Learning Express – Job and Career Accelerator
Did you know your library card can help you with your job search? Your Buda Public Library card gives you access to many online resources including the Learning Express -- Job and Career Accelerator. The Job and Career Accelerator offers career matching, wage estimates, a job search and internship engine, resume and cover-letter generators and interview advice to guide you in your application process.
You can access these services by signing into the Buda Library Catalog with your library card number and 10-digit phone number or pin. Once you’ve signed into your account, click on the “Job and Career Accelerator” link, located under the Electronic Resources tab. Once you create a free account on the Learning Express website, you’ll be good to go. You can access Learning Express on one of our library computers or from home.
Here are a few of the highlights of what Learning Express can offer:
Career Matching, Vocational Quizzes and Career Library
Not sure where to start? Learning Express has Skills and Interests quizzes to find careers that match well with your interests and experience. Career matching includes occupation cards which include job descriptions, recommended education/training requirements, wage and trend summaries and allows you to go directly into your job search for that career. This tool is great for helping you see which job might best showcase your talents.
Job Search 101: Find Your Next Job Tutorial
Find Your Next Job Tutorial offers guidance with your job search. The course is broken into 3 units, which cover “The Modern-Day Job Search,” “Finding A Job A-Z,” and “Using Social Media for Professional Development.” Each step can help you build or refine your job-searching skills and help navigate the often over-whelming process of finding work. This tutorial is great for someone new to the job search, who may have been out of the market for a while or someone who just want a refresher on current job application etiquette and tips.
Resume and Letter Builder
One of the most time-consuming and frustrating aspects of the job search can be putting together your resume and writing letters. To help you with this important task, Learning Express offers sample resumes, a keyword list to choose adjectives from, and a resume generator to make the process easier. The Resume Builder offers 3 different resume templates that you can customize with your information.
For cover-letters, networking, interview and job offer letters, Learning Express offers a Letter Builder that provides letter templates for each letter type or use the letter examples to write and format your own. Resumes and letters can be saved to your account, for quick retrieval and editing later.
Job Search and Internship Search Engines
If you’re familiar with the job search process and would like to access job and internship postings, you can go straight the Job Search and Internship Search Engines. You can search for job openings by location, career and salary estimate. Bookmark the jobs you’d like to return to later or you can apply directly from the search engine.
If you’re looking for an internship, the Internship Search Engine allows you to look for internships specifically.
Need to prepare for an upcoming interview? The Job and Career Accelerator's Interview tutorial can help. In the tutorial you can find out what elements make a great interview, how to be prepared and run through practice questions, beforehand.
School and Scholarship Finder
Looking to go to school to further your career goals and land the job of your dreams? Learning Express has a School and Scholarship Finder. You can look up schools based on location, degree offerings, length of program and by admissions levels. Once you’ve found a school or vocational program, you can use the scholarship finder to look for grants and scholarships to help with funding your education. If you’re using their career matching tool, you can also see what education is needed for specific career tracks.
The job search is a long process and can be stressful, but with the right tools, your library card can help you get there.
If you’re overwhelmed by the possibilities, feel free to ask one of our library staff members to show you how to access Learning Express from a library computer or from home. We’re happy to help with any questions about the resource. Contact us at 512-295-5899 for further questions.