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  • Today I am going to talk with you for a few minutes about how to prepare a resume. Why are we talking to you today about preparing a resume. Well, one reason is that it is a requirement upon entrance into the Teacher Preparation Academy, it is required when you begin your student teaching placement and it will be an important tool when you apply for a teaching position upon graduation. At each of these milestones, your resume provides the information about your interests and qualifications for a teaching position. With the resume you prepare now for the Teacher Preparation Academy you will be laying a foundation upon which you can build the resume you want and need when you begin applying for a teaching position at graduation.
  • Key Concepts: The facilitator should begin by briefly stating what will be covered during the presentation. The bulleted information on this page highlights the main points that will be covered in the following slides. Rationale: The facilitator may point out at this time why it is important to write a job acceptance letter. A job acceptance letter is a written confirmation accepting a position that an employer has offered an applicant. It is proper business etiquette to acknowledge the offer and respond in a timely manner. The following presentation will highlight specific details that should be included.
  • Key Concepts: This slide highlights the main elements that should be included in a job acceptance letter. Each will be covered in greater detail in the following slides.

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  • Resume Writing 101 Unit 2 part 2
    • What is the initial amount of time an employer takes to review an applicant’s resume?
    • Answer: 30-45 seconds
  • A One Page Resume Is Preferred By Most Employers An employer will evaluate you as a person when scanning your resume, i.e.: a) neat resume = neat person b) well-organized resume = well-organized person c) error free resume = careful person d) professional appearance = careful & competent person First Impressions Count
  • Will I Have More Than One Version of My Resume?
    • YES!
    • Employers today want to know what you can do for them, so it is imperative that you create a targeted resume each time you apply for an opportunity.
    • You will also develop a 'generic' resume to use in online databases, such as ours.
    • You may also need a scan able or web-based resume, depending on your field; more on these later.
  • The Functional Resume
    • focuses on your skills & accomplishments highlights what they are, not when you developed them
    • good format for job seekers with lots of job experience and many
    • jobs
  • A+ Resume Writing Resume = Marketing Tool Use Resume To Obtain an Interview, Not A Job Use Short Concise Statements Use Numbers and Percentages Keep It Easy to Read Use Action Verbs
  • At the top of the page, list your name and the address and telephone numbers of both present and permanent residences, if appropriate. Note: Use Professional Email Address Contact Information
  • The purpose of the career objective is to communicate clearly the type of position in which you are interested. Objective Statement
  • Degrees should be listed in reverse chronological order with the most recent listed first. Degree Granted or Seeking Date of Graduation or Anticipated College or University, city and state (if the state is not part of the institution's title) Major and Minor, if applicable Education
  • Honors, awards and scholarships are important items Rank ordered by importance to the career objective. Honors and Awards
  • Use the term "experience" instead of "work history" or "employment," so that you can include full and part-time jobs, self-employment, volunteer work; and practicum, field, and cooperative education experiences. Experience Note: Describe your functional skills in short, snappy phrases starting with descriptive action verbs.
  • Action Verbs
    • Administered
    • Arranged
    • Built
    • Designed
    • Developed
    • Implemented
    Ordered Performed Planned Served Scheduled Supervised
  • Rank order professional associations, leadership positions and other activities by importance to the career objective. Emphasize your leadership roles. Spell out the name of the organization: do not use abbreviations or acronyms. Professional Affiliations & Activities Student Professional Organizations SGA Volunteer Clubs Sports Teams Student Newspaper
  • Additional Information
    • Include any specialized skills, training, certification or licenses such as foreign language ability, ability to sign for the deaf, CPR, etc.
  • Suzy Q. Student 1234 River Run Road Chattanooga, TN 37343 413-425-5555 [email_address]
    • Objective To obtain an entry-level Human Resources position
    • Education University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Human Resources
    • GPA: 3.1/4.0
    • Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2007
    • Honors and Awards
    • Golden Key Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Deans List 6 Semesters
    • Relevant Experience
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee June 2005 – August 2005
    • Chattanooga, TN
    • Human Resources Intern
        • Assisted with updating employee personnel files
        • Screened job applications
        • Observed Human Resources Manager interviewing candidate
    • Other Experience
    • Abercrombie Fitch May 2003 – present
    • Chattanooga, TN
    • Sales Associate
        • Train new employees
        • Participate in employee interviews and selections
        • Oversee inventory and audit of product
        • Open and close store, including nightly deposits
    • UTC College of Health and Human Services August 2002-May 2003
    • Chattanooga, TN
    • Student Worker
        • Performed Internet research
        • Organized office files, records, etc.
        • Responded to office inquiries
        • Answered a multi-line telephone
    • Professional Affiliations and Activities
    • Society for Human Resource Management, Volunteer at the Chattanooga Soup Kitchen, Student Government Association-Treasurer
    • Additional Information
    • Familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher
    • Fluent in Spanish and familiar with French languages
  • Finishing Touches ♦ Proofread your resume ♦ Make sure it is “employer-centered” ♦ Double-check your contact information
  • A Resume is NOT a CV
    • ♦ A CV is used in
    • academic & research-oriented job searches.
    • ♦ A CV is of flexible length
    • ♦ A CV is a record of your academic
    • accomplishments & credentials.
    • ♦ A resume is used in business, non-profit, government & other types of job searches.
    • ♦ A resume should be 1 page, 2 pages max.
    • ♦ A resume is not all embracing;
    • it should be targeted to a particular job in a particular field.
  • Remember A resume does not get you a job … A resume does get you an interview. And, putting time & consideration into your resume is one of the best ways to prepare for your interviews!
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • When you’re serious about pursuing a career, your attention to the little things can make a big difference in being perceived as a quality candidate. It can separate you from the crowd, elevating you from “good” to “great.” Eric Mason, Federated Insurance Company
  • When & Why Do I Need a Cover Letter?
    • Any time you send your resume to an employer it should be accompanied by a cover letter.
    • A cover letter acts as an introduction for your resume.
    • A cover letter also stands as a sample of your writing skills, so be sure to make it the best possible sample you can.
    • If you are sending your resume via email - the cover letter is the email message itself. Then attach the resume following the employer's instructions (i.e., MSWord document, text document, etc.)
  • Cover Letters
    • Should give the employer a reason to look at the resume
    • 3 to 5 bulleted points leading to the resume
    • If the cover letter does not “ speak well, ” the resume will not be read!
  • Application (Cover) Letter
    • Purpose: persuade your audience to move you onto the next step of the job search process
    • Tone: project self-confidence and maturity; do not be apologetic, timid, stuffy, or arrogant
    • Homework: learn something about the company that you can mention in the letter. Can you tie your qualifications to what you learned or the way you might benefit the company?
  • Letter Format
    • Heading: your address; city, state, zip code; date
    • Inside address: audience name and job title, company name, address, city, state, zip
    • Salutation or attention line
    • Body of letter
    • Complimentary close, signature block
    • End notations Enclosure
  • Specifics
    • Use an attention line when you don ’ t have a specific person to address
      • Ex. Attention: Human Resources Department
    • Choose a traditional complimentary closing
      • Sincerely yours,
      • Very truly yours,
      • Respectfully yours ,
    • End notations
      • Signature block
        • Enclosure: r é sum é
  • Specifics 2
    • End notations
      • Signature block: typed name four lines below complimentary closing phrase with space for signature
      • Enclosure: can include name or type of enclosure. Use the entire word or abbreviate.
      • Ex.
        • Enclosure: r é sum é
        • Encl.
  • Heading and Inside Address Example
    • 4912 Vasant Vihar
    • Dehradoon, Uttranchal 21207
    • February 28, 2009
    • Dr. ABC Sharma, President
    • Infosys
    • 1000 Hilltop Circle
    • Bangalore, Karnataka 21250
    • Dear Dr. Sharma:
  • Complimentary Close, etc. Example
    • Sincerely yours,
    • Jobseeker Negi
    • Enclosure: résumé
  • Body (paragraph 2-3)
    • Discuss work and education experience, one paragraph each
      • For education, include specifics about work done in classes. Class titles without supporting specifics won’t tell your audience much about you.
    • Education example
      • In my technical writing course, I designed a web site and worked on a collaborative manual on using Front Page
  • Conclusion (paragraph 4)
    • Ask for action from audience:
      • an interview
    • Give contact information
      • E-mail address
      • Landline phone number(s)
      • Cell phone number
    • End all letters with a courteous closing sentence
      • Thank you for your assistance.
  • Conclusion (paragraph 4)
    • Ask for action from audience:
      • an interview
    • Give contact information
      • E-mail address
      • Landline phone number(s)
      • Cell phone number
    • End all letters with a courteous closing sentence
      • Thank you for your assistance.
  • Types of resumes
    • Chronological resume -
    • Focus on education and work experience. 
    • Functional Resume -
    • Highlights accomplishments and emphasizes skills. This provides applicant’s ability to handle the position. 
  • CONTD.
    • Combination Resume -
    • Highlights skills but includes detailed information about candidate’s education and work experience. Mainly for new Graduates.
  • You Won the Race! You have the JOB of your dreams! Now it’s time to write the JOB ACCEPTANCE LETTER!
    • Purpose
    • What to Include
    • Specifics
    • Format
    • Tone
  • What to Include:
    • Appreciation for the Offer
    • Statement of Acceptance
    • Brief Reaffirmation of Employment Conditions
    • Any Instructions Based on Employment or Notices
  • Refusal Letter Here are some guidelines for writing Refusal Letter : Say "Thank you." Graciously thank the employer for his/her time, interview(s), offer of employment, State your refusal clearly . Be courteous, but get to the point quickly. Explain your reasons . Close the letter courteously . ending on a note of goodwill.
  • Promotion Letter
    • Dear....
    • You have asked for justification as to why I should receive a pay rise/ improved remuneration/salary arrangements.
    • Here are the reasons:
    • (List the reasons, presented as 3-7 concise clear bullet points. Where you attach values show them rounded to nearest 100 or 1,000 or 5,000 depending on scale, or shorten using the k symbol, eg $50,000 looks tidier when shown as $50k) in a column ranged right margin one above the other, and you can even show a total value bottom right if appropriate - see the examples of reasons below, and tailor to reflect your own situation).
    • (Then add) I'm happy to provide more detail on any of the above if you need it.
    • (End with something positive like) I thank you for this opportunity to present this information. I greatly enjoy working with the company, I am pleased to give my loyalty and commitment, and to take on extra work and responsibility. I am keen to be trained, to progress, to learn new things, and I want to contribute as much as possible to the company's success in the future.
    • I look forward to your response.
    • Yours etc..
  • Letter of Resignation
  • And the Race Goes On….
    • THANKS