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When you visit your library, you can expect to find books, movies, magazines, and newspapers.  You can expect to find there is a preschool story time or an art class, but would you think the library is the place to find a job fair?  The Crosby Edith Fae Cook Cole Branch Library recently held a job fair to help the residents of the Crosby community have increased access to quality jobs within their own community.

A dozen local businesses attended the job fair, ranging from restaurants and fast food, to child care centers, to search and rescue, the Boy Scouts of America, and the military.  People from all walks of life came to check out the job fair ranging from teens looking for summer employment to professionals looking for new opportunities. 

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Twenty other businesses who were not able to come, but are currently hiring were represented by a QR code that would take job seekers directly to the business’s careers page on their website.

Maybe you are looking for a new job or are thinking about what it would take to switch career industries.  Here are some tips you can use to make your resume better:

  • LinkedIn – this website is a great place to network, upload your resume, list trainings and certifications, and show off your most professional work.  It is free to sign up and easy to maintain your professional profile.
  • LinkedIn Learning – Do you need some training or want to gain certification in a new area?  Perhaps you want to update your skills with the newest training.  If you answered yes to these questions, then you need to check out LinkedIn Learning, where you can take trainings and gain certification in hundreds of areas of business.  The best part is, LinkedIn Learning is FREE with your HCPL library card. 
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  • Resume Scoring – Getting your resume scored has two purposes.  One is that the higher the score, the more professional your resume is, and more likely to be looked at by potential employers.  The second reason to get your resume scored is because most online job applications have a program that “scans” your resume, looking for keywords.  A resume scoring will help you to make sure your resume has all the correct terms, giving you a better chance at making it through the application process.

          There are many free resume scoring sites. Check them out and see how you score: or

  • Got an Interview? Practice your interview before you go in.  There are some questions that a potential employer is almost sure to ask you.    By practicing your answers ahead of time, you will feel more confident and you can make sure that your answers are clean, clear, and to the point.  

    One of the most commonly asked questions is, "Tell us about yourself."  You don't need to give a complete history of yourself and your jobs, but don't skimp out on your highlights either.  This is one of the most crucial questions you will answer, so practice ahead of time and be prepared.

"MIT career counselor Lily Zhang recommends using a present, past, future formula. Talk a little bit about your current role (including the scope and perhaps one big accomplishment), then give some background as to how you got there and experience you have that’s relevant. Finally, segue into why you want—and would be perfect for—this role." - The 

Get ready for your interview with practice interview questions.  Check out this article on about the fifteen most common interview questions.

If you need more resources to help you in your job search, check out HCPL’s many job related databases. | Job Search and Career Programs at HCPL branches


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