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Adv Writing II - Lesson 2/3 - Resume Writing Workshop

Career Services Presentation - Resume, Cover (Application) Letter, and References

Tyler Celeste Hill

on 28 September 2014

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Transcript of Adv Writing II - Lesson 2/3 - Resume Writing Workshop

Include a Cover Letter
The Education Section
Summary of Qualifications
Three to five bullet points:

1. Work Experience 2. Special Training 3. Project Work 4. Show Soft Skills
The Resume's Purpose
Summarizes your relevant abilities, skills, education, and accomplishments

Makes an employer think you are the best person to meet the needs of his or her company

Passes the 15-second test

Earns you an interview!
Don’t include the phrase “References Available on Request”

List two professional, two academic, and one personal reference

Ask permission from your references before including them
Separate References Page
Make all bullet points consistent in tense and form.

A typo will put your resume in the “no” pile

Complete online applications with care – prepare answers in advance on a word document, such as employment dates,

Have your resume proofed by three different people
Honors & Activities
Sold 110 Event Radios at the two day Mount Comfort Air Show (Indianapolis)

Manage daily activities of 50 grade school students

Saved the company $17,000 by finding and investigating an invoicing error

Fundraising Chairman: Organized more than 15 Sponsors and 150 participants to achieve $2,000 fundraising goal
Quantify Accomplishments

Make your name stand out: 12-14 point bolded font
Include complete address, phone number and professional e-mail
Use the letterhead on all documents: resume (one page is best!), the reference sheet, and the cover letter
Create a Personal Letterhead
Use Appropriate Headings

Resume Writing Tips

Resume Improvement

Cover Letters

Today’s Agenda
Study the job description – use key words

Research the company/industry

Always try to address the letter to a specific person

Customize content

Don’t restate exactly what is in your résumé

Keep it to one page

Use standard business letter format
Use the same header/paper
Sign your cover letter (even e-versions)
Cover Letter Checklist
Skills Section
Destination Success!
Resume Writing Workshop

Choose Me!



Relevant Coursework

Professional Experience
Computer, Language or other special skills
Honors & Activities
Example #1
An internship with the Transportation Safety Administration, utilizing my previous experience in security and investigation.
Detail-oriented individual with strong interpersonal, statistical, and computer skills seeking an accounting internship.
Example #2
Example #3
Seeking a project management position with leadership responsibilities including problem solving, planning, organizing and managing budgets.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
Experience with Peachtree Accounting, Microsoft Project Manager
Programming experience in C++, Visual Basic
ProE, MathLAB, Unigraphics
What do I
have to offer?
What skills set
me apart from
the competition?
Civil Engineering Resume
Check for Spelling and Grammatical Errors

First Paragraph:
State why you are writing
If possible, include the name of a mutual contact
Reflect your strong interest in the organization (research based)

Middle Paragraphs:
Highlight your strongest qualifications that match position requirements (top 3)
Give an example or two of a related experience or accomplishment
Describe why you are a good fit for the company/position

Final Paragraph:
Refer to your enclosed resume
State how you will follow up: Request an interview and state when you will call
Express appreciation for the reader’s time and consideration

Professional Experience
Underclassmen Resume
Upperclassman Resume
Thank you for attending the
Resume Writing Workshop!

Please take a moment to complete our survey about this event:
Use this link for the 4:00 Workshop
Use this link for the 7:00 Workshop
Upcoming Events
Job Fair Workshop - January 24th
4:00 & 7:00

Career Fair - January 31st
10:00 - 2:00 in the University Center Business Formal Attire Required

Any Questions?
Track record of superior performance through above-quota results
Proven leadership skills with experience leading teams and coaching athletes
Youngest manager ever to be employed by Lori’s Coffee
Excellent communication skills with experience as a receptionist and cashier
Strong work ethic with perfect attendance and a drive to succeed
Use a combined chronological and functional resume

List education, employment, and activities in reverse chronological order

Emphasize skills & accomplishments
Dear Mr. Leong,

I am interested in the entry-level Financial Analyst position, posted in Sunday's New York Times. Chase is a fast-moving global institution and an outstanding pioneer, now poised to guide the direction of the industry. As a soon-to-be graduate university senior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems Management, I believe my qualifications should meet your requirements.

Taking initiative has always been my academic and career focus. I certainly understand responsibility, hold an intense work ethic, and strive to do my best in any situation. During four years of work and internship experiences, I have enthusiastically sought challenging projects and have made strong contributions not normally expected of an intern. (Provide some examples to substantiate your point or state other prior experiences/examples)

A demanding course load, multiple campus leadership positions, challenging internships, and a variety of work experiences have prepared me for the rigors of an entry-level Financial Analyst's position at Chase. My technical and business background is balanced by courses in art and the humanities, creating the ability to grasp business and technology needs as well as the skills to think past the obvious aspects of a situation. I have an intense interest in pursuing and overcoming difficult challenges, I work hard, and I have the drive to make a difference.

I am interested in this position and would like the opportunity to meet and discuss the ways in which I can contribute my experience and energy to Chase. I can be reached at my academic address via phone or e-mail and look forward to speaking with you.


Angelique Tarakas

Dear Mr. Wong,

I am writing this letter to apply for the VTM Networks Internship Program, which I learned of through VTM Networks Careers Website. I am currently enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles as a Communications major and expect to graduate June of 2012. (Specify internship position desired, current school attending, major, and date of expected graduation.)

I have had a passion for entertainment since I have been watching television and movies. Since then, it has become a goal for me to work in the entertainment industry. A Music and Talent Relations internship with VTM will help highlight skills gained through my Communications classes at UCLA as well as in my previous position as an intern at PMA radio. My experience with the start up radio station served as a foundation for managing relationships with artists, choosing music for radio play, and even scouting for people who can potentially become artists. (Describe why you are passionate about the internship in its respective field. List any experience you may have that is relevant to the position.)

In addition to my prior experience, working in retail at Aldo Accessories has taught me to be both a self-starter and a team player. My experience with Aldo Accessories has helped me to develop my personal skills as well as the ability to learn things quickly. I am confident that joining your team would give me a chance to develop more useful skills that will help in pursuing my long-term career goal of becoming an A&R Coordinator. (Expand on experience. If you do not have much working experience because this is the first internship you are applying for, you can talk about leadership positions you have held on campus or any other roles that will portray your abilities.)

I am very much interested in the internship and would like the opportunity to meet with you. My resume is attached. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by phone at (555) 555-5555 or by email at azapata@ucla.edu. (Give contact information.)

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon. (Express gratitude for their time.)


Abigail Zapata

Dear Ms. Dieruf,

I am very interested in the physical therapy program at the University of New Mexico. I volunteered over 220 hours at the Veterans Administration Hospital (DATES volunteered), which gave me the opportunity to experience and enjoy several different aspects of the physical therapy field. I am currently completing my undergraduate degree in exercise science, which I feel will enhance my abilities as a therapist.

My volunteer background has included the following: wound care, rehabilitation exercise programs, and spinal cord injury and mobility impaired patients in the therapy pool. I also gained experience in patient rehabilitation in the areas of knee and hip replacement surgery. My bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science has provided me with the knowledge of exercise testing, EKG interpretation, fitness assessment and prescription, anatomy, and kinesiology. I have also taken courses that involved special populations, such as people with disabilities and the elderly.

The UNM physical therapy program came highly recommended by graduate students and physical therapists that I have talked with, and that the curriculum is outstanding. Through my research on deciding which school to attend I found that the New Mexico School of Medicine is one of the top in the nation. I would be proud to be a student in the UNM physical therapy program.

Through my volunteer work at the VA Hospital I have developed a compassionate approach and commitment to assisting people with medical and physical disabilities I would enjoy becoming a physical therapy student and look forward to speaking with you in the near future. Thank you for your consideration.


Lynette Ewer
Applicant's Name
Applicant's Address

Date of Letter

Receiver's Name and Title
Receiver's Name
Receiver's Address


Opening Paragraph:
State intention - Why you are writing (applying for position/graduate programme)
For jobs, mention how you heard of the job opening or organization.

Middle Paragraph(s):
Explain why you are interested in this type of work and why you chose this employer
State relevant work experience and education
Highlight specialized skills/training/abilities relating to the job you are applying for
Weave in some relevant information about the organization from your research

Closing Paragraph:
Reference reader to your resume
End with a positive statement or question to prompt for an interview

Yours sincerely,

Your signature

Your Typed Name
Application Letter Format
1 page
Relevant skills and experiences
Flawless, consistent language
What if I don't have any job experience?
What if I don't have any skills?
Volunteer work, internships, clubs, etc. also work.
You can also add other applicable categories like "courses" that will supplement.
Even better, you can start getting more experience!
You do! You are bilingual!! Plus, are you good with people, can you focus on details, do you have computer skills? Etc...
Only 1! If yours is longer, you have too much irrelevant information or description. You lose your audience after P1.
Rude and aggressive:
I need...
I want...
Will you...?
I would like...
I hope to...
Could you...?
Please, thank you.
ID #
Unrelated hobbies/interests
Full sentences
Read Chapter 17 in your textbook, and perfect your resume. Turn in typed resume next class.

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Make any desired changes to resume and save for final business portfolio. Write application letter and reference page. Bring to class week 6.
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Peer edit
English style name: Min Wong
English style address: 2 Keyun Lu, GZ...
Consistent fonts and styles
Why? Introduce your resume.
Ms. Tyler Celeste Hill
English Professor
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
2 Baiyun Dado Bei, Guangzhou, China
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