Resume and cover letter tips lori sadler


Published on

Published in: Technology, Business
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Resume and cover letter tips lori sadler

  1. 1. It’s Time to Get Noticed! Lori Sadler Resume and Cover Letter Tips
  2. 2. What Exactly is a Resume?  A brief document that summarizes your education, employment history, and experiences that are relevant to a particular job  The purpose is to get an interview, not necessarily the job  Think of it as a 30 second commercial where you are selling a product- YOU!
  3. 3. What Should I Include?  Contact Information – Name, address, phone number, email address – Make sure the information is accurate and current  Objective – Short, concise, user-centered statement  State the organization’s name, specific position title, and how you can help the organization reach its goals – Example- Help ABC Aerospace achieve its mission of designing tomorrow’s technology today by joining the Navigation Software Development Team as a programmer.
  4. 4. What Should I Include?  Education – Name of High School – Date of Graduation (or expected Graduation) – GPA – Example- Huntsville High School Advanced Diploma 05/25/2013 GPA- 3.4/4.0
  5. 5. What Should I Include?  Work Experience – Name and location of employer – Dates of employment – Position Title – Include paid or unpaid, full or part-time, permanent or temporary positions, volunteering, internships, cooperative education, club memberships, etc.  Example- Led 5 community projects for the Anchor Club involving 35 members, with a 30% increase in involvement.
  6. 6. What Should I Include?  Extracurricular Activities – Membership in clubs, organizations, and any leadership roles  Honors & Awards – Honors, awards, academic achievements, scholarships  Community Service – Voluntary, community, religious-affiliated, civic organizations
  7. 7. What Should I Include?  Optional Sections (if applicable to the position) – Computer & Technical Skills – Certifications – Hobbies & Interests – Foreign Travel
  8. 8. What Should My Resume Look Like?  No more than one page  Use bulleted lists, instead of long sentences or paragraphs  Proofread resume to ensure there are no spelling or grammatical errors  Don’t exaggerate (don’t lie)  Use black ink on white, off-white, or ivory resume paper  Use words from job posting
  9. 9.  Power Words to Use when Writing Your Resume  Sample Resume for High School Student  Short Video Focusing on Resume Do's & Don't's Check These Out!!
  10. 10. What Exactly is a Cover Letter?  Document enclosed with resume  Typically consists of 3 paragraphs  Explains why you are applying for the position  Details why you are a great match for the organization and position  States your qualifications for the position  Purpose is to get your resume viewed
  11. 11. What Format Should I Use?  Part 1- Heading – Include YOUR  Name  Address  Phone Number  Email Address – Include the COMPANY’S  Contact Name and Title  Company Name  Complete Address
  12. 12. What Format Should I Use?  Part 2- Introduction – Salutation  Address letter to specific individual if possible  As a last resort, use phrase “hiring professional” – Who you are – Why you are writing – How you learned of the position (did someone refer you?)  Use specific job title and job number, if provided – Why you’re a great match for the company and available position
  13. 13. What Format Should I Use?  Part 3- Argument – Showcase most relevant skills, qualifications, and experience you have for the desired job – Convince reader that company will benefit from your employment – Do not explain your entire resume, use your resume as a source of data instead – Mention unique attributes that may set you apart from the competition
  14. 14. What Format Should I Use?  Part 4- Closing – Restate main points – Provide contact information – Thank reader for their consideration – Include a signature block  Contains closing, such as sincerely  Your written signature  Typed Signature
  15. 15. Cover Letter Tips  Tailor letter to the specific position and organization  Use standard professional business letter format  Use active voice rather than passive voice  Edit carefully to correct any grammatical, spelling, or typographical errors  Use the same paper for resume and cover letter  Use spacing for improved organization and readability  Use a large envelope for mailing so documents are not folded to fit in smaller envelope
  16. 16. Check These Out!!!  Cover Letter Samples  Short Video about Cover Letters
  17. 17. Sources  The OWL at Purdue  UAB Career and Professional Development Services  DailyMotion