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  • Dr.Chanchal Narang
  • Dr.Chanchal Narang
  • Dr.Chanchal Narang
  • New microsoft power point presentation

    1. 1. Workshop for threshold levelstudents FOCUSSING ON Cover letters Résumé Facing Job Interviews Conducted By: Dr. Chanchal Narang University Institute of Legal Studies Panjab
    2. 2. PART-1 Cover Letters – Career Marketing Letters The Purpose & Objective of Cover Letter • Introducing Yourself & clearly defining “who” you are. • Highlighting your most notable qualifications, experiences, credentials, skills & achievements. • Identifying the value you can bring to the organization. • Capturing your reader’s interest in you, your résumé and your availability. • Motivating the reader to call & offer you the Opportunity for an interview.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 2
    3. 3. Strategies for Writing Winning Cover Letters• Make it easy for someone to understand “who” you are.• Use a unique and professional format when writing and typing your cover letters.• Highlight your most relevant qualifications.• Shine a spotlight on your most relevant achievements.• Include information that you know about the company or the position for which you are applying.• Explain why you want to work for this company in particular.• Be sure that your cover letters are neat, clean and well presented.• Double-check, triple-check, and then have someone else check your letter to be sure that it is error free.• Keep your cover letters short.• Always remind yourself why you are writing each cover letter and be sure to ask for an interview.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 3
    4. 4. Preparing to write Six steps to write Better cover letters:1. Identify your key selling points. - Know your objective. - Summarize your experience – think of an appropriate summary sentence. - Identify your achievements.2. Pre-plan. - Why am I writing this letter? - Have I researched the company and the position? - Do I have a contact name?3. Write the Opening paragraph. - Who are you? - why are you writing? - What message are you communicating?04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 4
    5. 5. Preparing to write (contd.)4. Write the body. Highlight your features & benefits - what will catch my attention? - What’s interesting about this candidate? - What’s innovative or unique about this candidate? - why is this candidate different from or better than other candidates? - Do I understand the value I will get from this candidate? - Do I need this candidate? - Do I want this candidate?5. Write the closing. - Passive style. - Assertive style. - Decide about quoting the salary.6. Polish, proofread and finalize. - Check spelling. - Check grammar & punctuation. - Write interesting language.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 5
    6. 6. Format of cover letter• Paragraph style• Comparison-list style (directly comparing your qualifications to the position requirements)• Bullet style (with introductory and closing paragraphs surrounding bullet-point statements)04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 6
    7. 7. Chandra Shekhar 2357, Carpenters Lane Bangalore, 245242 513-555001November 12, 2008Mr. Saral BanerjeeVice President of AdministrationFrontline Corporation725, Walnut StreetBangalore, 245242Re: Purchasing Manager Position in Delhi Branch.Dear Mr. Banerjee:------------------------------------------- BODY------------------------------------------------Yours’ SincerelyChandra Shekhar (Mr.)Enclosures: As above.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 7
    8. 8. PART-2 C.V. Steps for writing A CV:• Type your name, address, home phone number and e-mail address. Include your work phone, cell phone and fax numbers if appropriate.• Write your objective and a list of all the skills you possess that support that objective.• List your job titles, employers, locations, and dates for each position you’ve held with basic information about that job, your responsibilities, the company, and your achievements.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 8
    9. 9. CV (contd.)• Type a list of all your academic experience: college degrees, college attendance, professional certificates and licenses, and continuing education.• List any of the following information that is applicable to you and you career:- Professional membership - Volunteer Experience- Civic membership - Public speaking experience- Computer & technology skills - Media recognition- Honours & awards - Foreign-language skills- Publications - International experience04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 9
    10. 10. Details of information Objectives vs. career summaries• Objective clearly states • Career summary clearly what type of position an states what type of individual is seeking and in position you have held and what industry. in what industry.• It also communicates to • Career summary reflect the reader that he/she has your offer and your value. experience that is directly • It is much more powerful relevant. introduction that• You are telling your reader immediately entices what you want from them. someone to read on.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 10
    11. 11. Inclusion of Details• Education: • Employment experience1. Major courses of study 1. Highlight the key responsibilities2. Names of schools, colleges, & accomplishments of each of universities your positions using powerful words3. Academic honours 2. Include precise information4. Demonstrations of about your job functions and leadership skills achievements not generalized5. Certificates statements of overall6. Licenses responsibilities.7. Seminars 3. Include specific figures,8. Workshops percentages and results9. Other continuing education • Sports• Extra-curricular 1. Distinctions at various levels activities 2. Participation at different levels1. Debates/declamations2. N.S.S./N.C.C.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 11
    12. 12. Writing CV• Spelling, punctuation, grammar & syntax1. Check all typographical errors2. Check your choice of words3. Check your sentences4. Check your punctuation5. Proofread it twice or thrice & take help from your friends in proofreading6. Use appropriate management & leadership terminology.7. Write your document in active voice, never in passive person8. Write your present activities & responsibilities in the present tense & all your past positions & accomplishments in the past tense.9. Do not stretch your Résumé beyond the page length of two pages.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 12
    13. 13. Some Do’s for CV presentation• Set your headings & margins• Adjust spacing for readability impact• Insert horizontal rules or other graphic elements to improve organization & appearance• Select which type enhancements (bold, italics or underlining) you want to use and where• Edit the text to comfortably fit on each page04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 13
    14. 14. Some Donts for CV presentation• Don’t expect the readers to struggle through paragraphs that are 10 to 15 lines long.• Don’t overdo your use of bold, italics or underlining. Excessive use defeats the purpose of the enhancements. If half of the type on the page is bold, nothing will stand out.• Use nothing smaller than 10-point type. If you want employers to review your résumé make sure they don’t need a magnifying glass.• Don’t clutter your résumé. It should be easily readable and have adequate breathing space.• Use an excellent printer, preferably a laser printer. Smudged, faint, heavy or otherwise poor-quality print will discourage the readers.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 14
    15. 15. PART-3 Facing interviews Interview is a test of• Disposition• Career objective• Subject knowledge• General knowledge• Communication skills• Mental alertness• Consistency of approach• Coherence of thought• Self confidence04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 15
    16. 16. Appearing for interviews• Sense of time• Appearance• Body language• Communication skills• Enthusiasm• Brevity• Listen carefully• Be honest• Sell yourself• Maintain a balance• Show leadership qualities04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 16
    17. 17. Types of questions expected1. Leading question2. open-ended question3. Probing question4. Close-ended-question04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 17
    18. 18. Initiation if the interview INTRODUCTIONS• FAMILY Brothers and Sisters, Parents, Childhood – happy? Home where does he or she live?• EDUCATION Different schools, colleges or Universities. Favourite subjects and why? Future plans.• FRIENDS Many or just a few? What do they talk about and do together? Is it easy to make new friends?• FREE TIME Hobbies, Sports, T.V., Radio, Cinema. What does he or she do at the weekends and in the evenings? What does he or she like reading?• TRAVEL Countries, Cities visited. Parts of own country he or she knows. Languages. Favourite holiday spots. Future plans.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 18
    19. 19. Broad Guidelines for facing the interviews1. Open the door of the interview in a quiet and unobtrusive manner.2. Try to sit comfortably & reasonably upright. Sit in a relaxed manner, yet do not create an image of being lazy or casual. Put your arms in a comfortable position, but do not keep on shifting them.3. Keep an eye-contact with the interviewers. However do not stare at them.4. Do not chew gum or betel leave or anything else.5. Listen to the questions asked attentively & give yourself a few minutes to frame the answer.6. If you have not understood the question, do not hesitate to enquire.7. Do not interrupt the interviewer. However if he misunderstood what you said, intervene politely & correct him.8. Be very alert on controversial issues.9. Be very through with your résumé because most of the questions are direct off-shoots from the same.10. Grab the opportunity to speak, show your interest & aptitude whenever possible.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 19
    20. 20. Some Donts for facing the interviews• Don’t bluff.• Don’t flatter.• Don’t speak very fast.• Don’t be rude.• Don’t feel nervous.• Don’t dress foppishly.• Don’t talk too much.04/10/13 Dr. Chanchal Narang 20
    21. 21. All the best! Thank you!