Need to Update Your Resume and Kick-Start the Job Hunt?

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Clothes, music and hairstyles change so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that resume styles change too.

If you have been in the workforce for a long time and worry about how long a chronological resume would be—worry no more. Newer styles of resumes are called functional and they emphasize your skills and strengths up front where hiring managers will be sure to see them. Then you can do an abbreviated version of your work history and save the full one for the application you will eventually fill out.

Functional resumes also work for people newer to the workforce because you can highlight skills you have no matter when you learned them—even if it was just last week!

Here are four good, newer books that have lots of examples and tips for creating a resume that is up-to-date, professional and stylish too. How to Say It on Your Resume, Knock ‘em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide, Gallery of Best Resumes and Gallery of Best Resumes for People Without A Four-Year Degree.

You’ve Graduated: Now What?

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For any recent graduate looking for their first professional job, Bridget Graham and Monique Ready have written a great little book, Working World 101: The New Grad’s Guide to Getting a Job, packed with great advice about resumes, networking, interviewing and workplace etiquette.

Each chapter has a cheat sheet that covers the key points of the chapter and sprinkled throughout the book human resource professionals give important and really good tips.

Congratulations recent grads!!!!!! Now take a breath, stay confident and shove off (of course if I were you, I’d take the summer and go backpacking in Europe Europe by Eurail or the West Hostels U.S.A. and save the gung-ho job search for September—but that’s just me)!

Intrinsic Motivation at Work: What Really Drives Employee Engagement

"Employee Engagement" is probably the new buzzword that "Value-Added" or "Synergy" was in the 90's. But it does deserve some respect because it is attempting to describe the sea change that is going on in workplaces.

Company leaders and employers are increasingly aware that they must address employees' need to feel a sense of meaningfulness, choice, competence and progress in their daily work lives. In turn, if a company can create an environment where those feelings truly exist, it will have a powerfully positive effect on retention, creativity and dedication.

Kenneth W. Thomas skillfully explains how to create an environment like this in his recently updated Intrinsic Motivation at Work: What Really Drives Employee Engagement.

It all really points to a variation of the golden rule: care about your work and the people who work for you and they will do the same. This book gives a pretty good outline on how to accomplish this and gives some refreshing ideas in language that doesn't drive you insane with corporate lingo.

Job Hunting?


Be sure to keep your eye on job postings on the Michigan Talent Bank website. You can search more than 15,000 new job openings monthly and post your resume so more than 40,000 employers can find it. You can also find information on local job fairs. The range of employers is diverse so the site is useful whether you are looking for your first career or a new career. You’ll be well on your way to getting the job you want!

Learning is a Family Thing


The Learning is a Family Thing (LIFT) Program is a series of four interactive sessions designed to enhance family, health, financial, and workplace skills for everyone in the family!
The four sessions will address:
* Reading Together: Reading as a family; using effective communication skills and study techniques.
* Healthy Families: Keeping your family healthy through nutrition, exercise, and education.
* Dollars and Sense: Credit management, budgeting, and financial smarts for all ages.

Ideas for Michigan's economy

Is anyone except me tired of hearing bad economic news about Michigan? If you're ready for some inspiring ideas on how our economy might improve in the future, check out the new book Coming Clean: Breaking America's addiction to oil and coal, especially the chapter about how carmakers can save themselves and help save our planet. Or read the fascinating article “Getting Airport City Off the Ground” from the The Center for Michigan. The article says, among other things, that Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport has a branch of the famous Rijksmuseum. Maybe someday a Michigan “Airport City” will have a branch of the newly reopened U-M Museum of Art.

Child Care and Summer Camp Job Fair


The Childcare and Summer Camp Job Fair at Washtenaw Community College is on Thursday, April 2 from 3 to 6pm. It will be held in the Washtenaw Community College Student Center on the 2nd floor. The fair is open to students, alumni, and qualified community members seeking employment in child care or summer camp programs. Be sure to dress for success and come prepared with your resume and reference information.

Join the Job Club!


Washtenaw County Michigan Works! is introducing Job Club, a support group for job seekers. The purpose of the WCMW Job Club is to help individuals in their job search by providing tools to build and expand networks while assisting with resume preparation and interviewing skills, with the added benefit of peer-to-peer interaction and support. The WCMW Job Club is a 6-week commitment and will be held Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm beginning Tuesday, March 24 at the Michigan Works! Service Center. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve a seat at 734-481-2517 ext. 249 or

Predicting our economic recovery

Recently I heard Jeffrey Sachs on NPR, sounding very smart about what needs to be done to set the American economy right. So I put myself on the wait list and am eagerly looking forward to reading Sachs’ 2008 book Common wealth: economics for a crowded planet. Sachs, a highly influential economist, grew up in Oak Park, became one of the youngest economics professions in Harvard's history, and now directs the Earth Institute at Columbia University. His 2005 book The end of poverty: economic possibilities for our time sounds good, too.

Looking for a Job?


When you are looking for a job, the Michigan Talent Bank is the place to be. You can search more than 15,000 new job openings monthly and post your resume so more than 40,000 employers can find it. Find jobs in accounting, human resources, manufacturing and much more! You can also find up to date information on local job fairs. Best of all, it’s free for all users. Also be sure to check out these helpful tips on what to do when you're unemployed. Good luck in your job search!

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