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Sewickley Public Library offers free resume service

| Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

While the Sewickley Public Library is known, of course, for books, reference materials and reading pleasures, staff members say a growing number of visitors are searching for jobs and creating resumes on computers.

A new website — www.sewickleylibrary.org/jobs — offering resume-building tools and other job searching-related resources could help patrons who are on the job hunt, Librarian Dustin Shilling said.

“People come here on a pretty regular basis to look for jobs,” he said. “They're building a resume that they haven't done in maybe 10 or 15 years.

“We see a steady influx of people looking for that type of help, whether it's finding a job or building a resume, or trying to improve their resume to find a job.”

Part of the resources page includes the library's addition of Cypress Resume — an online resume-building tool Sewickley library users can use for free.

Users can follow step-by-step prompts asking for information including job history and skills, and once compiled, the site builds a resume automatically, Librarian Meghan Snatchko said.

“What they'll get when they're done is a resume with a good layout that they didn't have to spend time designing,” she said.

The resource can be accessed at the library or at home with a Sewickley library card.

Shilling said the cost sets the program apart from other online-based services.

“A lot of times, people will find resume-builders online and it'll be a step-by-step process where they enter their name and all of their job history,” he said. “Then they get to the end and realize, ‘Oh, if I want to save this, I have to actually pay.'

“This resource … is a simple, straightforward resume-builder. When you get to the end, you can save it for free.”

Shilling said the program would help people who aren't as computer savvy.

Included in the library's job resources website are links to job posting websites, interview resources and other tools geared to help users, Snatchko said.

Shilling said he expects to see use of the resume building program to increase as more people become aware that the library offers it.

“Because we see such a regular influx of requests, it's something we need to offer,” he said.

“The library maybe isn't the first place, but it's definitely one of the places think they should go for this type of help.”

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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