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Resume and Cover Letter
Transcript of Resume and Cover Letter
A resume is a summary of your
experiences, education, accomplishments,
List your high school and the dates you attended.
Write the year you began school to "Present" if you are still in school
Classes you have attended [ Tailor classes to the job you are applying for ]
GPA (your decision)
List your most recent work experience first
Title of position
Company name and location
Dates of employment
Use action words!
should name the position and the skills you will bring to the specific role you are applying for
CLEAR, CONCISE, SPECIFIC
What can you do? What are your strengths?
What skills do you have that align with the job description?
Languages you speak
Relationship and Team Building
Honors, awards and accomplishments
List the name of award and year you received it
Think about honor roll, sports, competitions you participated in
List the activities you are involved in
Top Pitfalls in Resume Writing
1. Too long
2. Typographical, grammatical or spelling errors
3. Hard to read
4. Too verbose
5. Too sparse
6. Irrelevant information
7. Obviously generic
8. Too snazzy
10. Too modest
1. Application: How large was the department you worked in with your last company? “A: 3 stories.”
2. A resume listed a skill as “being bi-lingual in three languages”
3. Background: “28 dog years of experience in sales (four human).”
4. In the section that read “Emergency Contact Number” she wrote “911.”
5. Candidate drew a picture of a car on the outside of the envelope and said it was the hiring manager’s gift.
6. Languages: “Fluent in English. Also I have been heard muttering Gibberish in my sleep.”
7. Spell check doesn't cover everything - one candidate wrote "pubic" instead of "public"
8. “One candidate included clipart on their resume of two cartoons shaking hands.”
What are action words?
Powerful verbs that describe
the effort you used to
complete a task.
June 1, 2004
Main Street Comics
123 Main Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Dear Mr. Green:
I am responding to your ad on craigslist for a sales clerk position at your Main Street store. I am including my resume for you to review.
I am interested in the sales clerk position but feel I would be a strong addition to inventory control, receiving or shelf stocking as well.
I am a senior at Edison High School and have a 3.0 grade point average. I had my own lawn mowing business for the past two summers where I was responsible for the care of 20 lawns in my neighborhood. I managed my own income, provided great service and was reliable and responsible in my work. I am a comic fan, and regularly visit Main Street Comics.
I can be reached most afternoons and evenings at home, and would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the position in person.
Thank you for your consideration,
Your name and
Use the same header
as your resume so they match!
Do some research online
and find a name
If you absolutely cannot
find a name use
Dear Hiring Manager: or
Dear Selection Committee:,
not To Whom it May Concern.
Paragraph 1: State your reason for
writing; refer to the position you
want and state how you heard of the
opening; prove that you have done
some research on the company and
Paragraphs 2 & 3: Explain your
interest in the job and how it
matches with your skills, education
and experience. USE EXAMPLES .
Prove that you are an
Paragraph 4: Refer the
reader to your resume.
Let them know you hope
to meet in person and
close with thanks.
Make sure to sign your name!
We will help you get started!
Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program, Newton, MA Summer 2015
• Completed 100 hours of on the job experience and exposure to the workforce
• Actively participated in more than 10 hours of skill building workshops including:
o Relationship Building
o Financial Literacy
o Problem Solving
o Critical thinking
o Resume and Cover Letter
Those who see your resume can see your facebook, twitter, instagram ...
Does your facebook profile match your resume?
4-H, Boy Scouts,
Coaching Kids' Sports Teams,
Local Theater, Church, Horse Riding, Jewelry Making, Pottery
volunteer work, leadership roles, clubs, hobbies, etc.