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  • 1. Guide to Interview English: Part 1 - Cover Letter and Resume Writing On May 10th, 2012 Guide to Interview English: Part 1 - Cover Letter and Resume Writing Created by Mr. Miguel Cortes | Top Management Coordinator On May 10th, 2012 Copyright © 2012Created by Mr. Miguel Cortes S. | Top Management Coordinator djfrance1@yahoo.fr Copyright © 2012 1
  • 2. Guide to Interview English: Part 1 - Cover Letter and Resume Writing On May 10th, 2012Table of Content:Introduction 2In Search of the perfect job 2Cover letter 4Resume 6IntroductionCongratulations!This guide to Interview English provides allthe essential tips you need to impress yourpotential employer. Follow Carla on hersearch for that perfect job. See how sheprepares a stunning resume and cover letter.In search of the perfect jobClara is on a quest for the perfect job! Let’stake a look at her progress and see what wecan learn from her experiences. First, sheprepares two very essential items – a winningresume and a stellar cover letter toaccompany it.In search of the perfect jobA cover letter serves as an introduction. Andit’ll help hiring managers decide if they’ll evenread your resume!Created by Mr. Miguel Cortes S. | Top Management Coordinator djfrance1@yahoo.fr Copyright © 2012 2
  • 3. Guide to Interview English: Part 1 - Cover Letter and Resume Writing On May 10th, 2012Top Tips for writing great cover letters:1. Stay on targetGet to the point immediately. Explain why you’re writing and includethe title of the position you’re interested in.2. Match your skillsIdentifying the skills required for this position is an important firststep. Then, include clear examples from your previous experiencewhich reveal that you possess these skills.3. Demonstrate English abilityKeep your sentences short and clear; do not try to over-impress bywriting complex sentences.4. Sell yourselfDemonstrating what you can do for the employer, not the other wayaround, will make you stand out from the crowd.5. Take the initiative and follow up your applicationSay you’ll call to follow up on your application and do it. Just a quick call to findout the status of your application shows initiative.6. Proofread!Lastly, look closely for spelling and grammatical errors and make sure it’s nottoo long. Then read it again. Would you hire yourself? If not, revise your coverletter until it’s perfect!Created by Mr. Miguel Cortes S. | Top Management Coordinator djfrance1@yahoo.fr Copyright © 2012 3
  • 4. Guide to Interview English: Part 1 - Cover Letter and Resume Writing On May 10th, 2012Clara’s cover letter Miss Clara Chevalier 1222 Abby Street, London Tel: 0123 4567 89 Email: clara.chevalier@abcdefghijklim.com.uk 1 May 2012Mr. RecruiterUPS Company | Hiring Manager1556 Maple Street, ManchesterDear Mr. Recruiter,When I read your advertisement for a Senior Project Manager at UPS Company, Icouldn’t help noticing how closely your requirements align with my experience and skills.My enclosed CV provides a good overview of my strengths and achievements, but I listbelow some of yourYour Requirements: o Business development skills. o Ability to build and sustain effective client relationships. o Ability to motivate and ensure continuous personal development of subordinates. o Communication and negotiation skills.My skills and achievements: o As Account Executive at Creative Marketing Ltd, I exceeded my annual sales target and increased my client base by 70% in the last year. o My customer retention rate was 100%. o Some of my new clients were developed following recommendations from existing clients to their business associates. o During the maternity leave of my line manager, I was given the opportunity to manage the team. I recommended and implemented some new policies (such as 360 degree feedback as part of the annual appraisal process). I received a special bonus award for my efforts during this period. o Experience of giving presentations and negotiating to secure business with new clients.Created by Mr. Miguel Cortes S. | Top Management Coordinator djfrance1@yahoo.fr Copyright © 2012 4
  • 5. Guide to Interview English: Part 1 - Cover Letter and Resume Writing On May 10th, 2012I developed a real passion for understanding consumer needs during my two and a halfyears at Creative Marketing Ltd. Innovative strategies and proposals that differentiatedour clients’ products in the marketplace ensured strong customer satisfaction with ourservice offering.I would welcome the opportunity to further develop my skills in USP Company, which isa market leader in the sector and renowned for its innovative marketing approach.I will follow up with you in a week’s time to answer any preliminary questions you mayhave. In the meantime, you are able to contact me on 0123 4567 89.I look forward to hearing from you.Yours sincerely,Clara ChevalierEnc: CVCover letterNotes:1. Include contact details like name, address, contact number and email address. This helps the recruiter know who you are at a glance and how to get in touch with you.2. Address your cover letter to the person named in the advertisement.3. Match your skills and abilities to their stated requirements, include examples.4. Sell yourself. Brag a little!5. Take the initiative and follow up on your application.6. “Enc: CV” is short for “Enclosed: Curriculum Vitae”. Which mean a resume is enclosed with this cover letter.Created by Mr. Miguel Cortes S. / Top Management Coordinator djfrance1@yahoo.fr Copyright © 2012 5
  • 6. Guide to Interview English: Part 1 - Cover Letter and Resume Writing On May 10th, 2012ResumeRemember that your resume is a brief account of your qualifications and experiences.You may be perfect for the job, but your resume must look and say the same!Top Tips for writing an amazing resume:1. Review your historyFirst, make a list of your previous jobs and educational qualifications. This includescompany information, certificates, degrees, your job titles and duties, and specificaccomplishments.2. State your objectiveInclude a heading at the beginning of your resume called “Objective” and then write aShort statement. Example: “To work in a dynamic marketing department.”3. “Duties or accomplishments”?A “duty” is an assigned task. An “accomplishment” is an achievement - a positive resultOf your efforts. Brag a little! Cite specific accomplishments.4. Adjust your grammarResume writing standards allow for abbreviated sentence construction. Leave outsentence subjects (e.g. “I”, “my manager”), possessive pronouns (“my/mine, his/hers”),and sometimes even articles (“the”, “a”). If you’re listing more than oneaccomplishment in a sentence you can replace “and” with a semicolon. Example: “I ledan important project and my manager gave me an award” would become “Led keyproject; awarded by manager.” it again. Would you hire yourself? If not, revise yourcover letter until it’s perfect!Created by Mr. Miguel Cortes S. / Top Management Coordinator djfrance1@yahoo.fr Copyright © 2012 6
  • 7. Guide to Interview English: Part 1 - Cover Letter and Resume Writing On May 10th, 2012 Clara’s resume Clara ChevalierPROFILE:An Account Executive with proven ability in attracting and retaining blue-chip clients.Demonstrates a real passion for understanding client needs and developing innovativemarketing solutions. Versatile, hard-working and always willing to take on additionalroles and responsibilities. Excellent negotiation and creative problem-solving skills.OBJECTIVE:To make significant and tangible contributions to the effectiveness of a leadinginnovative marketing company. To use and further develop people management skills ina supervisory or co-ordination role.MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS:• Significantly exceeded sales targets every year. Increased client base by 70% in thelast year.• Successful retention of all existing clients.• During maternity leave of line manager, took over the responsibility for managing andmotivating the team. Recommended and implemented new policies (e.g. 360 degreefeedback as part of the annual appraisal process). Received special bonus award forachievement in this period.• Provided training for the team on effective presentation and negotiation skills. Thisresulted in increase of 50% over 3 months in the conversion rate of leads to contracts.CAREER HISTORY:Account Executive, Creative Marketing Ltd, November 2005- present• Consult with clients on their marketing strategies and objectives.• Develop creative, innovative marketing programs and solutions to meet those needs.• Ensure client satisfaction and retention.• Develop new business.Marketing Assistant, Creative Marketing Ltd, August 2005 – October 2005• Support account executives by preparing presentation materials for clients.• Develop ideas for marketing campaigns.Created by Mr. Miguel Cortes S. / Top Management Coordinator djfrance1@yahoo.fr Copyright © 2012 7
  • 8. Guide to Interview English: Part 1 - Cover Letter and Resume Writing On May 10th, 2012QUALIFICATIONS / EDUCATION: September 2001 – June 2005 Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille Majored in International BusinessADDITIONAL INFORMATION:• IT skills: Considerable experience using Microsoft Office – particularly PowerPoint andExcel.• English Proficiency Certificate from Oxford University.HOBBIES AND INTERESTS:• Scuba diving - PADI certified.• Badminton.• Attending online conversation lessons at Oxford University with native Englishspeakers.Created by Mr. Miguel Cortes S. / Top Management Coordinator djfrance1@yahoo.fr Copyright © 2012 8