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  • RésumésCover LettersThank You Notes
  • A Résumé
    • is the first meeting between you and the employer.
    • tells a great deal about you.
    • gets you the interview. is your calling card, so remember that “First impressions are lasting ones.”
  • Résumé Principles
    • No ugly résumé– format must be pleasing to the eye
    • Do not lie, exaggerate or use words that the interviewer has to look up in a dictionary
    • Focus on strengths and accomplishments
    • Use 8 1/2” x 11” 20 lb paper
  • Résumé Do’s
    • Target your qualifications for a specific job
    • Keep it to one page
    • Accompany with reference page
    • E-mail – keep it professional
    • Use descriptive action verbs
    • No errors
    • Pleasing layout
    • List relevant work
    • History or volunteering
    • Use argot of the profession
    • Mention you were a student-athlete
    • Always format in order of importance
    http://www.siue.edu/careerdevelopmentcenter/jobpreparation/pdf/action_verbs.pdf
  • Résumé Don’ts
    • Avoid abbreviations and acronyms
    • Never use pronouns such as: “I”, “me”, “my”, “our”
    • Never type - use a laser jet printer
    • No fancy fonts, binders, layouts
    • Have errors
    http://www.resume1-2-3.com/
  • Summary of Qualifications
    2 years professional experience providing excellence in customer service.
    Proven ability to coordinate and complete multiple projects within deadlines.
    Skilled at developing and retaining partnerships with clients and customers.
    Driven, dedicated, and effective team player.
  • Education
    This is an important section for recent college graduates or students seeking internships or summer jobs.
    Beginning with the highest level of educational achievement, include information such as University attended, degrees earned/expected, major, minors, grade point average, date of program completion, and so forth.
    Bachelor of Science in Accounting Expected 2007
    Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA
    GPA: 3.7/4.0
    Major GPA: 3.6/4.0
    Include GPA only if 3.5 +
  • Other Categories
    Awards & Achievements
    Activities & Honors
    Professional Experience
    Volunteering
    Relevant Course Work
    Employment Experience
    Specialized/Technical Skills
    Reference Page
    Dr. Mary Smith
    Business Department
    Faculty
    Saddleback College
    Mission Viejo, CA 92692
    (949) 555-1212
  • Chronological Résumé
    • most common listing of your jobs and experience with most recent mentioned first
    • good for job seekers who have practical work experience with long periods of employment
    • résumé type most preferred by employers
    http://www.siue.edu/careerdevelopmentcenter/jobpreparation/pdf/chronological_style.pdf
  • Functional Résumé
    • focuses on your skills and accomplishments
    • highlights what they are, not when you developed them
    • Great for job seekers who have great transferable skills but little direct experience
    http://www.siue.edu/careerdevelopmentcenter/jobpreparation/pdf/functional_style.pdf
  • Combination Résumé
    • maximizes the benefits of both the functional and the chronological resume
    • contains a heading for skills and accomplishments, followed by a reverse chronology of work experience
    http://www.siue.edu/careerdevelopmentcenter/jobpreparation/pdf/combination_sample.pdf
  • Video Résumés
    www.Vault.com
  • Cover Letters
    • Must be sent with résumé
    • explains to the reader your situation and what action you are requesting
    • should give the employer a reason to look at the résumé
    • must be targeted to each job opening
    • will get eight seconds of the reader’s time, so it must be brief, yet informative
  • Cover Letter Layout
    • limited to one page of three to four paragraphs
    • No indented paragraphs
    • Should not summarize your resume but add to it
    • Opening paragraph should answer why you are writing, what position you are interested and where you found out about the job
    • If you were referred mention this in the opening paragraph
  • First Paragraph
    I am a (your identifying characteristic)+I am a (your profession)+I have (your years of experience or education)+I have worked in (your area of expertise)+I am interested in (what position you're looking for)
  • Middle Paragraph
    • Revealing statements about who you are and your skills
    • Why you are interested in working for this employer
    • Relevant or related work/volunteer experience
    • Emphasize skills and abilities in relation to position
    • Provide additional qualifications that are not on resume
  • Closing Paragraph
    • Be proactive
    • What will you do next
    • What you would like the recipient to do next
    • Pave the way for an interview
    • “I will follow up in a week after the closing date of the position has passed. I look forward to speaking with you further.”
  • Closing Paragraph
    Thank you Sentences
    Thank you for your time.
    Thank you for reviewing my qualifications.
    Thank you for your consideration.
    Thank you for your review of my qualifications.
    Confidence in a Callback
    I look forward to your reply.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    I look forward to your response.
    I look forward to your call.
    BAD: It would be an honor to meet with you.
    BAD: Call me tomorrow, please.
  • Scannable Format
    • Do not fold or staple
    • Avoid punctuation when possible
    • Avoid vertical & horizontal lines as well as graphics
    • Abbreviations - use only those known in your field
    • Use Keywords
    • Use fonts like Time New Romans, Courier New, Helvetica
    • size 10-12
    • Bolding and CAPITALS are acceptable as long as they do not touch each other
    • avoid condensing the spaces between letters and lines
  • Thank You Notes
    • Sent after you complete interview
    • Must be sent within 24 hours of interview regardless of the day of the week
    • Individual letter must be sent to each person you interviewed with
    • Always add one unique detail from the interview
    • Do not sell yourself, only thank them for their time