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It’s time to pull out your best suit, update your resume and put your best foot forward. The library job fair is coming March 18. Located at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, this biannual event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Cumberland County Job Fair

by Denice Enstine, Cumberland County Public Library System librarian


It’s time to pull out your best suit, update your resume and put your best foot forward. The library job fair is coming March 18. Located at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, this biannual event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The job fair features more than 30 businesses from a variety of industries, including manufacturing and technology, education, and service and retail. On top of providing potential job opportunities, we’re offering several extras.

Drop in any time before or during the Job Fair (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) to work on your resume and get help with questions. Computers will be available to create a resume or revise the one you already have. Each computer has CD and flash drive capability, but bring your own storage device because the library does not provide them. You can also print your resume on the standard paper that is supplied in our printer.

Here are some classes provided during the job fair:

Career Readiness Certificate Training: 9 a.m. to noon. Get certified with a credential that verifies your skills in three areas: applied math, reading for information and locating information.

Career Soft Skills: Soft skills are essential to career success. Learn how to accept changes in job responsibilities, the importance of prioritizing, communication skills, conflict resolution and more. The seminar lasts about 45 minutes and begins at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.

Resume and Interviewing Tips: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A seminar on interview tips and dressing for success will begin every hour on the hour; it lasts approximately 40 minutes. Human resources representatives are on hand to review resumes, applying professional standards as human resource managers.

21st Century Job Searching: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop by anytime during the job fair to learn about tools that can help and how traditional techniques may actually slow down your search.

If you’d like to spruce up your resume ahead of time, I encourage you to try out one our new databases, Brainfuse – Adult Learning Center. A portion of this database is dedicated to writing a winning resume. You’ll find templates, along with other useful resources. More than that, though, you can upload your resume draft, and it will be reviewed by one of Brainfuse’s writing experts. Twenty-four hours later, you’ll receive an edited resume. If you have questions about any changes that were made, you’ll also have access to a live Brainfuse online instructor. To get started, have your library card number handy and click on “Resources & Research” on our website,http://www.cumberland.lib.nc.us/ccplsite/. For more information, contact the Information Desk of your library branch of choice.

I’ll leave you with a few tips to increase your chances of success: Dress as you would for a job interview, have your resume ready, and be prepared to answer questions about yourself. Finally, be enthusiastic – make eye contact, firmly shake their hands and smile.

Good luck in your job hunting!

Denice Enstine is a librarian with the Cumberland County Public Library System.