Tina Herman said she watched with curiosity as the notice advertising a new service for job seekers was posted on the job placement board at Anne Arundel Community College.
Little did she know that she would not only land a job, but it would be a job with the college's new service, the Resume Book.
"This worked out perfectly," said Ms. Herman, 18. "I just went up to the office [of career planning and placement] and about a month and a half later I got a job."
Ms. Herman was one of the first students to list her resume with the Resume Book, a service that allows students, alumni and residents of the community to place their resume with the college. In turn, the college allows employers in the area an opportunity to review the resumes in their search for employees.
Now, Ms. Herman helps mostly students and some alumni and community members search for jobs.
"I'm very thankful it worked out so well," she said. "I like the idea of helping other people find jobs."
The brainchild of Robert L. Schweriner, assistant director of AACC's career planning and placement, the Resume Book officially opened its doors to students and the public July 1.
"We've had several employers request information about students, and then we've had to call the students and get permission to release the information," Mr. Schweriner said. "Now, we just put the student's resume in the book with a sign-in sheet.
"The student signs the sheet giving us permission to release their resume. And the employer also signs a sheet when they're reviewing a resume, stating that they're looking at the resume because they have a position available and the information will not be used for any other reason," he added.
While the majority of people signing up for the service are students, Mr. Schweriner said, the service is available to all county residents. "We are a community college and our job is to serve the community," he said.
Since the official opening, about 60 students and four employers have used the Resume Book, Mr. Schweriner said. Students are searching for jobs in fields ranging from clerical to marketing to allied health. Fortunately, employers are seeking workers for jobs in similar fields.
Mr. Schweriner said he hopes to fill the Resume Book with the resumes of as many students as possible. "My hope for the students is that they find the easiest opportunity to get their resumes out," he said. "I would hope that employers look at us as a friendly-type atmosphere where they can feel at ease and at home while searching for employees."
The best part about the the Resume Book is that it's free, Mr. Schweriner said.
"Recently, I gave a resume seminar on campus, and at the end I told the group about the Resume Book," he said. "I could tell they were thinking, 'Sure, you teach us about writing resumes, you tell us about this service and then you charge us a fortune to join.'
"Well, there's no cost. Or as I like to say, it's fee-free."