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Business Cover Letter & Resume Tips

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  1. 1. How to Create a Leading Edge Cover Letter & Resume Created by Team 4: Adrian Aguirre Jennifer Heath Darrell Maus Michelle Towers
  2. 2. Problem• What are recruiters looking for?• What is a scannable resume?• What is a web-based version?• What differs between web-based & hard-copy versions?
  3. 3. Cover LetterA cover letter is one of the most important tools in jobseeking.The purpose of a cover letter is:• To tell the employer why you are interested in the job• What qualifies you for the job• Request an interviewCover letters usually have three sections:• Beginning• Middle• End
  4. 4. Sections within a Cover Letter Beginning - the introduction. • Point of references • Personal research of the company • Objective statement Middle – the body of the letter. • Qualifications and Accomplishments • Highlight two or three skills • Use Active voice End – summary • Repeat interest in job • Request for an interview • Dates of availability for interview
  5. 5. Cover Letter Process Point of Reference Personal Research into Beginning Introduction Company Objective Statement Highlight skills that wereCover Letter Qualifications & called out in job Accomplishments description Middle Show interest in job & Use Active Voice instead company of Passive Request for an interview Repeat interest in job End Was Application Received? How will you follow up? Phone call How far into hiring process is the company?
  6. 6. The Final Details• High quality paper same as the Resume• Center the letter• Original letter for each position applied• Type the envelope
  7. 7. What is a Scannable Resume?Scannable Resume:• A scannable resume is one that is created specifically with the intention of being scanned by a computer.• A scannable resume has the same information as a traditional resume when it comes to professional history and qualifications.• It includes the same information such as, education, work experience, honors, activities, and any others skills.
  8. 8. What is a Web-Based Resume?Web-based Resume• A Web-based resume has more advanced features and creative elements.• This kind of resume is an actual public web page that employers can see.• Contains images, graphics, and sometimes even video clips.• To create a Web-based resume you need to get an HTML editor.
  9. 9. Differences between Hard-copy & Web-based ResumesHard-copy Resumes• Hard copy resumes are generally made on word• Processing programs (example Microsoft works)• Formatting the resume to have a clean appearance, helps employers find the best employees.• Be careful in picking a format style, Some are easier to read than others.
  10. 10. Differences between Hard-copy & Web-based ResumesWeb Based Resumes• Web based resumes are made on the computer.• Formatting for Web based resumes is only acceptable for applying for jobs online.• This formatting helps other computers recognize it and makes it easier to open.• Web based resumes can be read anywhere that has an internet connection.
  11. 11. Conclusions & RecommendationsIn this report we have covered the following information:• The purpose of a cover letters is to tell the employer why you are interested in the job, what qualifies you for the job, and request an interview.• The appearance of the resume should be easy to read, well formatted, and visually appealing to the eyes in any form.• Differences between web and hard copy resumes are: Method of creation, how each is read, and how each is delivered.• A scannable resume is on-e that is created specifically with the intention of being scanned by a computer.• Web-based resume has more advanced features and creative elements.
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