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  • DaVinci - Letter to the Duke of Milan explaining why he was qualified for the position. More of a cover letter than a resume.Traveling Lord - Sends a letter of introduction to his acquaintances1930 - Most wrote them on scraps of paper over lunch with employers. At this time interviews were more of a personality match. Skills were secondary and therefore lunches, dinners, and happy hour became a popular way of getting to know a candidate.1940 – With no laws in place to protect the candidate resumes included personal information such as weight, age, height, marital status and religion.1950 – Laid back interviews that were conducted in the 30’s are now morphing into employers judging and individuals skills strictly by resumes and by the 1960’s employer’s are wanting to see how active in the community the candidate was. So adding extra-curricular activities was the new trend for resumes.
  • 1970 - make resumes more professional and sales oriented. Allows for more information on a single sheet of paper vs. handwritten. Readable, clean, and this begins the “sales brochure” of resume writing.1980 – Books on resume writing and career counseling takes off. Another avenue for individuals to carve out a living and educate others on what employers are looking for in resumes and cover letters.1987 – Fax machine are the cool new trend to send resumes and cover letters faster and inexpensive.
  • 1994 – goes live and Careerbuilder was founded.1995 – Email begins to replace the snail mail and faxes for resumes and cover letters2002 – Interactive resume are known as web-based resumes. They include video’s, images, and audio. Easier to update from home, internet café’s, etc…..2003 – LinkedIn the new way to find jobs, network, and reach the decision makers without the hassle of bypassing gatekeepers2005 – Creation of online builder resumes. Generally free and easy to use. Incorporates color, images, video, audio, templates to choose from, etc.
  • 2006 – Video introductions sent to employers and high school students begin using video to perspective colleges.2007 – YouTube becomes the hot new way to introduce talent, skills, and outside the box ways of applying to jobs. Candidates use YouTube as a means to show employers their creativity and as a way to verify their core skills.2008 - objectives are out, summaries and position statements are in. Social Media enters the picture, LinkedIn dominates employment and networking. Personal branding via SEO (search engine optimization) and keywords become a worry; nearly all employers begin using Google to find prospective employees.Today – resumes contain social media links. They're now shorter but with more visuals and multimedia. Digital CVs and Info-graphic resumes are
  • Chronological - A chronological resume starts by listing your work history, with the most recent position listed first. Your jobs are listed in reverse chronological order with your current, or most recent job, first. Your education, skills, and other information are listed after your experience.Functional - Focuses on your skills and experience, rather than on your chronological work history. It is used most often by people who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history.Combination - Lists your skills and experience first. Your employment history is listed next. With this type of resume you can highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide the chronological work history.Targeted - Targeted resume is a resume that is customized so that it specifically highlights the experience and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for. It definitely takes more work to write a targeted resume than to just click to apply with your existing resume.
  • Mini-resumes - Brief summary of your career highlights qualifications. It can be used for networking purposes or shared upon request from a prospective employer or reference writer who may want an overview of your accomplishments, rather than a full length resume.Web-based - includes photos, graphics, images, graphs and other visuals. Color, font, backgrounds, audio and samples are integrated into web-based resumes
  • Grammar, spelling, format are essential to making a good first impressionHighlight projects, reduction in costs, etc…Effective Cover Letters: explain the reasons for your interest in the specific organization. Identify your most relevant skills or experiences (remember, relevance is determined by the employer's self-interest) and how your background will complement their company. Keep in mind while creating your cover letter that this is another marketing tool.Research the position if your knowledge of certain skills and experience is cloudy. Show excitement without going over-board by repeating how much you want the job. Avoid sounding desperate.
  • Application Letter - which responds to a known job openingProspecting Letter - which inquires about possible positions Networking Letter - which requests information and assistance in your job search (LinkedIn makes it easy to do this)Referral Letter – A person, department is referring you out to open positions that they are aware of.
  • Dear Hiring Manager (40%)To whom it may concern (27%)Dear Sir/Madam (17%)Dear Human Resources Director (6%)Leave it blank (8%)
  • Slate Resume Workshop

    1. 1. The Necessary Evil Present by: Kathryn Ramirez
    2. 2. What’s in a word?  What does the word Resume mean to you?
    3. 3. History of the Resume  The First Resumes 1482 - Leonardo DaVinci at age 30 writes the first resume 1500 -Traveling Lord Resumes become an institution 1930 - Resumes were formalities 1940 - Resumes are like Facebook profiles 1950 - Resumes are now expected. 1960 - Resumes start to include outside interests like sports & clubs.
    4. 4. History  The digital age 1970 - Digital typesetting & word processors 1980 – Books and career counseling 1985 - Online background checking begins 1986 - Microsoft releases an RTF universal doc 1987 - Fax machines
    5. 5. History  The Internet 1994 - The Internet and World Wide Web go public. 1995 - Email is the new, cool way to send a resume Web 2.0 2000 - Dot Com boom hits full stride. 2002 - Interactive resumes begin 2003 - LinkedIn launches 2005 - Optimal Resume releases an online resume builder
    6. 6. History Conclusion  Multimedia and video resumes emerge 2006 - Video resumes pick up 2007 - Video resumes hit YouTube The Future 2008 – Resume’s make a change. Today – Social Media and Resumes
    7. 7. Traditional Resumes  Chronological Functional Combination Targeted
    8. 8. Non-Traditional Resumes  Mini-resume Web-based
    9. 9. The Non-Conformist  Color  Can you use color on a resume? Design  Left, Center, Right? Lettering  New Times Roman???? Types of paper  Linen, colored, envelopes? Portfolio’s  Necessary or a waste of time?
    10. 10. Writing a Resume Do  Don’t Contact information  NO paragraphs Email  NO personal information Website  Birthdate History  Weight, height, hair color, eye color Skills & Experience  Marital status Bullet points  Kids Extra-Curricular Activities  Ethnicity Community Service  Religion Accolades  Sexual Orientation Accomplishments  Pictures Business social activities  Political views
    11. 11. Questions
    12. 12. The Cover Letter  The first critical contact with employers Compliment but do not duplicate your resume Create an effective cover letter They should express a high level of interest and knowledge about the position.
    13. 13. Types of Cover Letters  Application letter Prospecting letter Networking letter Referral Letter
    14. 14. Cover Letter Tips  Use person’s first name if known Incorporate knowledge of the company Include skill, results and recognition keywords Attest to your credentials Spell check, spell check, spell check
    15. 15. Questions