Job Searching 101 Resume And Cover Letter

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A presentation on writing resumes and cover letters.

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  • 1. Job Searching 101: Writing Your Resume and Cover Letter January 5, 2008 Presenter: Donna Brice, Director
  • 2. What We Will Cover in This Workshop
    • What Goes into a Resume
    • Resume Templates
    • Resume Dos & Don’ts
    • Cover Letters: Don’t Send Your Resume Without One
    • Cover Letter Templates
    • Cover Letter Dos & Don’ts
  • 3. Ways to Apply for a Job
    • Phone or Fax your resume and cover letter
    • Deliver a hard copy of your resume and cover letter in person
    • Email your resume and cover letter
    • Post your resume and cover letter online
    • Create an employment blog about yourself and direct prospective employers to it
  • 4. What Goes into a Resume
    • Contact Information
    • Objective (optional)
    • Career Highlights / Qualifications (optional)
    • Experience
    • Education
    • Honors or Citations, Publications (if any)
    • Membership in Professional Organizations
    • Military Service
    • References Upon Request
  • 5. Parts of the Resume
    • Contact Information:
      • Legal name – The name on your driver’s license
      • Legal street address, city, state and zip code
      • Phone # with area code, home and cell
      • Email address
    • Objective (optional)
      • The purpose of the objective is to describe specifically the position you want by job title, function, and/or industry
  • 6. Parts of the Resume
    • Career Highlights / Qualifications (optional)
      • It highlights your key achievements, skills, traits, and experience relevant to the position
    • Experience
      • The experience section of your resume includes your work history. List the companies you worked for, dates of employment, the positions you held and a bulleted list of responsibilities and achievements
  • 7. Parts of the Resume
    • Education
      • In the education section, list in reverse chronological order colleges, technical schools or high School(s) you attended, the degrees you attained, and any special awards and honors you earned.
    • Membership in Professional Organizations
      • If you belong to a professional organization, include it. It shows dedication to learning and keeping current in your career.
  • 8. Parts of the Resume
    • Military Service
      • If this is your only work experience, put it under that section.
    • References upon request
      • You do not need to include your work/personal reference when you submit your resume.
      • The employer will ask for your references.
      • References should be on a separate sheet of paper. Do not make it a part of your resume.
  • 9. Resume Templates
    • See Handouts:
    • Chronological
    • High school student with part time work history
    • Entry level with work history and no college
    • College graduate with some work experience
    • Professional with advanced degrees and education
    • Returning to work with past work experience
    • Job Specific Resumes
  • 10. Resume Do’s & Don’ts
    • DO:
      • Do choose a font style appropriate for the job – Conservative – Times New Roman or Arial, Artistic – be careful that your font is legible.
      • Do use 1 inch margins on all sides, indented bullet points will show hierarchy.
      • Do use bold and italics to emphasize important information, do not over use.
      • Do print your resume on white or off white paper printed in black ink.
      • Do use action verbs when writing about job responsibilities. (see handout)
      • Do proof read your resume.
  • 11. Resume Do’s & Don’ts
    • Don’t:
      • Don’t squeeze too much on one page, font size shouldn’t be smaller than 11pt. Try to keep your resume one to two pages long and no longer.
      • Don’t use personal pronouns (I, me, my).
      • Don’t include your salary history or reasons for leaving previous jobs.
      • Don’t include a picture of yourself.
      • Don’t lie on your resume. They will eventually find out.
  • 12. Cover Letters: Never Send a Resume Without One
    • What is the purpose of a Cover Letter:
    • It serves as an introduction.
    • Your cover letter is your chance to let potential employers know who you are and what you can do for the company.
    • A cover letter does not contain the same information that is on your resume, it is used to support your resume.
  • 13. Cover Letter Templates
    • The format of a cover letter is basically the same as a typical letter.
    • See Handouts:
    • In response to an ad (3 examples)
    • After a phone conversation
    • Company that has not advertised a job
    • New College Graduate (2 examples)
    • Referred by a mutual friend
    • With employee salary requirements
    • Follow up to a cover letter
  • 14. Cover Letter Do’s & Don’ts
    • Do:
    • Do include your full address and the address of the company.
    • Do use a colon not a comma after the greeting.
    • Do use the person’s name or title; ex. Dear Mr. Smith or Dear Human Resource Manager.
    • Do check your spelling!
  • 15. Cover Letter Do’s & Don’ts
    • Don’t:
    • Don’t use “To Whom it May Concern,” find out the name of the person who is receiving the application.
    • Don’t hand write the cover letter. Type it.
    • Don’t tell them your life story. Keep each paragraph brief and to the point. Use action verbs to describe yourself.
    • Don’t miss the opportunity to stand out by not including a cover letter. It can make or break you chance at an interview.