INTERNATIONAL UPDATE YOUR RESUMÉ MONTH

Keeping your résumé up to date is a good habit to have.  When we’re not in the habit, International Update Your Résumé Month in September marks our calendars to remind us to freshen them up with all our latest skills and achievements.

From the 1930s to the 1960s, resumes became an institutional requirement when applying for a job. Resumes have taken shape in many different forms. Today, there are 4 types of basic resume’s used by potential employees—Chronological, Functional, Combination and Targeted.

Types of Résumés

Chronological resumes present work history, personal achievements, and education in chronological order. Emphasis is given to work history in a chronological resume, naming the latest employment first. Unlike Chronological resumes, Functional resumes take the focus away from work history and place focus on skills and abilities. Combination resumes put emphasis on work history, skills and abilities to allow employers to see everything equally. Targeted resumes allow applicants to customize their resume according to the position being applied for.

Choosing which resume type depends on the individual. However, a resume should always look professional and easy to read. It’s important to be consistent. Focus on the information you are trying to present to potential employers. Before presenting a resume, recheck for spelling and grammatical errors. Choosing the right action verbs to describe your skills and accomplishments might be the deciding factor in gaining employment. Be creative!

Be Prepared

Whether you climb the corporate ladder or are currently pounding the pavement, polishing your résumé with your most recent accomplishments and acquired knowledge will keep talent seekers aware of your abilities. Avoid the anxiety when opportunity knocks or the unfortunate occurs and you realize the résumé needs major updating. Recalling years of achievement is much more difficult than an annual updating.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Look at the last year’s goals and accomplishments. Make those advancements and changes to your résumé and use #UpdateYourResumeMonth to share on social month. Come to the Library and use our computers to help you update your resume.

HISTORY

Professional resumes date back to 1482 when Leonardo da Vinci made a decision to put his personal accomplishments on paper. Though written in the form of a letter, da Vinci made an attempt to secure employment for the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza, as a military engineer. Da Vinci eventually left employment with the Duke of Milan and became a full-time artist. A decade after leaving Milan, da Vinci made his return to the city. Finding himself once again under the charge of Duke Sforza, this time it was to create the masterpiece now known as The Last Supper.

National Play-Doh Day

National Play-Doh Day on September 16th recognizes a child’s modeling clay. However, before it found its way to the craft shelf, Play-Doh had more practical uses. 

Play-Doh inventor, Joe McVicker of Cincinnati, Ohio, sold it initially as a wallpaper cleaner. When his father died in 1949, his mother promptly hired him and his brother-in-law to help with the family business, Kutol Products Company. Right about that time, oil furnaces began replacing coal-burning furnaces. It wasn’t long before the wallpaper cleaner sales dwindled. 

In 1955, McVicker began testing the cleaner as a modeling clay in classrooms and daycares for students. Seeing the product worked, he named it Play-Doh and he went into business with his uncle under the name of the Rainbow Crafts Company, Inc. a year later. To protect their new product, McVicker filed for a patent in 1958. However, the patent wasn’t approved until January 26, 1965. By then, General Mills had purchased the company.

At first Rainbow Crafts Company offered only one color – white. But soon, red, blue, and yellow followed. The company sold them by the gallon. Once again, they modified their offerings and 11-ounce sizes were offered.

Around the same time, McVicker was testing Play-Doh, a new children’s television show began broadcasting on CBS. Bob Keeshan played the role of Captain Kangaroo. While Play-Doh’s sales were nice, they weren’t spectacular. McVicker had an idea. He asked Captain Kangaroo to promote his modeling clay on his show. The children’s television show host agreed and the children’s iconic modeling clay took off!

In 1998, the Toy Hall of Fame inducted Play-Doh into its hallowed halls. 

HOW TO MAKE PLAYDOUGH WITH KOOL AID

This is a cooked playdough recipe.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Food coloring
  • Koolaid packs (1 per batch)

STEP 1:   Add the flour, salt, and cream of tartar, and one Koolaid packet to a medium mixing bowl and mix well.  Set aside.

STEP 2:  Add the water and vegetable oil to a medium saucepan. Heat until boiling and then remove from the stovetop. You can also add additional food coloring as desired.

STEP 3:  Add the flour mixture to the hot water and stir continuously until a stiff ball of dough forms. Remove the dough from the pan and place it on your work center. Allow the playdough mixture to cool for 5 minutes.

STEP 4: Knead the dough until it is soft and pliable (about 3-4 minutes). 

HOW LONG DOES KOOL AID PLAYDOUGH LAST

Keep your kool aid playdough stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Resealable plastic containers work well and are easy for little hands to open. You can also use zip-top bags.

Wash hands before using playdough to keep it as clean as possible and it will last longer!

Webcam & Headphone Grant

Computer Webcams and Headphones are now available for library patrons at Langley Public Library to use on the library computers! We also have laptops available for checkout.

This project is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA).

Family Story Time

This is a fun program which is designed for 1 – 4 year old’s.  The children will share books, stories, finger plays, rhymes, and music.  Join us for a  dynamic program that encourages a love of reading and fosters the development of early literacy skills.  Family Storytime will be held each Monday beginning on September 13, at 11:00 AM.  Children of all abilities are welcome.  Registration is required.  Contact Langley Public Library for more information at 918-782-4461.