Student Name University Address St. John’s, NL A1X 2Y6 (709) 123‑4567 email@example.com Date Company Name Dear Mr./Ms. Smith: State fully the job applied for, location and where the position was advertised. State what is known about the company. This is important because it indicates to the employer that the student took the time to do some research and is genuinely interested in this job and the company. Do not quote vague statements or repeat information from their web site. Information related to current projects, future plans, etc., is appropriate. The main body of the letter should be two paragraphs at the most. Here is where the student tells the employer what he or she has to offer and why they should read the résumé. This is a good time to read the job advertisement again. Emphasize that the student has an interest in the company and the industry it works in. In one paragraph (two at the most) summarise previous experience and skills which meet the requirements of the advertisement. A good way to start this paragraph is with a statement like this: “You will see from my enclosed résumé…” then go ahead and tell them something about the student’s career which will immediately get their interest. Only give them information related to what they are asking for in the job description. Ask for an interview where further elaboration will be made on the interest and qualifications outlined above. Yours truly, (Please make sure you sign the letter) John/Jane Doe
Do not include: age, height, weight, religious/political affiliations, or social insurance number
Avoid paragraphs, use bullet statements
Use consistent spacing and formatting
Use your MUN email and check it often
SANDY SMITH University Address Home Address 12 Any St. P.O. Box 123 St. John’s, NL A1X 2Y6 Any Town, NL A1B 2Y6 (709) 123-4567 (709) 765-4321 [email_address] EDUCATION 2006-present Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Enrolled in Academic Term III Civil Bachelor of Engineering Co-op Program 2006 ABC High School, St. John’s, NL Graduated with honours from Grade 12 2005 DEG School of Arts, St. John’s, NL 45-hour course in Shop Practice
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS • Current academic average 82% • Engineering Dean’s List, academic terms 1 and 2 • Pass with Distinction, Work Term 1 • Award of $100, highest marks in Grade 12 • James Moore award, highest marks in Grade 11 WORK EXPERIENCE May - HIJ Company, St. John’s, NL September 2007 Work Term 1 Student • Worked extensively with AutoCAD producing sketches and drawings for survey layout and general construction • Assisted engineers in underground pipe design and placement • Completed quantity takeoffs, including concrete, rebar and piping, of buildings and concrete pipe supports • Kept accurate records of quantities completed on a daily, weekly and monthly basis • Completed design work for valve access platform foundation and sump drip pans as well as design layout work for main entrance to the site • Made oral presentations on work completed
Sandy Smith Page 2 of 2 June - Rural Development Association, Paradise, NL September 2006 Biologist’s Assistant • Collected salmon eggs and scale samples for a salmon hatchery project • Collected data from fishermen concerning the quantity of fish caught in a specific time period, size and weight of the fish • Wrote daily, weekly and monthly reports • Presented reports verbally to the Association 2003 - 2005 Morning News, St. John’s, NL Paper Carrier • Supplied papers and flyers to 150 customers 2002 - 2004 Babysitter • Responsible for the care of children during weekend evening hours
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES • Active with Engineering Society A, Memorial University • Member of the intramural soccer team, Memorial University • Editor of the student newsletter Advocate • Volunteer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation SKILLS • Computer skills include Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, C++ • Familiar with surveying procedures, completed the Civil workshop • Knowledgeable with concrete inspection techniques • Familiar with hydrometric data collection and flow instrumentation • Familiar with the use of lathes, hand-held power tools, welding equipment and safety gear • Good written and verbal communication skills • Valid driver’s licence INTERESTS • Woodworking, reading, skiing, fishing, swimming and travelling REFERENCES: Available upon request.
Additional Resume Hints 3 … and now, find the errors in the resume that follows:
Pick one of the following jobs and prepare an application (cover letter and resume).
This presentation and assignment is available at:
http://www.mun.ca/coop/home/pd_engineering.php (see the link “Fall 2009, Seminar 1 – Resumes and Cover Letters”)
Assignment #1, Due 9 AM Friday, September 11th, 2009 at the Co-op Office (EN-4019) Submit an application, consisting of a cover letter and resume, the one of the following jobs. Sample Work Term 1 Jobs Job # 1 Location: Toronto, ON Contact Person: Dr. I. Wired, P.Eng. Job Title: Database Administrator Second or third-year Computer Science or Engineering Background The department is responsible for technical training of Lab designers and process quality. We are committed to keeping our people abreast of new technologies and methodologies through the development and delivery of technical courses, and maintenance and improvement of the development processes. Key Responsibilities: - installation and support of Computer Based Training courses - development of maintenance and registration procedures for CBT - create database macros to generate reports, charts, etc. - develop and support the creation of a database user’s guide. We are looking for a motivated student who is willing to learn and work in a fast-paced team environment. The successful candidate should have strong communication, writing and presentation skills. This position will allow you to experience and understand the intricacies of a development process in a leading telecommunications industry environment. You will also have the opportunity to exercise a diverse set of computer-oriented skills including Windows, Linux and UNIX applications, and database languages.
Sample Work Term 1 Jobs Job # 2 Company: Big Mac Oil Services Location: St. John’s, NL Contact Person: Mr. Mack Donald Job Title: Project Engineering Assistant Big Mac Oil Services has offices worldwide and is a leader in providing support to the oil and gas production facilities. We have a position available in our St. John’s office, which is responsible for providing Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services to four different clients in the East Coast Canada Oil and Gas industry. As an engineering student with Big Mac, the successful candidate will be supervised by our Project Engineer(s) and be engaged in various tasks including the following: - Assisting the project engineers in carrying out technical tasks requiring the use of prescribed analysis, design or competitive methods within a discipline. - Assist discipline lead engineers in preparing scope of work documents for our client. - Assist with project close-out activities - CTR (Controlled Time Resources) Preparation. - Development of project estimates. - Obtaining and analyzing data. - Employ the inter-company management system to retrieve and work with company procedures, drawings, etc. During the interview process, individuals must be able to demonstrate good communication skills as well as a keen attitude towards adaptability, initiative and problem solving.