Where to start? Tips and tools for writing your resume

Help Now for Jobseekers!

Writing a resume can feel overwhelming, especially when you are getting started.  No need to fear the blank page, however, Sno-Isle Libraries has some great online tools to help you out!

Resume under a magnifying glass, BrainfuseHelp Now from Brainfuse has a resume lab to help you write a winning resume.  You can begin by downloading one of the many resume templates.  Select the type of resume you would like to create (Chronological, Combination, Functional, or Military) and download the Word doc template.  This template is 

Once you have the first draft of your resume, you can upload it to Help Now, and one of their writing experts will review it and send it back to you with edits within 24 hours! Already attractively formatted and organized; all you have to do is fill it in with your own information.

If you still have questions or concerns, you can chat online with a Brainfuse instructor.  Brainfuse Instructors are available every day from 1 pm to 11 pm.

In addition to resume help, Help Now has many other resources for job seekers including high school equivalency preparation, study tools for the US Citizenship Test, and tutorials on Microsoft Office products like Word and Excel.  Brainfuse Instructors can also help you online with any of your Microsoft Office questions!

In order to use Help Now you will need to create a username and password with Brainfuse.  Creating an account is free and will allow you to save your work and come back to it later.

Need any help using Brainfuse?  Contact us at askus.sno-isle.org and we will help you get started!

Other Resources

Job and Career Accelerator (JCA) provides slightly more tailoring in choosing a resume style: the process starts with a quick questionnaire to see what job category you’re applying in, your work situation, and amount of job experience before providing a choice of templates to choose from.

JCA also provides lists of suggested keywords to use that are job-specific, as well as suggested action keywords.  The advantage of this resource is you can write and store multiple resumes and cover letters, then search for job openings and upload the resume, all from within JCA.

On the navigation bar, click “Resources,” then “Tools to get hired.” Once you click on “Build a Resume,” you will be prompted to create an account.​

Peterson's Career Prep offers an easy-to-use visual resume editor that is accessible from your web browser. This resume editor can import your information from LinkedIn or from an existing resume or CV. You can choose from a variety of stylish templates and customize the colors and fonts used on your resume. Once complete, you can export your resume as a PDF or Word document, or use a shareable link to direct others to take a look at your resume online.

In Peterson's Career Prep, find "Create a Resume", scroll down, and click the green "Create" button. You will be prompted to create an account. Once logged in, you will be taken to the visual resume editor. 

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