The Newton Free Library has recently invested in a new database to help our patrons who are looking for work. Optimal Resume can help you build both your resume and and your career. Curious? Join us next Thursday, September 13th at 7:00 PM in Drucker Auditorium. You will be introduced to our new database and be able to ask questions.
What can Optimal Resume do for you?
Optimal Resume provides a number of ways to create a resume. Once you sign in, you can build it by using subject blocks provided by Optimal Resume. You can rearrange them at will. Or you can start with actual resume samples that cover a number of careers, jobs, and levels of experience. You can take a resume you like and edit it for your own use. If you prefer starting from scratch, they also provide you with a blank piece of [online] paper. They do the same for cover letters. Once you have created your resume or cover letter, you will also be able to further edit it to match specific job openings. You can then store your various resumes and cover letters under your account at Optimal Resume .
As you do more reading and look for additional help with your job search, you will find that Optimal Resume is one step ahead of you. They offer help with assessing your skills and with practicing for interviews. If a job application actually requires a video resume, Optimal Resume will help you create one.
Did you know you could embed links to your work into your online resume? Of course you can only do this if you have a web page or blog you can link to. Although Optimal Resume does not help you create a blog, it does provide help in creating a simple online website as well as a location to keep it. The link you add to your resume provides an interested employer with a place to quickly check samples of your work without adding length to your resume.
According to an article that appeared in the New York Post on July 4th, 2010 “Today’s workers will run through at least 10 jobs, three careers, and two layoffs between college and retirement.” To have maximum impact in your job searches, your need to keep track of prime examples of your work product and experience, as well as your job descriptions and a list of your various responsibilities. It is a good idea to keep at least one portfolio (or more) of your work where you can find it and easily add to it. Optimal Resume gives you a place to create and keep one (or more) portfolios for yourself.
All in all, Optimal Resume can prove a very useful product throughout your career — both in finding and documenting your jobs. The Newton Free Library would like to offer you the opportunity to use these resources to both aid in your job hunt and to build your career. Take a look and join us next Thursday to learn more.