2 What is the purpose of a resume and cover letter?
3 Goals of a Good Cover Letter Introduce yourselfGet your noticedConvey special informationHighlight accomplishmentsGet employers, award judges, and scholarship committees to read your resume!
4 Goals of a Good Resume Convey information Show who you are Distinguish yourselfLook good on paper!
5 Cover Letter and Resume Who are you?What are you looking for?What kind of job do you want?What kind of college do you want to go to?Where are you going?BE YOURSELF!What is your measure?What have you done?Where did you do it?What can you do?What’s the product?How to sell it?
6 Writing a Cover Letter Lead with your strongest information Use the logical connectorGeography, type of work, Alma Mater, common acquaintanceIntroduce yourselfHighlight activities that set you apartSuggest the next stepLet them know what your next step will be for contact
7 Writing a Resume Step One: BRAINSTORM Step Two: ORGANIZE Write a list of all of your achievements, activities, etc.Step Two: ORGANIZECategorize your achievementsPlace in Experience, Education, and Other HeadingsInclude school related honors and activities under educationPublications, scholarships, offices, and organizations
8 Writing a Resume Step Three: PRODUCE Format your resume to highlight the ‘big stuff’Use bold or underline to offset your name, schools, and places of employmentUse bulleted points over narrativeUse italics to make something special stand outMake the resume appealingClutter makes it hard to read and hard to pick out the good stuff
9 Advice for Cover Letters & Resumes Try not to begin paragraphs with “I”Use the standard business letter formatBe briefMake sure it conveys the connectionResumesShow offReflect useful informationBe succinctMake it personalDon’t ever, ever lie
10 Parts of a Cover LetterYour Contact InformationNameAddressCity, State, Zip CodeDate[ SPACE ]Employer Contact InformationTitleCompany
11 Parts of a Cover Letter Greeting First Paragraph Second Paragraph Specific position you are applying forShow that you have done your research on the companySecond ParagraphSpecific information about your educationClasses you’ve taken; clubs you’ve been in
12 Parts of a Cover Letter Third Paragraph Fourth Paragraph Work experience you have in the specific fieldEven if you don’t have any formal experience, you can mention your SAE or participation in WBLFourth ParagraphDirect reader to look at your resume for more detailed infoTWO to THREE sentences is plenty!
13 Parts of a Cover Letter Fifth Paragraph Complimentary Close Signature Request an interviewMore contact informationPhone numberComplimentary Close“Sincerely”, “Thank You”SignatureEnclosure StatementTell that your resume in enclosed with the letter
15 Parts of a Resume Objective Examples No more than a sentence or sentence fragments that are directly related to what position you wish to achieveExamplesBecome a greenhouse managerGain the position of a golf course superintendent
16 Parts of a Resume Education Work Experience List the high school you attendedTime (years)GPACourse work that is relevant to job positionClubs/OrganizationsWork ExperienceName of businessYears worked thereLocations of the businessHighlights of job duties
17 Parts of a Resume Skills Achievements/Awards Any skills that you feel are relevant to the jobComputer skillsWoodworkingLandscapingAchievements/AwardsHonor RollScholarshipsMember of local groupsOffice positions
18 Parts of a Resume References Listed in order of importancePeople NOT related to you, but have worked with youCheck with the person before you list them!Your resume should NOT be more than a page