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Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Transcript of Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop
Writing Workshop COVER LETTERS Luther College Career Center
2nd Floor, Centennial Union
http://career.luther.edu Marketing Brochure
Leadership Potential GOAL: To get you an interview. TAKING INVENTORY What kind of job/internship are you seeking?
Begin thinking about skills you have acquired/developed that are related to the position.
Make a list of your education experiences.
Make a list of your employment history (include internships & pratica).
List other unique experiences (study abroad, travel, general interests, awards & honors). RESUME HEADINGS Standard
Name & Contact Info
Activities/Honors Additional Headings
Summary of Quals
Certifications/Licenses OBJECTIVES General Tips
Should provide focus to your resume.
Usually refer to either a position and/or industry
Should be concise (no more than a single sentence).
Focus on employer's needs
May be left off the resume and included in a cover letter. SAMPLE OBJECTIVES To obtain a position as a pharmaceutical sales representative with GlaxoSmithKline.
Creative self-starter seeks graphic designer position with Broken Arrow Designs. Objective when there is no specific opening... A detail-oriented, critical thinker with an acquired understanding of accounting principles and information technology seeking to acquire a full-time position.
To obtain a teaching position utilizing education, experience, and demonstrating skills in classroom management, interpersonal communication, teamwork, and leadership. Support Your Objective With: Education
Related experience/volunteer experience/work experience, etc.
Activities, honors EDUCATION SECTION EXPERIENCE SECTION Use Chronological Order within
the section (most recent first)
What do you want to highlight?
Name of Organization or Business
SAME JOB ~ 3 OPTIONS
JOB TITLE ORGANIZATION/
BUSINESS NAME DATES OF
EMPLOYMENT WORK EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTIONS
Descriptive and concise
Quantify when appropriate
Prioritize your statements
Consider employer's perspective
Use "Action Words" ACTION WORDS Administered
Trained SAMPLE DESCRIPTIONS BEFORE AFTER BEFORE AFTER BEFORE AFTER CHRONOLOGICAL STYLE Why Chronological?
Most common style for college graduates
Date-driven - most recent listed first
Highlights job titles
Most employers prefer this format Typical Order
1. Contact Information
4. Special Skills (computer, lab, etc.)
6. Activities/Honors OTHER TYPES OF RESUMES Functional
Emphasizes skills and knowledge
Good for people re-entering the job market
Useful to people making a career change
Not commonly used by recent college grads
Combines chronological and functional elements
Emphasizes skills and outlines work history
Another alternative for individuals changing careers *Samples in resume booklet, or schedule appointment to learn more PLAIN TEXT RESUMES for email and on-line applications Must be in Plain Text Format
Left justify all content including your current and permanent address (nothing should centered or right justified)
All font should be the same type and size
No bold, italics, or underlining, anywhere in document
Bullets should be replaces by hyphens or asterisks
Consider adding a key word section that includes nouns and industry jargon for on-line applications RESUME SUGGESTIONS EDIT- Must be void of grammatical and spelling errors
LENGTH- Limit to one page (maybe two for education & nursing)
PRIORITIZE- List most important information first
CONSISTENCY- Style, verb tense, spacing, highlighting, etc.
ACTION WORDS- Use them
"I" Statements- Avoid them
FOCUS- Tailor your resume for each job target
APPEARANCE- Readable & Visually Appealing (use white space effectively)
PRINT- Use quality resume/parchment paper
GPA- 3.0 or greater (consider major GPA)
*Keep the employer's needs in mind COVER LETTER OVERVIEW What is the intent of a cover letter?
A good cover letter will get your resume read
A good resume will get you an interview
A good interview will get you a job offer
A "good" cover letter
Should be tailored to each employer
Introduces you to the recruiter
Tells the recruiter what you are looking for
Personalizes your application
Demonstrates how well you express yourself
Takes time to write well! PRIOR TO WRITING THE COVER LETTER... Research the employer
Know their product(s)
Know the addressee's name
Know about the job (and/or division)
Are you really interested?
Are you qualified?
Does your experience meet the employer's needs?
Does it fit/support your career goals?
Is the job location okay? *Do not apply if you are serious about the position INTRO PARAGRAPH~
Who and Why MIDDLE PARAGRAPH(S) ~
Skills and Qualifications *How do your skills & qualifications meet the need of the employer? CLOSING PARAGRAPH~
Action Step KEY POINTS ABOUT ALL JOB SEARCH CORRESPONDENCE Must be "Letter Perfect" (EDIT, EDIT, EDIT, EDIT...)
Check grammar & spelling
Use simple & direct language
Have a 3rd party editor (Career Center, friend, professor)
Paper should match resume
Keep it to one page (3-4 paragraphs)
Address to a specific person
Tailor to each employer
NOT a biography
NOT a verbatim resume QUESTIONS? EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE General guidelines:
Use standard cover letter protocol. Include a salutation (Dear Ms. Jones) and a standard closing (Sincerely).
Avoid use of emoticons and short cuts used in everyday emails.
Use the subject line effectively.
Include your contact information
Condense cover letter into 1-2 paragraphs.
If possible follow-up e-mail correspondence with a "hard copy" :)