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Rasmussen College discusses the importance of a great resume and interview skills to help you land the perfect job!

Rasmussen College discusses the importance of a great resume and interview skills to help you land the perfect job!

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  • Presentation supply list:
    Three sample resumés
    Rasmussen Resumé
    “Top Six Interview Questions” transcripts
    Rasmussen College collateral
    Evaluation forms

    -Introduction to relate to class and teacher(s): Share where you attended college and major, interests or fun fact about yourself, and why you love working for Rasmussen College.

    -Warm-up: Get students participating out of the gate! Use questions like, “So you know I’m with Rasmussen College, and just curious, who here has heard of Rasmussen College?” “What do you know about Rasmussen College?” (GOAL: Mini Q&A session gets students involved in the interactive presentation right away, and aids in sparking their interest in Rasmussen College)

    -Overview: Pass out the evaluation forms and ask the students to fold it in thirds, printed side on the inside.
    They should write their first names boldly in the center third and then prop them up facing you, creating a name tent.
    Make eye contact with each student as you move throughout the room reading their names.
  • Explain to the class that today you will be discussing how resumés, cover letters and job interviews are essential in landing a good job.
  • Review with the class that one important way for students to get relevant experience for their career is to get a part-time job. Ask the students how many of them have already have a part time job. Ask them what they needed to do in order to get the job (complete a job application).

    Relate how writing a resumé can help them to complete a job application in a way that can set them apart from their competition.
    Through the process of creating a resumé, they will be able to document their experience in a way that sells their skill set. They will be able to use excerpts from their resumé in their job applications.
    By attaching their resumé to their job application, they can also stand out from their competition by providing a more complete picture of their experience.
    Attaching the resumé also shows the potential employer initiative and a commitment to the position that they are seeking.
  • Use the “Resumé Review Checklist” as a guide to lead a classroom discussion about some basic Dos and Don’ts for resumé writing.

    Before clicking through the points, ask for a volunteer to help read the information with you. Remember to ask the class one or two questions such as, “Why is filling up exactly one page important? The volunteer will get a Rasmussen prize!
  • Before clicking through the remaining points, ask for another volunteer to help read the information. Remember to ask the class one or two questions like, “Why would avoiding slang be helpful in making a good resumé?
  • Split the classroom into small groups, explain the activity. Each group will be provided with resumés to critique in their small groups; a classroom discussion will follow.
    Have each group pick an HR Manager to document and share their findings. Now pass out the Rasmussen review checklist, and explain they’ll use this as their guide to critique the resumés. Now give each HR Manager one of each resumé for the group to review.
    After HR Managers present their finding to the class have the class participate by asking questions such as, “Do you agree with their findings, and why?”
  • Explain that before submitting a resumé, it is important to include a cover letter with the application.
  • Walk through the next slides to illustrate the importance of a cover letter, and the elements that make up an effective letter.
  • Review what was covered, and tee up the final portion of the presentation, the interview.
  • Click through the “What Are They Really Asking?” questions to lead a classroom discussion about what information employers are interested in receiving from common interview questions.
  • Activity: Role Playing
    Have two volunteers play HR Manager and Anita to act the interview out in front of the class. Then get the class to participate by having them share their thoughts. If time permits have two new volunteers for Luke’s interview, and ask the class their thoughts once again. If time permits execute Rita’s interview with two new volunteers, and gage everyone’s thoughts. Each volunteer gets something!
  • Summarize the reasons that resumés, cover letters and job interviews are essential in landing a good job.
  • Ask the students to open their name tents and complete the evaluation.
    Offer Rasmussen College collateral to students who are interested.
  • Transcript

    • 1. GET THAT JOB R A S M U S S E N C O L L E G E P R E S E N T S : R E S U M É C O V E R L E T T E R I N T E RV I E W
    • 2. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB #1 RESUMÉ: WHAT MAKES A GOOD ONE? # 2 C O V E R L E T T E R : WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? #3 INTERVIEW: TOP FIVE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS.
    • 3. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU RESUMÉ: TO ACCOMPANY JOB APPLICATIONS • Articulate your experience in a relevant manner. GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW COMPLETING AN APPLICATION RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB • Set yourself apart from the competition. • Show your initiative and commitment to the job.
    • 4. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU RESUMÉ: Attributes of a good resume Fills up exactly one page Contains plenty of white space and is pleasing to the eye Includes only one font and is printed in black ink only Contains consistent formatting—spacing, use of bold, italics, underlining, and dates, etc. Covers relevant time periods GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW RESUMÉ REVIEW CHECKLIST Includes short phrases rather than complete sentences RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 5. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU Contains only relevant information Avoids use of slang and abbreviations Contains appropriate references, if applicable Contains the applicant’s phone number Contain truthful information only Sells the applicant GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW RESUMÉ: Attributes of a good resume RESUMÉ REVIEW CHECKLIST RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 6. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW RESUMÉ: Attributes of a good resume A C T I V I T Y: RESUMÉ CRITIQUE RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 7. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU # 2 C O V E R L E T T E R : WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? # 1 R E S U M É : WHAT MAKES A GOOD ONE? #3 INTERVIEW: TOP FIVE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS. RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 8. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU COVER LETTER: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW INTRODUCING YOURSELF Crosby, Olivia & Liming Drew, (2009) Résumés, Applications, and Cover Letters. Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 2009 • Cover letters are an opportunity to convey your focus and energy. • The best cover letters spark the employer’s interest and create an impression of competence. • For students who may not have a lot of experience, the cover letter is a way of showing enthusiasm. • Sending a resumé without a cover letter is like starting an interview without shaking hands. RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 9. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU COVER LETTER: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW LETTER FORMAT Crosby, Olivia & Liming Drew, (2009) Résumés, Applications, and Cover Letters. Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 2009 RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB • Should be written in standard business format. • One page, single spaced, flush left, with each paragraph followed by a blank line. • Use professional, polite words. • Revealing your personality is fine, as long as your style conforms to business protocol.
    • 10. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU COVER LETTER: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW MAILING ADDRESSES Crosby, Olivia & Liming Drew, (2009) Résumés, Applications, and Cover Letters. Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 2009 RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB • Include your address and the reviewer’s address at the top of the letter. • Emailed cover letters do not need to include mailing addresses.
    • 11. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU COVER LETTER: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW PART 1: SALUTATION Crosby, Olivia & Liming Drew, (2009) Résumés, Applications, and Cover Letters. Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 2009 RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB • Whenever possible, send your letter to a specific person, rather than to an office. • If you do not know whom to write, call the company and ask who is hiring for the position. • Check the spelling and confirm that the title is accurate. • Pay close attention to the Mr. or Ms. before gender neutral names. • Use a colon after the name, not a comma.
    • 12. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU COVER LETTER: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW PART 2: OPENING Crosby, Olivia & Liming Drew, (2009) Résumés, Applications, and Cover Letters. Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 2009 RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB • Describe the job you are applying for. • If someone the reviewer knows suggested you apply, mention the recommendation. • Knowledge about a company may give you another opportunity to connect. • Detail your connection to the company. • If you are responding to an advertisement, refer to it and the source.
    • 13. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU COVER LETTER: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW PART 3: BODY Crosby, Olivia & Liming Drew, (2009) Résumés, Applications, and Cover Letters. Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 2009 RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB • Brief explanation of your qualifications. • Summarize your most relevant qualifications or provide additional details about a noteworthy accomplishment. • Address the employer’s requirements directly.
    • 14. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU COVER LETTER: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW PART 4: CLOSING Crosby, Olivia & Liming Drew, (2009) Résumés, Applications, and Cover Letters. Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 2009 RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB • Thank the reviewer, request an interview, and repeat the number you can best be reached at. • The closing is your chance to show your commitment to the job.
    • 15. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU COVER LETTER: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT? GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW SUBMITTING YOUR QUALIFICATIONS — EMAIL CONSIDERATIONS Crosby, Olivia & Liming Drew, (2009) Résumés, Applications, and Cover Letters. Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 2009 RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB • Include the cover letter as the body of the email. • Resumé should either follow the cover letter in the body in plain text or be a separate attachment—depending on reviewer’s preference. • No need to include your mailing address or reviewer’s mailing address.
    • 16. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU # 1 R E S U M É : WHAT MAKES A GOOD ONE? # 2 C O V E R L E T T E R : WHAT’S OUT THERE? #3 INTERVIEW: TOP FIVE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS. RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 17. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU 1. Tell me about yourself. Are you willing to admit you’re not perfect? What are you doing to improve yourself? What do you need to do your job well? Are you going to be fair and flexible? GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW INTERVIEW: TOP FIVE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS WHAT ARE THEY REALLY ASKING? Why do you want this job? 2. List three strengths and three weaknesses. 3. What do you expect from us? RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 18. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU 4. Give an example of how you’ve managed conflict. 5. Why did you choose this field? GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW INTERVIEW: TOP FIVE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS WHAT ARE THEY REALLY ASKING? Have you been involved in professional conflict? How did you resolve it? Will you enjoy this job? Will you excel at this job? How long will you stay? RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 19. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW INTERVIEW: TOP SIX INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ACTIVITY: ROLE PLAYING RESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 20. WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU #1 RESUMÉ: WHAT MAKES A GOOD ONE? # 2 C O V E R L E T T E R : WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? #3 INTERVIEW: TOP SIX INTERVIEW QUESTIONS. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEWRESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 21. ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU •Offered at select campuses.  . www.ncahlc.org • By partnering with leading universities, Rasmussen offers opportunities to students beyond the Bachelor’s level. THE NEXT STEP: PURSUE YOUR DEGREE With campus locations in: Minnesota, Illinois, Florida, Wisconsin & North Dakota Rasmussen offers degree programs in: Business, Technology and Design, Nursing*, Allied Health, Education, and Justice Studies • Founded in 1900, is a premier provider of educational experiences. • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission • Offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees in fields with the greatest occupation opportunities. • More than 15,000 students both online and through its network of 21 campuses. GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEWRESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 22. WHY RASMUSSEN? RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU • Convenience & flexibility THE NEXT STEP: PURSUE YOUR DEGREE • Exceptional career development & support • High standards of academic quality • Small class sizes • In-demand degrees • Online, on-campus & blended programs GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEWRESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB
    • 23. RASMUSSEN COLLEGE START YOUR STORY WWW.RASMUSSEN.EDU GET THAT JOB resuméCOVER LETTERINTERVIEWRESUMÉCOVER LETTERINTERVIEW GET THAT JOB CONTACT ME: INFORMATION@RASMUSSEN.EDU