Seeing letters: Legal right; some employers want a sealed envelopeWhom to ask: Previous employers, 2-3 professors, supervisors, community leaders/officials
Action Verbs: Table 5.2 (161)
Lecture:Go over questions on pg. 162Education vs. ExperienceYears of experience? Don’t flood your resume with too many detailsEmphasize only those skills and positions likely to get you the jobEliminate your earliest jobs that do not relate to present employmentCombine and condense skills over many years through many jobsInclude relevant military schools or serviceLittle experience? Include summer jobs, part-time, etc.What to Exclude:Salary demands, Expectations, etc.Preferences for work schedule, days offComments about fringe benefitsTravel restrictionsReasons for leaving a previous jobPhotographSocial Security #Comments about familyHeight, weight, hair color, etc.Race, sexual orientation, religion, etc.Hobbies, interests (unless relevant)
Lecture:Career ObjectivePG165. Unfocused vs. FocusedEducationPG. 166. Do not list courses.ExperienceReverse chronological historyShort descriptions for each job/activityEmphasize responsibilitiesAny relevant volunteer workFull-time parent? Include management skills you have learnedRelated Skills & AchievementsLanguagesExtensive travelCertificates or LicensesMembership in professional associationsVolunteer work
ChronologicalTraditional wayTwo main categories: Education and ExperienceFunctionalSort your achievements and abilities into 2-4 key skill areas (examples on pg 173)Who should use this? Nontraditional students, Individuals changing their profession; Individuals who have changed jobs frequently over the last 5-10 years; Ex-military personnell
Lecture:Opening ParagraphWhy are you writingWhere or how did you learn of the vacancy, company or job?What is the specific title for which you are applying?What is your most important qualification for the job?BodyKeep paragraphs short and readable (4-5 sentences)Don’t begin each sentence with “I”Concentrate on seeing yourself as the employer sees youHighlight your qualifications by citing specific accomplishmentsMention you are enclosing your resumeClosingEmphasize one again briefly your major qualificationsAsk for an interview or phone callIndicate when you are available for an interviewThank the reader
Cover letters & resumes
COVER LETTERS & RESUMES
Letters ofRecommendation• Should you see your letters?• Whom should you ask?• Always ask for permission for references• Should you ask your current boss?
What Employers Like toSee in a Resume• Honesty• Attractiveness• Careful Organization• Conciseness• Accuracy• Current• Relevance• Qualifications
LETTERS OF APPLICATION• Goal: To get you an interview• Personable, Professional, Persuasive• New LOA for each prospective employer• Sales letter• Do not restate things on your resume
Writing a Letter ofApplication• Follow standard conventions of letter writing• Supply all contact information as part of your letterhead• Make sure your letter looks attractive• Send your letter to a specific person• Emphasis on the “you attitude”• Don’t be tempted to send out a first draft
Organization• Opening paragraph• Body of your letter• Education• Experience• Closing
ONLINE RESUME• CONVERT TO TEXTONLY (PG. 175, 177)• Provides keywords• Avoid personalinformation• Only post to reliablesites• Use an email specificto your job search• Delete your resumeonce you find a job
5 Ways to Post, Email, Scan, orVideotape Your Resume• Post your resume on the web• Send your resume via email attachment• Create a Word file and Save-As readable PDF• Include cover email, but attach a longer cover letter• Create a scannable resume• Create an HTML version of your resume• Create in Word, then Save-As HTML page• Double check in different browswers• Send a video resume
Video Resume Examples• How I Met Your Mother• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBADPyaZe_E• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2obkswTlZ_A• Shelly Cable• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2RlnDqI-JQ• Video Resume Mistakes• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV8m9GYcc_Q
Making Your ResumeCybersafe• Post only on legitimate sites• Do not put personal information on your online resume• Use an anonymous email• Never put the names or contact info of references• Never use your present employer’s name or businessaddress
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