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Job Searching 101: Writing Your Resume and Cover Letter. January 5, 2008 Presenter: Donna Brice, Director. What We Will Cover in This Workshop. What Goes into a Resume Resume Templates Resume Dos & Don’ts Cover Letters: Don’t Send Your Resume Without One Cover Letter Templates

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job searching 101 writing your resume and cover letter

Job Searching 101: Writing Your Resume and Cover Letter

January 5, 2008

Presenter: Donna Brice, Director

what we will cover in this workshop
What We Will Cover in This Workshop
  • What Goes into a Resume
  • Resume Templates
  • Resume Dos & Don’ts
  • Cover Letters: Don’t Send Your Resume Without One
  • Cover Letter Templates
  • Cover Letter Dos & Don’ts
ways to apply for a job
Ways to Apply for a Job
  • Phone or Fax your resume and cover letter
  • Deliver a hard copy of your resume and cover letter in person
  • Email your resume and cover letter
  • Post your resume and cover letter online
  • Create an employment blog about yourself and direct prospective employers to it
what goes into a resume
What Goes into a Resume
  • Contact Information
  • Objective (optional)
  • Career Highlights / Qualifications (optional)
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Honors or Citations, Publications (if any)
  • Membership in Professional Organizations
  • Military Service
  • References Upon Request
parts of the resume
Parts of the Resume
  • Contact Information:
    • Legal name – The name on your driver’s license
    • Legal street address, city, state and zip code
    • Phone # with area code, home and cell
    • Email address
  • Objective (optional)
    • The purpose of the objective is to describe specifically the position you want by job title, function, and/or industry
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Parts of the Resume
  • Career Highlights / Qualifications (optional)
    • It highlights your key achievements, skills, traits, and experience relevant to the position
  • Experience
    • The experience section of your resume includes your work history. List the companies you worked for, dates of employment, the positions you held and a bulleted list of responsibilities and achievements
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Parts of the Resume
  • Education
    • In the education section, list in reverse chronological order colleges, technical schools or high School(s) you attended, the degrees you attained, and any special awards and honors you earned.
  • Membership in Professional Organizations
    • If you belong to a professional organization, include it. It shows dedication to learning and keeping current in your career.
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Parts of the Resume
  • Military Service
    • If this is your only work experience, put it under that section.
  • References upon request
    • You do not need to include your work/personal reference when you submit your resume.
    • The employer will ask for your references.
    • References should be on a separate sheet of paper. Do not make it a part of your resume.
resume templates
Resume Templates

See Handouts:

  • Chronological
  • High school student with part time work history
  • Entry level with work history and no college
  • College graduate with some work experience
  • Professional with advanced degrees and education
  • Returning to work with past work experience
  • Job Specific Resumes
resume do s don ts
Resume Do’s & Don’ts
  • DO:
    • Do choose a font style appropriate for the job – Conservative – Times New Roman or Arial, Artistic – be careful that your font is legible.
    • Do use 1 inch margins on all sides, indented bullet points will show hierarchy.
    • Do use bold and italics to emphasize important information, do not over use.
    • Do print your resume on white or off white paper printed in black ink.
    • Do use action verbs when writing about job responsibilities. (see handout)
    • Do proof read your resume.
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Resume Do’s & Don’ts
  • Don’t:
    • Don’t squeeze too much on one page, font size shouldn’t be smaller than 11pt. Try to keep your resume one to two pages long and no longer.
    • Don’t use personal pronouns (I, me, my).
    • Don’t include your salary history or reasons for leaving previous jobs.
    • Don’t include a picture of yourself.
    • Don’t lie on your resume. They will eventually find out.
cover letters never send a resume without one
Cover Letters: Never Send a Resume Without One

What is the purpose of a Cover Letter:

  • It serves as an introduction.
  • Your cover letter is your chance to let potential employers know who you are and what you can do for the company.
  • A cover letter does not contain the same information that is on your resume, it is used to support your resume.
cover letter templates
Cover Letter Templates

The format of a cover letter is basically the same as a typical letter.

See Handouts:

  • In response to an ad (3 examples)
  • After a phone conversation
  • Company that has not advertised a job
  • New College Graduate (2 examples)
  • Referred by a mutual friend
  • With employee salary requirements
  • Follow up to a cover letter
cover letter do s don ts
Cover Letter Do’s & Don’ts

Do:

  • Do include your full address and the address of the company.
  • Do use a colon not a comma after the greeting.
  • Do use the person’s name or title; ex. Dear Mr. Smith or Dear Human Resource Manager.
  • Do check your spelling!
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Cover Letter Do’s & Don’ts

Don’t:

  • Don’t use “To Whom it May Concern,” find out the name of the person who is receiving the application.
  • Don’t hand write the cover letter. Type it.
  • Don’t tell them your life story. Keep each paragraph brief and to the point. Use action verbs to describe yourself.
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to stand out by not including a cover letter. It can make or break you chance at an interview.