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Job and Career Help

Looking to change careers or find a new job? This guide will provide essential resources to get you started!

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Looking to change careers or in the hunt for a new job? Welcome! We can help.

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Check out our newest database! Cypress Resume has everything you need to create a winning resume. Use free resume templates and suggested phrases and keywords to easily build a resume based on the job you want to get!

We Can Help!

Did you know? We have an expert career coach who can help! A retired HR expert, she takes appointments every other Tuesday morning. Contact the Cora J. Belden Library Information Desk at 860-258-7623 to sign up. Free!

Career Skills and Training

Need help brushing up on your tech skills? Need a refresher on Microsoft Excel? Trying to set up a LinkedIn profile?

We can help with that! Check out the library's event calendar for a list of on-going computer classes like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. We also offer one-on-one help with LinkedIn and more! Call the Cora J. Belden Library Information Desk at 860-258-7623 to sign up for a 1 hour appointment.


Call the Cora J. Belden Library today to schedule a FREE 30 -minute appointment with our Career Expert, Winifred Grimaldi. Fred offers personalized help with beginning or reviving your job search:
Practice interviews
Resume critiquing
Career planning and strategy
And much more!
Call 860-258-7623 or visit the library's event calendar at to sign up.

Resume Writing Tips

Whether you call it a resume or CV, we all need one! Resumes are an essential part of the hiring process. They enable potential employers to learn more about you and whether you might be a good fit. Resumes should be clear and easy to read. They need to summarize your skills and accomplishments, and  most of all, help you stand out! Not sure where to start? Here are some tips to help you write a great resume!

1) Look for keywords in the job posting to customize your resume

Before beginning your resume, be sure to carefully study and analyze the job description for each position. Look for keywords and skills that the employer is seeking, and include those in your resume. Don't forget - more and more corporations and companies are using computer software to vet your resume before it ever reaches a person. The more keywords your resume has, the higher your chances of getting through to the interview.

2) Keep it easy to read

On average, a hiring manager looks at your resume for 6 seconds. Yes, you read that right. In those 6 seconds, the way you format your resume is crucial. Here are 3 things to keep in mind:

  • Keep is simple and easy to read. Use bullets and brief sentences. Be consistent in how you format dates, company names, phone numbers, etc. Details matter!
  • Be brief! Do not write whole paragraphs describing your accomplishments. You have 6 seconds - keep it short, concise and to the point.
  • Use numbers. The best way to convey accomplishments is to give statistics. Employers love measurable outcomes and proven success. Did you increase sales by 20%? Register 80 new customers in 6 months? Numbers enable potential employers to measure your potential value to their company or organization.

3) Use a professional font

Please do not use Comic Sans! Use a standard, professional font, like Calibri or Times New Roman. Use between 10 and 12 point font size. Do not reduce your font size to fit more onto a page.

4) Include only relevant information and put the most important information at the beginning

Make sure to only include experience or education that is specifically relevant to the exact job you are applying for. Do not include jobs from more than 10-15 years ago or minor degrees, unless they are specifically related to the job you are applying for. This extra information bulks up your resume, making it difficult for hiring managers to read it. Try to put important skills and accomplishments at the beginning of your resume, to ensure a hiring manager sees them first. One great way to do this is to add a "Professional Highlights" section at the opening of your resume.

5) Use active language

Employers are looking for accomplishments to determine if you will be a valuable employee. Be sure to use active language - words like "achieved", "earned", "accomplished", or "completed" to demonstrate career achievements.

6) Call attention to achievements

Instead of listing your job duties under your career experience, pick three or four accomplishments to highlight. Use numbers when at all possible to demonstrate measurable outcomes. Again, consider including a "Career Highlights" section at the beginning of your resume to spotlight some of your biggest achievements or accomplishments.

7) Only include sections that you need

Though controversial, new resume trends recommend you exclude the "Objective" section of your resume. Also, ditch those "Hobbies." Always remember: your resume is not about you! It's about the value that you can give an employer. The only purpose of an "Objective" statement is to tell an employer what YOU are hoping to get out of a job. Always show an employer how you can be valuable to them or their company.

8) Choose appropriate margins

Is your resume spilling onto 5 pages? Don't try to adjust the margins to make it shorter! That just makes your resume look more cluttered, crowded and difficult to read. Consider editing instead to make it cleaner and more concise. Your resume is simply your introduction and first impression for a hiring manager. The interview is your opportunity to expand on your experience.

9) Proof read, proof read, proof read!

It bears repeating: your resume is your first impression. It needs to be perfect! Please proof read your resume multiple times to make sure you do not have typos, missing periods or other formatting issues, or spacing issues. If possible, have a friend, family member or professional colleague review it for you!

10) Create a unique, customized resume for each and every job

Once you have a solid resume, don't forget to customize it for each and every job you are applying for. Each job description will have unique keywords and skill requirements. Try to edit your resume - even a little - to customize it for each job you are applying for. This will give you the best chance of getting past the computer checkers and making it to a real person!

** Above all: Never forget when writing your resume that the purpose is to demonstrate your potential value to your employer. Your resume is not about you, it's about the skills and the value that you can give to your potential future employer.

Learning Microsoft Word

Using a word processing program like Microsoft Word, or Google Docs, is the first step in crafting a great resume. Check out these quick intro videos and tutorials available through Niche Academy to get started today:

Creating a Basic Resume using Microsoft Word Templates: use this tutorial to get tips on how to create a basic resume, what to include, and getting started with Microsoft Word and resume templates.

Getting Started with Microsoft Word: Ready to create a custom resume? Start here to learn tips on how to format your resume, indent lines, center headings and more.

Getting Started with Google Docs: Don't have Microsoft Word? Google Docs is a great, free alternative word processing program. Sign up for a Google account to get started. Craft and edit your resume, and then download and save it as a Microsoft Word or PDF document to submit with your job application.

Helpful Resume Websites

Check out some of these websites and online resources to get sample resumes, tips and more.

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