What a resume is and its purposes
Types and formats of resumes
Effective Writing of a resume.
Guidelines for preparing cover letters
Be ready for a successful job interview.
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WHAT IS A RESUME ?
is the purpose of the
RESUME … IS
A brief summary of your qualifications,
skills, and background which represent
your educational and work experiences in
terms relevant to potential employers.
A self-promotional and marketing tool.
The first impression a prospective
employer has of you.
Your first contact with a prospective
employer will be when he reads your
You only get one chance to make a first
First impressions are lasting – so think
of your resume as an extension of you!
Never forget that the goal of a resume is
to obtain a job interview.
A NOTE TO THE WISE!
There is no such thing as the “right”
or “wrong” resume.
The best indicator of whether your
resume is doing its job is by answering
“Are employers contacting you?
What is the Purpose of a Resume?
To describe your accomplishments, qualifications,
professional and educational experiences
Serve as a record to leave with an employer
Share information with the people who are
assisting you with your job search
Attach to a job application- Some forms don’t
allow us to express our skills and abilities very
To answer “the” question : Why should I be
selected for an interview?
A single job offer attracts between 100
and 1,000 resumes.
Your resume will get between 10 and
20 seconds of the recruiters time.
Only 1 interview is granted for every
200 resumes received by the average
WRITE A RESUME STEP BY STEP
Understanding the Purpose
Understanding the Audience
Look at other Resumes.
Start writing your first draft.
Revise, carefully review and re-organize
Get feedback from a reader.
Revise, Proofread and Edit.
Keep it Simple
Use a permanent
Reason for sending the résumé
A brief paragraph that states
your career plan in relation to
what an employer is looking for
Focus on your interest as well as
your employers interest.
To obtain a position as a Software
Engineer with a company offering
opportunities for professional growth.
Seeking a position as a Civil Engineer in a
well established company that will fully
utilize my experience and expertise in
construction, construction management,
planning and cost analysis.
Your objective must be specific, clear,
short and concise.
You can targeted specific job title.
Stay focused on one title or two similar
Use general objective when needed.
PROFILE / SUMMARY
• Several concise statements that focus
the reader’s attention on the most
important qualities, achievements,
and abilities you have to offer.
• A short phrase describing your
• Bullet : 3 to 4 one-liners about who
PROFILE / SUMMARY
A team player with excellent communication skills
and academic qualifications, who has recently
graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.
A highly talented, professional and dedicated Civil
Engineer with over ten years experience in planning,
designing and directing the construction and
maintenance of roads, bridges and pipelines.
Accounting manager with five years of accounting
experience in real estate and marketing industries.
Fully knowledgeable in general accounting, payroll,
budgeting, and journal entry preparation.
• Think about what you want to say about yourself.
• Create a well-rounded view of yourself.
• Be honest.
• Be confident.
• Avoid trying to answer every question about yourself.
• Use specifics over generalities
Objective Vs. Profile by an example
Seeking position as English teacher at
a governmental school.
English teacher with ten years of
experience in governmental school
• Your most recent educational information
is listed first.
• Include your degree (B.A., M.A., etc.), major,
institution attended, minor/concentration.
• Add your (GPA) if it is higher than 3.0.
• Mention academic honors
Graduate Diploma in Law
BA in Economics
BBP Law School London
University of Manchester
1995-1998 , B.S. in Business Management , Yeshiva University New York, NY
Certified Public Accountant, CPA, New York State
Briefly give the employer an overview of work
that has taught you skills.
Use action words to describe your job duties.
Include your work experience in reverse
• Title of position,
• Name of organization, Location
• Dates of employment
• Describe your work responsibilities with
emphasis on specific skills and
Include: paid work, unpaid internships, extensive job
Use keywords and jargon from your field : You want
to appear to be an insider.
Include skills, experiences and interests that relate
to the target position.
Begin statements with action verbs. Use short
phrases and concrete examples, numbers and
quantities to describe your experiences (i.e., “Supervised
camp activities for 30 girls, ages 6-12”).
It includes your abilities
that are related to the jobs
you are applying for.
Include skills that are relevant to
the position / career field that you
are interested in i.e. computer
skills, software skills, and/or
Teaching, Lecturing and Curricula design
Troubleshooting of computer HW/SW faults
Supervising Projects: including in house,
external contractors and sub-contractors.
Customize the skills section of your resume to
match, as much as you can, the requirements
listed in the job posting.
The closer a match your skills are to the job
requirements, the better your chances of being
selected for an interview.
Employers quickly scan resumes, so long lists are
not likely to get read.
you will go into more details than you
did in the objective and summary
opportunity to really sell yourself!
any activities that would show special
skills, community involvement, leadership
any special honors you have received
need to say “References available
upon request” .
You’ll need three to five people to write
or speak on your behalf.
Ask permission before you use someone’s
write contact information for them.
Give them your resume.
WHO ARE THEY ?
business letter that accompanies a
reader of your purpose and
requests as in-person meeting.
and directs attention to the
important information in the resume.
take the form of an email message
or a brief note that accompanies an
First paragraph: State the name of the job
for which you are applying and how you
learned about the job opening.
Second paragraph: Emphasize skills and
abilities that relate to the open position.
However, do not repeat what is said on your
Third paragraph: Thank the employer
and request an interview.
An Effective Cover Letter
Introduces You; Your Resume
Summarizes Appropriate Aspects of your
Education or Experience
States briefly how your Qualifications relate to
Indicates if you have included a Resume,
Writing Samples, Transcript, or other
Is Brief and to the Point.
Requests an Interview.
Your Phone Number
Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
Please accept my application for the teaching assistant position advertised on Craig's List. I would like to
continue to develop my teaching skills while creating a challenging and fun learning environment for students.
The middle school age group is particularly appealing to me, because students are very impressionable,
interested in learning, and open to new concepts.
I am very well qualified and would be an asset to the school because of my experience working as a teaching
assistant for XYZ School. I have worked with both elementary and middle school teachers, as well as camp
directors to develop curricula that meet the needs of students. I enjoy tutoring students and helping them build
confidence in their ability to achieve, both academically and socially. In addition, I have artistic and computer
skills that will be an asset when developing class projects.
I have attached my resume for your review. Thank you for considering my application. I would appreciate the
opportunity to interview and look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Your Typed Name
and show that
Be on time
Ensure you have a high level of hygiene
Answer all the questions the best way you can.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW…
DO YOUR HOME WORK
position, company and industry.
who you will be interviewing with.
ready for a variety of interviewer styles.
ready to discuss your strengths and
How to reach the location.
KNOW YOUR SELF
Be able to articulate skills, strengths,
accomplishments, and career goals
Familiarize yourself with your resume
Make a list of five accomplishments that you
Make a list of five things you have done with proud.
Make a list of how your colleagues, staff, and
supervisors describe you. Include the positive and
WHAT TO TAKE TO THE INTERVIEW
THE INTERVIEWER EVALUATES
WAYS YOU CAN SHOW A GOOD ATTITUDE
• Concentrate on being likable and friendly
• Positive language and non-verbal cues
• Demonstrate enthusiasm
• Demonstrate interest
• Excellent Listener
• Be Professional
WHAT DO EMPLOYERS SEEK FOR :
Working Well in a
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS : USEFUL TIPS
Questions can vary and may be categorized
under Personal Assessment, Education and
Experience, Career ambition and Plans,
Company or Organization.
a Negative into a
THE BALANCE OF LISTENING AND TALKING
Do not be afraid to ask clarifying questions about the
Listen well so that you can identify opportunities to
link your skills and qualifications to what the
interviewer is looking for.
It is acceptable to take notes.
Do not interrupt the interviewer.
Take time to formulate your thoughts before
answering a tough question and balance talking with
Be as clear and concise as you can in your answers.
BODY LANGUAGE :
WHAT SIGNALS ARE YOU SENDING?
Leaning forward = interest
Smiling = friendly
Nodding = attentive
Eye contact = curious and
Crossed arms = defensive
Fidgeting hands or
tapping feet = nervous or
Lack of eye contact =
Leaning back= discomfort
QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK
are the responsibilities of this position?
What are the reputations, academic
training and tenures of the employees
in this department?
Do you support professional development?
What do you see as the biggest
challenge that someone would face
during the first month on the job?
• An elevator pitch is a short summary
used to quickly and simply define a
person, profession, product, service,
organization or event and its value
• The name "elevator pitch" reflects the
idea that it should be possible to deliver
the summary in the time span of an
elevator ride, or approximately thirty
seconds to two minutes
GENERAL INTERVIEW STRATEGIES
prepared to talk about yourself and
the art of storytelling
specific and concrete examples of
positive, enthusiastic and
confident throughout the interview
GENERAL INTERVIEW STRATEGIES
Remember an interview is a formal
conversation--avoid filler words like “Um”,
“Ah”, & “You know”
Avoid indecisive phrases like: “I think,” “I
guess,” “probably,” or “pretty good”
Think before speaking
Avoid long verbose answers--limit your
response to 1-2 minutes
If you do not hear or understand a
question, ask them to repeat or clarify it for
REASONS WHY CANDIDATES RECEIVE
Lack of proper career planning
Lack of knowledge in field of specialization
Inability to express thoughts clearly and
Insufficient evidence of achievement.
Not prepared for the interview.
No real interest in the organization
a business card
about next steps in the process
that only 15% of the success of
an interview is out of your control
some time to reflect
- Overall, how well did I do?
- What went well?
- What steps can I take next time to improve?
Conduct a test run the day before the
Practice! Practice! Practice!
Obtain a list of practice interview questions and jot down
Stand in front of a mirror and rehearse your answers
Get a good night’s sleep-be well rested
and alert for the interview
Be relaxed and be yourself!
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