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Headquarters library holds resume workshop

The state of Georgia’s unemployment rate is 10.2 percent, versus the nation’s unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor.

Some folks in Clayton County want to rise above the masses and be more attractive to employers by creating clean and polished resumes.

The Clayton County Library System’s Headquarters Branch held a free “Hands On Resume Workshop” on Wednesday afternoon in Jonesboro.

Robby Tillman, 25, said he attended the workshop to learn to construct a professional resume. He said he is currently searching for a better job and wishes to find a position in construction. “I think it’s really important to learn how to create a resume,” added the Jonesboro resident.

Patricia Balque-Haywood said she participated in the workshop in hopes of integrating her extensive teaching and executive background. She said she paid $400 for a professional to create a resume that would showcase her experience in both fields, and wasn’t too happy with the results. “I did not get that,” added Balque-Haywood about what she paid for.

Ted Bazemore, assistant director for information technology at the branch, was the instructor of the workshop.

He advised Balque-Haywood to create two resumes instead of trying to place everything in one.

“If you use a general resume for every job you apply for, chances are it won’t be as successful as you might like,” he said to participants.

Bazemore said five participants took part in the workshop, although up to eight people can attend.

He said the workshop uses a system titled “Job and Career Accelerator.” It is a tool of LearningExpress, LLC, a company that provides research-based tests and course development.

The Job and Career Accelerator lets users independently create resumes and cover letters easily and effectively by following step by step instructions, he said. It also allows them to track their online applications, he explained. “It will not free you of creating a well-written resume,” he stressed.

Participants are able to input their basic information, work experience, education experience and even search and apply for jobs through the system, he said.

He said resumes have changed in the last few years. For instance, he said including an “objective” section in a resume is no longer a necessity.

Resume titles are important and it should reflect a job seeker’s talents, said Bazemore. People should think of titles as newspaper headlines—they need to grab the employer’s attention, he said.

Participants, he said, should have basic computer skills to participate in the workshop. Each attendee should bring a flash drive to save his or her resume. “It is really a free-form workshop,” he continued.

He said the subscription of the system expires in December and the Clayton County Library System plans to renew it for another year. “It is not a free resource, it is something we pay [for] as part of our annual budget,” said Bazemore. “I am not at liberty to say [the cost] because of the licensing agreement, but it is more than you would expect.

“We’ve had pretty good success with this class so far,” he said.

For more information about the workshop or to register, contact Sherry Turner at (770) 473-3850.