Easy Resumes and Cover Letters Using Microsoft Word. Jane Morgan Memorial Library, Cambria – October 8, 2009. MATC Libraries Research Guide. Links to : Job sites Resume/cover letter tips and templates Job fairs and expos Career advising and statistics
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Easy Resumes and Cover Letters Using Microsoft Word
Jane Morgan Memorial Library, Cambria – October 8, 2009
Resume/cover letter tips and templates
Job fairs and expos
Career advising and statistics
Tax implications of job loss, and more
Consistent style throughout
Use action/power verbs (see next slide)
Include language from job notice/ position description, if possible
Use spell check
Have several people proofread
What information about me is most relevant to the job I’m applying for?
Creating a basic resume which you can then modify to suit the specific situation
Concise statement specifying position, field of work, or skills to be used on the job
Near top of resume
Example: “Receptionist position using my customer service, administrative, and communication skills.”
Relevant training, certifications, schooling
Start with most recent
For each school, list name, location, diploma/ certificate/degree earned, date of completion
If not completed, use “expected” plus date, or “in progress”
Names and locations of organizations
you’ve worked for, starting with most recent
Years worked there
Main duties performed, results achieved
Relevant volunteer activities, internships, projects (especially if little paid experience)
Relevant skills / abilities (optional)
If you have specific computer, foreign language, typing, or other technical skills (e.g. equipment operation), consider listing these in a separate section
Activities / associations (optional)
Include participation in organizations, associations, student government, clubs, or community activities, especially if related to position you’re applying for
Awards / honors (optional)
Any formal recognition you’ve received
Professional or academic awards (if not listed in education or work experience section)
EITHER “References available upon request” statement
OR separate document with references listed
Be sure you know which version of Word you’re using
Word 2007 has different “look and feel”
Use “Save as….” option for saving
Save in multiple formats (locally, email, flash drive)
Click ‘Office’ button and select ‘New’
Select ‘Installed Templates’ or
Select ‘Resumes’ category from list under Microsoft Office Online
Choose style that fits your needs:
Job specific? Chronological? Situation specific?
Click to open category
Select preference, click ‘download’ button
If you get a warning to install ‘Active X’, go ahead and install
If the template won’t open, make sure it is compatible with your version of Word. You may need to select another template.
easy to use, professional look, help with formatting and layout BUT
can be tricky to edit or rearrange preformatted options, so choose layout that’s close to what you want
Most have “placeholder” text
Click within the bracketed areas and replace text with your own information
Up Next: Cover Letters
Match font used in resume
Readable font size (10-12 point)
One page or less
Paragraphs (opening, body, closing)
Use laser printer
Send along with resume OR as the body of an email or as an attachment
Your contact information
Recipient’s contact information
Body (“sell” skills/qualifications)
Closing (request for action)
LibraryDirector of the Todd Wehr Memorial Library.Description: The Todd Wehr Memorial Library of Viterbo University is seeking to evolve into an academic center for the 21st Century. The Director will provide strategic leadership for all functions of the library in collaboration with other academic units and in support of the mission of the University. The Director serves as primary advocate for the library and must be able to articulate and implement a vision for the future of an academic library. The Director provides leadership in the Libraries’ mission to support the educational, research, and service missions of the University. She or he is responsible for all areas of library administration and operations, including strategic and policy planning, fiscal management, library services and collections, and supervision of personnel, facilities, and equipment. The Director will understand electronic and multimedia resources, instructional technology, collaborative learning through creative learning spaces, and a learning commons philosophy while maintaining the bulk of the print and archive resources.Qualifications: Viterbo University seeks a visionary leader who understands the learning styles of current students and trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information technology, and who will be able to take the lead in establishing the library for the 21st Century. The Director should have a demonstrable ability to generate excitement for an emerging new vision for the library, develop and hire staff open to innovative ideas, work with the entire University community, and devise an efficient operational plan. The Director must have an energizing, persuasive, and collaborative leadership style and respect the learner-centered philosophy of the campus.
Evidence of progressively responsible administrative experience within an academic library environment.
Practical knowledge and experience in the role and impact of current and emerging technologies in an academic library environment.
The ability to foster an open, creative, and collaborative environment in the libraries
The ability to work productively with faculty and university administration.
A commitment to a student-centered service philosophy.
Academic qualifications include a degree or degrees in a liberal arts discipline and a master's degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program. Additional graduate degree in a liberal arts discipline is desirable. The director reports to the Academic Vice President.Terms of Appointment: The Director is an 12 month administrative appointment with faculty rank, non-tenure track.To Apply:In addition to a letter of application, a CV, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references, please submit a statement describing a 21st Century library and how to integrate it with instructional technology, undergraduate research, and the learning styles of today's students. Applications should be submitted
Make use of language
in the job notice