Resumes and Cover Letters Sarah Smith 2003
Why Are We Here? <ul><li>Goal #1: To effectively represent (on paper) your skills and experience to potential employers. <...
Resume Building in 3 Easy Steps <ul><li>Step #1: Compile data (facts) about your work and skills history. </li></ul><ul><l...
Step #1 – Compiling Personal Data <ul><li>Contact former employers for accurate employment dates. </li></ul><ul><li>School...
Step #2 -- Skills Assessment <ul><li>What does the job require? </li></ul><ul><li>Which of your skills fit these requireme...
Step #3 -- Representing Yourself In Print <ul><li>Be clear, confident and get to the point early. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t ...
The Cover Letter <ul><li>The right letter can make all the difference when competing for a job! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t un...
Cover Letter Format <ul><li>Paragraph #1 – Introduction – Give your intent and be sure to name the position you are applyi...
Cover Letter Tips <ul><li>Don’t simply repeat  verbatim  the experience/skills listed on your resume. </li></ul><ul><li>Us...
Include Yourself <ul><li>Balance the work-related skills with others that serve to round out your character. Example: If y...
Final Tips <ul><li>Invest in a nice cover stock for letter and resume.  Carry them to the interview in an envelope or fold...
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Resumes And Cover Letters 2003

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