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How to Write a Resume and Cover Letter
Transcript of How to Write a Resume and Cover Letter
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Your résumé will get you the interview,
not the job.
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Résumé & Cover Letter
Looking Good on Paper
What is a résumé ?
Types of résumés
Creating your résumé
What is a résumé?
Your personal marketing tool
Written description of your skills and experience
Concise, persuasive and well-written
Targeted to your reader
The first step in your work search
The Basic Content
Objective - Recommended. It should be brief, clearly stated and matched to the job/program.
Summary - A summary/profile to highlight your strengths that are relevant to the employer.
Education - Include relevant course work, thesis, practica, research, papers and/or placements if relevant to the job (grades if noteworthy)
Awards - Include honours, citations, scholarships, and other recognition.
Describe achievements from employment and volunteer work.
Organizing your experience to highlight the most relevant
Interests & Activities - Indicate your personality and uniqueness
Specific, targeted, brief
Make sure the objective “says something”
A few short statements that highlight skills, knowledge, personal qualities
May also be called Profile or Summary
Take cues from the job ad
Important enough to go at the top!
Provide detail and expand on relevant courses, projects, papers, labs, research.
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Includes relevant experience: school, internship, paid, volunteer, Co-Curricular Record
All paid work experience
Reverse chronological order
Combination of the two styles
Choose the style that is best for you.
Skills Headings - Examples
Ability to gather, analyze and interpret information
Experienced leading groups of peers in academic projects
Interacted with public in fast-paced, customer satisfaction environment
Other Possible Skills Headings
Other Possible Headings
Awards and Achievements
Training & Certification
Additional Special Skills
Use what works for you.
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Why write letters?
Demonstrate your writing skills
Expand/highlight points in résumé
“Available on request”
Do not include personal information about your references on your résumé
Typically will be asked to provide separate references sheet at the interview
Who & How
Professors, employers, organization/club leaders, etc.
Contact them and get their permission!
Provide information about the position & remind them of your duties/skills
Sending & Follow Up
Follow instructions about format, e.g. Word, pdf
Your name in title of attached documents, e.g. J. Low résumé
What next? Follow up.
Difference between types of letters during this step
Dependent on if the job is advertised or not