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Resume and Cover Letter Building

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Jeremy Nere

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Resume and Cover Letter Writing

What is a Resume & Why Do I Need One?
Basic Formatting

Resume Mistakes
Final Steps

Initially, a hiring professional may only spend 10 - 30 seconds on your resume

This is

first impression
that you are conveying to the employer and you
chief marketing tool

A snapshot of your skills, experiences, and education (do you meet the employer's minimum qualifications?)

It is your ACCOMPLISHMENTS, not your duties. How are you going to benefit the employer?

Resumes do NOT get you jobs; they open and close doors
60% of a resume is NECESSARY / 40% is opinion and will vary from industry to industry
List things in
Reverse Chronological Order
: most relevant experience first
Consistent spacing
Consistent sizing
Use "keywords" from the job description
Keep your formatting simple and consistence (don't add flashy fonts or colors)

Before adding something to your resume, always think "How will this apply to the job I am searching for"

Don't just list tasks or duties - Use
Transferable Skills!

Remove high school info
Cover Letter

Why do companies post job openings?

While your resume is your first impression/overview, your cover letter is your first
. This is your
best chance at getting
an interview.

Decide what you are trying to convey and highlight to the employer. This document SHOULD be customized for each position. Keep it short, vivid, and do NOT repeat your resume.

Entice the reader. Share enough and grab their interest so that they will want to learn more in your interview.

It helps you use your personal voice and drill down on the the employer's needs. Why are you the right choice instead of the hundreds of other applicants?

Opening Paragraphs:

"I am writing in reference to the Case Worker position in Darlington County that I recently found on the county website"

"I was excited to see your advertisement for a communications assistant in the Charlotte Observer..." *** This is huge to mention where you heard about a job. Employers are always looking at ROI and want to know what "source" is working for them.

"Jeremy Nere, Director of Career Development at Coker College, suggested that I write you in reference to the sales position that ou have available" (Tip: before you share a name, make sure that this person knows you will be doing so).

Middle Paragraphs:

This is your opportunity to expand on your passion for this position, your accomplishments and skills, and what essentially makes
you the best candidate

You should reference your resume, but do not repeat it!

Job descriptions details and knowledge of the company are a must!

Closing Paragraphs:
Your goal with the closing paragraph is to "close the deal" on the interview. Be sure to express your graditude and set the stage for the next steps in the hiring process. Avoid being too pushy though.

"I appreciate you taking the time to review my letter and enclosed resume."

"I am aware of the possible relocation accompanying this position and I look forward to discussing this with you further."

"I enjoyed our conversation the other day and I look forward to hearing back from you."

Cover Letter (formatting)

Use block style paragraphs.
Do not indent paragraphs (left align everything).
Use same header as resume.
One font, consistent font size (exception on the header).
Get the name/contact info of the appropriate. person (get correct spelling!). If you don't have a name, use Hiring Manager.
Proofread over and over again.
Follow Directions!!! This is a huge reason HR offices throw out resumes/cover letters.

The cultural fit is just as important as the skill set you have.

Customize your cover letter and resume.

Take the "extra" steps. Cover letters and resumes are just one piece of the career/job search.
Why Should I Hire You?

Most employers are saying that the objective statement is dead. Why?

#1. It can pigeonhole you into one specific position and make you miss out on other opportunities within a company or industry.

#2. It can show a lack of focus, sincerity , and direction. "Searching for a job where I can contribute to the company's goals"

#3. It can be too self-centered. "Looking for a position where you can build your skills to advance quickly"

#4. It can eat up vital space on your one-page resume.

Should You Have An Objective Statement?
If you feel an objective statement is necessary, keep it direct: "Objective: Chief of Police - Hartsville Police Department"

Trying a Personal Statement/Qualifications Summary
"Competitive customer service professional with 10 years of service industry experience. Organized and well-rounded with work history in non-profits, small businesses, and corporations. Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills and bilingual in English and Spanish languages."

The emphasis should be on what you can
to the employer.

What should you do instead?
Final Cover Letter Tips
Make it all about THEM. Highlight your passions for what the COMPANY does when talking about yourself.

Look at the job description and try to meet as many as their qualifications as possible.

Focus on specific skills and abilities instead of the positions you've held. Also, don't repeat your resume.

Be specific. Give them facts, figures, and numbers on your accomplishments and work.

Be yourself and show your personality.
2.73 GPA
Fix It
Answered the phone
Taught Zumba class
Created group activities for children
Filed papers and reports
Assisted customers picking out merchandise
Resume Basics
• Only include relevant information. A two page resume is okay as long as everything is relevant.
Purging is important

• Pay attention to verb tense

• Proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling

• Avoid acronyms and abbreviations

• Use bullet formatting

• Don't use templates!
Resume Specifics

• Ex: If you want to be an Athletic Trainer, you need coursework in nutrition, exercise, physiology, anatomy, stength training, rehab, kinesiology, etc. You also most likely will need an internship and/or study under a physician.

In addition: Staying on top of new training equipment and protective gear for athletes, new technology in the field, develop interpersonal skills, maintain personal physical health, certifications.

"I worked for the Director of Admissions. I was really effective at getting the Director's coffee, picked up her copy of the New York Times from the mailroom, wrote down her appointments, and answered her telephone."
Resume Specifics

• "Build" your resume for the exact position you are looking for. Gear your education, experiences, involvement and networks to your career path.

• If you don't have the necessary experience, begin building that now!

• Make EVERY line unique - even with similar positions

• Accomplishments, what you learned, what skills were gained, add some specific results

The YWCA of the City of New York is dedicated to
eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The Dance Instructor is responsible for
planning and implementing a dance curriculum
to include
hip hop, modern, African and/or Latin American dance forms; cultivating students’ cultural competencies; building resiliency strategies to foster personal and academic confidence; and ensuring the learning outcomes for the class are met.
The Dance instructor must have expertise in at least one (preferably more) of the dance forms mentioned above and will collaborate with and report directly to the Program Director. The Dance Instructor will work in one of our two middle school programs located at Brooklyn Collaborative Studies Middle School and New Design Middle School. Key attributes of a successful instructor is the ability to manage complex and detailed tasks simultaneously; the
ability to develop unique and experiential learning
experiences; develop meaningful and
accountable relationships
with middle school students while maintaining professional boundaries; utilize analytical skills to creatively develop and implement program initiatives; and
work collaboratively and independently
as necessary with key stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

Plan and implement an experiential Dance curriculum including a culminating project
Assess and document student skill level and progress
Submit all required paperwork in a timely manner
strong, positive
with students to promote personal and academic growth
consistent attendance
and learning outcomes for the class are met
Document and review
student learning progress to share with staff
Plan and chaperone special field trips
Champion YWCA anti-racist and anti-sexist philosophy
Fulfill all other duties deemed vital to the function of the organization


Bachelor’s degree required
Experience teaching middle school youth in an after school setting
Experience facilitating and developing experiential learning programs
Highly self-motivated and creative
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Expert knowledge in at least one of the dance forms listed above
Excellent organizational skills and curriculum planning
Ability to build supportive and professional relationships with middle school youth and staff
Ability to take initiative and work collaboratively
Ability and willingness to commit to entire program and program philosophy
Ability and willingness to have fun in the classroom
Strong work ethic and professional values
Commitment to promoting YWCA’s mission
Part time position; Salary $35 p/hr depending on experience.
PT Dance Instructor
City, State, Zip


City, State, Zip

Dear Mr. McKensie,

I am writing to express my interest in the International Marketing position open at WellCam, Inc. I am very familiar with your products, and would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how I could help increase your international market share. My colleague Janna Doling recommended that I contact you directly about this position. Jana and I have worked closely in the industry for many years, and she thought that I would be an excellent match for WellCam.

My extensive experience marketing similar products internationally has given me an overall knowledge of the business, directly applicable to your interest in increasing sales abroad. In my previous position as International Marketing Manager with ABC Company, I successfully increased our revenue in each of my territories by over 40% within my first year. In the six years I spent at ABC, I helped to establish a market share in an additional ten countries, while increasing revenue and profits in all locations.

I believe that I am an excellent candidate for the position you have advertised, and would very much like the opportunity to meet with you discuss what I have to offer WellCam, Inc.

Sincerely yours,

John Armour
Feel free to use same header from resume
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