Goodwill Job Resources Page
What We Offer
The Goodwill Career Pathways Institute offers a variety of tools and resources to help job seekers have the best opportunity for employment placement. This includes a proper cover letter, resume, and even the skills to network through LinkedIn. You will find links to the actual templates we use in our Job Connection Center and through our esteemed Resume & Cover Letter Workshops as well as links to our companion site, GCF Learn Free.
A cover letter is often an under estimated way to ensure that your resume is reviewed by a recruiter. Think of a cover letter like a handshake. It is a way for a recruiter or employer to meet you in a formal way without the prejudices associated with simply reviewing your resume. You can win people over with your writing style, the selections in content that you make, as well as the experiences that you choose to list. Here is our Cover Letter Template:
A resume introduces an employer to your history of experiences. However, what employers are looking for has evolved over the last several years. They want to see your unique skills prior to your work experience and your education has become less important than the uniqueness of your skills. Wild, right? When you list skills, you want to list things that are specific such as Problem Solving or Digital Media Design (Canva) so that your potential employer can really see who you are and what you bring to the table. This first template is a Chronological Resume Template. What this does is show a potential employer locations where you have worked and duties you have had while working there. You will complete the 1-page resume with your education and training experience. Do not undercut your training. If you attended a Leadership series, include that. Remember, this is a 1-page document. Employers want to see a succinct and precise resume. Here is the Chronological Resume Template:
Now that you understand more about what a resume is, let’s look at another resource that can help you if there are gaps in your work history. There can be so many reasons why this happens including being out of work due to layoff, medical treatment, or incarceration. A Chronological Resume will only expose that there are gaps and not demonstrate that you have the experience that the employer is looking for in order to fill their position. When you think about this Experiential Resume, think about your work experience like they belong in buckets of categories. For instance, if you worked at the mall in high school at Corn Dog on a Stick for 6 months, you worked at Showbiz Pizza for 2 years after high school, then after your release from incarceration you have worked for Rackets Pizza and More for 6 months, then you would list the following: Food Service- 3 Years. See, in this style of resume it doesn’t matter where you worked. The focus is on the industry itself. Make sense? Here is the Experiential Resume Template:
GCF Learn Free is our companion site for many job resources. This includes links on how to create LinkedIn profiles, Interview Skills, and other soft skills that are needed on the job site. The following links will take you directly to some of our favorite tutorials on GCF Learn Free.
Creating a LinkedIn Profile: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/linkedin/
Job Search/ Networking: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/jobsearchandnetworking/find-a-job-online/1/
Job Search/Identifying Transferable Skills: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/jobsearchandnetworking/3-steps-to-identifying-transferable-skills/1/
Interview Skills: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/interviewingskills/
Business Etiquette: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/jobsuccess/business-etiquette/1/
How to Conduct a Job Search
Have you ever found yourself in need of employment without a lot to go on? The job market requires you to have some pretty advanced internet skills sometimes when it comes to looking for employment, but it does not have to be that difficult. When it comes to looking for employment, Indeed.com is one of the biggest sources of available jobs on the web. However, it is not the only place. Some employers will only post on their personal website while others use temporary agencies to work through the job applications. When you are searching for a job and you are looking for a job in retail in the search, also try things like “customer service”, specific job titles like, “cashier”, and “sales.” This will really open up the number of jobs available. Here is an additional resource for you as you begin your employment journey. Searching for jobs is half of the battle, the second half is the job application. This link will take you to a variety of self-help tools to guide you through the search!