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RésumésCover LettersThank You Notes<br />
A Résumé<br /><ul><li>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.”</li></li></ul><li>Rés...
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</li></li></ul><li>Résumé Do’s<br /><ul><li>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</li></ul>http://www.siue.edu/careerdevelopmentcenter/jobpreparation/pdf/action_verbs....
Résumé Don’ts<br /><ul><li>Avoid abbreviations and acronyms
Never use pronouns such as: “I”, “me”, “my”, “our”
Never type - use a laser jet printer
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  1. 1. RésumésCover LettersThank You Notes<br />
  2. 2. A Résumé<br /><ul><li>is the first meeting between you and the employer.
  3. 3. tells a great deal about you.
  4. 4. gets you the interview. is your calling card, so remember that “First impressions are lasting ones.”</li></li></ul><li>Résumé Principles<br /><ul><li>No ugly résumé– format must be pleasing to the eye
  5. 5. Do not lie, exaggerate or use words that the interviewer has to look up in a dictionary
  6. 6. Focus on strengths and accomplishments
  7. 7. Use 8 1/2” x 11” 20 lb paper</li></li></ul><li>Résumé Do’s<br /><ul><li>Target your qualifications for a specific job
  8. 8. Keep it to one page
  9. 9. Accompany with reference page
  10. 10. E-mail – keep it professional
  11. 11. Use descriptive action verbs
  12. 12. No errors
  13. 13. Pleasing layout
  14. 14. List relevant work
  15. 15. History or volunteering
  16. 16. Use argot of the profession
  17. 17. Mention you were a student-athlete
  18. 18. Always format in order of importance</li></ul>http://www.siue.edu/careerdevelopmentcenter/jobpreparation/pdf/action_verbs.pdf<br />
  19. 19. Résumé Don’ts<br /><ul><li>Avoid abbreviations and acronyms
  20. 20. Never use pronouns such as: “I”, “me”, “my”, “our”
  21. 21. Never type - use a laser jet printer
  22. 22. No fancy fonts, binders, layouts
  23. 23. Have errors</li></ul>http://www.resume1-2-3.com/<br />
  24. 24. Summary of Qualifications<br />2 years professional experience providing excellence in customer service.<br /> Proven ability to coordinate and complete multiple projects within deadlines.<br /> Skilled at developing and retaining partnerships with clients and customers.<br /> Driven, dedicated, and effective team player.<br />
  25. 25. Education<br />This is an important section for recent college graduates or students seeking internships or summer jobs.<br /> 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.<br />Bachelor of Science in Accounting Expected 2007<br />Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA<br />GPA: 3.7/4.0<br />Major GPA: 3.6/4.0<br />Include GPA only if 3.5 +<br />
  26. 26. Other Categories<br />Awards & Achievements<br />Activities & Honors<br />Professional Experience<br />Volunteering<br />Relevant Course Work<br />Employment Experience<br />Specialized/Technical Skills<br />Reference Page<br />Dr. Mary Smith<br />Business Department<br />Faculty<br />Saddleback College<br />Mission Viejo, CA 92692<br />(949) 555-1212<br />
  27. 27. Chronological Résumé<br /><ul><li>most common listing of your jobs and experience with most recent mentioned first
  28. 28. good for job seekers who have practical work experience with long periods of employment
  29. 29. résumé type most preferred by employers</li></ul>http://www.siue.edu/careerdevelopmentcenter/jobpreparation/pdf/chronological_style.pdf<br />
  30. 30. Functional Résumé<br /><ul><li>focuses on your skills and accomplishments
  31. 31. highlights what they are, not when you developed them
  32. 32. Great for job seekers who have great transferable skills but little direct experience </li></ul>http://www.siue.edu/careerdevelopmentcenter/jobpreparation/pdf/functional_style.pdf<br />
  33. 33. Combination Résumé<br /><ul><li>maximizes the benefits of both the functional and the chronological resume
  34. 34. contains a heading for skills and accomplishments, followed by a reverse chronology of work experience</li></ul>http://www.siue.edu/careerdevelopmentcenter/jobpreparation/pdf/combination_sample.pdf<br />
  35. 35. Video Résumés<br />www.Vault.com<br />
  36. 36. Cover Letters<br /><ul><li>Must be sent with résumé
  37. 37. explains to the reader your situation and what action you are requesting
  38. 38. should give the employer a reason to look at the résumé
  39. 39. must be targeted to each job opening
  40. 40. will get eight seconds of the reader’s time, so it must be brief, yet informative</li></li></ul><li>Cover Letter Layout<br /><ul><li>limited to one page of three to four paragraphs
  41. 41. No indented paragraphs
  42. 42. Should not summarize your resume but add to it
  43. 43. Opening paragraph should answer why you are writing, what position you are interested and where you found out about the job
  44. 44. If you were referred mention this in the opening paragraph</li></li></ul><li>First Paragraph<br />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)<br />
  45. 45. Middle Paragraph<br /><ul><li>Revealing statements about who you are and your skills
  46. 46. Why you are interested in working for this employer
  47. 47. Relevant or related work/volunteer experience
  48. 48. Emphasize skills and abilities in relation to position
  49. 49. Provide additional qualifications that are not on resume</li></li></ul><li>Closing Paragraph<br /><ul><li>Be proactive
  50. 50. What will you do next
  51. 51. What you would like the recipient to do next
  52. 52. Pave the way for an interview
  53. 53. “I will follow up in a week after the closing date of the position has passed. I look forward to speaking with you further.”</li></li></ul><li>Closing Paragraph<br />Thank you Sentences <br />Thank you for your time.<br />Thank you for reviewing my qualifications.<br />Thank you for your consideration.<br />Thank you for your review of my qualifications.<br />Confidence in a Callback<br />I look forward to your reply.<br />I look forward to hearing from you.<br />I look forward to your response.<br />I look forward to your call.<br />BAD: It would be an honor to meet with you.<br />BAD: Call me tomorrow, please.<br />
  54. 54.
  55. 55. Scannable Format<br /><ul><li>Do not fold or staple
  56. 56. Avoid punctuation when possible
  57. 57. Avoid vertical & horizontal lines as well as graphics
  58. 58. Abbreviations - use only those known in your field
  59. 59. Use Keywords
  60. 60. Use fonts like Time New Romans, Courier New, Helvetica
  61. 61. size 10-12
  62. 62. Bolding and CAPITALS are acceptable as long as they do not touch each other
  63. 63. avoid condensing the spaces between letters and lines</li></li></ul><li>Thank You Notes<br /><ul><li>Sent after you complete interview
  64. 64. Must be sent within 24 hours of interview regardless of the day of the week
  65. 65. Individual letter must be sent to each person you interviewed with
  66. 66. Always add one unique detail from the interview
  67. 67. Do not sell yourself, only thank them for their time</li>
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