Posted on May 21, 2020 at 6:00 am
With alarming rates of employees being laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise that many people are concerned about employment security, unemployment, and their future careers.
If you or someone you know are looking for resources to help with a job search, our digital resource JobNow can help. Specifically, JobNow is design to help with writing or updating resumes, offering tips and suggestions on acing job interviews, and exploring new career options.
With your library card you have 24–7 online access to JobNow and its resources for job seekers.
JobNow offers live, online coaches every day from 2pm to 10pm to help you with resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques. The resources are organized in three sections with a direct link to coaches for each one: Resumes, Job Interviews, and Career.
In the Resumes section, you have access to downloadable templates for functional, chronological, and combination resumes. Within resources, you’ll find guides and links to help you write a resume that stands out. For veterans and those soon leaving the military, you can get help with translating military training and skills into civilian job skills. You also have access to the Resume Lab, where you can submit your resume for expert analysis within 24 hours.
In the Job Interviews section, you can connect with a live interview coach to brush up on your interview skills, explore the interview tips section covering questions to ask, ways to prepare, and more, and follow the links to additional online resources to help you get ready to ace that interview.
Within the Career section, you’ll find many resources to help you no matter which stage of your job search or career you’re in. Live job coaches (2–10pm) are available for assistance with searching, applying, and preparing for jobs. If you are new to the job market or looking to change careers, you can take career assessments to see what types of jobs would be a good fit. And the resources page links you to national and local job searches and resources.
If college is in your future before your next job or career move, you can click on SkillSurfer for lessons and test preparation, or click on Adult Learner to head to HelpNow, a companion resource to JobNow, or click on eParachute to discover college majors that match your skills, talents, and career interests.
As the economic effects of this pandemic continue to unfold, you have 24–7 online access to all of our library resources to help you navigate and succeed in your job search or career change. You can explore the full list of our career and job help resources in our Digital Library.
If you need help with a digital resource or have a question, you can get in contact with our librarians using the Ask a Librarian form.
Our librarians look forward to helping you with your job hunt and other questions or information you are searching for.
Crystal Miller is a Business and Career Development Librarian and has been working in libraries for 15 years. She has a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College and has worked at the Harvard Development Office Library, MIT Libraries, and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. When she’s not at the library, she can be found at the dog park with her three fur babies or with a cookbook in hand, flipping through the pages, looking for the next recipe to try out.