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  1. 1. A resume is YOU on paper. <ul><li>Before you begin writing, ask yourself the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How do you want to look? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What have you done that makes you proud? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are your talents? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What makes you different from other applicants? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Your application letter and resume are a personal advertisement about YOU <ul><li>A creative and professional resume, complete with a well-written, well-formed cover letter, is a must if you want a desirable job. </li></ul>
  3. 3. For this assignment, you’ll need to first complete your blog assignment. Once you’ve found an ideal job advertisement and thought about what the advertiser is looking for, you’re ready to create your application materials.
  4. 4. <ul><li>Remember: each job opening is individual and specific in its description. Your application materials should be custom-made to fit the job announcement. Doing this will greatly increase your chances of getting an interview. You should include information that the company needs or wants to know and make your resume to the point. Your application letter should effectively communicate - in a brief and concise manner - your interest in the job. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Knowing what an employer is looking for in a new employee can help you to shape your resume to fit the employer's expectations. Shaping your resume to fit the employer's expectations moves you one step closer to getting the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>In other words, the more you know your audience and what they expect, the better you are able to meet their expectations. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Writing the Resume: Look at the assigned reading for examples of different types of resumes. Even the most distinguished applicant shouldn’t have a resume longer than two pages (unless you’re submitting an academic vita)!
  7. 7. Follow these guidelines when writing your resume: <ul><ul><ul><li>List the most valuable information for the reader first, whether it is your education or your work experience. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>List jobs and education in reverse chronological order. (List most recent items first). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organize your best characteristics so they are easily noticed. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use active verbs (e.g., cleaned, initiated, directed, organized, planned, managed, investigated, composed.) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use the least amount of words possible. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create an attractive resume using white space, headings, bullets, dividing lines, bold print, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Edit your resume until it is perfect. Read it aloud from a hard copy. Ask several people to proof it for you. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Writing the Application Letter: <ul><li>Remember that the Application Letter is the first thing that the reader will see. If the letter isn’t well written, then they probably won’t make it to the resume!! </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>A brief, concise, and easy to understand letter makes a good impression. So, get to the point quickly. State your purpose in the first paragraph. Provide only essential information. </li></ul>Get to the point!
  10. 10. Most business letters are one page (block format) and include the following standard parts: <ul><ul><ul><li>1) Heading: the return address of writer (if letterhead is used, omit the heading) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2) Date line: the date you wrote the letter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3) Inside address : the complete address of the reader </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4) Salutation : &quot;Dear...&quot; and then put the exact name of the person your letter is intended for. (This is followed by a colon). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5) Body : 2-5 paragraphs; must look balanced on the page. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6) Closing : friendly, but businesslike; common closings are Sincerely, Yours truly, and Cordially </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>7) Signature : leave four blank lines between the Closing and your name; this is where you would sign your name if printing out the letter. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>8) Enclosure: don't forget the enclosure line! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. PROOFREAD!!! Business letters are free of spelling, grammar, and typing errors. Remember : your writing reflects your sincerity, attention to detail, and consideration of the reader's time. In addition, your letter will leave a lasting impression with the reader of your attitude towards task completion as well as whatever it is that you hope to accomplish with the letter.