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Resume Writing Workshop


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A workshop designed by Nayelee and presented at NSC

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Resume Writing Workshop

  1. 1. GoToCollege Ambassadors Professional Development Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop Nevada State CollegeNevada State College Spring 2012 1
  2. 2. Workshop Topics• Types of resumes• Cover letter• Sections of a resume and cover letter• Writing your resume and cover letter• ApplicationNevada State College Spring 2012 2
  3. 3. What is a Resume? A resume is a personal summary of your knowledge, training, and skills. Essentially, this document contains a list of attributes for futureNevada State College Spring 2012 3
  4. 4. Purpose of a Resume• Highlight your skills, qualifications, and accomplishments.• To get an interview!Nevada State College Spring 2012 4
  5. 5. Two Types of Resumes• Chronological Resume• Functional ResumeNevada State College Spring 2012 5
  6. 6. Chronological Key PointsNevada State College Spring 2012 6
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  8. 8. Functional Key PointsNevada State College Spring 2012 8
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  10. 10. Hybrid ResumesNevada State College Spring 2012 10
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  12. 12. What is a Cover Letter? A cover letter introduces you and your resume to potential employers or organizations you seek to join (non-profits, educational institutions, etc). It is the first document an employer sees; therefore, it is often the first impression you will make.Nevada State College Spring 2012 12
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  14. 14. Characteristics of a Cover Letter Cover letters do more than introduce your resume. A cover letters importance also includes its ability to:• Explain your experiences in a story-like format that works with the information provided in your resume• Allow you to go in-depth about important experiences/skills and relate them to job requirements• Show the employer that you are individualizing (tailoring) this job application• Provide a sample of your written Nevada State College Spring 2012 14
  15. 15. Sections of a ResumeNevada State College Spring 2012 15
  16. 16. Sections of a ResumeNevada State College Spring 2012 16
  17. 17. Categories of Skills• Interpersonal skills • Critical thinking skills• Oral communication skills • Creative thinking skills• Public speaking skills • Planning skills• Counseling skills • Organizational skills • Advanced writing skills• Coaching/mentoring skills • Research skills• Teaching/training skills • Administrative/clerical skills• Supervising skills • Financial skills• Leadership skills • Language skills• Persuading skills • Perceptual skills• Mediation skills • Advanced computer skills• Interviewing skills • Technological skills• Care giving skills • Performing skills• Client services skills • Artistic skills• Analytical/logical thinking skills • Mechanical skills • Adaptability skillsNevada State College Spring 2012 17
  18. 18. Review of Resume Headings• Contact information• Objective• Education• Work Experience• Activities/Honors/Volunteer Experience• Computer/language/technical skillsNevada State College Spring 2012 18
  19. 19. Sections of a Cover LetterNevada State College Spring 2012 19
  20. 20. Writing the Resume and Cover Letter• Rhetorical Awareness• User-Centered DesignNevada State College Spring 2012 20
  21. 21. Rhetorical AwarenessThe idea of rhetorical awareness for workplace writing includes the following concepts:• Workplace writing is persuasive. For example, when a writer composes a résumé, the persuasive goal is to get a job interview. Similarly, a report writer may need to persuade a client to take action to improve work conditions ensuring employee safety and timely production• Workplace writing, since its persuasive, must consider the rhetorical situation: – Purpose (why the document is being written, the goals of the document – Audience (who will read the document, includes shadow readers- unintended audiences who might read your work) – Stakeholders (who may be affected by the document or project) – Context (the background of and situation in which the document is created). Nevada State College Spring 2012 21
  22. 22. User-Centered DesignThe idea of user-centered design includes the following concepts:• Always consider and think about your audience• Consider your readers based on: – their expectations. What information do your readers expect to get? What can be provided to your readers? – their characteristics. Who, specifically, is reading the work? Is the audience part of the decision making process? Will stakeholders read the work? Or is the audience a mixture of decision makers, stakeholders, and shadow readers? What organizational positions does the audience hold and how might this affect document expectations? – their goals. What are your readers planning to accomplish? What should be included in your documents so that your readers get the information they need? – their context. For what type of situation do the readers need this information?• Identify information readers will need and make that information easily accessible and understandable – User-centered documents must be usable, so consider how the Nevada State College Spring 2012 22
  23. 23. Additional Resources•••• State College Spring 2012 23
  24. 24. References Material has been adapted from UNLV career services and the online writing center at Purdue University.Nevada State College Spring 2012 24