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Week 3 resumes

  1. 1. Resumes and Covering Letters
  2. 2. This week you have your first graded written assignment: Produce a printed covering letter and resume. Use the templates and format on the ftp server OA001 Week 3 Bring a printed draft of your resume next week for comments (no presentations next week) Hand in your final copy for marking in class in the week of October 10th to 16th in class! YOU MUST INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT NUMBER ON BOTH DOCUMENTS !
  3. 3. Timetable: Hand in Resumes and Covering Letters Sales Pitch Comparison and Contrast Week 5 Oct 10th - Oct 16th Resume and Covering Letter review Persuasion Week 4 Sep 26th - Oct 9th (1st - 8th Oct holiday) Classification Presentations & Resumes and Covering Letters Week 3 (This week) Sep 19th - 25th
  4. 4. On the ftp: <ul><li>Covering letter template and example </li></ul><ul><li>Covering letter guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Resume template </li></ul><ul><li>Resume guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Power words </li></ul><ul><li>Resume and covering letter checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Resume and Covering Letter grading guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>This ppt. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Power Words
  6. 6. Power Words <ul><li>Power words are synonyms for other words that have strong positive associations </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. ‘I have got…’ = ‘I have achieved…’ </li></ul><ul><li>The meaning is the same but ‘achieved’ has the association of hard work and value </li></ul>
  7. 7. Power Words <ul><li>Some more examples are: </li></ul>I performed… I did… I demonstrated… I showed… I created… I made… I assisted… I helped… Power word Regular word
  8. 8. Power Words & Thesaurus <ul><li>On the ftp server are 2 lists of power words you may want to use to help you. </li></ul><ul><li>A thesaurus ( www.dictionary.com has a good one) may help you. </li></ul><ul><li>A thesaurus is a dictionary of synonyms and, often, antonyms </li></ul><ul><li>BE CAREFUL - If you choose to use a word from the thesaurus try and find examples of it in use to make sure it is appropriate! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resume and Covering Letter <ul><li>The aim of the resume and covering letter is to get you the interview </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Covering Letter <ul><li>Always use a covering letter </li></ul><ul><li>Use it to make the employer want to read your resume </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Format of a Covering Letter <ul><li>The format is important </li></ul><ul><li>3 paragraphs (maybe 4) </li></ul><ul><li>Standard professional layout </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Format of a Covering Letter <ul><li>The format is important </li></ul><ul><li>3 paragraphs (maybe 4) </li></ul><ul><li>Standard professional letter layout </li></ul>
  13. 13. A Template and example can be found on the ftp: OA001 Week 3 Resumes “Template - Contemporary Cover Letter.doc”
  14. 14. <ul><li>Your Details: </li></ul><ul><li>Your full name </li></ul><ul><li>Phone number </li></ul><ul><li>Email address </li></ul><ul><li>Full mailing address </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Date </li></ul><ul><li>This should be the date you will send the letter </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Addressee: </li></ul><ul><li>Name of addressee including Mr / Mrs / Ms </li></ul><ul><li>Title of Addressee </li></ul><ul><li>Department name </li></ul><ul><li>Full company name </li></ul><ul><li>Full mailing address including country </li></ul>
  17. 17. Greeting and Signature Dear Mr / Mrs / Ms Sincerely Dear Sir / Madam Faithfully
  18. 18. <ul><li>Opening Paragraph: </li></ul><ul><li>Which position you are applying for </li></ul><ul><li>Where and when you heard about the job </li></ul><ul><li>A brief description of your background </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Second paragraph: </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce yourself and your qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Raise: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant work experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Any private or unofficial quality activities that may be relevant to the position </li></ul>
  20. 20. Second paragraph : The second paragraph is your elevator-pitch Use power words and action verbs Provide quantifiable evidence (increases in revenue, efficiency improvements measurable in % terms) Each sentence should be directly relevant and provide evidence to support your claims
  21. 21. <ul><li>Third paragraph: </li></ul><ul><li>Mention you have enclosed your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Thank them for their time and consideration </li></ul><ul><li>Tell them if there is any particular time you will not be able to attend an interview (for a good reason!) </li></ul>
  22. 22. Signature Dear Mr / Mrs Sincerely Dear Sir / Madam Faithfully
  23. 23. Signature Sign with a pen here Type name here
  24. 24. Any Questions?
  25. 25. Your Name What is Your Name???????
  26. 26. How to Present Your Name: Rule 1 <ul><li>English name or your Chinese name (in Pinyin!), both are ok. </li></ul><ul><li>BUT….. </li></ul><ul><li>YOU MUST USE THE SAME NAME ON ALL THE DOCUMENTS!!!!!! </li></ul>
  27. 27. How to Present Your Name: Rule 2 <ul><li>The format must be: </li></ul><ul><li>Given name + Family name </li></ul><ul><li>John Liu </li></ul><ul><li>Zhao Liu </li></ul>
  28. 28. The Resume (or “CV” in British English)
  29. 29. Chronological vs Functional <ul><li>Chronological - emphasizes work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Functional - emphasizes skills and personality traits </li></ul>
  30. 30. Presentation <ul><li>Clear and professional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Logical format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Same font </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Well spaced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct grammar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bold and italics used seldom but consistently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No longer than 2 pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Looks attractive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Important information is in the top 2/3 of the 1st page </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Objective This should be one or two sentences that explain what you want to achieve from this particular position and how it will be useful to the company Use power words, active verbs and have a clear goal
  32. 32. Education <ul><li>Chronological order with most recent first </li></ul><ul><li>Degree level and above qualifications only (unless particularly relevant to the position) </li></ul><ul><li>Include core units / subjects / research / projects if they are relevant </li></ul>
  33. 33. Project and / or Work Experience <ul><li>Chronological order with most recent first </li></ul><ul><li>Include company name + dates + city + job title </li></ul><ul><li>Your key responsibilities, (with quantifiable examples) that demonstrate your value to the company (not your team’s or colleagues value!) </li></ul>
  34. 34. Technical Skills <ul><li>Use this area to list any certified or non-certified practical skills that will be directly relevant to the position e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>Java - excellent </li></ul><ul><li>C++ - excellent </li></ul><ul><li>Android - proficient </li></ul><ul><li>Word - excellent </li></ul><ul><li>Excel - excellent </li></ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Awards Received <ul><li>Use this area to list any significant awards that demonstrate an achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Include: </li></ul><ul><li>Name of awarding body </li></ul><ul><li>Title of award </li></ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul><ul><li>Brief description if appropriate </li></ul>
  36. 36. Languages Use this area to list the qualifications you have obtained or are studying in languages If you have some language skills that have not been examined you can mention these and grade them yourself e.g. Gaelic - basic
  37. 37. English Are you fluent?
  38. 38. Volunteer Experience Use this as an opportunity to demonstrate your personal characteristics such as team work, leadership, social conscience, energy etc.
  39. 39. Extra Curricular Activities Sports , clubs and societies Again, use this to demonstrate your positive personal characteristics and positions of responsibility in a non work environment
  40. 40. Interests Sports, music, hobbies This area should contain personal passions or interests that you are pro-actively involved in e.g. musical instruments, magic, drama, personal sporting endeavors
  41. 41. Any Questions?
  42. 42. QUIZ Question 2 = umbrella Question 3 = controversial Question 4 = What is an elevator pitch?
  43. 43. Finally…
  44. 44. Your Resume / Covering Letter Should Be: <ul><li>Professional and well presented (don’t use slang, contractions of words, pretty cartoons etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate how you can contribute to the company (they are buying you!) </li></ul><ul><li>Be custom made for the company and position </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate an awareness of the industry and the company </li></ul>
  45. 45. Your 1st Marked Written Assignment! (5%) <ul><li>Using the templates and other material from the ftp. produce a printed covering letter and resume </li></ul><ul><li>INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT NUMBER! </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a printed draft to next lesson for comments </li></ul><ul><li>Bring your final copy to the class in the week of October 10th to 16th </li></ul>
  46. 46. Any Questions?
  47. 47. Tasks for next week: <ul><li>Prepare Unit 9 ‘Persuasion’ - Pages 156 - 174 </li></ul><ul><li>Complete exercises: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary Readiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading Comprehension 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>True and False </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Terms Reinforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening Input Vocabulary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bring a printed copy of your covering letter and resume to class for team discussion </li></ul>
  48. 48. AND NOW…
  49. 49. Some Grammar

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