• As an employer, what would you do to
minimize the risks of hiring a new employee?
• As an employer, what would you look for
when screening applicants to reduce risks?
“In my position as CEO of a
firm employing over 80 000
engineers, I can testify that
most were excellent
engineers, but the factor that
most distinguished those who
advanced in the organization
was the ability to think
broadly and read and write
clearly.” –Norman Augustine,
former CEO Lockheed-Martin
What skills do employers want to see?
Problem-solving skills (75%)
Communications skills (written) (75%)
Ability to work in a team(74%)
Analytical/quantitative skills (72%)
Strong work ethic (73%)
Source: NACE Job Outlook Nov. 2013
Cover letter: 1st paragraph
how you found out
detail about company or position
connection to company
Cover letter:2d paragraph
sell your skills
how you can help them
Cover letter: 3d paragraph
• Request interview or meeting
• How to contact
• Thank you
• Don’t write “To Whom It May Concern,” or
"Dear Sir or Madam."
• Don’t use slang.
• Don't make corrections on hard copy.
• Don't handwrite letter or envelope.
• Don’t write a letter longer than one page.
• Don’t include personal information.
• Don't include salary information.
• What are your skills and interests?
• What are your strengths and qualifications?
• What are your short-term and long-term
• What type of work environments do you
• What other work values are important to you?
• Desired job?
• List of businesses
– In person
Draft cover letter & resume
• Due Wed., Jan. 29, at beginning of class
• Find job posting for position you would apply
• Draft cover letter & resume
• Bring 2 copies of letter, resume, and ad to
cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Roger Carr: http://flic.kr/p/6A856T
cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Kyle: http://flic.kr/p/6KTqSi