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Writing a Resume and Cover Letter

English 12A - Fall 2012
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English 12A - Fall 2012
Creating a Resume &
Cover Letter

Find a Job Posting
Create a Resume
Write a Cover Letter
Send a Thank-you Note
Interview!
Get a Job!
When it comes to creating a professional resume, there are 3 things to pay attention to. We call these the
"Three Fs"
F
unction
F
orm
E
f
fectiveness
Function
Why do you
need a resume?
What you’re trying to accomplish depends on what you’re trying to do. This might include getting a job, getting into college, winning a scholarship, or being selected for an internship.
The function of a resume
is
to inform
the audience
about you in order to
accomplish something.
Form
People who read resumes expect them to include specific information including:
Name
Address
Contact Information
Education
Past jobs
Volunteer Experience
Awards and Honors
Special Skills
Effectiveness
An effective resume...
...has a clear purpose that shows why you are writing it.
...is visually appropriate and appealing, or easy to read.
...includes all the necessary information about the writer.
...is grammatically correct with no errors in punctuation or spelling.
Let's look at a
student sample...
Does this resume follow the rules of the 3 Fs?
Now take 15 minutes and use the Resume Ideas organizer to brainstorm content for your resume.
What were the 3 Fs of resume writing?

How do you think they relate to cover letter writing?
That's right!
F
unction,
f
orm, and e
f
fectiveness
Function
Cover letters accompany resumes to introduce the reader of the resume to the writer. They personalize the resume, allowing the writer to provide more detail about him- or herself and any relevant experience. Many people think of cover letters as a way for the writer’s true voice to come through.
Form
A business letter including a correctly placed heading, date, and salutation, body paragraphs that include specific job-related information, a professional closing, and a signature.
Effectiveness
An effective cover letter personalizes the writer and provides additional information about him or her and...
...has a clear purpose that shows why you are writing it.
...is visually appropriate and appealing, or easy to read.
...includes additional relevant information about the writer.
...is grammatically correct with no errors in punctuation or spelling.
Start your cover letter by including the following:
Your Address


The Date
The address
of your audience

Dear _________,
First Paragraph:
If you are applying to a college or for a scholarship/award,
state the name
of that college/scholarship/award and
briefly explain
why you are the best choice.

If you are applying for a job,
state what position
you are applying for and briefly note what makes you the
best candidate
. You should also state where you learned about the position.
Second Paragraph:
This is where you
add detail
. Describe your
qualifications
and what you will bring to the job or college.
Third Paragraph:
This is where you tell the reader
why you're interested
and how you connect with their values and
what they are looking for
in a candidate.
Fourth Paragraph:
Tell the reader to
contact
you if they need additional information. Give them your
email address
,
phone number
, and a
best time
to contact you.
Closing:
Sincerely,



Your typed name
Your signed name
Start by placing a
star
next to any of the information on your resume that you would like to add to your cover letter.

Using the resume and the "Steps to Creating a Cover Letter" worksheet, complete the "Visualizing your Cover Letter" graphic organizer. You will use this organizer to write your final cover letter.
Let's look at a student sample
& evaluate it for the 3 Fs.
"What We Should Have Been Taught
Senior Year" - TheOatmeal.com
Remember function, form, and effectiveness.
Your thank-you note should be
short
and
personal
.
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