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Creating an Effective Resume and Cover Letter. University Career Services. Introduction. Creating resumes and cover letters that get results Presented by Student Name. Topics of Discussion. Resume guidelines Cover letter guidelines. Resume Guidelines. Formats Headings Quality Resources.

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Creating an effective resume and cover letter

Creating an Effective Resume and Cover Letter

University Career Services


Introduction

Introduction

  • Creating resumes and cover letters that get results

  • Presented by Student Name


Topics of discussion

Topics of Discussion

  • Resume guidelines

  • Cover letter guidelines


Resume guidelines

Resume Guidelines

  • Formats

  • Headings

  • Quality

  • Resources


Resume formats

Resume Formats

  • Chronological

    • Lists relevent work experience by company/title in reverse order of when you performed the work

  • Functional

    • Arranges experience according to functional heading, such as Managerial, Purchasing, or Administrative

  • Combination

    • Mixes the two styles to highlight progressively complex duties under a functional heading


Resume headings

Resume Headings

  • Indentifying information

    • Name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address

  • Objective

    • Clear, concise, and focused on what you want to do within the organization

  • Education

  • Experience

    • Can go back 10 years, not including high school experience

  • Other

    • Licenses and certifications

    • Skills

    • Internships and/or volunteer work

    • Proffessional affiliations

    • Publications and presentations


Resume quality

Resume Quality

  • Standard font

  • Laser-printed

  • Solid bullets

  • Mail resume flat, not folded

  • Standard, well-known abbreviations and key words from job description


Resume resources

Resume Resources

  • Resumes That Knock ‘Em Dead

  • The Resume Kit

  • Electronic Resume Revolution

  • Resume Handbook

  • Designing the Perfect Resume


Cover letter guidelines

Cover Letter Guidelines

  • Qualities of a good cover letter

  • Anatomy of a good cover letter

  • Types of cover letters


Qualities of a good cover letter

Qualities of a Good Cover Letter

  • Professional, consise, and clear business letter-writing style

  • Employee-centered, not self-centered

  • Recipient’s name and title is correctly spelled

  • Error-free, clean, and visually attractive

  • Highlights skills, qualifications, and experiences most relevant to the position

  • No more than one page printed on quality stationery and envelopes


Anatomy of a good cover letter

Anatomy of a Good Cover Letter

  • Opening paragraph

    • Identifies your purpose for writing and how you heard about position or company or who referred you.

  • Middle paragraph(s)

    • States reasons for wanting to work for this employer and your qualifications, skills, and experiences in relation to their needs.

  • Closing paragraph

    • Thanks recipeint for their time, requests a meeting time, and informs them of how you intend to follow up.


Types of cover letters

Types of Cover Letters

  • Application

    • Used for positions that have been publicly advertised.

  • Prospecting

    • Used when contacting an organization that is not currently advertising.

  • Networking

    • Introduces you to a person who can assist you in your career field by providing information on that field and/or on specific opportunities.


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