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Cdn1001 resume writing

  2. 2. MODULE OVERVIEW • Create a standardized North American résumé • Create and tailor a standardized cover letter • Successfully apply for a relevant job
  3. 3. WHAT IS A RÉSUMÉ? How long do employers typically look at a résumé? A) Less than 30 seconds B) 1 minute C) 2 minutes • If you answered “A”, you are correct. • Employers often get hundreds of résumés for a single opening, they do not have the time to study each one • This increases the importance of the smallest details!
  4. 4. WHAT IS A RÉSUMÉ? A résumé is a one to two page summary of experience, education and skills. The résumé acts much like an advertisement for a company trying to sell something. The résumé is your advertisement and you will need to spend a good deal of time creating, proofreading, editing and perfecting your résumé. Don‟t cheat yourself, work hard on it!
  5. 5. STANDARD RESUME STAGES As a rule, résumés should include: Contact Details Career Objectives Education Work Experience Skill Highlights
  6. 6. CONTACT DETAILS John Smith 265 Yorkland Blvd. Toronto, ON M2J 1S5 416-485-2098 | • Bold and enlarge your name so it stands out • Make sure proper names and street abbreviations are CAPITALIZED appropriately • Have a professional looking e-mail address • Do not include links to your online profiles
  7. 7. CAREER OBJECTIVES • “My goal in a career at ABC company is to put my particular skill-set and years of experience into practice to become a valued member of your sales team.” • There are many creative and different objectives to be found in résumé templates online • Try to mention the company‟s name and/or position in your objectives • Keep your objectives to one or two sentences
  8. 8. EDUCATION • Pursuing ****** of ****** in **************** Lambton College, Toronto ON Anticipated Graduation: May, 2013 • Bachelors of Commerce in International Finance University of Toronto, Toronto ON Graduated: May, 2012 • Include any awards you have won (e.g. Bursaries, Scholarships, Dean‟s List, etc.) • Include any certifications you have earned • You can share your GPA but it is not usually necessary
  9. 9. WORK EXPERIENCE Help Desk Technician ABC Tech - Beijing, China Oct, 2010 – July, 2011 • Provided extensive networking and desktop support, account maintenance and printing assistance to students and faculty. • Use „action words‟ to begin resolved complex technology • Assisted with troubleshooting and each point (e.g. „Provided‟, „Operated‟, „Developed‟, „Implemented‟) problems as the “go-to” person for IT issues. and use the active and past tense • Awarded “Employee of the Month” for three consecutive months • Use bullet points rather than paragraphs or long sentences to explain your responsibilities/achievements • Aim for 3-5 responsibilities/achievements per job • Quantify your success (e.g. "Increased profits by 10%”) • If you do not have work experience, list any volunteer work done or extra-curricular activities you have participated in
  10. 10. SKILL HIGHLIGHTS • Fluent in English and Mandarin. Conversational French and Punjabi • Proficient in Visual Basic 6, C#, ASP.Net, C, C++, XML/HTML, MS Access, MS Project and MS Visio • Self-motivated and maintains a high level of energy • Strong verbal and personal communication skills • Include any business-oriented software even if it isn‟t necessarily related to the position • Focus on relevant skills/experience to let the prospective employer know that you have taken the time to create a resume that proves you are qualified for the position • Include no more than 5 highlights (i.e. prioritize your skills)
  11. 11. RÉSUMÉ FORMATING FAQs Should I place Education above Experience or vice versa? Students usually include the Education section directly after the objective. However, if you have experience that relates directly to the job you are applying for, you should place the Experience section above Education. How important is the format? The importance of the format lies in its consistency. Remember to stick to one format. It shows off your organizational abilities. Should I use complete sentences when describing jobs? Not usually. Use action phrases instead. Leave out unnecessary words. Try to match your skills and experience with the employer's needs.
  12. 12. RÉSUMÉ TIPS Do: • Spellcheck! • Left-justify the entire document • Use a standard font, size 10-12 only • Avoid boldface, underline, graphics, shading and tabs (might cause problems when submitting résumés electronically) • Number, and include your name, on every page • Proofread several times Don't : • Print on coloured paper • Include inappropriate information (e.g. age, marital status, etc.) • Include photographs • Use the pronoun “I” • Have a résumé longer than two pages • Use the same „action words‟ more than once • Include your secondary education
  13. 13. PREPARING YOUR RESUME • If you don‟t have a résumé, now is a good time to start • Even if you already have a résumé, consider that different work cultures include different information or have a different format. You are advised to start a new résumé! • Spend 10min looking at the websites below for ideas on how you want to organize your résumé (under Samples) (click Career Advice)
  15. 15. STANDARD COVER LETTER STAGES As a rule, cover letters should include: Contact Details & Salutations “Introductory Paragraph” “Skill/Experience Paragraph” “Wrap Up Paragraph”
  16. 16. CONTACT DETAILS & SALUTATIONS John Smith 265 Yorkland Blvd. Toronto, ON M2J 1S5 416-485-2098 | April 21st, 2015 RE: Marketing Coordinator Position (JOB ID#1235) • Your contact details should look the same as To Who Iton your résumé to provide consistency May Concern, • Include the date and job title/code • When possible, try to find out the name of the person who will be conducting the hiring. Otherwise, use “To Whom It May Concern,”
  17. 17. THE 3 PARAGRAPHS • Introductory Paragraph The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you are writing. Mention the position you are applying for and where you found the job listing. Include the name of a mutual contact, if you have one. • Skills/Experience Paragraph The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer. Mention specifically how your qualifications match the job you are applying for. Remember, you are interpreting your resume, not repeating it. • Wrap Up Paragraph Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for the position. Include information on how you will follow-up. • Complimentary Close • e.g. “Respectfully yours,”
  18. 18. COVER LETTER TIPS Do: • • • • Use the same contact details as your résumé! Use the same font and formatting as in your résumé Include the date, position title and job posting ID# Ensure that the first and second paragraphs are tailored to the job to which you are applying • Keep your cover letter short and to the point
  19. 19. PREPARING YOUR COVER LETTER • Spend 10min looking at the websites below (same as before) for ideas on how you want to organize your cover letter • Begin preparing your cover letter but do not write the experience/skills paragraph (2nd paragraph)
  20. 20. Assignment #3 • Complete a new résumé using the format discussed in today‟s class • Select the position you would like to apply for • Read the instructions on the handout • Tailor your cover letter and résumé to reflect the duties and requirements • Applications must be submitted by e-mail no later than 5:30pm tomorrow