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7 "R's" Career Fair Success with Resume & Letter Correspond Workshop
Transcript of 7 "R's" Career Fair Success with Resume & Letter Correspond Workshop
The R's to
Ashley Gei, Counselor
Bluegrass Community & Technical College
Career Development & Counseling Center
Resume Writing Guidelines:
The Do's And Don'ts
Three types of Employment Letters
Take time to research employers attending the Career Fair.
Employers attending the Career Fair are listed on CareerLink.
Make a list of the top 5 - 10 employers you want to visit and keep that with you the day of the fair.
Be assertive in striving to
match your skills and interests.
Clarify your goals before the
career fair in order to leave
with meaningful contacts and information.
Have at least 10 copies of your best resume, on high quality white
paper, prepared for representatives at the Employer Showcase.
Ensure that your resume is free of errors and has been critiqued by a Career Counselor in the Career Development & Counseling Center.
Make a separate list of references to add to your resume.
Carry your resume in a leather portfolio or folder with a nice pen and a pad of paper.
You have only 5 seconds to make a first impression!
Practice Your Introduction:
Present yourself as confident, pleasant, and
Give a smile.
Make good eye contact.
Give a firm handshake.
Practice introducing yourself ALOUD.
Be prepared to respond to the question: “Tell me a
little bit about yourself.”
Your major and education level
Why you chose your major
What you like best about your chosen field
What you do best in regard to your major
What are your strengths and passions
Use person's name when talking to them.
Use your manners and be respectful.
Be a good listener.
Make your own positive impression.
Collect business cards and ask who is
serving as the contact person.
Make notes about your conversation with each representative and use this information
in follow-up letters and phone calls.
Send thank you letters within 24 to 48 hours.
Know when to move on if there are is a long line and come back later.
Do not cruise the booths with friends.
Don't just grab goodies from the companies tables!
No, Hire Me
Request information from the corporate representatives by
asking intelligent questions that demonstrate your knowledge of
the company, your interest, as well as your awareness of your
needs in a career opportunity.
Some good questions:
• What type of training program do you offer new employees?
• Describe the work environment of your company.
• How are employees evaluated and promoted?
• How has working at this company influenced your personal
and professional growth?
• What are the major projects being undertaken now?
Tips to Help You Relax
On Career Fair Day!
• Deep Breathing
• Progressive Muscle Relaxation
• Eating Healthy
• Cognitive Restructuring
• Listening to Music
View job postings from the following sources:
Postings sent to BCTC Career Link
Utilize Search agents
Get details about the Job Fair
Upload resumes and post in resume books
Get employer contacts from employer database
Apply for on-Campus interviews
Authenticity is the degree to which one is
true to one's own personality, spirit, or
character, despite external pressures.
What is Authenticity?
Enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and build your network.
Explore options! You can't tell what a company has to offer by simply looking at their name.
Successful candidates will find a match regardless of what positions
a company currently
Don't put all your eggs in on
basket, continue the job
search through all avenues.
Types of Correspondence
Thank You Letter
Letter of Acceptance, Withdrawal
A Cover Letter is used to accompany a resume in
applying for a posted position.
Use 3-4 paragraph structure
Identify your purpose for the letter –
name the position you are applying for
name your source of information (Wildcat CareerLink, a person etc…)
Paragraphs 2-3 should address your qualifications.
Begin with your strongest qualifications relevant to the position and provide evidence through accomplishments.
Last paragraph summarizes your qualifications.
Request an interview and give contact information.
Thank them for their time and consideration
Cover Letter Structure
Sometimes called a “letter of inquiry.” Used to inquire about
opportunities when the your desired position is not posted.
A Networking Letter is used to arrange informational interviews
from networking contacts - NOT job interviews!
Following an interview, promptly (within 2 business days) write the interviewer a letter expressing appreciation and thanks for the interview. The purpose of this letter is to: Show appreciation for the employer's interest in you. Reiterate your interest in the position and in the organization.
Thank You Letter
Have a professional email account (not CutiePatootie@gmail.com)
Don’t need to include the date, physical addresses, or your signature
Put your name and the position title in the subject line
Copy/paste the body of the letter into
Don’t use informal text lingo or
A Acceptance Letter is used to accept a job offer
and confirm the terms of your employment
A Withdrawal letter written to withdraw your
application for or acceptance of a job offer
A formal letter sent to decline a job offer
For additional assistance with Careerlink, resumes, interviewing, job search strategies, or deciding on a major :
Come to the Career Development & Counseling Center during our hours.
Cooper Campus Leestown Campus Newtown Campus
AT Building Room 102 A Building Room 240 Classroom Building Room 103
Call to Schedule an appointment at (859)-246-6550
Don’t Forget to create an account on CareerLink to view all the services and connections to employers for internships and jobs, and MUCH MORE!
Go to: https://bluegrass-kctcs-csm.symplicity.com/
Use a positive tone in your writing
Use action words and power statements
Use 1 inch margins on all sides
Use an easy to read font such as Lucinda Sans Unicode or Verdana.
1 page length recommended for entry level
Use resume paper and envelope for traditional mailing.
Always accompanied with a Cover Letter
Always use spell check
Take your resume to a resume expert before sending
What to do
No Personal Information (i.e., age, marital status, number
of children, religion, and pictures, etc.)
NO typos or grammatical errors
Don’t abbreviate in most cases. (G.P.A. is O.K.)
Never use a font size smaller than 10.
Never staple resume to the Cover Letter
Never, ever lie on your Resume!!
What Not TO Do
Related Job Skills and Abilities
Transferable Skills and Abilities
Volunteer and Community Work
Area code and phone number (Avoid an unpleasant
or offensive voicemail message)
Email address (Avoid an offensive email address)
No personal information on resume
No pictures on resume
Colleges or Universities: list all starting with current or
Degree, Major and Date
G.P.A. – 3.0 or above
Honors and Distinctions
Relevant Skills : to the position to which you are applying
Transferable Workplace Skills: such as
customer service or budgeting
Computer and Software Programs
Foreign Language Skills: Both fluent and conversational
Additional Skills: grant writing, event planning, sign language, etc.
Skills and Abilities
Internships paid or unpaid related to job to which you are applying.
Paid employment related to major or job to which you are applying.
Volunteer work related to major or job
Company name, City, State and your job title
Starting and ending employment dates
Brief job descriptions
On the job accomplishments especially those that can be quantified in $ or % increases.
Related Work Experience
List Relevant Activities that show engagement with others:
Positions and Participation
Skills Acquired and Used
How many hours volunteered
Description of participation
Why Do We Use Resumes?
Gives an Overview of your Education, Background, Skills and Qualifications
Markets your abilities and reflects your
personality when you are not present
Accompanies your job application and cover
letter, including your graduate school
Serves as a Pre-screening vehicle for employers
Convinces an employer to interview you
Send or deliver a Resume with a Cover Letter that is specific to each job to which you are applying
Attach resumes to Online Applications
Hand out resumes at Career Fairs
Take to Interviews
Take to Networking Meetings
Always keep your resume updated!
How Do I Use A Resume
Types of Resumes
Lists skills and experiences by function using functional headings rather than a work history list only
lists Work History by most recent dates
Uses both functional and chronological elements
A targeted resume is a resume that is customized so that it specifically highlights the experience and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
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