This workshop goes over: How to write a cover letter to use when submitting resumés. What a resumé is and the importance of creating one. Different resumé types for different jobs.
The cover letter It is a letter that accompanies and presents a resumé. It contains brief information about the students interest in a position, and their skills and qualifications. It also provides a record of when and to whom information was sent.
How to structure the cover letter The student should start by mentioning where they heard about the position, and why they are interested in it. Next, the student should write a little about their skills, and what they can offer to the company. Close by thanking the recipient and requesting an interview.
How to structure the cover letter (contd) Be sure to follow the standard format for a business letter or ask the company of interest for their requirements. Writing should demonstrate appropriate tone and should follow the standard rules of grammar and mechanics. The letter should point out the most important information of the résumé, not all of it.
Content differences with the cover letter A cover letter will vary depending on the individual writing it. The students current status will determine the kind of information they will include. Example: a student or recent graduate will highlight education; a person with extensive work experience will highlight past positions held.
The resumé It is an important tool when searching for a job. It is a listing of educational background and employment experience, both past and current. It highlights skills and abilities that pertain to the potential job. The type of job the student is applying for (entry level, advanced level, etc.) will determine the structure of the resumé.
Types of resumés: Entry-Level Students applying for entry-level jobs will likely need a resumé that has their academic achievements as the main theme. This resumé also works for students who have little to no relevant work experience. The main focus is the students academic achievements, grades, classes taken, or extracurricular activities. The student should use other information that is relevant to the position that they are applying to. Peggy Edwards 144 Elm Street, Apt. 4 West Orange, New Jersey 07052 (973) 741-0134 email@example.com OBJECTIVETo work at a local health department as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. EDUCATIONMontclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ B.S., Health Education (concentrated in Community Health), 2006 Magna Cum Laude, (GPA: 3.75/4.0) Essex County Community College, West Caldwell, NJ A.S., Social Services, 2003 RELATED COURSES: Public Health The Teaching of Health Health Promotion School Health and Community Service Environmental Health Environmental and Public Health HONORS: Deans List, Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key National Honor Society RELATED Intern, Bergen County Health Department, 1/2004-4/2004 EXPERIENCE(North Bergen, NJ) Conducted Chapter 12 food inspections, reviewed septic plans, and responded to community complaints under the supervision of trained health inspectors. Substitute Health Teacher, West Orange High School, 9/2001-1/2002 (West Orange, NJ) Dental Assistant, Daniel R. Korb, D.D.S., P.A., 8/2000-3/2001 (Cedar Grove, NJ) Took dental radiographs of all patients, sterilized instruments, and sanitized rooms. LICENSESNew Jersey Registered Environmental Health Specialist New Jersey Dental Radiologist New Jersey Commercial Drivers license with air brake endorsement REFERENCESFurnished upon request Scholastic Achievements Relevant Experience
Types of resumés: Advanced Level Students applying for jobs that require extensive experience will likely need a resumé that has their work experience as the main theme. This resumé also works for students who have been out of school for some time. This resumé is usually organized by the different jobs (work experience) that the student has held, starting with the most recent. Under each job, the student should briefly describe the duties performed in each job that are relevant to the position that they are applying to. ROBERT MANDILLO 7761 Shalamar Drive Dayton, Ohio 45424 (513) 255-4137 OBJECTIVE A management position in the aerospace industry with responsibility for developing new designs and products. MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE M ANAGER, E NGINEERING D RAFTING D EPARTMENT – May 1998Present Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio Supervise 17 drafting mechanics in support of the engineering design staff. Develop, evaluate, and improve materials and equipment for the design and construction of exhibits. Write specification, negotiate with vendors, and initiate procurement activities for exhibit design support. S UPERVISOR, G RAPHICS I LLUSTRATORS June 1985-April 1998 Henderson Advertising Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio Supervised five illustrators and four drafting mechanics after promotion from Graphics Technician. Analyzed and approved work-order requirements. Selected appropriate media and techniques for orders. Rendered illustrations in pencil and ink. Converted department to CAD system. EDUCATION B ACHELOR OF S CIENCE IN M ECHANICAL E NGINEERING T ECHNOLOGY, 1985 Edison State College, Wooster, Ohio A SSOCIATE S D EGREE IN M ECHANICAL D RAFTING, 1983 Wooster Community College, Wooster, Ohio PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION National Association of Mechanical Engineers and Drafting Mechanics REFERENCES References, letters of recommendation, and a portfolio of original designs and drawings available online at www.juno.com/mand.www.juno.com/mand Description of Duties Relevant Experience
How to structure the resumé The heading should include the students full name, address, phone number and e-mail address. DAVID B. EDWARDS 6819 Locustview Drive Topeka, Kansas 66614 (913) 233-1552 firstname.lastname@example.org The student should include an appropriate employment objective (what the student has to offer to the potential employer). EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: Entry-level programmer or data communications technician, leading to systems analysis and management positions.
How to structure the resumé (contd) Provide a listing of educational and employment experience. Order can vary: The student should determine the standard protocol for the company of interest or follow the format that best suits their needs. Include a list of skills and abilities. Focus on information that is relevant to the position. End the resumé by including references or stating that they are available upon request.
Helpful hints… Cover letter and resumé should be truthful! Use action verbs: Example: write managed instead of was the manager. Do not use the first person POV Instead of: I was promoted to… Use: Promoted to…
Resumé handouts & links How to write a resumé handout with sample resumés How to write a resumé handout with sample resumés Resumés and Cover Letters Thanks for Visiting! SOURCE: Oliu, Walter E., Charles T. Brusaw, and Gerald J. Alred. Writing That Works: Communicating Effectively on the Job, 9 th edition. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martins, 2007.