Resume and cover letter tips by Leviticus D. Thomas

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  • 1. Resume and Cover Letter Tips That Are Sure To Get You Noticed By Leviticus D. Thomas
  • 2. Writing a Resume and Cover Letter and don’t know which way to turn? Which direction should you go?
  • 3. Let us begin this journey with you, the STUDENT! Take a few moments to jot down some important facts about yourself. Analyzing your skills, abilities, work history, accomplishments and other aspects can better position you on your road to success. Buckle up!!!
  • 4. What’s the point in writing a resume? The fundamental purpose of a resume is to provide a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. A resume is a quick advertisement of who you are. A resume provides a "snapshot" of you with the intent of capturing and emphasizing interests and secure you an interview
  • 5. Do you think any of these teen celebrities ever made use of a resume?
  • 6. You got that right! You too are someone’s superstar and deserve your very own resume. It’s time to shine!!! Let’s get started!!! Before advancing further, here are a few reminders: Use the present tense of verbs to explain current job duties Use the past tense when describing past job functions Avoid using the word “I” in your resume Limit your resume to one page. Two pages are only acceptable with individuals having a lot of work experience
  • 7. Resume Paper Use white or off-white, high quality paper that matches your cover letter paper. Make your own exceptional template and use a design for your resume that is attractive and easy to edit. Use 10-12 font size (Ariel, Verdana or Times New Roman).
  • 8. Reminders continued… Be sure that buzzwords and keywords for your profession are used in your resume Include computer skills for instance MS Word, Excel, systems, languages, programs and databases Create your section titles in CAPITAL LETTERS and bold font
  • 9. Caution: Speed Bumps Ahead Avoid using your personal information, such as birth date, marital status, social security or license Eliminate hobbies or interests section and religion or ethnic background Its is unnecessary to mention that references are available upon request Conduct your own spell check and do not rely only on an automatic spell Check. Check for errors manually and have someone proofread your finished product When interviewing, always carry extra copies of your resume with you If you are submitting your resume via email, send them as PDF document to minimize formatting issues
  • 10. Resume Sections Contact Information Goal and Objectives Academic Qualifications Experience Extracurricular Activities References
  • 11. Contact Information Contact Information Goal and Objective Academic Qualifications Experience Extracurricular Activities References
  • 12. COntact INformation “COIN”- to make up; invent; fabricate: to coin an expression • Please DO NOT give any false contact information. • Provide accurate and up to date information.
  • 13. COntact INformation Write your name in bold with a text size slightly larger than the body of the resume Do not make larger or bold your contact information (mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address) Mention your two word name for easier name recognition Provide only one telephone number along with your email address at the top of your resume below your name and address
  • 14. Goal and Objective Contact Information Goal and Objective Academic Qualifications Experience Extracurricular Activities References
  • 15. Goal and Objective Objectives for internships might point out that you desire to improve your skills Objectives for experienced individuals must state the skills you will bring to the company
  • 16. Academic Qualifications Contact Information Goal and Objective Academic Qualifications Experience Extracurricular Activities References
  • 17. Academic Qualifications Include a Profile or Summary of Qualifications after your objective. It may contain 4-6 bullets or phrases highlighting the relevant skills and traits List your GPA only if it is 3.0 or higher List any awards and scholarships toward the bottom of the page of your resume
  • 18. Experience Contact Information Goal and Objective Academic Qualifications Experience Extracurricular Activities References
  • 19. EXPERIENCE Results achieved by students should be made very clear. Do not simply list task and duties. List everything (work history, certifications, internships, and other activities) in reverse chronological order with your last job mentioned first.
  • 20. Extracurricular Activities Contact Information Goal and Objective Academic Qualifications Experience Extracurricular Activities References
  • 21. Extracurricular Activities
  • 22. Include your Extracurricular Activities Your accomplishments outside of the classroom really do matter. A team spirit, determination, commitment and strong work ethic will help prepare you for future challenges.
  • 23. References Contact Information Goal and Objective Academic Qualifications Experience Extracurricular Activities References
  • 24. References Students should compile a list of professional and personal references A complete list of names and addresses, including phone numbers should be provided If students have little to no work history, a teacher or coach, etc may be of some support Students should not overlook volunteer experience as well and can request a reference from this source also
  • 25. Cover Letter • Cover letter is a summary of your resume • Avoid redundancy within your cover letter • Cover letter should not exceed one page in length • Use white or off-white paper that matches resume paper • High quality paper, 8.5” x 11” • Send your letter in a manila envelope to keep away from folding • Cover letters sent via email do not require headings and addresses • Remember to sign your letters right above your typed name • If you have enclosed a resume, references or transcript etc. type “Encl” after two lines of your signature and name • Use a laser printer for best results
  • 26. Finish Line You should be encouraged and inspired to create resumes and write cover letters that will maximize your potential in getting an interview, not to mention it is a wonderful platform to convey your interests. The process in itself can be a bit tedious at times, but it is well worth the investment. No matter where you are in life, stay in the race and you are destined to make it to the FINISH LINE toward your successful career!!! BEST WISHES TO YOU ONE AND ALL!!!