Resumes and Cover Letters Presentation

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Resumes and Cover Letters Presentation

  1. 1. Resumes and Cover lettersPresented at the MRDC Head StartSpring Training Fair
  2. 2. The importance of the resume A good resume won’t guarantee you a job. However, a bad resume will guarantee you won’t get the job you want!
  3. 3. What is the purpose of a resume? To get you a job? NO!
  4. 4. What is the purpose of a resume? The purpose of a resume is to get you an interview
  5. 5. Keys points to remember… Review…as many resume samples as you can. Analyze…those resumes to see what makes them effective. Identify…your job objectives and your target audience. Inventory…your qualifications and achievements
  6. 6. Keys points to remember… Know yourself…How can you make a contribution. Draft…your resume, proofread it and have others critique it. Compare it to sample. Always have an up to date resume available.
  7. 7. Basic Headings of a Resume Objectives “Summary of Profile Qualifications” Education or Training Lists of courses Professional Accomplishments Development Achievements Experience Technology Goals Community Service Outcomes Extra-curricular Activities
  8. 8. Skills vs. Chronological Resume Skills Chronological – Combines the skills – Simply a resume you have from a that lists your variety of experiences (work, volunteering, a education and ctivities and projects) experience in and groups these reverse skills by category of chronological skills that relate to order - most the kind of job youre seeking. recent items first
  9. 9. Style and Structure Font – Style and Size Use of white space The paper One page or two? Bullets Bold, Italics and Underline What goes first? Experience or Education?
  10. 10. Do I Really Have To Doa Cover Letter? YES!
  11. 11. The Importance of a Cover Letter Some would argue the cover letter is more important than the resume. Some hiring professionals see it as a sign of laziness not to send a cover letter. It sometimes involves more effort than a resume. The resume usually shows what you’ve done. While the cover letter can focus on what you can do for the potential employer.
  12. 12. What Makes a GoodCover Letter? No spelling or typing Use terms and errors. Not even one. phrases that are Address it to the meaningful to the person who can hire employer. you. Make the HR Write it in your own person’s job easier. words. Show that you know Make sure the page something about the is balanced – company and the centered. industry.
  13. 13. The Parts of a Cover Letter Name, Address, and Telephone Numbers - Current address and date appear in the standard address block at the top of the page. First Paragraph - Answer the readers question, "Why am I reading this letter?",
  14. 14. The Parts of a Cover Letter Second and Third Paragraphs - Market yourself! End with an Active Statement of What You Will Do Next, Or What You Expect Them to Do Enclosures

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