Seniors resumes, cover letters, thank you notes


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Seniors resumes, cover letters, thank you notes

  1. 1. Résumés Cover LettersThank You Notes
  2. 2. 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.”
  3. 3. A Résumé will NOT . . .• Get you a Job – It’s an advertisement that entices employers• Make up for not Being Qualified• Hide your Reputation – Employers will ask for references• Make up for Poor Portfolio – Employers want proof• Make up for Poorly Written Cover Letter
  4. 4. Attributes Employers Considered During Hiring Process How would you Perception does not rank these? equal reality• Reputation of College • Past work experience• Past work experience (81%)• Reputation of Specific • Interview (80%) Program • Reputation of college• Interview (18%) • Reputation of Specific Program (12%)
  5. 5. Perception ≠ Reality• Consider that what you think is important to employers may not be what is actually important• Or not as important as you imaginedWhat experience did you receive that will allow you to make an immediate impact?
  6. 6. Student-Athlete Experience• Remember: You didn’t just compete in games you GAINED AN EXPERIENCE• Athletes have many transferable skills
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Résumé Do’s Target your  No errors qualifications for a  Pleasing layout specific job  List relevant work Keep it to one page  History or volunteering Accompany with  Use argot of the reference page profession E-mail – keep it  Mention you were a professional student-athlete Use descriptive action  Always format in order verbs of importance n_verbs.pdf
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. Education• This is an important section Bachelor of Science in for recent college graduates Accounting Expected or students seeking 2007 internships or summer jobs. Saddleback College,• Beginning with the highest Mission Viejo, CA level of educational GPA: 3.7/4.0 achievement, include Major GPA: 3.6/4.0 information such as University attended, degrees earned/expected, major, Include GPA only if 3.5 + minors, grade point average, date of program completion, and so forth.
  12. 12. Other Categories• Awards & Reference Page Achievements• Activities & Honors Dr. Mary Smith• Professional Experience Business Department• Volunteering Faculty• Relevant Course Work Saddleback College• Employment Experience Mission Viejo, CA• Specialized/Technical 92692 Skills (949) 555-1212
  13. 13. 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 aration/pdf/chronological_style.pdf
  14. 14. 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 aration/pdf/functional_style.pdf
  15. 15. 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 aration/pdf/combination_sample.pdf
  16. 16. Video Résumés• Micro Résumés• Condensed resume on business card• No more than 140 characters
  17. 17. Summary, Headline, or Objective?• Summary – briefly describes your experience and skills in a impressive way• Headline – states your experience more specifically• Objective – professional intent
  18. 18. Sending your Resume• Title your resume properly if attaching it to profile or through email – “Joe Smith_Sr.GraphicDesigner_Resume” – “ThisOne”• Follow this format! – Name_Position_Resume
  19. 19. 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 tailored to each job opening will get eight seconds of the reader’s time, so it must be brief, yet informative
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. 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 youre looking for)
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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.”
  24. 24. Closing Paragraph Thank you Sentences Confidence in a Callback• Thank you for your time. • I look forward to your reply.• Thank you for reviewing my • I look forward to hearing qualifications. from you.• Thank you for your • I look forward to your consideration. response.• Thank you for your review • I look forward to your call. of my qualifications.BAD: It would be an honor to meet BAD: Call me tomorrow, please.with you.
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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