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Resume & Cover Letter with Student Council

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Transcript of Resume & Cover Letter with Student Council

Situation: Student information needed to be organized
Action: Created a database
Result: Created student database for efficient information retrieval


Your result becomes your experience statement

EXAMPLE OF AN EXPERIENCE STATEMENT

Highlights your major and most relevant accomplishments at your positions

Can include areas such as:
Technical expertise
Program development
Leadership/management
Experience with diversity
Database development/management
Budget/accounting/financial skills
Customer service skills

EXPERIENCE

ALWAYS attach both your resume and cover letter to your email.
.pdf format is best.

The text of your email can either be your cover letter text OR a very short statement:


“Please accept the attached resume and cover letter as my application to the Project Team Associate Position with Expressions Global Management. Feel free to contact me at john.justice@jjay.cuny.edu or (212) 555-5555 if you need additional information or materials.”

SENDING OUT YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS

You can use any of the following:

Sincerely
Respectfully
Professionally

Add your signature then your typed name

SIGNATURE

Begin with a summary statement that reiterates that your skills and background make you a strong candidate.
You can also thank the reader for their time and consideration.
Include any requested information here (salary requirements, start date, etc.)

You will also want to say what will happen next.

* Keep this paragraph short!

LAST PARAGRAPH: WRAP-UP

The Program Developer will:
-Create a community to support students receiving public assistance as they reach to achieve their educational goals. 
- Direct programs and services to ensure the career success of students from diverse, underrepresented communities including students of color, women, veterans, LGBTQ students, and first generation students.
- Proactively seek out opportunities for outreach and collaboration with academic/administrative departments and student organizations.

If there are gaps in your employment history
If you are changing careers
If the work experience listed is unrelated to the position you are applying for

WHEN TO SEE A COUNSELOR

Avoid vague statements such as:
Excellent interpersonal skills
Great communication skills
Ability to multitask
Team player
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Detail oriented
Excellent organization skills

DON’T SOUND LIKE EVERYONE ELSE

The formula for writing Experience statements is simple:
Situation + Action= Results
Situation: What problem, area of responsibility existed
Action: What action did you take
Result: What were the results of your efforts?

Quantify using numbers, dollar amounts

HOW TO DEVELOP EXPERIENCE STATEMENTS

Take a moment to write down the sections that would work for your resume

CHOOSE YOUR SECTIONS

A resume is a brief summary of your experience and skills.

Each piece of information contributes to your overall attractiveness to the employer.

Research on the organization and position will allow you to create a fit with your resume.

LET’S GET STARTED!

We need to create an outline for our cover letter

Each cover letter has to be tailored to suit the position we’re applying for

WHAT WE LEARNED SO FAR...

To proof read your work
If you’re unsure of how to begin your cover letter
Assessing the skills you have that match the position

WHEN TO SEE A COUNSELOR

The 2nd and 3rd paragraphs should attempt to match your skills to the requirements of the job you are applying for.

Look back to your thesis, and then connect the reader to past experiences or skill attainments that prove your worth.
Expand on your assertions.

Analyze your skills, don’t list them!

PARAGRAPH #2 (AND #3):
USE YOUR FUNCTION LIST

Avoid saying, “I am writing to…” or “My name is…and I am a junior..”

Paragraph #1 Example:

Dear Mr. Mark Samson:

Please accept my letter as application for the Project
Team Associate position with The Center for Career and Professional Development. My background in program development and management, as well as skilled communications background make me an ideal choice to fill this position.

There are five sections:

Heading
Introductory paragraph
Experience paragraph
Closing paragraph
Signature

Be concise and clear

STEP 4: START WRITING

Next to your functions list, itemize your matching skills and experiences.

You can also list specific training or certifications that are relevant
STEP 3:
CREATE YOUR SKILLS OUTLINE

Highlight the main functions in the job description
Key parts of the job description usually identify the action and the target (or ask yourself what service you will be providing and to whom)
Keep it brief
Underline phrases, not full sentences
STEP 1: BREAK DOWN THE JOB POSTING
THE PURPOSE OF COVER LETTERS
The most suitable resume for our needs
The sections that should be included on our resumes
How to write effective experience statements

WHAT WE LEARNED SO FAR...

These are broad skills you have acquired during any activity in your life such as: jobs, classes, projects, hobbies, sports.

Consider:
Communication
Leadership/Teamwork
Critical & Analytic Thinking
Initiative
Work Ethic

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

QUANTIFY:
Supervised 90 students in development of small businesses.
Allocated budget of $9,000 for student activities.

QUALIFY:
Solely reorganized communication network and increased efficiency of inter-office correspondence.
Counseled middle-school students and improved follow-through of behavioral contracts.

REMEMBER TO BE SPECIFIC

Make each statement succinct and clear.

Start each sentence with strong action verb:

Analyzed and reviewed drug labels and marketing materials for compliance with federal regulations and information.
Designed production line for each item in accordance with safety regulations.

EXPERIENCE

Date of birth
Marital status
Sexual orientation
Gender
Health
Number of children
INFORMATION TO EXCLUDE

Chronological: focuses on work experience that is listed in order of most recent. Best for most students

Functional: focuses on skills achieved. Best for career changers or individuals with employment breaks

Combination: combines the chronological and functional

WHICH RESUME IS BEST FOR YOU?

Know the Organization
& the Position

Mission
Culture
Responsibilities
Direction



Know Yourself

Skills
Values
Goals
Experience



DO YOUR RESEARCH

Identify a suitable resume format for your needs
Write concise experience statements
Tailor your resume to suit different positions
GOALS

Why you are writing.

Identify the POSITION, ORGANIZATION / DEPARTMENT, and WHERE IT WAS LISTED or WHO CONNECTED YOU.

Your THESIS or why they should hire you. Look to the job description to identify what the employer is looking for!


PARAGRAPH #1: INTRODUCTION

These are our highlighted, function words:
Community for public assistance
Diverse programs
Collaborate with academic departments

Step 2: CREATE YOUR LIST

ACTION AND TARGETS HAVE NOW BEEN HIGHLIGHTED

Straightforward, brief letter that introduces you and your resume.
Expand upon your accomplishments and achievements and relate these to the job.
Balance professionalism with your own personality.
Show employers what skills and experience you have
Express your enthusiasm
Demonstrate why you’re the best candidate

COVER LETTERS

Tim replies to your ad saying:
I love cats! I have 5 and stay home with them daily and I cat sit for other people as well. See attached for my resume.

Margo replies to your ad saying:
See attached for my resume.

Who would you hire?

LET’S IMAGINE…

Imagine that you need a service. You want some one to watch your cat. You place an ad that says:

CAT SITTER NEEDED

LET’S IMAGINE…

Match your skills to a job posting
Learn the 4 steps of developing a cover letter
Use empowering language

GOALS

Use this section of your resume for HARD skills. Soft skills like communication, people skills, and organizing should be embedded in your job descriptions or discussed in your cover letters!

Computers
Languages
Special Certifications Related to Field

SKILLS

Prioritize information to make it fit on one page AND showcase your skills, talents, experiences as they relate to the job!

Optional Categories:
Relevant Coursework
Honors & Awards
Volunteer Activities
Professional Organizations
Research & Publications

Essential Categories:
Contact Information
Education
Experience
Skills & Languages

CATEGORIES ON YOUR RESUME

Limit to 1 page.
Reverse chronological order.
Keep font simple and between 10 – 12 point.
Margins should never go below .75 inches.
Avoid color paper, unless appropriate for industry.
Use italics and bold sparingly.
Do not use boxes or other graphics.
Create a simple format for online applications that require them.
Stay away from templates. Updating/adjusting your resume becomes difficult.
Think of it as your one page advertisement!
APPEARANCE

*We encourage you to tell the employer when you will call them to follow up on your resume.


Attached is my resume detailing my education and experiences. I welcome the opportunity to apply my skills as a Project Team Associate with Expressions Global Management. I look forward to meeting with you.

WRAP-UP

*Make sure you provide examples of how your experience will benefit them!

Paragraph #2 (and #3): EXAMPLE


If you wanted, you could leave out your phone number here and could be left in the last paragraph.
The body of the email should be single spaced with double spacing between each paragraph.

56 5th Ave
New York, NY, 10021
(212) 545-2345
John.Justice@jjay.cuny.edu
(212) 545-2345

September 1, 2012

Ms. Sandra Davis
Investment Management Human Resources
Morgan Stanley
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 349-9494

Dear Ms. Davis:



John Justice
56 5th Ave, New York, NY, 10021 ♦ (212) 545-2345 ♦ john.justice@jjay.cuny.edu

September 1, 2012

Ms. Sandra Davis
Investment Management Human Resources
Morgan Stanley
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 349-9494

Dear Ms. Davis:

HEADER

*Only include GPA if above 3.0*

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science expected May 2014, GPA: 3.6

LaGuardia Community College, New York, NY Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, May 2012; GPA: 3.9
Dean’s List 2010-2012, Student Leadership Award 2011

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts in English expected May 2013
GPA: 3.3

EDUCATION

Created the Mom’s Only student club. We raised $10,000 in funds

Facilitated resume review for LGBT and Dominican Student’s Association

Conducted in class job-search presentations for faculty in the Psychology department

This Is What I’ve Done

Community for public assistance

Diverse programs


Collaborate with academic departments

This Is What They Want

MATCH YOUR SKILLS

Include:
Company
Position
Location
Duration
Description
EXPERIENCE

Make sure your email address is appropriate!

Put both temporary and
permanent addresses if necessary

JOHN JUSTICE
john.justice@jjay.cuny.edu
(212) 555-5555
Temporary Address Permanent Address
64 Broadway Ave. 89 Cherry Hill Rd.
New York, NY 86749 Queens, NY 90879


John Justice
89 Cherry Hill Rd.
Queens, NY 90879
(201) 890-0987
john.justice@jjay.cuny.edu

CONTACT INFORMATION

Writing an Effective Resume
COVER LETTERS
The Program Developer will:
-Create a community to support students receiving public assistance as they reach to achieve their educational goals. 
- Direct programs and services to ensure the career success of students from diverse, underrepresented communities including students of color, women, veterans, LGBTQ students, and first generation students.
- Proactively seek out opportunities for outreach and collaboration with academic/administrative departments and student organizations.

Given your need for a Program Developer with a background in communications, both my student and professional experiences make me a qualified candidate. During my time at John Jay College, I have been a writer for both the student newspaper and the Jblog, understanding how new media and traditional print media together reach a greater audience. During my internship with the FBI, I created a daily departmental bulletin to streamline the efficiency of the various research assistants. This initiative was rewarded with the “FBI Intern Excellence” award in May, 2012.

Activity
Get with a partner and "apply" for the internship posting that I have given you.

Draft a cover letter outline as we discussed during the presentation and an introduction paragraph.

We will share some pairs with the large group.
Questions???
Center for Career & Professional Development
L.72.00 New Building| careers@jjay.cuny.edu|212.237.8754
Center for Career &
Professional Development
and Student Council

Resume & Cover Letter Writing
CAREER POWER HOUR
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