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Résumé<br />Webster’s New College Dictionary definesthe word résumé as:<br /><ul><li> A summary, esp. a record of one’s personal </li></ul> history, educational background and employment experience. <br />Bluffton University, Ohio, states that a résumé is:<br /><ul><li> An outline for an interview.
An advertisement to entice the employer to take a closer look.
A valuable first impression to prompt an interview.</li></li></ul><li>Résumé<br />
Résumé Highlights<br /><ul><li> Type of job/career you are seeking.
Contributions you can make in a particular position. Desired professional growth (optional)</li></li></ul><li>Résumé Package<br />This should include the following items:<br /><ul><li> Cover Letter
Thank You Letter (follow-up item)</li></li></ul><li>5 Parts of a Résumé<br />one<br />Heading<br />Objective <br />Education<br />Work History &<br />Experience<br />Special Achievements<br />two<br />three<br />four<br />five<br />
Objective<br />To obtain an entry-level position that provides an opportunity to utilize excellent graphic design and communication skills, in contribution to the organization’s goals and objectives achievement. <br />Seeking an internship where I can show my abilities and talents in a advertising firm.<br />
Education<br />Education:<br />Hopkins High School<br />Paradise Valley, CA<br />Graduation Date: June 2011<br />GPA: 3.5<br />Education:<br />Hopkins High <br />Graduating 6/07<br />
Work History & Experience<br />Begin with most current employment; work backwards in time and include:<br /><ul><li> Company Name
Describe accomplishments and the various duties fulfilled.
If possible, choose examples relevant to requirements of the job for which you are applying.</li></li></ul><li>Experience Sample<br />BAILEY’S SOAP AND SUDS, INC. <br />SOMERS POINT, NJ<br />Public Relations Internship May 2006-August 2006<br /><ul><li> Assisted in the training of new employees by participating on the organization’s Co-worker Orientation Committee.
Created press release copy for a laundry detergent product launch promoting environmental benefits and product effectiveness.
Organized fundraisers in the local community resulting in $50,000 total donations to the organization’s sponsored charity.
Developed time management skills; performed under strict project deadlines to meet deliverables.</li></ul>PR INTERNSHIP 5/06-8/06<br /><ul><li> Helped new employees
Learned how to manage my time</li></li></ul><li>Experience Sample<br />
SpecialAchievements<br />Varsity Basketball DECEMBER 2008–MAY 2010<br />Student AmbassadorSEPTEMBER 2008–MAY 2010<br />Peer Listener OCTOBER 2009–MAY 2010<br />Contemporary Art Club Member SEPTEMBER 2009–MAY 2010<br />ADDITIONAL OPTION:<br />President, Student Council SEPTEMBER 2009–MAY 2010<br /><ul><li> Prepared agendas and conducted student body meetings.
Partnered with local Police department to promote drug and alcohol awareness.
Chaired the school’s celebratory events and fundraising committees.
Cover Letter<br />What is a cover letter and its purpose?<br /><ul><li> A one page letter that allows you to present your interests and qualifications to an employer in a brief and targeted, introductory manner.
Compliments your résumé to assist in gaining an employer’s attention, prompting contact and consideration of your candidacy.
Directs your résumé to the correct person.</li></li></ul><li>Cover Letter Basics<br /><ul><li> Customize your cover letter for each employer and job for which you apply; go the extra mile to stand out.
Obtain a contact name and job title to send the letter to, as opposed to Dear Employer.
Computer skills</li></li></ul><li>Cover Letter Sample<br />Dear Mr. Lane:<br />POSTED JOB:<br />In response to your Month, Day, Year, Career Builder posting, I would like to express my interest in applying for the entry-level Graphic Design position within the Center City Advertising and Arts Company, and have included my resume for your review. <br />NON-POSTED JOB <br />I would like to express my interest in an entry-level Graphics Design position within the Center City <br />Advertising and Arts Company, and have enclosed my resume for your review. <br />In researching your organization online, I read that your company has recently implemented the state-of-the-art, Wizard Graphics suite of products to provide high-end solutions to your clients. As a certified Level II Developer through my high school’s technology program, I am confident that I can contribute to providing quality development and support to meet your delivery standards and client needs. Through an internship, I gained experience in time management, as well as sales and fund raising which strengthened my communication and interpersonal skills. I have participated in several roles throughout my education requiring me to meet deadlines and provide assistance to others. Additionally, I believe that your company’s core values would highly complement my strengths, enthusiasm and strong work ethic. <br />I look forward to speaking with you and would appreciate the opportunity to interview for your Graphics Design role. Thank you for your consideration. <br />Sincerely, <br />Signature <br />Typed Name<br />
References<br /><ul><li> References should be prepared ahead of time; available to the interviewer, upon request.
If not requested, it is appropriate to offer them at the end of an interview.
Thank You Letter<br />A crucial part of the interview process; provides another opportunity to showcase your professionalism, interest and why you should be selected:<br /><ul><li> Send a letter to each person that interviews you.
The letter can be sent via e-mail or conventional mail.
Timeliness is important; send within 2 days after the interview, preferably 1.</li></ul>Thank You Letter Contents:<br /><ul><li> State that you enjoyed the interview and meeting the interviewer.
Reiterate interest in their organization, coupled with stating that you are confident you are a match for the position and why; refer to any relevant information discussed/learned in the interview.
State that you look forward to hearing from them in the near future or specific day/time if agreed upon in the interview.
Thank the interviewer(s) for their time and consideration.
End the letter with a respectful closing. </li></li></ul><li>Thank You Sample<br />Dear Mr. Lane: <br />It was a pleasure meeting with you and speaking about the Graphic Design position at Center City Graphics and Arts Company. The entry-level role, as you described it, is a very good match for my skills and interests. It was exciting to learn about the long-term growth possibilities of expanding into Account Management after successful job performance, which is the specific career path I desire. Additionally, the progressive approach your company has taken with creative technology solutions and its admirable core values confirmed my desire to work for Center City Graphics and Arts Company. I am confident that by utilizing my strong graphics and communications skills, coupled with drive and enthusiasm, I can contribute significantly to the national design projects we discussed as well as future initiatives. <br />Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you regarding my candidacy.<br />Sincerely, <br />Signature <br />Typed Name <br />
Proofreading<br />Prior to sending any letter or document, proofreading is essential:<br /><ul><li> Do not rely on Spellchecker only – check grammar, punctuation, typographical errors.
Consistency in formatting – numbers, dates, uniform margins, appropriate letter capitalization.
Link to assist with proofreading resumes and letters.</li></li></ul><li>Scannable Résumé<br />What is it? <br />A résumé that is scanned into a computer database <br />and read differently via computer than by person.<br /><ul><li> Can be a paper copy, mailed, faxed or hand-delivered; employer uses a scanning machine to enter into a candidate database.
Common method is via e-mail to employer, who electronically enters into a database. </li></ul>Why use one? <br /><ul><li> Employers extract summaries of contact information, skills, work history, years of experience and education, etc.
Employers search these summaries using keywords to retrieve candidates who match requirements for a job opening. </li></li></ul><li>Scannable Résumé Tips<br />Use keywords associated with the position and you are seeking and associated responsibilities or functions:<br /><ul><li>Special resource coming up next for assistance – ResumeCompanion.com!
Follow guidelines from Proofreading.</li></li></ul><li>Résumé & Letter Resources<br />http://jobsearch.about.com/od/coverlettertips/qt/customcover.htm<br />Resume templates & Sample Cover Letters, including customized; several situational letters, e.g. applying to a company rather than awaiting a job opening posting, networking, etc. <br />http://www.resume-surgeon.com<br />Resume creation tool – 7 templates to choose from, can create resume in easy online steps.<br />http://ResumeCompanion.com<br />With this free resume builder, you can enter a particular position and various professionally worded phrases related to that type of job and associated experience to assist with resume building. <br />http://jobsearch.about.com/od/thankyouletters/a/samplethankyou.htm<br />Variety of thank you letters and situational follow-up correspondence and request letters, etiquette and tips.<br />
Internet Resources - Jobs<br />OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK – www.bls.gov/oco <br />Bureau of Labor Statistics information about the U.S. job market, particular career areas, employment statistics, and employment projections for up to 10 years.<br />CAREERBUILDER.COM – www.careerbuilder.com <br />Service that allows employees to search for employment openings, post their resumes, research employer profiles, and more; allows employers to post openings and search the site’s database for potential employees.<br />COLLEGEGRAD.COM – www.collegegrad.com <br />Features a job search engine and as well as resume and cover letter help.<br />GROOVEJOB.COM – www.groovejob.com <br />A job board designed specifically for part time, hourly, and seasonal jobs.<br />JOB FINDER ADVISORY – www.jobfinderadvisory.com <br />This site provides free tips to help you search for a job, plan and write your resume, prepare for a job interview and even includes advice to help you choose the career path that is right for you.<br />MONSTER TRACK – www.campus.monster.com <br />Provides information for job seekers, including resources, fun and games, chats, <br />and message boards.<br />
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