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Resumes And Cover Letters 2003

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  • 1. Resumes and Cover Letters Sarah Smith 2003
  • 2. Why Are We Here?
    • Goal #1: To effectively represent (on paper) your skills and experience to potential employers.
    • Goal #2: To leave a positive impression through a well-written cover letter.
  • 3. Resume Building in 3 Easy Steps
    • Step #1: Compile data (facts) about your work and skills history.
    • Step #2: Assess skills according to employers’ needs.
    • Step #3: Present your data in a clear, effective manner.
  • 4. Step #1 – Compiling Personal Data
    • Contact former employers for accurate employment dates.
    • School documents, certificates.
    • Secure references (employers, family, instructors.)
  • 5. Step #2 -- Skills Assessment
    • What does the job require?
    • Which of your skills fit these requirements?
    • Which skills are “near fits” or useful to overall employment? (Think like an employer.)
  • 6. Step #3 -- Representing Yourself In Print
    • Be clear, confident and get to the point early.
    • Don’t repeat yourself.
    • List work experience with the most recent first.
  • 7. The Cover Letter
    • The right letter can make all the difference when competing for a job!
    • Don’t underestimate the value of good grammar.
    • You never know who may be reading your letter!
  • 8. Cover Letter Format
    • Paragraph #1 – Introduction – Give your intent and be sure to name the position you are applying for.
    • Paragraph #2 – Why you are the right candidate for the job.
    • Paragraph #3 – Other great things about you that make you a good employee.
    • Paragraph #4 – Closing; how to contact you. It’s always nice to thank the reader for his/her attention.
  • 9. Cover Letter Tips
    • Don’t simply repeat verbatim the experience/skills listed on your resume.
    • Use actives (I am, I will) rather than passives (I would) to make your points.
    • Identify your strengths without bragging ( describe , don’t list.)
  • 10. Include Yourself
    • Balance the work-related skills with others that serve to round out your character. Example: If you coach little league, add that fact in the paragraph that tells about you.
    • Share your career goals in the letter; show the reader why you want to work for them .
  • 11. Final Tips
    • Invest in a nice cover stock for letter and resume. Carry them to the interview in an envelope or folder. If you show that you take your documents seriously, the interviewer will too.
    • Get a friend to proofread the final draft. Remember, errors leave poor impressions! Good luck!