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  • 1. Center for Language Development Across the Disciplines Prepared by Prof. Delia Serrano Modified by Prof. Natalia Pérez
  • 2. An essential part ofthe résuméA personalizing factorof your jobapplication andrésuméMotivates theindividual’s interest inreading your résumé Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 3. Demonstrates focus andeagernessGuarantees that theindividual will open andread itEnables you to make afollow up call or write aletter to seek an interview Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 4. Impressive first Easy reading: shortsentence (attention sentences andgetter) concise paragraphsSimple, states facts,focuses on message Perfectly punctuatedBrief (never morethan one page) Proofread for grammatical mistakes • Simple mistakes can destroy your opportunityFormal and clear tone of being considered a serious candidate Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 5. Demonstrates excellentorganizational and interpersonalskillsWritten on quality-bonded stationary(cover letter and résumé) to projectbalance and consistencyMust be signed Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 6. HeadingInclude: Your name and address The date Employer’s name and address Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 7. Carmen Santiago MéndezSample Urb. Rolling Hills 123 Borinquen StreetHeading Rio Piedras, PR 00975 (H) 787 769-8489 (M) 787 638-5490 March 29, 2005 Mrs. Zobeida González Sales and Marketing Manager JR Enterprises 154 North Shore Ave. Tampa, FL 33607 Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 8. Normal salutation: * If acquainted with your contact Example: Dear Anthony, Formal salutation:Example: Dear Mrs.Rodríguez: Dear Ms. Ruiz: (if marital statusunknown) Dear Miss Santos Dear Mr. Soto: Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 9. Generate interest through contentResearch your target company, briefly mention it to captivate the reader’s interest Outline what you have to offerBegin with a powerful first sentence (an attention getter) Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 10. I am responding to your recent job listing inElNuevo Día newspaper requesting a salesmanager for your company.I read your advertisement in The San Juan Staryesterday, and after researching your company,I was impelled to apply for the position of___.The manager of GPI Paints, Anabelle Ruiz, hassuggested I contact you regarding the openingfor a___. Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 11. After capturing the prospective employer’s interest, secure the desired position by clearly: Stating your intentions Developing each sentence Highlighting experiences and achievements Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 12. Regarding the opportunity…If you have an opening in the field of …My reason for contacting you is…If you are seeking a marketing manager,you will be interested to know… Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 13. Communicate Indicate that State wherethat you wish you will follow you may beto speak with up after a contacted the reader certain time Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 14. I look forward to speaking with you andwill call your office within the next fewdays.I hope to speak to you and will call atthe beginning of next week to follow up. Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 15. You may reach me at 787 769-1256 toarrange an interview.I feel certain that I can make a significantcontribution, and I look forward to meetingyou at your convenience. Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 16. Avoid over familiarity in the salutationWrite a clear, eye catching introductorysentenceAt the beginning, quote the source anddate of the employment advertisement Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 17. In the body, demonstrateyour skills and experienceConclude with a positivestatement, and establishcontact Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 18. Dates in English: month-day-yearExample: March 15, 2010 Omit commas before the year when it follows the month aloneExample: July 2006 Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 19. Do not capitalize common organizational termsExamples:advertising department, manufacturing committee Capitalize acronymsExamples: SER, MDA Do not write contractionsExample: it’s, they’re Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 20. There should be no space before and after a diagonal lineExample: and/or Percentages should be written in figure and the word “percent” spelled outExample: 10 percent Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 21. There indicates location – over there Their is a possessive pronoun – belonging to them They’re is the contraction of they are It’s is a contraction for it isIts is a possessive pronoun Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 22. Than is a conjunction showing comparison Example: older than me Then refers to a time period (now and then) Two is a number Example: I have two birds. Too is an adverb which means also or a lotExample: I want to go, too. I ate too much chocolate today. To is a preposition Example: I went to the house. Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 23. Center for Language Development Across the Disciplines Barat Norte 223 (BN 223) 787-728-1515 ext. 2294 E-mail: Web:
  • 24. Cover Letter Articles. RetrievedFebruary 2,2005, fromhttp://www.cover.letters.your-resume-writer.comMSN Careers-Test Your ResumeGrammar and Punctuation I.Q.-CareerAdvice Article. Retrieved September 20,2004, from Copyright Delia Serrano 2005
  • 25. Contributions by: Casandra Matos Gisela Iglesias Copyright Delia Serrano 2005