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NJSL Presents Career Connections – Top Notch Resumes 2

The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development has developed a career navigation framework called New Jersey Career Connections consisting of expert insights and actionable guidance, which follows 3 steps: Plan, Prepare and Succeed.  “Top Notch Resumes II” falls under the “Prepare” step of this model.

 

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Acing the Job Interview Recap

Thank you to those that joined us for Career Connections’ Acing the Job Interview.  Topics covered included:

  • The different types of interviews
  • Preparing for the interview
  • Dressing for the interview
  • Stages of the interview
  • SOAR method
  • SHARE method

Please visit Nailing the Interview on the Career Connections website to find out more tips and strategies and visit Glassdoor to search for jobs and view company profiles, including potential interview questions.  Also, check out the following databases provided by the NJSL for researching companies and non-profits:

Hoover Online*

Job and Career Accelerator*

ReferenceUSA*

Foundation Directory Online Free*

*Please access the above databases through the links on the NJSL Databases website

 

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LinkedIn 101 Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our Lunchtime Learning class LinkedIn 101.  In our session, we learned how to create a LinkedIn account, develop a LinkedIn Profile, build a basic network, and conduct a basic job search.

We also learned the importance of expanding our LinkedIn presence by utilizing LinkedIn endorsements, joining LinkedIn Groups, and posting professionally relevant content to our LinkedIn feed.

We learned how to use LinkedIn Help to locate available LinkedIn educational webinars.

The following articles expand n the information covered during our LinkedIn 101 session:

  1. Writing a LinkedIn Profile to get Found by Recruiters by Lisa Rangel (2014)
  2. LinkedIn as your Online Professional Home by Ed Han (2016)
  3. Using LinkedIn to Connect by Kimberly Schneiderman (2016)

Top-Notch Resumes I: The Basics Class Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended our Lunchtime Learning class today Top Notch Resumes: The Basics.  In our class today, we learned how to create an effective resume, craft a cover letter, and navigate the New Jersey Civil Service website.

A reminder that we are offering 1:1 or small group sessions on building a resume.  This session will be based on what we learned in class and will give you time and space to construct your resume with assistance.  Please contact me at 609-278-2640 x162 or rfitzpatrick@njstatelib.org to set up an appointment.

Here are some of the online resources we reviewed in class:

Career Connections-remember Resume writing resources are grouped under the “Prepare” section.

Career One Stop-this is a Federal site which hosts Occupational Profiles, useful for mining keywords to use in your resume.

Job and Career Accelerator-this database can either be accessed remotely through the New Jersey State Library by State Employees and TESU community members with a State Library Card.   New Jersey residents may access via Jersey Clicks with a local public library card.  You may also use J&CA on the public access computers at the State Library.

Get Help: Employment Research Guide-has links to resume templates, cover letter advice, job hunting sites and more.

New Jersey State Library Test Book collection-the Library is pleased to offer study guides produced by the National Learning Corporation for those taking a Civil Service Exam.  Test Books can be searched in the Library catalog.  For best results, use the advanced search and restrict the NJSL Collection field to “Test Books”.

In addition, please see below for the two worksheets that were distributed.  If you have questions or need assistance with any of the resources described above, please contact the Reference Department at 609-278-2640 x103 or refdesk@njstatelib.org.

Our next class in the Career Connection series will be LinkedIn 101 on September 27th, 2017.

Resume Prep Worksheet – SLIC developed

Navigating the Civil Service Website to view and apply for jobs