification
    Customer service specialist – Become a Customer Service Specialist
    Digital marketer – Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
    IT support/help desk – Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification   
    Data analyst – Become a Data Analyst
    Financial analyst – Become a Financial Analyst
    Graphic designer – Become a Graphic Designer 

LinkedIn Learning has also made learning paths focused on helping professionals come up to speed on soft skills.  

  1. Job seeker – Finding a Job During Challenging Economic Times
    Critical soft skills – Master In-Demand Professional Soft Skills
    Digital transformation – Digital Transformation in Practice: Virtual Collaboration Tools (combination of digital fluency and remote work)  
    Allyship and inclusive conversations – Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All 

In addition, Microsoft Learn is offering free and in-depth technical learning content that also supports these roles and job seekers pursuing developer roles can access the GitHub Learning Lab to practice their skills. 

Industry-recognized Microsoft Certifications are being offered at reduced cost. Exams that normally cost $100 or more will be offered for $15 for individuals who are unemployed or furloughed due to COVID-19. All exams are available in English, Spanish, French, German, and more. See the website for complete Terms and Conditions. 

Gale Presents: Udemy

Mount Prospect Public Library card holders now have free access to Gale Presents: Udemy, an online learning platform that connects patrons to video-based courses taught by leading experts in business, technology, and more. Users can explore thousands of continuously updated, on-demand video courses that match their professional goals and personal interests.

Gale Presents: Udemy, from Gale, a Cengage Company, offers a unique, tailor-made learning experience for adults who want to upskill for a new job or advance in their current profession. This top collection, powered by Udemy for Business, helps learners get where they want to be personally and professionally.

Gale Presents: Udemy includes:

  • A wide selection of course topics with high-quality, in-demand content
  • Courses that are added and removed weekly, as new skills and demands emerge in each field
  • An opportunity to learn from world-class instructors working and making advancements in their fields
  • Anytime, anywhere access, allowing users to download classes off-line and listen via podcast-style audio or on Chromecast or Apple TV
  • A tailor-made learning experience based on skill needs and learning preferences
  • Video lectures, most of which offer subtitles and/or transcripts to support a variety of learning styles
  • Supplemental course content, such as assignments, quizzes, practice tests, and more
  • A certificate of completion, available for download when a course is finished

Major course categories include cloud computing, data science, design, development, finance and accounting, human resources, IT operations, leadership and management, marketing, office productivity, personal development, project management and operations, and sales.