Resources for Job Seekers

This list of online resources for job seekers offers guidance with resumes, cover letters, job search, following up on resume submissions and preparing for a job interview.

Resume, Cover Letter & Thank You

Applications, Letters, & Resumes – The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University – is the most comprehensive writing resource for job seekers.

Writing Cover & Thank You Letters – Binghamton University’s  guidelines and samples for writing cover and thank you letters.

Resume Length – Are you worried about how long your resume is supposed to be? This article clears up some myths.

Resume Templates

Microsoft Resume & Cover Letter Templates – Microsoft Office Online has an abundance of free, classic, quality resume & cover letter templates to choose from.

  • Users can build and save their project using Microsoft Office Online.  Especially useful for those that do not have MS Office on their personal computer!
  • Requires a Microsoft account

Modern Resume Themes – These are fun, colorful, creative and modern designs – free to download.

Classic, Original & Modern Resumes – Free Microsoft resume templates in an assortment of colors and styles.

Online Sources: Search & Apply for Employment

Before posting your resume online, review these important tips on maintaining your privacy.

When adding your resume to any job site, be prepared to spend quality time tweaking it.  It is possible for your resume’s format to be lost or distorted after it has been uploaded to some online services.

  • Pure Michigan Talent Connect – search and apply for jobs in Michigan for free!
  • USA Jobs – Registration is free! You can build and store up to five resumes! Seek and apply for federal jobs!
  • MilitaryHire – Job and resume site for veterans with tools and advice for transitioning from the military service to civilian life.
  • – Teaching jobs and other education employment opportunities from around the United States. Registration is free!
  • K12JobSpot’s database has all AppliTrack educational jobs in one spot! Each job posting has tabs for position details and information about the school district.

Job Search Preparation Tips

Determine what type of position you are looking for. This seven-step guide will point you in the right direction!

Make a plain text copy of your resume. Some employers require you to complete an online application before you can upload your resume. Having the ability to copy and paste from a plain text version of a resume is time saving.

Follow Up on Your Resume

Submitting your resume to a job posting or classified advertisement does not mean to sit, wait, and hope. To enhance your chances of being noticed and to get a job interview, it is recommended to follow up; below are a couple of sources to help:

Prepare For Your Interview

Interview Tips – Preparation is key to a good job interview.