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The Art & Science of

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The Art & Science of
Great Resumes & Cover Letters
Ashleigh Brock '05, Assistant Director
Office of Alumni & Career Services
Design
Flow
Use of space
Originality
The Art
The Science
Structure
Precision
Technical Details
Experimentation
The Basics
What is a resume?
What are its uses?
Goals for today:
1. Identify 6 steps for writing great resumes
2. Discuss the 3 phases of cover letter writing
3. Answer your questions!
6 Steps to a Great Resume
#1
Know your audience.
#2
Think holistically about your experiences.
education
part-time jobs
internships
research
awards
Inside the Box
Outside the Box
class projects
study abroad
foreign languages
community service
athletics
What else?
#3
Brainstorm about content.
D A R K
DETAILS
: Title, company/organization, city, state, dates
ACTIONS
: Tasks completed, general responsibilities (think in
verbs
)
RESULTS
: What did you achieve (qualify and quantify)?
KNOWLEDGE
: What did you learn from the experience?
D
A
R
K
Experience: ___________________
#4
Write succinct, visual, summaries
of your experiences (bullet points)
Responsible for several fundraising events.
Organize and manage two annual charity walks for cancer research, raising more than $4500 per year
Passive voice
Vague
What kind?
Strong, tense appropriate action verbs
specific, descriptive
results oriented
#5
Format with a purpose.
Think in sections.
Education
University
Degree Type
Concentration
GPA, honors
Graduation date
Experience
jobs
internships
research
leadership positions
2-4 strong bullets
Activities/ "other"
service
technical skills
athletics
student orgs
1-2 strong bullets
#6
Consistency in style, design elements
Audience awareness
Good use of white space
Sensible font choice and size
Margins
can help!
Q: In what format should you showcase your GPA on your resume?
A: Cumulative, two decimal places, no rounding,
reflects Bannerweb
Questions?
The Basics
What is a cover letter?
When do you need one?
Where do you start?
Phase 1: Pre-Writing
updated resume
job/internship description
company research
Requirements
What are the keywords/phrases?
What kind of applicant are they seeking?
What requirements are musts vs preferred?
Phase 2: Writing the draft
business letter format
1 page, single spaced
margins, fonts mirror resume choices
Your contact info
Employer contact info
Paragraph 1
2-3 sentences
name of the position applied for
how you learned about the opportunity
you are excited about the opportunity!
** Think THESIS STATEMENT
Paragraph 2 and 3
Connect your skills and background to the position
focus on 2-3 specific examples
show you've done your research
You vs I
Paragraph 4
Conclusion
restate your thesis and enthusiasm
how to contact you
follow-up plans
Phase 3: Edit and Share
Read aloud
industry advice

Business Communication Fall 2014
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