Job & Career Resources

Use these tools to assist you on your job search or in preparing for your next interview.  Questions?  Call the Reference Desk and 214.509.4905.

Databases


Ebscohost Databases

An Allen Public Library card is needed to access this database.  Don't have a library card?  View requirements and sign up.  Questions?  Contact the Reference Desk at 214.509.4905.

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Vocational & Career Collection™
Full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high school, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.

Learning Express Databases


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Career Center Plus
Make your work goals a reality -- start a new career or advance in your current field.


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Job and Career Accelerator®
A job search and career exploration resource with more than 1,100 occupations, sample resumes and cover letters, current job and internship postings, and guidance on preparing for and getting a job.

Resources for Job Seekers

Career Exploration, Training, and Transition Resources

  • Career One Stop - Explore careers, find training or search for jobs.
  • Onet Online - Find out which jobs fit your interests, skills, and experience.  Explore growth career profiles using the latest available labor market data—research what it takes to get your dream job.  Learn how to be successful in your field and in related occupations.

Computer Tutorials

  • Learning Express's Computer Skills Center features video courses that are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer.  Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more.
  • GCF LearnFree.org - Up to date tutorials, most in video format, on Computer, Email, and Internet basics.  Also contains tutorials on macOS, Windows, and Internet safety.
  • Digital Learn - Tutorials in webinar format on computer and job skills
  • Sense~Lang.org - Practice your typing skills or test your typing speed.

Job Help Tutorials and Information

  • GCF LearnFree.org - Up to date tutorials, most in video format, on career planning, job searching and networking, resume writing, interview skills, and workplace skills.
  • Job-Hunt - Offers articles, guides, and job-search advice for a shorter, smarter job search.

Tag Clouds for Checking Keywords

  • Tag Crowd - Use this tool to identify possible keywords in a job posting.  Use these keywords in your resume to help get you noticed.  (Actual keywords the employer is looking for are not guaranteed.)


Resume Templates

Choose the resume template that fits your needs and fill in your own information.

Chronological Resume

Chronological Resume Sample

  • Highlights work experience
  • Most traditional resume format

Chronological Sample Resume

Functional Resume

Functional Resume Sample

  • Focus is on skills and abilities
  • Can disguise employment gaps

Functional Sample Resume

Combination Resume

Combination Resume sample

  • A blend of chronological and functional
  • Emphasis on both skills and experience

Combination Sample Resume

Cover Letter Templates

Choose the cover letter template to match your resume and fill in your own information.  All templates are accessible from Office.com.

Chronological Cover Letter

Chronological cover letter sample

Chronological Sample Cover Letter

Functional Cover Letter

Functional cover letter sample

Functional Sample Cover Letter

General Cover Letter

General Cover letter sample

General Sample Cover Letter

Job Log

It helps to stay organized when searching for a job.  Use this job log sheet to help you keep track of each job you apply for.  The log includes tracking for contact information, company information, and job responsibilities.