Job hunting? DCL can help

There's a new service at the DeWitt Community Library: One-on-one resume/cover letter review. Working toward submitting a resume to a prospective employer? Trying to think of the best wording to craft a special cover letter? I'd be pleased to assist you.

Among many patrons whom I've recently helped with resumes and cover letters is Iris K. Evans of Fayetteville, a Spanish tutor with office and human service experience who is eyeing a full-time career that will best use her many skills. Creatively and patiently, Iris worked with me to prioritize her top skills and achievements at the top of her resume.

Her two-page first draft resume is now a finely honed one-page document highlighting her best experiences and illustrating more clearly what she has to offer a prospective employer. Iris took the draft we worked on, tweaked it a bit, and came back to visit with me for a final review. A few weeks ago I helped a prospective graduate student edit an admissions essay.

For those who like to work on their own first, check out our laptop loaner (in library use, ages 16-plus). Just present your library card and a picture I.D. at the reference desk. Then, find a spot in the library to settle in, search job websites, or try your hand at a first draft of a resume or cover letter in preparation for a meeting with me.

The one-on-one resume review is currently offered at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Thursdays. You can sign up for an editing session with me online at dewlib.org (click into the gold star, then navigate to the date you wish to check), by calling 446-3578, or by registering in person at the front desk.

Carol Youngs is the director of programming and promotions at the DeWitt Community Library.

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