Job Seeker's Toolbox
September is Workforce Development Month. Throughout the month, the Calvert County Department of Economic Development is offering a weekly set of resources for job seekers and businesses in support of a dynamic local economy.
For the first week of September we offer the Job Seekers’s Toolbox. Finding the perfect job is easier than ever. Online tools, local events and free services can help with the whole process, from resume development, job searching and beyond. Try these resources.
Narrow Your Choices
The U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop site features details on occupations, including what you might do on the job, how much you might earn and how much education or training you might need. Visit online to pinpoint your career path.
Advertise Your Abilities
Free Resume Assistance and Job Search Help
Need help with your résumé? Calvert Library offers free classes with hands-on help in developing a résumé that will best showcase your talents. The next session is Wednesday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-noon. Register here.
Once you have an eye-opening résumé, it’s time to get it in front of employers. Also on Sept. 5, Calvert Library offers a workshop on how to utilize the Maryland Workforce Exchange and ONET to look for jobs and polish your applications. Register now.
To learn more, contact Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.
Online Resume Builders
Free online resume builders can help you easily assemble your work history and experience into a well-organized resume. A good resume builder enables you to create a resume that fits the job you’re seeking and highlights the best aspects of your professional profile. Try these options.
VisualCV - This site allows for LinkedIn and existing resume file import and includes free resume hosting. A premium option offers additional functions.
Resume.com - Resume.com is completely free, offering 24 different templates.
CV Maker - Save your resume, make it accessible by an individual link, export it to PDF, HTML and TXT file formats and more at this site.
SlashCV - You don’t need to sign up for this builder, but if you do you get access to a number of additional features, including the ability to select from various resume style templates.
Start the Search
At least 20,000 U.S. companies have used LinkedIn to recruit employees. The professional network has 11 million active job listings. Do not overlook this resource in your job hunting. Here on some tips on how to make the most of LinkedIn:
- Add keywords to your profile to help recruiters and companies find you. Focus on words that match your skill set.
- Set up a LinkedIn vanity URL to include your first and last name. This makes it easier to find you on Google.
- Keep your contact information up to date so recruiters and hiring managers can find you.
- Remove unnecessary or outdated information from your experience section.
- Show your achievements. Recruiters look for high performers. Market yourself as a high performer in your summary and experience section.
- Find and use connections. The more connections you have, the better your chances of finding someone who can help with your job search. The goal is to maintain or establish relationships with people who are in your field or whom you are already connected with.
- Utilize job search options. Search for jobs by keyword, country, and zip code. Use the Advanced Search Option to refine your search. You can save job searches and even receive emails about new job listings.
- Use LinkedIn company profiles to learn about employers and find more information on a company you're interested in. Consider following your dream companies.
One of the fastest growing jobs and recruiting sites, Glassdoor, has a database of millions of company reviews, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews and more. All of the information is shared by employees of the companies. Glassdoor is also available via its mobile app.
JobSource Mobile Career Center
This self-contained vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art telecommunications equipment. Southern Maryland's American Job Centers are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the Maryland Workforce Exchange to access job listings and post your résumé and job skills online. Reach out if you have questions.
- Lexington Park: Email or call 301-880-2800
- Prince Frederick: Email or call 301-645-8712
- Waldorf: Email or call 443-550-6750
Patuxent River Job Fair
Nov. 27, 3-7pm
Hosted by JobZone
Bay District Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall
46900 S. Shangri-La Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Contact Janet Giles at 434-263-5102 or 540-226-1473.