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Resumes and Cover Letters

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Lucylle Shelton

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Transcript of Resumes and Cover Letters

Portraits of the
Very Best You Shorter than hard copy but same format
Include why you are sending
Brief expression of interest and follow up
Attach resume. Do not copy and paste into body of email
Print and proof before hitting send COVER LETTERS: electronic Closing
Name – Signed and printed
Enclosure - business letter format: If you are enclosing additional information with your letter such as a resume or a reference sheet, skip two single lines after your typed name and type "Enclosure" or "Enclosures." If you use the plural, you have the option of stating the number of enclosures in parentheses.

Enclosures (2) COVER LETTERS: hard copy Paragraph 2:
What makes you the best candidate?
Characteristics NOT on resume
Your love for the company
What you offer COVER LETTERS: hard copy Do NOT rewrite resume
Paragraph 1:
Why you are writing or how you know about the job COVER LETTERS: hard copy Name, Title
Phone Number If resume looks a little “empty” and has too much white space, add something that balances the page

Ex: AVAILABILITY: Immediately
REFERENCES : Available upon request

If you go to 2nd page, make sure you can fill at least half
evaluate what you really need or do not need “Filling it out” HONORS AND ACTIVITIES
Dean’s List – six school terms
Volunteer work: Medshare International, Cobb After School Elementary Reading Program Honors & Activities examples: Why write an honors and activities section?

to customize your resume for specific positions
to provide evidence of your qualifications
to demonstrate that your work has been recognized as of a high quality by others
to provide evidence that you are a well-rounded person
to stand out and show how unique of an individual you are
to reflect your values and commitment HONORS AND ACTIVITIES May combine or separate these
Think in broad terms and do not exaggerate
Do include a variety
An honors and activities section might include the following:
academic awards and scholarships
membership in campus, national, or international organizations
leadership positions held in campus, national, or international organizations
university and community service positions
work-related awards or honors
date of award or dates of involvement in an activity HONORS AND ACTIVITIES Michaels Arts & Crafts Store Savannah,GA
Crafts Assistant 2007-2009

Greeted customers
Organized arts & craft classes and prepared materials
Developed marketing fliers
Assisted customers and provided product information
Coordinated and expanded art class schedule Other Experience Goodfoods Corner Grocery Woodstock,GA
Cashier 2007 – 2009

Collected and processed payments
Assisted customers
Performed product inventories
Balanced shift financial transactions
Organized products and displays Tell specifically what you do or what you did for each position
Assume the reader does NOT know
Use correct verb tense! EXPERIENCE Helpful for new graduates only
Emphasis on RELEVANT
Not required
Usually removed after a job or two
Better to do a Skills section RELEVANT COURSES
Diploma in Marketing Management, Chattahoochee Technical College, Marietta, GA 2010
AAS in Business Management,
Chattahoochee Technical College, Marietta, GA 2011

Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
General Studies , completed 40 credit hours 2008 EXAMPLES BE ACCURATE!
University/College name and location
Degree – as listed in catalog
GPA (if 3.0 or better)
Graduation (or expected graduation) date
Most recent first
Drop high school once you’ve attended college EDUCATION SKILLS
Microsoft Office Suite
Spanish (conversational)
4 years experience as……….
Consistently meet deadlines
Strong leadership skills Skills examples: OBJECTIVE
Ex: “Seeking recreation assistant position”

Ex: "To obtain a permanent position as an office administrator to utilize my organizational, team-building, and leadership skills.”

Ex. “Seeking an assistant manager position to utilize skills in leadership to build a productive team.” “Concise Headline” examples: “Brief Headline” Brief headline approach: Write brief statement that encapsulates your career goal and one or two of your top qualifications
VERY CONCISELY state how you can contribute to the organization
Objectives should reflect the employer's perspective, not the jobseeker’s; should demonstrate the value the candidate will add to the organization
Can “spotlight” a few key skills, but target your objective to the organization to which you are applying

Example of what NOT to write:
“Career objective: I want to obtain a meaningful and challenging position that enables me to learn the sport management field and allows for advancement.” OBJECTIVE
Recreation Specialist

Youth Athletics Supervisor “Name the Job” examples: “Name the job” approach: Just name the job you want
Name the Job in 5 words or less
That is all! - trust the experts on this…
No flowery fluff; can’t be vague
Be very concise OBJECTIVE: “Name the Job” Willy Needajob

123 Party Lane 770-555-1234
Atlanta, GA 30060 willyusedtoparty@seriousnow.net
5500 North June Street
Marietta, GA 30060
imastudent@jobhungry.com Name (the one you use)
Telephone Number (where you can be reached)
Email (professional!) CONTACT INFORMATION Be concise and truthful
Think about bragging
Use key, precise words, avoiding catchy resume book phrases
Include “white space” to help with readability Use phrases – NOT sentences
Avoid I, me, my, we, or our
Keep personal information personal (that means NOT on resume)
Put references where they belong – on a separate sheet of paper Build your own resume

Have an error-free resume

Use action verbs

Emphasize skills, education, and experience Updated every 6 months
List schooling and work backgrounds
with most recent first Delivered the way the employer wants to receive it
Printed on quality, conservative paper
Standard fonts
Times New Roman 11 or 12
Arial 10 or 11

Consistent margins
1” on both sides
1” down to 1/2” on top and bottom But the primary purpose is to… GET YOU AN INTERVIEW ! To provide a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments

It is a quick advertisement of who you are…essentially a sales tool! What is the purpose of a resume? YOUR RESUME:
A PORTRAIT OF YOU Paragraph 3:
What happens next?
Will you call to follow up?
Express desire for interview COVER LETTERS: hard copy Paper that matches resume
Your address & their address (business letter format)
Send to a specific person
Have someone critique/review before mailing! COVER LETTERS: hard copy Cobb County Parks & Recreation Dallas, GA
Camp Counselor Summer 2005

Supervised groups of children ages 9-11
Planned and implemented activities
Communicated with parents regarding children’s involvement and challenges Recreation Experience Employers value work experience
both relevant and irrelevant
both paid and unpaid
Many skills are transferable
Usually go back no more than 10 years
Focus on what you did and what you accomplished EXPERIENCE List skills that apply to the job you are seeking
Include computer skills
In some cases, “soft” skills are appropriate (personal skills) – Examples:
problem solving
Communication or team player skills
conflict management
interpersonal skills
planning and organization
leadership and motivation skills
Work well under pressure SKILLS The following categories are typically used, but these can be changed as needed:
Contact Information
Other Simple (most employers will only spend about 30 seconds to one minute with your resume)
Accurate and honest
1 page usually (never more than 2) Place on separate sheet of paper
Ask if they want references; take to an interview
Three people: Work, School, Community REFERENCES Created as a Word document (no templates!)
Single spaced with double between sections
Critiqued by several people Formatting Your Resume ALWAYS COVER LETTERS
If requested by email, send as an attachment (not copied and pasted into the email) Uploaded on the employer’s website USEFUL CATEGORIES
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