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Resumes & Cover Letters: 101 (Stonehill College Office of Career Services)

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Transcript of Resumes & Cover Letters: 101 (Stonehill College Office of Career Services)

Resumes & Cover Letters: 101 What is a resume? ré∙su∙mé: a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as prepared by an applicant for a job. Think of it as a selling tool that outlines your skills and experiences so an employer, graduate school or service program can see, at a glance, how you can contribute. Why do you need a strong resume? It's your only chance to make an impression You only have 15 seconds! Like a writing sample, a pour one says a LOT! And now, ladies and gentlemen,
the Yes's and No's! YES! Keep it to one page YES! YES! YES! Use resume paper
(off-white or cream) Include GPA if 3.0+ Include:
study abroad
directed studies
service/clubs NO! Do NOT use a template Do NOT include high school info after sophomore year NO! NO! Do NOT be repetitive Even the same job titles do not mean the same descriptions. NO! Do NOT be repetitive (Sorry. Couldn't resist.) NO! Do NOT use negative words Potential Pitfalls... Resume lacks focus... ...is duties-driven instead of accomplishments-driven ...buries or does not include important skills
(computer or foreign language skills, for instance) ...lacks keywords ...is not bulleted ...references are listed directly on your resume ...appearance becomes skewed when sent as an email attachment and/or resume is not available in other electronic formats. ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ What's wrong with this picture? Spacing is inconsistent Objective says nothing about
what you can offer the company;
only what you want to get out
of it. Descriptions are very task-driven Never leave this much empty space! Expand on involvement in campus activities and work experience. Do you really want them
to email you at that address? What goes on my resume? Header: with contact info Education:
GPA (3.0+)
Study Abroad Experience
Reverse chronological
Relevant first What else?
Volunteer experience
Collegiate activities
Leadership activities
Laboratory skills
Computer skills TIPS! TIPS tips Tips Suggestions considerations thoughts... Ideas Use positive, quantifiable action words to describe
your responsibilities and
accomplishments Created Supervised Designed Initiated Managed Coordinated Developed Implemented Improved "Met monthly sales quotas"

"Organized files and answered phones"

"Improved office efficiency and customer service by overhauling filing system" Keep responsiblities simple.
There is no need for complete sentences. Did you catch this? INTRO YES'S & NO'S PITFALLS EXAMPLES TIPS MORE TIPS... Use strong action verbs Bullets make your resume more reader-friendly Emphasize transferable skills
(especially if you don't have much
experience or seek to change careers) Be consistent with dates, fonts, tenses and spacing Watch margins!
0.5" is the smallest you can go! Be grammaticaly correct Proofread!
Get a second set of eyes to look over it, too. Cover Letters What goes in one? What is the purpose? COVER LETTERS Basic Components Intro Closing About you You have to tell them why you are writing
What position you are applying for?
Why did you apply? Thank the interviewer for their consideration
Mention you are available for an interview at THEIR convenience
"I look forward to hearing from you" may sound presumptuous This part is a little harder to write...
Details of your qualifications
Do not restate your resume, entice them to read it
Use specific examples Customize

Meet their needs

Actively sell yourself This also serves as a writing sample and adds a personal touch Get your resume read! Demonstrate that you are a serious, professional candidate who is sincerely interested in the position available Questions? COVER LETTERS... QUESTIONS? CAREER CONNECTION PLUG Last...but not least... Update your resume every semester with new experiences!

Keep your resumes and cover letters on file at Career Connection. You never know when you may be asked to submit a resume or meet a future employer! Professional and formal letter format Intro About You
& About Them Closing and Call-to-Action Come to the Kruse Center! Heather Heerman
Director Christina Burney
Associate Director Darcy Lynch
Assistant Director MaryAnn Joyce
Career Counselor Denise Geggatt
Administrative Assistane Andrew Leahy
Career Counselor HOURS
Mo-Wed: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Th-Fr: 8:30am - 4:30pm BOOK AN
& other reources
on the website WALK-IN HOURS
Monday - Friday
1:00pm - 3:00pm Kristine Shatas
Assistant Director Kris Silva
Associate Director KRUSE CENTER Let's review! "5 Student Resume No No's"
http://www.stonehill.edu/x21642.xml About them It is not just about you
Tell them why you want to work THERE
Tell them how you fit into their goals
They need to feel special But, remember, professional doesn't mean boring! http://www.stonehill.edu/x21642.xml
Cover letters, a teaser for your resume Office of Career Services Samples! But, if you have
learned ANYTHING
today, it is that your
resume and cover
letter need to be
UNIQUE...do n0t just
copy the examples! http://www.stonehill.edu/x11396.xml

23 February 2011

Elizabeth Cote
320 Washington St. Box #147
Easton, MA 02357

Rosemary Marbach
American Public Television
55 Summer St # 4
Boston, MA 02111

Dear Ms. Marbach:

I am interested in applying for a summer 2011 communications internship I found through Stonehill College’s Career Services Office. Since 1961, American Public Television has established itself as a leader in top quality public television programming, and I firmly believe my studies in the English major promote me as a potential asset to the company.

Specifically, my academic and work experiences function cohesively to make me an ideal candidate for this position. From being a content editor for Stonehill’s literary magazine the Cairn to being president of English Society and coordinating the 4th annual Undergraduate Literature Conference, I have experience not only with leadership, research, and editing, but also with knowing and feeling which submissions are right for the end product. Additionally, being a public relations and communication intern at the non-profit Children’s Museum in Easton has given me valuable experience with social media, website management, and communication with local media. Finally, working in an office setting has allowed me to obtain the technical and practical skills necessary to function effectively in a high-stress, multi-tasking environment. Personally, I seek to intern for American Public Television because I have not only grown up watching the American Public Television stations NHPTV and WGBH, but I wish to gain practical experience working for the company that distributes almost half of the top one-hundred highest rated public television titles.

I am available for an interview at your convenience and can be contacted with any questions you may have at emailaddresshere or phone number. Thank you for your consideration.

Elizabeth Cote
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