Marketing YOU!Resume & Cover Letter     Self-Serve Module
Do you really need a resume?• Yes, you do!• A resume won’t directly get you a job but you won’t get a job  without a resum...
5-point self check list• Use the following slides and self-critique your resume                                3
1. Up-to-date Contact Information• Does your resume have a contact information section at the  top?• Did you include your ...
Quick Tip• Use an email address with your name instead of a nickname                 stacey.johnson@gmail.com YES         ...
Examples   6
2. Tailored and Strong                  Summary/Profile• Do you have a summary of skills/qualifications section?• Is it ne...
Quick Tip• A summary is meant to be a summary, don’t provide a full list  of all your attributes and qualities• Readers ty...
An Example    9
3. Show off your Education• You worked hard for your degree, are you showing it off?• Did you include the full name of the...
Quick Tip• Don’t forget the “Honours,” most of you are earning an  Honours Bachelor of Science or an Honours Bachelor of A...
An Example
4. Action-packed      Accomplishment Statements• Do you have bullet points/accomplishment statements  under each of your e...
Quick Tip• Stay away from weak verbs such as assist and help and phrases  such as responsible for x and y• Show the reader...
An example    15
5. Invaluable Volunteer &            Extra-Curricular Activities• Did you include relevant volunteer and/or extra-  curric...
Quick Tip• Paid experience is not the only experience that matters, lots of  employers like to see your involvement in the...
An Example
What about the Cover Letter?The Basics• Accompanied by your resume• Often read first by employers• Shows employers why the...
Opening Paragraph• Indicate WHY you are writing – which position are you applying  to? Where was the job advertised?• Stat...
Middle Paragraphs• 2-3 middle paragraphs• Provide supporting examples of your relevant skills &  experiences• Demonstrate ...
Closing Paragraph• Link back to your opening paragraph to reinforce your FIT and  INTEREST• Demonstrate confidence• Reques...
Piecing it togetherDownload an example here:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/27013337/HirePowerCoverLetterSample.pdf
Resume Blitz Get your Resume & Cover Lettercritiqued during our Resume Blitz        May   9th   and   10 th
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Hire Power - Resume & Cover Letter

  1. 1. Marketing YOU!Resume & Cover Letter Self-Serve Module
  2. 2. Do you really need a resume?• Yes, you do!• A resume won’t directly get you a job but you won’t get a job without a resume 2
  3. 3. 5-point self check list• Use the following slides and self-critique your resume 3
  4. 4. 1. Up-to-date Contact Information• Does your resume have a contact information section at the top?• Did you include your most up to date information (mailing address, phone number, email address)?• Did you use a professional email address? 4
  5. 5. Quick Tip• Use an email address with your name instead of a nickname stacey.johnson@gmail.com YES smarties123@gmail.com NO• Give one phone number that has a professional voicemail 5
  6. 6. Examples 6
  7. 7. 2. Tailored and Strong Summary/Profile• Do you have a summary of skills/qualifications section?• Is it near the top of your resume? It should serve as a preview to the rest of your resume• Do the points in your summary address some of the requirements of the advertised position? 7
  8. 8. Quick Tip• A summary is meant to be a summary, don’t provide a full list of all your attributes and qualities• Readers typically lose attention after 5-6 bullet points 8
  9. 9. An Example 9
  10. 10. 3. Show off your Education• You worked hard for your degree, are you showing it off?• Did you include the full name of the institution and your program(s)?• Did you include relevant courses?• GPA? High distinction? Awards? 10
  11. 11. Quick Tip• Don’t forget the “Honours,” most of you are earning an Honours Bachelor of Science or an Honours Bachelor of Arts• While others are earning a Bachelor of Business Administration 11
  12. 12. An Example
  13. 13. 4. Action-packed Accomplishment Statements• Do you have bullet points/accomplishment statements under each of your experiences?• Do the statements start with action verbs that describe different skills? 13
  14. 14. Quick Tip• Stay away from weak verbs such as assist and help and phrases such as responsible for x and y• Show the readers WHAT you accomplished, HOW you did it and the RESULTS• Use numbers to exemplify your achievements 14
  15. 15. An example 15
  16. 16. 5. Invaluable Volunteer & Extra-Curricular Activities• Did you include relevant volunteer and/or extra- curricular experiences?• Did you also use strong accomplishment statements for your volunteer/extra-curricular activities? 16
  17. 17. Quick Tip• Paid experience is not the only experience that matters, lots of employers like to see your involvement in the university and community 17
  18. 18. An Example
  19. 19. What about the Cover Letter?The Basics• Accompanied by your resume• Often read first by employers• Shows employers why they should hire you• Draw on all of your research for the position• No more than 1 page
  20. 20. Opening Paragraph• Indicate WHY you are writing – which position are you applying to? Where was the job advertised?• State your INTEREST in the job and the organization• Summarize your KEY QUALIFICATIONS• SHOW your ENTHUSIASM
  21. 21. Middle Paragraphs• 2-3 middle paragraphs• Provide supporting examples of your relevant skills & experiences• Demonstrate interest by mentioning what you know or have learned about the position/organization
  22. 22. Closing Paragraph• Link back to your opening paragraph to reinforce your FIT and INTEREST• Demonstrate confidence• Request an interview• Include a THANK YOU
  23. 23. Piecing it togetherDownload an example here:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/27013337/HirePowerCoverLetterSample.pdf
  24. 24. Resume Blitz Get your Resume & Cover Lettercritiqued during our Resume Blitz May 9th and 10 th

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