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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

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