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Career Guide

Introduction

Career Planning and Skill Identification

Education or Training & Financial Aid

Job Search & Networking

Resume, Cover Letter, Follow-up

Interview Tips and Advice

Pittsburgh-Area Career Centers

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Overview

Resume
Cover Letter
Follow-up

Resume

  • Look at different templates to find the best structure and organization for your resume.
  • Get professional feedback on your resume.

    CareerLink Pittsburgh gives resume writing tips, templates to download, and basic elements to include under “Resumes.” It also offers workshops that focus on writing your resume. Find the next workshop. Workshop, Tips, Templates

    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Main) holds free workshops on writing a resume. Workshop

    Purdue Online Writing Lab describes resume writing step-by-step and provides sample resumes. Use its Job Skills Checklist to describe your skills and its Community Writing Education Station for help with writing resumes for working-class jobs. Tips, Templates, Skill descriptions

    CareerOneStop offers help creating and improving a resume, a resume guide, templates and samples under “Resume advice.” Tips, Templates

    USA Today’s Careers and Workplace provides tips on writing a resume, including formats, writing tips, and electronic resumes. Tips, Templates

    Monster.com offers resume writing tips and has several resume samples. Tips, Templates

    Use the skill descriptions at O*Net OnLine to describe your skills on resumes. Skill descriptions

    PA Career Coach can be searched by career name and offers information on top skills to address in a resume. Skill descriptions

Materials in our catalog:
Search for:

Resumes (employment)
Resumes Employment Handbooks Manuals Etc
Resumes Employment Periodicals
Resumes Employment United States
Applications For Positions
Applications for positions Handbooks Manuals Etc

For example:
Grensing-Pophal, Lin. (2012). The everything resume book: from using social media to choosing the right keywords, all you need to have a resume that stands out from the crowd!. Avon, Mass.: Adams Media.

Yate, Martin. (2012). Knock 'em dead resumes: how to write a killer resume that gets you job interviews. Avon, Mass.: Adams Media.

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Cover Letter 

  • Address the required education and skills of the job listing.
  • Recycle elements of previous cover letters, but customize them for each new listing.
  • Describe your education, experience, and skill set using terms in the listing.

    CareerLink Pittsburgh gives cover letter writing tips, templates to download, and basic elements to include. It also offers workshops that focus on writing your cover letter. Find the next workshop. Workshop

    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Main) holds free workshops on writing a cover letter. Workshop

    Purdue Online Writing Lab describes cover letter writing step-by-step and provides samples. Use its Job Skills Checklist to describe your skills and its Community Writing Education Station for help with writing cover letters for working-class jobs. Tips, Templates, Skill descriptions

    Use the skill descriptions at O*Net OnLine to describe your skills on cover letters. Skill descriptions

    PA Career Coach can be searched by career name and offers information on top skills to address in a cover letter. Skill descriptions

    CareerOneStop offers help with cover letters under “Letters.” Tips

    USA Today’s Careers and Workplace provides tips on writing a cover letters, including content, formatting, writing tips, and what experts say. Tips

Materials in our catalog:
Search for:

Cover letters
Cover Letters Handbooks Manuals Etc
Cover Letters Periodicals
Applications For Positions
Applications for positions Handbooks Manuals Etc

For example:
Yate, Martin. (2012). Knock 'em dead cover letters: cover letter samples and strategies you need to get the job you want. Avon, Mass.: Adams Media.

Noble, David F. (2012). Gallery of best cover letters: a collection of quality cover letters by professional resume writers. St. Paul, MN: JIST Works.

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Follow-up

  • Consult the Career Librarian at Swissvale Library to evaluate your plan and progress.
  • Keep track of your applications. Create electronic folders on your computer or flash drive: Job Search Elements (including variations of your resume, academic transcripts, job-searching sites to check, past cover letters, and common interview questions), Write Applications, and Check Applications.

    CareerLink Pittsburgh provides consultation with a counselor for further help under “Personal Employment Guide and Other Services.” Guidance

    CareerOneStop offers help with thank you and inquiry letters under “Letters.” Letter writing

    Purdue Online Writing Lab has guides and model letters on employment letters, request for a reference, follow-up letter, inquiry letter, follow-up after no response, acceptance letter, rejection letter, requesting further negotiations, letter when you are rejected, and thank you letters. Please see its Community Writing Education Station for help with writing thank you letters for working-class jobs. Letter writing

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