13 Tips for Resumes, Cover Letters and Applying for Jobs

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General tips for the job application materials, from formatting resumes and tailoring cover letters to prepping for interviews.

General tips for the job application materials, from formatting resumes and tailoring cover letters to prepping for interviews.

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  • 1. Lessons I’ve learned about resumes, cover letters, writing samples, and prepping for interviews JOB APPLICATION MATERIALS
  • 2. Create master lists Lesson
  • 3. Create master lists Address list of everywhere you’ve lived Employer contact list of every job you’ve had Lesson
  • 4. Create master lists Address list of everywhere you’ve lived Employer contact list of every job you’ve had Update each time you move or get a new job Lesson
  • 5. Create master lists Address list of everywhere you’ve lived Employer contact list of every job you’ve had Update each time you move or get a new job Keep handy for filling out applications or background checks Lesson
  • 6. Brand yourself with one header Lesson
  • 7. Brand yourself with one header Use it throughout all your application materials: resume, cover letter, reference list, first page of writing sample Lesson
  • 8. Keep a master resume Lesson
  • 9. Keep a master resume Include every single job, and every single thing that you’ve done. Lesson
  • 10. Keep a master resume Include every single job, and every single thing that you’ve done. Use that to create tailored resumes for each job application accordingly Lesson
  • 11. Consistency is key Lesson
  • 12. Consistency is key Make sure each level of your resume is formatted the same: uniform job titles, uniform employers, uniform dates, uniform headers Lesson
  • 13. Convert submission docs to PDFs Lesson
  • 14. Convert submission docs to PDFs Lock in the format so it won’t change when printed or viewed on different screens Lesson
  • 15. Save a copy of the job description Lesson
  • 16. Save a copy of the job description Save as a PDF from Chrome or use a tool like CutePDF Writer Lesson
  • 17. Save a copy of the job description Save as a PDF from Chrome or use a tool like CutePDF Writer Store with the application materials for that job Lesson
  • 18. Create basic “talking points” Lesson
  • 19. Create basic “talking points” Think about each major transferrable skill you have: customer service leadership organization attention to detail research and writing communication using technology etc… Lesson
  • 20. Create basic “talking points” Write 2-4 sentences on each of those skills. Summarize experience, class work, results. Articulate: What do you bring to the table with this skill? Lesson
  • 21. Use those talking points in cover letters Lesson
  • 22. Use those talking points in cover letters Look closely at the job description. Which transferrable skills are required? Lesson
  • 23. Use those talking points in cover letters Look closely at the job description. Which transferrable skills are required? Choose 3 that fit you well and turn your talking points into bullet points in the body of your cover letter. Lesson
  • 24. Keep recognition Lesson
  • 25. Keep recognition Create a folder of emails, notes and all recognition you’ve received from employers, professors, colleagues, when working on major projects, etc. Lesson
  • 26. Keep recognition Incorporate significant results from recognition into your resume and talking points. Review this folder before an interview to help pump yourself up Lesson
  • 27. Use a cover page on your writing sample Lesson
  • 28. Use a cover page on your writing sample Include your header. Put the sample into context: What was it written for? Did you omit parts? Lesson
  • 29. Create writing samples of different lengths and different types Lesson
  • 30. Create writing samples of different lengths and different types straight memo, persuasive brief, research paper, article, etc. Lesson
  • 31. Prep for interviews by reviewing Lesson
  • 32. Prep for interviews by reviewing Your recognition folder Your master resume Your talking points The job description Lesson
  • 33. Try to anticipate possible questions Lesson
  • 34. Try to anticipate possible questions When asked “tell me about yourself” use your talking points, not your life history Lesson
  • 35. I analyze. I strategize. I tell the story behind the scenes. JENNY WEIGEL Check me out on: @weigellaw goo.gl/O9FoLB /in/jrweigel “tell me about yourself” use your talking points, not your life history
  • 36. Image Credits •  Lesson 1 | The list by sunshinecity: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunshinecity/985725985 •  Lesson 4 | Keep your fingers away from my butter! by Pulpolux !!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/pulpolux/386352311 •  Lesson 7 | Casino Jack Screening in New York City by Jens Schott Knudsen: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pamhule/4542656646 •  Lesson 8 | Radio Show Talking Points and Notes by Michael Porter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/libraryman/4479055769 •  Lesson 10 | Beacon, Wind Vane, Float and Rope by Verona Stellett: Sculpture in Context 2012 by William Murphy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/7952325880 •  Lesson 11 | Do NOT Compare! by Harald Hoyer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hhoyer/3249473645 •  Lesson 12 | Preparation by Garrett Coakley: http://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettc/3386398736 •  Lesson 13 | Anticipating….. by Daniel Go: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielygo/7212581720