Job Searching 101 Resume And Cover Letter


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Job Searching 101 Resume And Cover Letter

  1. 1. Job Searching 101: Writing Your Resume and Cover Letter January 5, 2008 Presenter: Donna Brice, Director
  2. 2. What We Will Cover in This Workshop <ul><li>What Goes into a Resume </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Dos & Don’ts </li></ul><ul><li>Cover Letters: Don’t Send Your Resume Without One </li></ul><ul><li>Cover Letter Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Cover Letter Dos & Don’ts </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ways to Apply for a Job <ul><li>Phone or Fax your resume and cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver a hard copy of your resume and cover letter in person </li></ul><ul><li>Email your resume and cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Post your resume and cover letter online </li></ul><ul><li>Create an employment blog about yourself and direct prospective employers to it </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Goes into a Resume <ul><li>Contact Information </li></ul><ul><li>Objective (optional) </li></ul><ul><li>Career Highlights / Qualifications (optional) </li></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Honors or Citations, Publications (if any) </li></ul><ul><li>Membership in Professional Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Military Service </li></ul><ul><li>References Upon Request </li></ul>
  5. 5. Parts of the Resume <ul><li>Contact Information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal name – The name on your driver’s license </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal street address, city, state and zip code </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone # with area code, home and cell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email address </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Objective (optional) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The purpose of the objective is to describe specifically the position you want by job title, function, and/or industry </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Parts of the Resume <ul><li>Career Highlights / Qualifications (optional) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It highlights your key achievements, skills, traits, and experience relevant to the position </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The experience section of your resume includes your work history. List the companies you worked for, dates of employment, the positions you held and a bulleted list of responsibilities and achievements </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Parts of the Resume <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the education section, list in reverse chronological order colleges, technical schools or high School(s) you attended, the degrees you attained, and any special awards and honors you earned. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Membership in Professional Organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you belong to a professional organization, include it. It shows dedication to learning and keeping current in your career. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Parts of the Resume <ul><li>Military Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If this is your only work experience, put it under that section. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>References upon request </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You do not need to include your work/personal reference when you submit your resume. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The employer will ask for your references. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References should be on a separate sheet of paper. Do not make it a part of your resume. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Resume Templates <ul><li>See Handouts: </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological </li></ul><ul><li>High school student with part time work history </li></ul><ul><li>Entry level with work history and no college </li></ul><ul><li>College graduate with some work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Professional with advanced degrees and education </li></ul><ul><li>Returning to work with past work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Job Specific Resumes </li></ul>
  10. 10. Resume Do’s & Don’ts <ul><li>DO: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do choose a font style appropriate for the job – Conservative – Times New Roman or Arial, Artistic – be careful that your font is legible. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do use 1 inch margins on all sides, indented bullet points will show hierarchy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do use bold and italics to emphasize important information, do not over use. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do print your resume on white or off white paper printed in black ink. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do use action verbs when writing about job responsibilities. (see handout) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do proof read your resume. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Resume Do’s & Don’ts <ul><li>Don’t: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t squeeze too much on one page, font size shouldn’t be smaller than 11pt. Try to keep your resume one to two pages long and no longer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t use personal pronouns (I, me, my). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t include your salary history or reasons for leaving previous jobs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t include a picture of yourself. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t lie on your resume. They will eventually find out. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Cover Letters: Never Send a Resume Without One <ul><li>What is the purpose of a Cover Letter: </li></ul><ul><li>It serves as an introduction. </li></ul><ul><li>Your cover letter is your chance to let potential employers know who you are and what you can do for the company. </li></ul><ul><li>A cover letter does not contain the same information that is on your resume, it is used to support your resume. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Cover Letter Templates <ul><li>The format of a cover letter is basically the same as a typical letter. </li></ul><ul><li>See Handouts: </li></ul><ul><li>In response to an ad (3 examples) </li></ul><ul><li>After a phone conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Company that has not advertised a job </li></ul><ul><li>New College Graduate (2 examples) </li></ul><ul><li>Referred by a mutual friend </li></ul><ul><li>With employee salary requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up to a cover letter </li></ul>
  14. 14. Cover Letter Do’s & Don’ts <ul><li>Do: </li></ul><ul><li>Do include your full address and the address of the company. </li></ul><ul><li>Do use a colon not a comma after the greeting. </li></ul><ul><li>Do use the person’s name or title; ex. Dear Mr. Smith or Dear Human Resource Manager. </li></ul><ul><li>Do check your spelling! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Cover Letter Do’s & Don’ts <ul><li>Don’t: </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use “To Whom it May Concern,” find out the name of the person who is receiving the application. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t hand write the cover letter. Type it. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t tell them your life story. Keep each paragraph brief and to the point. Use action verbs to describe yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t miss the opportunity to stand out by not including a cover letter. It can make or break you chance at an interview. </li></ul>