Career & Resume Help

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Today's job search is a complex process that requires a plan of action, a focused resume, technology skills to search and apply for jobs, and interview preparedness.

Resume and Interview Preparation

Your resume is the most important tool in your job search, so make sure it meets current standards. Trained staff and volunteers at the Library can help you build a focused resume and prepare you for your next big interview. You can learn how to adapt your resume to any job search situation, and get advice on how to target your resume to specific job descriptions using keywords. Schedule a one-on-one resume assistance appointment, available at several library locations.

Interview preparation is also available through our mock interview service at CLP –Main’s Job & Career Education Center. Schedule an in-person, phone or video-recorded mock interview to practice answering tough interview questions, learn strategies to prepare for an interview, answer questions and engage in a post-interview follow-up.

Career Guidance

Before you begin looking for a job, you should create a career plan. Learn more about the jobs available in the local labor market, discover how your skills align with different career trajectories and prepare your job search tools to match the career you want to establish. Get started with these helpful services and tools:

  • Career counseling is available at CLP – Main’s Job & Career Education Center (JCEC) through a partnership with the Career Development Center (CDC). If you are unemployed or underemployed, schedule a one-on-one appointment to speak with one of the CDC’s knowledgeable counselors about your career path.
  • Career Cruising is an electronic resource that offers tests that predict what kind of work you would like to do based on your interests and experience. It also provides information about specific career paths, including education and training requirements, and salary and career projections.
  • To learn more about jobs and career development in the Pittsburgh region, visit ImaginePittsburgh.com. Created by the Allegheny Conference, Imagine Pittsburgh is the perfect site for learning about open positions in and around Pittsburgh, and also the numerous opportunities the region provides to new and current residents alike.
  • PA CareerLink® Pittsburgh/Allegheny County provides a host of workforce services to job seekers, like to job search assistance and career counseling, training and skills assessments, resume writing and interview preparation, veteran services, services for individuals with disabilities, and talent matching — all at no cost. CLP—Downtown & Business and CLP—Allegheny each host a CareerLink counselor to assist library visitors that are looking for work. Click here to find dates and times. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information or to make an appointment for any of these services, call the Job & Career Education Center at 412.622.3133.

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