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Resume and Cover Letter

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Transcript of Resume and Cover Letter

A resume is a summary of your
experiences, education, accomplishments,
and skills.
Contact Information
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
Work achievements
Use action words!
should name the position and the skills you will bring to the specific role you are applying for
What can you do? What are your strengths?
What skills do you have that align with the job description?
Languages you speak
Leadership roles
Relationship and Team Building
Street address
Phone number-message
Email address
Honors, awards and accomplishments
List the name of award and year you received it
Think about honor roll, sports, competitions you participated in
What Activities Can I Add to My Resume?
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
9. Boring
10. Too modest
Resume Fails
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.
John Smith
June 1, 2004

Donald Green
General Manager
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,


John Smith
Cover Letter
Your name and
contact information
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
ideal candidate.

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 Professionalism
o Teamwork
o Relationship Building
o Networking
o Communication
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?

Ex: Baby-sitting,
4-H, Boy Scouts,
Coaching Kids' Sports Teams,
Local Theater, Church, Horse Riding, Jewelry Making, Pottery
Volunteer work
Leadership roles
Hobbies, etc.

Good or Bad?
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