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You’re hired! _effective_résumé_and_cover_letters_printable_version

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You’re hired! _effective_résumé_and_cover_letters_printable_version

  1. 1. You’re HIRED! Effective résumé and cover letters to get results Dr. Kella B. Price, SPHR Price Consulting Group www.thepriceconsultinggroup.com [email_address]
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Keys to effective job search correspondence </li></ul><ul><li>Writing tips and suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>Content requirements for cover letters and résumés </li></ul><ul><li>Answers to your résumé and cover letter questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Do your research… <ul><li>What direction is the company taking? </li></ul><ul><li>What is its mission? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the company’s culture? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Don’t include <ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Marital status </li></ul><ul><li>Information about physical shortcomings </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights of your weaknesses </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cover letter <ul><li>Customize! </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread </li></ul><ul><li>Header with accurate contact information </li></ul><ul><li>States the position applying for and summarizes qualifications in 1 st paragraph </li></ul><ul><li>Matches skills with job posting </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3 things every résumé should include <ul><li>Include relevant keywords </li></ul><ul><li>A cover letter </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements versus job responsibilities and specifics </li></ul>
  7. 7. Résumé <ul><li>Appropriate use of space </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to scan </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread </li></ul><ul><li>Current contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Customized to job posting </li></ul><ul><li>Key achievements vs. job responsibilities and use specifics </li></ul>
  8. 8. Remember! <ul><li>Online formatting should be basic formatted without bullets, boxes, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Use bullets for printed résumés and bold fonts to make it easy to scan </li></ul><ul><li>Explain gaps in employment – fill in with volunteer positions if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Fill the page </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a “numbers game” </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul>
  9. 9. Résumés <ul><li>Header </li></ul><ul><li>Position desired/objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dates of employment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name and location of your employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasize those skills/education and training that pertains to the position </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Special Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Professional memberships </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get permission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give contact information and position </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. #1 Mistake in Résumés <ul><li>Not customizing your résumé to the employer and the job that you desire </li></ul>
  11. 11. Agenda <ul><li>Keys to effective job search correspondence </li></ul><ul><li>Writing tips and suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>Content requirements for cover letters and résumés </li></ul><ul><li>Answers to your résumé and cover letter questions </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>What are your questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Kella B. Price, SPHR </li></ul><ul><li>Price Consulting Group </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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