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Job application & resume

  1. 1. Job Application and Resume Gurukrushna Patnaik AIMIT, Bangalore © Gurukrushna Patnaik 1
  2. 2. Topics to Discuss  Introduction  Job Application  What To Include  Structure  Final Check  Sample Job Application  Resume  Resume Basic  Components of a resume  Resume Format Style  Do’s and Don’ts of Resume Writing © Gurukrushna Patnaik 2
  3. 3. Job Application • You will need to apply in writing for most jobs. • This usually means preparing two items, a letter of application and your resume. • For government jobs, you may need to provide responses to some selection criteria. • There is a stiff competition for any job, and it is from the application the first impression is formed. • A job application letter is written by the applicant to sell his or her services. © Gurukrushna Patnaik 3
  4. 4. Employers use recruitment processes to select who they should interview for a job by assessing skills, qualities, experience and qualifications. • Ensure you research the employer and the position you are applying for • Identify skills, attributes, knowledge, experience and qualifications which will appeal to the employer © Gurukrushna Patnaik 4
  5. 5. What to Include • Customize your cover letter so it is relevant to the employer and the job. • Focus on what the employer wants to know, not what you want from them. • Try to convince them that you can do the job, that you’ll do a great job, you’ll fit in and be an asset to their organization. • Make sure you include your contact details. • Keep your letter no longer than one page. © Gurukrushna Patnaik 5
  6. 6. Structure Opening Paragraph: • Explain the purpose of your letter in the opening paragraph. • Mention the position you are applying for and where you heard about it or where it was advertised. Body: • Show you can do the job and do it well. • You should summaries your qualifications, skills, abilities and experience. • State what makes you perfect for the job advertised. © Gurukrushna Patnaik 6
  7. 7. • Next, state that you are keen to work for the company and why. • Try to give some information about what type of person you are. • Keep in mind what you know about the employer. • Mention your personal qualities which you think they are looking for. Closing Paragraph: • Before finishing, thank them for taking the time to review your application. • Also mention any attachments including your resume and any work examples. © Gurukrushna Patnaik 7
  8. 8. Final Check • Check your application before sending it. • Check if the employer asked you to send several copies of your application. • Don’t send too much. • Send copies of your original documents. • Tailor your application to the job you are applying for. • Number the pages in the application • Include your name in the header or footer of each page in case they become separated © Gurukrushna Patnaik 8
  9. 9. Sample Job Application Rohit Verma 8 Sue Circle Smithtown, CA 08067 909-555-5555 Date: 30/12/2013 George Gilhooley XYZ Company 87 Delaware Road Hatfield, CA 08065 Dear Mr. Gilhooley, I am writing to apply for the programmer position advertised in the Times Union. As requested, I am enclosing a completed job application, my certification, my resume and three references. The opportunity presented in this listing is very interesting, and I believe that my strong technical experience and education will make me a very competitive candidate for this position. The key strengths that I possess for success in this position include: © Gurukrushna Patnaik 9
  10. 10. • • • I have successfully designed, developed, and supported live use applications I strive for continued excellence I provide exceptional contributions to customer service for all customers With a BS degree in Computer Programming, I have a full understanding of the full life cycle of a software development project. I also have experience in learning and excelling at new technologies as needed. Please see my resume for additional information on my experience. I can be reached anytime via email at or my cell phone, 909-555-5555. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this employment opportunity. Sincerely, Rohit Verma © Gurukrushna Patnaik 10
  11. 11. Resume • A brief account of one's professional or work experience and qualifications, often submitted with an employment application. • Resume is a • Written Reminder • „ Marketing Tool © Gurukrushna Patnaik 11
  12. 12. Resume Basic • Factual, results- -oriented, accurate, and honest. • „ „ Focus on accomplishments & skills. • „ Target a specific field. • „ What is your Goal? © Gurukrushna Patnaik 12
  13. 13. Components of a Resume • Letterhead & Paper • „ Objective • „ Summary of Qualifications • „ Skills (functional only) • Education • „ Professional Experience • Honors/Awards • „ Additional Training/ Certifications © Gurukrushna Patnaik 13
  14. 14. Resume Format Style • Chronological • „ Functional © Gurukrushna Patnaik 14
  15. 15. Chronological Resume Definition: • Most traditional • „ Organized by dates of employment • „ Begin with most recent position • Emphasis on titles & companies • „ Illustrates a progressive career path Use: • Clear job target • „ Next job is in direct line or logical progression with respect to past experience • Title and company are impressive © Gurukrushna Patnaik 15
  16. 16. Functional Resume Definition: • Focus on “what you did” • Emphasis on academic and volunteer experience, skills and accomplishments Use: • Downplay work gaps • „ Held job where title doesn’t reflect work „ Changing careers • „ Not a lot of work experience © Gurukrushna Patnaik 16
  17. 17. Do's and Don'ts Do’s: • Make your career objective "employer-centric.“ • Talk results. • Lead with action words. • Be a quick read. • Get a little creative in terms of format. Don’ts: • Don't hide important information at the end. • Don't overstate your value. • Don't have typos. • Don't talk in generalities. • Don't be bland. © Gurukrushna Patnaik 17
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