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Writing a Winning Resume and Cover Letter

Tips to Get the Employer's Attention
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suzanne moore

on 24 September 2011

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Transcript of Writing a Winning Resume and Cover Letter

Writing a Winning Resume and Cover Letter 2. Appearance Matters


Paper

Typeface
Spelling
Punctuation
Headings
Length of previous jobs
Choice of words 1. What Catches Employers' Eyes? Positive Attitude
Related Work Experience
Formal Education 3. Summarize Qualifications

Education
Degrees
Certificates
Honours
Specific Skills
Training

Employment
Part time or Full Time
Paid or Volunteer 1. What Catches Employer's Eyes?

Positive Attitude
Related Work Experience
Formal Education
Specific Training 4. Standing Out

Initiated projects
Took leadership role
Saved employer time & money 5. Hire Me!

Honours/Awards
Memberships
Computer Literacy
Languages
Government Service 6. Resume Format

Centered Headings
Name
Address
Telephone Numbers
E-mail Address 7. Three Resume Types

Chronological
Combined or modified chronological
Functional 8.Chronological Resume (p. 79)

Reverse Chronological Order
Job title, company, & location
At least one year
Accomplishments
Action verbs
Past tense or present tense where appropriate 9.Modified Chronological (p. 80)

Features related work experience
Most relevant jobs at the top
Reverse chronological order 10. Functional Resume

Emphasizes relevant qualifications rather than related experience
Use three to six major skill areas
List job title, company, location & date
Omit job description details 11.Use Action Verbs (p. 78)

Achieved Presented
Increased Arranged
Organized Implemented
Produced Built
Customized Initiated
Installed Planned
Earned Evaluated
Improved Trained
Reduced Promoted
Created Designed 12. Cover Letter (pp. 81-83)

Research company
Direct to specific person
Focus on specific requirements
Cite advertisement
Request interview
Benefits to company 14. What's in a Cover Letter?

a. Identify targeted position
b. Summarize education & experience
c. WIIFM
d. Request interview 13. On First Glance

Letterhead
Insert Current Date
Name, address & title
Salutation
About 3 or 4 paragraphs
Complimentary close
Signature
Enclosure
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