New Castle County Libraries have many resources that will help you write your resume.
New Castle County Libraries have a large collection of books on resumes and resume writing:Library books on resumes and resume writing
All New Castle County Libraries have public computers with Microsoft Word and Resume Wizard. All computers are networked to black & white and color printers.
Delaware Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Offices offer workshops on resume writing that will assist you in creating your resume. They also have print resources, and computers with Microsoft Word and WinWay Resume available to the public.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library has a great tutorial on writing a resume that will highlight your work experience, education, training, and skills.Create a résumé
You may want to write a mini-resume in addition to your regular resume. A mini resume is a brief summary of your career highlights and can be used for networking purposes or shared upon request when someone just wants an overview of your qualifications.Mini-résumé
Resume Turorial from CareerOneStop.org
Your cover letter is usually the first thing the person who screens your resume looks at. It is your chance to make a good first impression. It is your chance to direct attention to specific skills that will be of interest to your potential employer, and an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge about a company or industry.
Take the time to make your cover letter as professional as your resume.
You want your cover letter to make the reader:
For additional help with writing your cover letter try the following books and websites.
New Castle County Libraries have a variety of books that can help you write your cover letter:Library books on cover letters
Writing effective cover letters
Careerzone Resume Generator - Fill in the online form and export your resume as a Word document, an Adobe PDF document, or an HTML document.
Cover-Letters.com - A site with a collection of over 1000 cover letters you can view.
Cover letters and thank You notes - Advice on cover letters and thank you notes from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Additional help with Resumes and Cover Letters can be found at both the Wilmington and Newark branches of the Department of Labor's Employment Services Offices. Both offices have computers with Microsoft Word and WinWay Resume Builder. Assistance is available in their computer labs. They also offer a resume writing workshop.
Wonder How To - over 700 video tutorials on Resume-writing and job interviews.
Preparing for an interview is essential if you want to land the job.
Practice answering the most commonly asked questions with a friend or family member before the interview.
Commonly asked interview questions
Use the STAR technique when creating stories to show off your skills and problem solving abilities. Stories
Be prepared to talk about any red flags in your employment history. Red flags are things in your employment history that give potential employers pause or raise questions. Examples of red flags include:
If you have red flags in your employment history you will want to take time before your interview to prepare and rehearse well thought out answers that provide an explanation, convince the interviewer that you have changed or learned from the experience, and move the discussion back to your qualifications and skills.
Answering red-flag questions
New Castle County Libraries have numerous books on interviewing, interview strategy, and how to answer tough interview questions. Library books on interviewing
Make sure that you get the job offer in writing.
Hold off on quitting your current job, turning down other job offers, or making moving arrangements until you have the job offer in writing.