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ATS stands for Applicant Tracking System and many employers utilize it these days. Basically, it means a computer will scan your resume first. If it is not readable or doesn’t have the proper information it may be passed over. Here a just a few tips for making your resume “ATS Friendly”:

  • Keep your format simple. Avoid graphics, embedded tables and columns.
  • Avoid using headers and footers.
  • Make sure your resume is in an acceptable file format. PDF is often best but .doc and .docx can also be acceptable. Check the application instructions for the job you are applying to.
  • Most importantly, the ATS is looking for keywords that match the job description. Look for words and terms used often in the job description and apply them to your resume in your job duties, skills and education as appropriate.

For more details, check out these articles from LinkedIn and Indeed about writing ATS friendly resumes.

Get Help from the Library

We can help you review and improve your resume. Email a copy to workplace@multco.us and one of our volunteers will review it to provide feedback in a virtual consultation.

We have books to help you create and improve your resume too!

 

Need a Resume? Here are some ways to create your resume online.

Google Docs Resume Templates
Google Docs has resume templates that can be filled in, updated, and saved in your Google Drive so you can access it from any computer connected to the Internet. You will need a Gmail account to use the templates.


Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word is available on all library desktop computers. You can create a Word document using resume templates. You can save your document on a flash drive. You can also attach it to an email to yourself.

Learning Express Library Resume Builder
Another option for creating a resume is LearningExpress Library. The resume builder will lead you one section at a time through the process to fill in your information.

Books and Ebooks
The Library carries many resume writing books with tips and examples. Here is a list of books selected by librarians to get you started writing your resume.

One-on-One Appointments
Library staff can provide a One-on-One appointment to help you get started with your resume and use the different tools described above. Contact us to set up an appointment or talk to staff at your local library branch.

Classes
The library regularly offers resume related classes. See the library events page for a schedule of upcoming classes. Worksource Oregon also offers monthly classes for resume writing. Check out this blog post for the most up to date information.

Resume Review
Volunteers with Human Resources (HR) experience are available to review your resume with you to help you improve and update it. See our Jobs and Careers page for more information and to sign up.

Related Resources
You can use Glassdoor to search jobs and send your resume out.

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Career Certificates are generally verifiable proof of skills or education that can help you move up in your current job or improve your chances of getting hired for a new job. They can be industry specific or more general. Depending on the skill involved they can sometimes be obtained in a relatively short period of time. Examples include software programs, project management, construction trades and dental assisting.

When determining which certifications are necessary or preferred for the job you want, it is important to do some research. You could start by talking to people currently working in the field and looking at job announcements and descriptions and see what they specify. The library has tools to help you find out what certain jobs require: the Occupational Outlook Handbook and Learning Express Library. Library staff are available to help you use these resources.

Many certification programs involve fees. Make sure any organization offering certificates is valid and accepted by the industry you are interested in before spending money on it. Sometimes you can find scholarships or other help in paying these fees. In some cases, your current employer may assist in this kind of professional development if it increases your knowledge and abilities in your job.

Multnomah County Library has two resources to help you study and prepare for certain certifications: Linkedin Learning for Libraries and Learning Express Library.

Library staff can help you do research about your chosen field requirements and investigate organizations that provide certificates. Contact us to ask questions or book a One-on-One appointment.

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The construction industry is growing and is projected to create many jobs for skilled employees. Have you been considering getting a job in construction or a similar trade? Here are some ways you can get started!

Check out these facts and projections about the construction and laborers field from the Occupational Outlook Handbook including pay, training requirements and work environment.

Portland Community College offers Trades and Construction training through their On-Ramps to Trades program and a Pre-Apprenticeship Career Pathway program.

Oregon Tradeswomen helps women build careers in the trades industry through education and training. They also provide support and advocacy for women in the trades. Contact them online or by phone 503.335.8200

Constructing Hope provides education and skill building in the construction industry. They primarily service People of Color, people transitioning from incarceration and low-income adults. They also have youth programs. For more information contact them online or by phone 503-281-1234.

Worksource Portland Metro can help guide you through career planning navigation with resources and coaching. Create an account online to get started and connect to services.

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Work from home jobs have always been popular, even before the pandemic. But despite exciting promises, many work at home offers can leave job seekers high and dry. Scams and dishonest claims abound on the Internet and it can be hard to tell an honest job offer from a scam.

Below we list steps you can take when searching for remote work to protect yourself from scams. You'll also find ways to find legitimate work from home opportunities.

Steps to spotting a scam

Trust your instincts. Does the offer seem too good to be true? Are they offering you a six figure salary for minimal skill or effort? Can you find no information about the company or the owners? Then the job offer is likely a scam. Be wary of providing any personal information to these websites or companies as they may be selling your information.

Don’t pay to work. Legitimate employers do not require fees or investments as a condition of employment. If they ask for money up-front, with the promise that you’ll make it back many times over, it may be a scam. According to the Federal Trade Commission, “promises of a big income working from home, especially when the ‘opportunity’ involves an up-front fee or giving your credit card information, should make you very suspicious.”

Take time to learn about the company. If there’s little available information about the company and the people who work there, that’s a red flag that the job offer is not legitimate. You can look up company information on sites like Better Business Bureau or Glassdoor to make sure the company offering the job has a good reputation.

Keep your information private. Websites that require you to give personal information before applying for a job could be selling that information to third parties. Research the website/company before signing up for an account. You can do so by searching for the company name and “review” in a search engine.

Tips for finding remote work

Know where to look. Because more jobs are becoming remote due to the pandemic, large job search sites now have the option to filter jobs by both industry and work from home offers. Try Indeed.com, Google Job Search and Zip Recruiter to find jobs in a large range of fields.

Update your resume. Remote work takes additional skills that you will want to showcase in your resume. This article on LinkedIn will give you a solid foundation of actionable steps you can take to make your resume remote work ready.

Get social. Recruiters and companies are increasingly turning to social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to promote their job openings and look for candidates. Take a look at your social media accounts and consider creating a professional profile separate to your personal account. Follow companies in your industry on social media and share or comment on their posts to add to the conversation. Also make sure to follow local business/industry groups in your field, it’s a great way to network and keep an eye out for job openings.

We’re here to help. The library offers free classes on creating resumes, searching for jobs, using LinkedIn, updating your skills and more. Check out our event calendar for our current classes.

Contact MCL’s Workplace for more help or information at workplace@multcolib.org.

Are you trying to create a resume but don’t know where to start? Then check out the LearningExpress Library’s Job & Career Accelerator. Use this resource to build your resumes and cover letter, find a career match, search for jobs and more! 

Do you already have a resume and cover letter built but need a second pair of eyes to review it? Live Homework Help from Tutor.com can do that! At Tutor.com you can submit your resume and cover letter for review and they’ll get it back to you in as little as 12 hours. 

Now that you have a resume and a cover letter, do you need the right job to submit it to? Then go to Glassdoor and search millions of jobs and get the inside scoop on companies with employee reviews, personalized salary tools, and more! 

Need help getting started with any of these resources? We are here to help

WorkSource Oregon offers free virtual workshops for job seekers. See the workshop descriptions below and when you are ready, click here to register.

NOTE: When you register, they will first ask you to provide contact information. Next you will choose the month you want to attend classes, followed by the individual workshops and dates you want to register for.

The workshops cover the following topics:

Interviews – Are you landing interviews, but not your dream job? Are situational questions keeping you up at night? Let us help answer all these and more. 

Virtual Interviews - Are you ready to take on a virtual interview? If not, let us help you build skill and confidence for your next virtual interview. 

Soft Skills - What is a soft skill and why it is important in finding, and keeping, a great job? In this workshop, we will introduce soft skills, as well as help you discover which soft skills are your strengths. 

Resumes - Learn techniques and strategies to create, or refurbish, your resume for industry specific, job tailored, and unique-to-you uses. 

Networking - Branding, an elevator speech and LinkedIn—how will they support your job search? Let us help you discover and navigate the new, virtual networking environment, while reinforcing your in-person networking skills. 

Successful State Applications - Are you interested in applying to jobs with the State of Oregon? Review how to research State of Oregon job announcements, agencies and job classifications. Discover how to tailor your resume to the job description, all while networking with live State Agents.

WorkSource Oregon ofrece los siguientes talleres virtuales para quienes buscan trabajo y para quienes están considerando cambiar de trabajo. Se llevan a cabo cada semana al mismo día y a la misma hora durante todo el mes.

Entrevistas - ¿Está consiguiendo entrevistas, pero no el trabajo de sus sueños? ¿Las preguntas situacionales lo mantienen despierto por la noche? ¿Cómo responde a una pregunta sobre su último empleador si lo despidieron? Ayudemos a responder a todos estos y más. 

Entrevistas virtuales - ¿Está listo para realizar una entrevista virtual? ¿Su iluminación, vestimenta, fondo, voz y tono son ideales para el escenario virtual? ¿Sabes lo que es grabar previamente las preguntas de tu entrevista? ¿Eres experto en moverse en un espacio virtual? De lo contrario, permítanos ayudarlo a desarrollar habilidades y confianza para su próxima entrevista virtual. 

Habilidades blandas - Se ha dicho: "Lo contratan por sus habilidades básicas y lo despiden por sus habilidades blandas," pero ¿qué es una habilidad blanda y por qué es importante para encontrar y mantener un gran trabajo? En este taller, presentaremos las habilidades blandas y le ayudaremos a descubrir qué habilidades blandas son sus fortalezas. 

Currículums - Aprenda técnicas y estrategias para crear o renovar su currículum para usos específicos de la industria, personalizados para el trabajo y exclusivos para usted. Descubre trucos que atraen la atención de los equipos de contratación. ¡Comprenda cómo pasar el sistema de seguimiento de candidatos del robot a los ojos humanos y más! 

Redes - Marca, un discurso de ascensor y LinkedIn: ¿cómo respaldarán su búsqueda de trabajo? Permítanos ayudarlo a descubrir y navegar por el nuevo entorno de redes virtuales, mientras refuerza sus habilidades de redes en persona. 

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If you're looking for work and aren't sure where to start, consider these top sites that will help you begin your job search, network with others find out when jobs in your area of interest open up.

OregonLive: Best Local Jobs Take a look at the Oregonian’s online employment classified section.

Craigslist - Portland, OR Craigslist isn't just for getting a couple of bucks for selling that old futon in your basement - you'll also find lists of local jobs in a wide-variety of categories. Here's a great article on getting the most out of Craigslist for your job search.

Mac's List Craig isn't the only one with a list - this is a newsletter and website that posts jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities from hundreds of Portland Metro and greater Oregon non-profits, public agencies, and private employers. It also offers a resource page with recommended books, career coaches and more.

LinkedIn is a profession-focused network that allows you to link to people you know and network with those who know them. Its job board allows you to post your resume and it also includes a browser toolbar widget that can help connect you with your targeted employer. Still not sure what LinkedIn is or how it can with your job search? Take a look at LinkedIn's job searching tips and here are some tips from Forbes that LinkedIn won't tell you.

Indeed allows you to set up searches and have the results emailed to you daily and/or pushed to you via RSS. Easy to limit to a particular location. As with LinkedIn, this site also lets you post your resume.

Impact Oregon connects job seekers with careers in the field of developmental disabilities services in Oregon.

Local government job sites
City of Portland Jobs | Multnomah County Jobs | Metro JobsClackamas County Jobs | Washington County Jobs | Clark County Jobs
Search for government employment in the Portland Metro area.

State of Oregon's Employment Department Job Search
Search for jobs throughout the state - use the advanced search to limit to a wage per hour, occupational group and more.

WorkStep WorkStep is a job search platform helping hourly workers in Oregon and Washington find jobs in industries such as warehouse, production, skilled trades and trucking.

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At your Multnomah County Libraries, you can find a wide array of free virtual computer classes and one-on-one virtual technology help - from computer labs where you can get extra assistance to e-book and e-reader classes to office productivity skills, like spreadsheets and word processing.  Here are some other great options:

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