COVER LETTERS & RESUMES
Letters of
Recommendation
• Should you see your letters?
• Whom should you ask?
• Always ask for permission for references...
What Employers Like to
See in a Resume
• Honesty
• Attractiveness
• Careful Organization
• Conciseness
• Accuracy
• Curren...
Writing Your Resume
• Important Questions to Ask Yourself (162)
• Balance Education and Experience
• What to Exclude
PARTS OF A RESUME
• Contact Information
• Career Objective or
Profile
• Credentials
• Education
• Experience
• Related Ski...
Organization
• Chronological
• Functional
LETTERS OF APPLICATION
• Goal: To get you an interview
• Personable, Professional, Persuasive
• New LOA for each prospecti...
Writing a Letter of
Application
• Follow standard conventions of letter writing
• Supply all contact information as part o...
Organization
• Opening paragraph
• Body of your letter
• Education
• Experience
• Closing
THE DIGITAL RESUME
ONLINE RESUME
• CONVERT TO TEXT
ONLY (PG. 175, 177)
• Provides keywords
• Avoid personal
information
• Only post to reliab...
Making Your Resume
Cybersafe
• Post only on legitimate sites
• Do not put personal information on your online resume
• Use...
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  • Seeing letters: Legal right; some employers want a sealed envelopeWhom to ask: Previous employers, 2-3 professors, supervisors, community leaders/officials
  • Action Verbs: Table 5.2 (161)
  • Lecture:Go over questions on pg. 162Education vs. ExperienceYears of experience? Don’t flood your resume with too many detailsEmphasize only those skills and positions likely to get you the jobEliminate your earliest jobs that do not relate to present employmentCombine and condense skills over many years through many jobsInclude relevant military schools or serviceLittle experience? Include summer jobs, part-time, etc.What to Exclude:Salary demands, Expectations, etc.Preferences for work schedule, days offComments about fringe benefitsTravel restrictionsReasons for leaving a previous jobPhotographSocial Security #Comments about familyHeight, weight, hair color, etc.Race, sexual orientation, religion, etc.Hobbies, interests (unless relevant)
  • Lecture:Career ObjectivePG165. Unfocused vs. FocusedEducationPG. 166. Do not list courses.ExperienceReverse chronological historyShort descriptions for each job/activityEmphasize responsibilitiesAny relevant volunteer workFull-time parent? Include management skills you have learnedRelated Skills & AchievementsLanguagesExtensive travelCertificates or LicensesMembership in professional associationsVolunteer work
  • ChronologicalTraditional wayTwo main categories: Education and ExperienceFunctionalSort your achievements and abilities into 2-4 key skill areas (examples on pg 173)Who should use this? Nontraditional students, Individuals changing their profession; Individuals who have changed jobs frequently over the last 5-10 years; Ex-military personnell
  • Lecture:Opening ParagraphWhy are you writingWhere or how did you learn of the vacancy, company or job?What is the specific title for which you are applying?What is your most important qualification for the job?BodyKeep paragraphs short and readable (4-5 sentences)Don’t begin each sentence with “I”Concentrate on seeing yourself as the employer sees youHighlight your qualifications by citing specific accomplishmentsMention you are enclosing your resumeClosingEmphasize one again briefly your major qualificationsAsk for an interview or phone callIndicate when you are available for an interviewThank the reader
  • Cover Letters & Resumes

    1. 1. COVER LETTERS & RESUMES
    2. 2. Letters of Recommendation • Should you see your letters? • Whom should you ask? • Always ask for permission for references • Should you ask your current boss?
    3. 3. What Employers Like to See in a Resume • Honesty • Attractiveness • Careful Organization • Conciseness • Accuracy • Current • Relevance • Qualifications
    4. 4. Writing Your Resume • Important Questions to Ask Yourself (162) • Balance Education and Experience • What to Exclude
    5. 5. PARTS OF A RESUME • Contact Information • Career Objective or Profile • Credentials • Education • Experience • Related Skills and Achievements • Computer Skills • Awards/Honors • References
    6. 6. Organization • Chronological • Functional
    7. 7. LETTERS OF APPLICATION • Goal: To get you an interview • Personable, Professional, Persuasive • New LOA for each prospective employer • Sales letter • Do not restate things on your resume
    8. 8. Writing a Letter of Application • Follow standard conventions of letter writing • Supply all contact information as part of your letterhead • Make sure your letter looks attractive • Send your letter to a specific person • Emphasis on the “you attitude” • Don’t be tempted to send out a first draft
    9. 9. Organization • Opening paragraph • Body of your letter • Education • Experience • Closing
    10. 10. THE DIGITAL RESUME
    11. 11. ONLINE RESUME • CONVERT TO TEXT ONLY (PG. 175, 177) • Provides keywords • Avoid personal information • Only post to reliable sites • Use an email specific to your job search • Delete your resume once you find a job
    12. 12. Making Your Resume Cybersafe • Post only on legitimate sites • Do not put personal information on your online resume • Use an anonymous email • Never put the names or contact info of references • Never use your present employer’s name or business address

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