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Resume and Cover Letter Tips

  1. 1. By Teresa Hawks
  2. 2.  Job hunting is much like using Facebook to meet that special guy or girl, or as an avenue to find friends  Think about it, a resume has all the elements of a Facebook page  The following 10 tips on creating an impressive cover letter and resume are sure to get you noticed
  3. 3. 1. Keep It Brief 2. Be Assertive and Proactive 3. Tailor to the Specific Company 4. Revise Cover Letter and Resume for Each Application 5. Use “Business-Speak” 6. Address Your Cover Letter to an Individual 7. Appearance Counts 8. Let the Employer Judge Your Skills 9. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread 10. Follow Up
  4. 4. Facebook Page Cover Letter and Resume  When setting up your profile page, the first section is called “About”  Here you are giving information about yourself  Less is more, no one wants to hear you ramble  Your cover letter should not go over one page, if possible use bullet points  Make your resume no more than 1-2 pages  The objective for both is to get to the point quickly
  5. 5. Facebook Page Cover Letter and Resume  When you want a cute guy or girl to notice you in a post, you find yourself using many action words  These help you describe your qualities and skills to ensure you will catch their attention  Your cover letter needs to explain what special qualities and skills you can bring to the job  Use action words and phrases that highlight your skills  Do not use slang words
  6. 6. Facebook Page Cover Letter and Resume  This is like going to that special guy’s or girl’s page and posting a message  After visiting their page, you have gained information to reference in your next post  This indicates you are interested  Include information that can demonstrate your knowledge of the company  Research the company using their own website  Stress special skills that are relevant to the company
  7. 7. Facebook Page Cover Letter and Resume  If the other person is interested in you, they will check out your page  Never repeat information they already know  Change it up so that you are sure to get noticed  In your cover letter, do not repeat your resume  Use your cover letter to show personality, curiosity, and interest in the job  Use relevant job, life experiences, and skills that will catch their interests
  8. 8. Facebook Page Cover Letter and Resume  Go back and look at your timeline and record your accomplishments  All you need to do to translate is put a business-like tone when presenting them  “I was president of the science club” versus “In my term as president of the science club, I organized annual science fairs at all the local middle schools”  Use skills obtained from volunteer work, clubs, school functions, and fundraising activities
  9. 9. Facebook Page Cover Letter and Resume  You certainly make sure when posting to a person you like that you use their correct name  You cannot hope to attract a girlfriend or boyfriend if you can’t get their name correct  If you do not know the individual, call the company  Get the correct name and use formal language (Mr., Mrs., Dr.)  If you do not have that information, address nobody
  10. 10. Facebook Page Cover Letter and Resume  We all know about wanting our Facebook page to look awesome  The same is true for your cover letter and resume  Use high quality white paper  Avoid colored or fancy stationary  Never photocopy; always send a typed, clean final copy
  11. 11. Facebook Page Cover Letter and Resume  You would never send a post saying “pick me,” “date me,” or “I’m the one for you”  You certainly do not need to do it when applying for a job  Convey your skills and qualifications, but do not tell the employer that you are the best person for the job  The employer will come to that conclusion by reading your resume
  12. 12. Facebook Page Cover Letter and Resume  How do you look after sending a post, read it, and realize it has horrendous spelling errors?  You scramble to correct it or delete it  After a resume is sent, there is no correcting the errors  A typo will severely limit your chances of getting an interview  As your English teacher has stressed over the years, your grammar, punctuation, and spelling are critical
  13. 13. Facebook Page Cover Letter and Resume  This is like sending a thank you post after someone has accepted your friend request  This reinforces your interest in them and gratitude for considering your request  Take the time to send a thank you note  This can be in the form of snail mail or e-mail  Make sure to correctly spell the name of the person and use formal language (Mr., Mrs., Dr.)
  14. 14. 1. Keep It Brief 2. Be Assertive and Proactive 3. Tailor to the Specific Company 4. Revise Cover Letter and Resume for Each Application 5. Use “Business-Speak” 6. Address Your Cover Letter to an Individual 7. Appearance Counts 8. Let the Employer Judge Your Skills 9. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread 10. Follow Up
  15. 15.  http://www.calhoun.edu/student_services/ca reer_services/resumes.aspx  http://fastweb.com/career- planning/articles/242-top-ten-cover-letter- tips

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