October 20th, 2009

Need Help with Your Resume?

Resume Myth #1: Your resume should be no longer than one page.

Resume Myth #2: Always include your references in your resume.

Resume Myth #3: One solid resume is all you need.

When it comes to resumes, the rules are always changing.  For instance, job-seekers were once instructed to limit their resumes to a single page—tough when you have years of experience in your field.  The new rule?  Multi-page resumes are totally acceptable.  Used to including a list of references in your resume?  No longer necessary, not to mention a waste of precious space.  And that last myth may be a disappointment to some—while a one-size-fits-all resume used to be the norm, resumes that are targeted to specific positions and companies are king, especially as more employers go online to connect with job seekers.

Having trouble keeping up?  Never fear!  CCPL’s free Resume Review service is here to help you give your resume the added punch and professionalism that will help get you noticed.  Launched in August 2009, Resume Review has helped a number of Cecil Countians perfect their resumes by providing feedback on formatting, spelling, grammar, and overall effectiveness, as well as suggestions for improvement.  How does it work?  Simply email your completed resume to resumereview@ccplnet.org as a Microsoft Word attachment and within two weeks, our trained staff will review and return your resume with comments and suggestions that will help move your resume from the “NO” to the “YES!” pile.

In addition to Resume Review, CCPL offers a number of free classes and resources for today’s job-seekers.  Whether you’ve recently been laid off, are returning to work after years as a stay-at-home mom, or simply looking for a career change, we can help.  In addition to offering courses that will help bring your computer skills up to par, we also provide two classes specifically geared toward job-seekers:  Job Search Smart and Resume Rescue.  Click here to see upcoming dates for these classes, or contact your local branch.

Explored our website lately?  Check out this list of resources for job-seekers, which includes tips and guides as well as links to online job-search sites.  And last, don’t forget that your library system houses an award-winning Small Business and Information Center where you can receive free information and individual assistance for starting or growing your small business.

Whatever your situation, CCPL has the resources and expertise to help put you on the fast track to professional success!


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