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The Resume & Cover Letter

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The Resume & Cover Letter
Creating a Resume
A Professional Resume focuses on 3 Things, or the "3 Fs"

1.
F
unction
2.
F
orm
3. E
f
fectiveness
Choose a Resume Format
&
Limit to 1 page
1. Chronological
Highlight your work experience in reverse chronological order
Be sure to not leave time gaps
The most widely used format for working professionals

2. Functional
Highlight specific skills for which the market has high demand
Used more by recent graduates
Frequently used
to change jobs or careers
by those with little to no employment history
by those with employment gaps

3. Combination
Highlight specific work experience
Highlight marketable skills
Use reverse chronological order
The best resume style for most college students

Evaluate a Student Sample
Look at Jane Smith's cover letter on pg. 8.

Does it follow the 3 Fs?
Congrats!
Finalize your resume and cover letter
&
You're ready to prep for the interview!
F
unction
The function of a resume is
to inform
the audience about you in order to accomplish something.
F
orm
People who read resumes expect them to include specific information, including:


Name
Address
Contact Information
Education
Past jobs
Volunteer Experience
Awards & Honors
Special Skills
e
F
fectiveness
An effective resume...

has a clear purpose that shows why you're writing it
is visually appropriate and appealing, or easy to read
includes all the necessary information about the writer
is grammatically correct with no errors in spelling or punctuation
Function
What you're trying to accomplish depends on what you're trying to do. This might include getting a job, getting into college, winning a scholarship, or being selected for an internship.
Does Jane Smith's resume follow the rules of the 3 Fs?
Let's look at a Student Example
(p. 6 of your 3 Fs packet)
YOUR TURN:

Analyze John Smith's resume on p. 7. Document the results on p. 1 of your packet.
No Time for Mistakes
Funny Mistakes on Resumes Video
Moving on to the
Cover Letter
1. What were the 3 Fs of resume writing?

2. How do you think they relate to cover letter writing?
F
unction
Cover letters
Accompany the resume
Introduces the resume's writer to the reader
Allow for personalization
Writer can provide more detail about himself/herself
Writer can provide more relevant experience
Make your "true voice" come through
F
orm
The Business Letter
Block format
Correctly placed heading
Date
Salutation
Body paragraphs with specific job-related information
Professional closing
Signature
e
f
fectiveness
An effective cover letter
personalizes
the writer and provides more information.... and:
has a clear purpose that shows why you're writing it
is visually appropriate and appealing, or easy to read
includes additional relevant information about the writer
is grammatically correct with no errors in punctuation or spelling
The Structure of the Cover Letter
Your Address
The Date

Address of the Recipient (or Audience)



Dear _____________
,
(or
:
)
1st Body Paragraph
College/Scholarship/Award Purposes
State the name of the college/scholarship/award
Briefly explain why you are the best choice

Employment Purposes
State what position you are applying for
Briefly state what makes you the best candidate
Can also state where you learned about the position
2nd Body Paragraph
ADD DETAIL
Describe your
qualifications
and what you will bring to the college or job.

In other words, why would YOU be an asset to the college/job?
4th Body Paragraph
Tell the reader to
contact
you if they need additional information.

Give them your
email address
,
phone number
, and a
best time
to contact you.
3rd Body Paragraph
Tell the reader
why
you're interested
Tell how you
connect
with their values and what they are looking for in a candidate
Research will be required
Closing
Sincerely,



Your typed name
Block style: 1 inch margins and left alignment
*Note: Modified Block is also acceptable
Your signed name
Helpful Tip
On a copy of your resume, place STARS by any information you'd like to go into detail about in the cover letter.

Graphic Organizer: Visualizing Your Cover Letter
YOUR TURN: Evaluate John A. Smith's Cover Letter
pg. 9
Don't Worry! There will still be more time to practice :)
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