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Resumes & Cover Letters
Transcript of Resumes & Cover Letters
PRESENTATION What is a resume & why is it important
Different types of resumes
Resume Format/What goes in!
Resume do's & don'ts Goal of a resume is to get an INTERVIEW!!!!!
1234 Tacoma Avenue #103
Tacoma, WA 98405
joe_ firstname.lastname@example.org Joe Jobseeker What else will you do
to fill up this space? Experience = Skills More Experience = More Skills =
More Marketable! You Skills
What Employers Want + = SKILLS "I don't even have any good skills...you know, like nunchuck skills, computer hacking skills...girls only want boyfriends who have great skill." - Napoleon Dynamite RESUME Contact Information > Name (avoid using nicknames)
> Phone Number - (w/ professional msg)
> Professional E-mail Joesph Jobseeker 1234 Tacoma Avenue #103
Tacoma, WA 98405
joesph_ email@example.com BAD The Evergreen State College Tacoma, WA
Bachelors of Arts, International Studies Completed June 2012
Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA
Associates of Science, Nursing September 2011-Present
Stadium High School Tacoma, WA
High School Diploma Completed June 2012 Contact Information
Summary of Qualifications
Honors/Awards The heart of the
RESUME You can have multiple
EXPERIENCE sections! Work
Class Project } Experience All experiences involve some type of TRANSFERABLE
SKILL(S) All experiences involve some type of Position Title
Bullet Points (City, State) (Month Year) Experience Categories *Tip: Place most recent experience on top Who
(and How) Bullet Points POWER VERBS VERBS! Original Kept Inventory
Provided quality customer service
Attended meetings Revised Kept daily inventory of
over 1,000 classification of
Provided quality customer
service by addressing questions
and acting quickly to
Learned about the advertising
industry and met with
professionals through attending
weekly meetings e.g. TAILOR YOUR RESUME WHAT NOT TO DO RESUMES General Guidelines > One page, 10-12 pt font
> Font: Times New Roman, Arial, Heveltica
DON'T GET CRAZY!!!
> Paper: High quality resume paper or printer paper (should be 8.5 X 11)
> PERFECT in spelling & grammar
> Consistent layout & format What is a Cover Letter? NUTS & BOLTS
Cover Letter Guidelines > One page
> 10-12 pt. font (Times, Arial, Calibri, Heveltica)
> Use standard business letter (block) format
> Print on resume or high quality paper
> Proofread, proofread, proofread Heading
Closing Paragraph Objective now a days are bland, meaningless & hard to write
>Objectives fail to set you apart from the rest
> Indicate what (skills) you can offer, NOT what they can offer you Objectives! Who needs 'em? Education > Name & Location of institution
> Degree(s) obtained
> Graduation Month & Year (Only list institution(s) where you received a degree) Skill + What You Did + Results/Outcome Simple Formula: (verb) (or who/when) (how or why) [ [ > Name & contact information
Use same header that's on your resume
> Recipient's Information
Name, title, company & address
If unable to locate specific contact person:
Dear Hiring Manager
Dear Hiring Committee > WHY are you writing?
> HOW did you learn of the position?
> Why are you interested in applying? > Match desired skills and experiences listed in the job/position description
Use key words
> Expand upon your resume
What skills did you gain?
What knowledge did you learn?
How does this relate to what the position is calling for?
> Be confident! > Summarize your qualifications
> Express interest in an interview/meeting
> Thank the employer for their time & attention Key Questions > Did you emphasize your
related experiences & skills?
> Have you sold yourself on paper?
> If roles were reversed, would you consider your resume to be a strong applicant 30 seconds Reel in the job with your Cover Letter A letter sent with your resume that:
Provides additional info about your skills and experience
States how you are the best match for the job that you are applying for A cover letter is a picture of who YOU are! Create a critical 1st impression of who you are to the employer A cover letter can.... A cover letter can...
What can you
do for the employer? Why are so cover letters important? A cover letter can help with...
>playing up your skills
>gaps in your employment
>re-entering the job market or changing your career
>relocating or doing a long distance job search Expresses your interest in:
the specific organization/business
the job that you are applying for A cover letter can... There a 3
common types of cover letters: Application Cover Letter: Where you explain to the employer why you should be selected for an interview Referral/Networking Cover Letter: Where you mention a mutual connection when you are applying for a job Letter of Interest: A letter sent to an employer inquiring about possible job opportunities The breakdown "I am writing to express my interest in the Customer Service Representative position" "Mary Smith suggested I contact you directly regarding my interest in the Customer Service Representative position with your organization" "I read about your company's Customer Services Representative training program and I would like to inquire about the possibility of an available opening." Cover Letter PRESENTATION What is a cover letter?
Why are they important?
Types of Cover Letters
Cover Letter Formatting & Guidelines What is a resume? A personal summary of: >Any qualifications, skills, and background you may have to offer a potential employer
>Your resume should reflect your personality, creativity & your abilities Your resume should show YOUR stuff!!! Common Types of Resumes Chronological: >Lists you work history with the MOST RECENT position listed first
>Most employers prefer this because they can see what jobs you have held and for how long Functional: > Highlights your experience & skills that you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for
> Often used if you have recently changed your career or have gaps in your employment history Combination: >Lists your skills and experience first, then you employment history in chronological order > What the employer sees FIRST! 30 Seconds A PROFESSIONAL E-MAIL IS SOOOO IMPORTANT!!!!!!! Would you want to hire:
firstname.lastname@example.org? Pooky "Tha Don" Smith 3650 S F St
Tac, Wa 98405
email@example.com > a summary of your experience, skills and qualifications that is customized for the job you are applying for Summary of Qualifications vs. Objective Statement > do not use "I" or "My" > Example: >Responsible, efficient and flexible
>4 years of experience as a Customer Service Representative
>Strong Oral & Written Communication Skills
>Proficient with Microsoft Suite Applications
>Ability to work with minimal supervision
>Multilingual: English, Spanish & Russian > Use bullet points (5-7) What about under the table jobs? Can I include it on a resume? Q: Try contacting that person you worked with under the table and ask them if they would be willing to be a Professional Reference for you! Each job should have 3-5 bullet points describing your duties A: Do NOT add your...... >Social Security Number
>Birth date or Age
>Including irrelevant hobbies, activities, etc. No, Focus on the skills acquired on the job rather... >Food Handlers Card? >CDL License? >CPR/First Aid? >Trainings??? Employee of the month? Honor roll? Top Sales Performer/Top Producer? Volunteer of the year? > No REFERENCES UPON REQUEST! Created by Charla Allen *Note: If you have graduated high school, and have gone on to a 2 year or 4 year institution, you no longer need to list high school*