Hall County libraries now offer new tools for the job hunt — and they can be accessed anywhere.
Job seekers can create and save resumes and cover letters, practice interview questions and find job openings, all through the Hall library system.
“With the economy turning sour, more people are at the library every day wanting help with resumes and navigating the Internet for jobs,” said Adrian Mixson, director of Hall County libraries. “The biggest frustration is helping someone with the resume wizard on Microsoft Works or Word, which are not necessarily people-friendly. We hope this helps people.”
The tool is available to anyone who creates an online account with the library system. Named “Resume Maker,” it is located under the databases tab on the Hall County Library’s Web site.
The wizard walks the applicant through each piece of information on the resume and allows the user to customize the style, font and appearance. Users can save it online and even create a link to use during interviews. The site also offers 25 interview videos and 500 interview questions for various situations. Another tab features a job finder and career tools such as federal forms and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
“The recession has hit every community. Hall has almost 10 percent unemployment and people are hungry for work,” Mixson said.
“This will help those needing a resume but without the money to hire someone to prepare it for them to do a professional looking one and maybe give them a leg up on getting the interview.”
The library also offers GALILEO — a subscription-based reference tool available at library computers — and Georgia Career Information System services at the six branches. Mixson said he hopes to find a way to offer the resources outside of the library system in coming months. The Georgia Work Ready program will soon offer certificate courses online at all six locations as well.