Resume and Interview Tools
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Resume and Interview Tools

There are many ways to build a stellar job-seeking resume, as well as interview for a job once the hiring team has seen what you have to offer. Guess what? The library can help you in both areas! With events from local professionals to resources available with your library card, you can move forward with your job search goals.

Upcoming Events
LinkedIn for Career Success Series

Tuesdays at Davis Library at 6:30pm, September 6-October 4

Whether you’re staying in touch with professional connections or searching for a job, LinkedIn offers tools to connect you with professionals and opportunities in your industry. This series of workshops covers: profile, networking, resume builder, job searching, content creation and using LinkedIn Learning

Resume/Interview Workshop

Friday, September 23 at 2pm via Zoom

HR professionals from Capital One will review best practices for creating a resume and discuss interviewing using the SAR Method (Situation, Action, Result). Learn tools for answering interview questions and tips for following up after the interview. Register here

Navigate Job and Career Options

Friday, September 30 at 12pm via Zoom

Are you looking to start a new career, switch fields or return to work after time off? Learn ways to think about careers and navigate the education path to get there. Based on curriculum developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Register here

View previously recorded virtual classes on career-building and job seeking on the library’s YouTube channel.

In-Library Resources

Plano Public Library has computers, Internet, WiFi, copiers and more to help you with your resume building and interview preparation needs. For almost all of these tools, you will need a Plano Public Library card – apply online here.


The Job Closer: Time-Saving Techniques for Acing Resumes, Interviews, Negotiations, and More by Steve Dalton Print | eBook
The Job Closer will leave you with more time for networking, making meaningful connections, and showcasing your unique talents, so your odds of success in landing the perfect job improve exponentially.

Acing Your Job Search: Strategies to Succeed Where Other Job Seekers Fail by Roy Mapleton Print
Regardless of what job you’re looking for, your experience or skill level: here’s your complete guide to every aspect of your search: creating your resume and other documents, improving your body language, applying and networking n the right places, and answering some of the most difficult HR interview questions.

Get Hired Now!: How to Accelerate Your Job Search, Stand Out, and Land Your Next Great Opportunity by Ian Siegel Print
ZipRecruiter founder and CEO Ian Siegel tells you exactly how to find a new job fast. With an insider’s view of how over a million employers really make hires, Ian pulls insights from the data to give you step-by-step instructions for writing a resume that works, finding the right jobs to apply to, acing a job interview, and negotiating a job offer.

Next Job Best Job: a Headhunter’s 11 Strategies to Get Hired Now by Rob Barnett Print
With a mix of straight talk, much-needed humor, and compassion, Next Job, Best Job offers concrete steps that job seekers can take to best position themselves in a transformed marketplace. With a steady dose of love and practical wisdom, Rob Barnett will inspire readers to stop whining, start winning, and find the job of their dreams.

Online Resources

With your Plano Public Library card, you have access to more than the books on our shelves. Here are online resources available from the library to help you with your resume writing and interview preparation:

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning provides online training courses that cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications). Learn more about LinkedIn Learning here on the blog.

Typically a one-on-one virtual tutoring service for high school students, also offers career coaching, resume review and online job search resources. Learn more about here on the blog.

Learning Express Library

You have access to comprehensive educational resources, including 1,000 interactive tutorials, practice exams for school and career, articles and eBooks. Resources range from basic skills mastery to academic success to job preparation and career advancement. Learn more about Learning Express Library here on the blog.


In addition to the hundreds of thousands of books on library shelves, Plano Public Library has eBooks covering a variety of job-seeking topics. Here are a few suggestions:

LinkedIn Made Simple by Ryan Rhoten
With over 100 identified strategies, LinkedIn Made Simple provides you with a structured, step-by-step method to get the most out of LinkedIn to impact your business or career.

Power Moves: How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and Build a Career of Purpose by Lauren McGoodwin
Drawing on the insights and lessons developed from Career Contessa, Power Moves is the essential handbook that helps professional women truly feel understood so they can bypass perfection and planning and head straight to evolving. McGoodwin addresses young professionals’ number-one concern: career transitions and growth, and engages them with specific goals.

Don’t Keep Your Day Job: How to Turn Your Passion into Your Career by Cathy Heller
You’ll learn essential steps like how to build your side hustle, how to find your tribe, how to reach for what you truly deserve, and how to ultimately turn your passion into profit and build a life you love.

50 Ways to Get a Job: An Unconventional Guide to Finding Work on Your Terms by Dev Aujla and Lodro Rinzler
Based on information gained from over 400,000 individuals who have used these exercises, this book reveals career expert Dev Aujla’s tried-and-tested method for job seekers at every stage of their career. Filled with anecdotes and advice from professionals ranging from a wilderness guide to an architect, it includes quick-step exercises that help you avoid the common pitfalls of navigating a modern career.

Need help exploring these tools and getting set up? Book-a-Librarian! All you need to do is fill out this form.

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