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Getting Started

Before you jump into doing a job search, there are two things to get ready first:

1. An email address

You will need an email address that works. Can you imagine having a job offer sent to an email account that no longer works? Many job sites require an email address to even begin applying. Your email address is something a company may use during the application process and beyond. They may use the email address to respond with a job offer, or after you receive a job, may use your email address to communicate with you about many important things like giving you access to an online pay stub.

2. A resume

You will need a resume. Not all job applications will require a resume, so this may sound like an extra step to you, but if you already have a resume done and handy, it makes filling out job applications easier and faster. It is also a nice note taking page for you as you notice things about the job as you are applying that you don't want to forget. Also, several job application sites will "read in" a resume and fill in parts of a job application for you. The time that you spend on a resume before you begin applying will be gained back in time saved on the actual job applications.

More Resume Writing Help

Purdue's Online Writing Lab: Resumes

Purdue's Online Writing Lab: Resume Writing Learn to design your résumé through the Lab's online tutorial.

Resume Tune-up Books at the Library

Looking for help creating a new—or strengthening an existing—resume? This list highlights a variety of resume writing resources that can help you communicate who you are and what you have to offer. It also includes an invitation to sign up for an online appointment with an IndyPL Career Center Assistant. #indypladults


DeCarlo, Laura

Don't let the Resumes for Dummies title fool you. This book provides well-ordered, in-depth advice on creating winning resumes. It also offers insights into navigating the job search process in this digital age. Resumes for Dummies is also available as an eBook through Overdrive/Libby.

The Perfect Resume

Resumes That Work in the New Economy!

Quillen, W. Daniel

Drawing on his 20+ years of experience as an HR Director, the author of The Perfect Resume walks you through the basics of resume mechanics, keywords and action words, listing your accomplishments, and more to help you craft a resume that gets results.

Modernize your Resume

Get Noticed ... Get Hired

Enelow, Wendy

This resource is packed with examples of modern resumes that are designed to grab a hiring manager's attention. Each chapter focuses attention on a different aspect of your resume.