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1 and Letters of Application
Résumés and Letters of Application

2 What is a résumé? A personal data sheet
Short summary of important facts about you Will determine whether or not you get the interview

3 Sections of the Résumé The Heading Objective Education Work Experience
Extra-Curricular Activities Special Skills

4 The Heading Includes: Full Name Complete Address Telephone Number

5 Objective Express your objective in the fewest possible words. One sentence is all that is needed. Focus on what you can do for the company. Don’t get specific. State EXACTLY the job title you seek.

6 Education Reverse order of education: Most recent first
Place at beginning of résumé.

7 Work Experience If you have no experience, then brainstorm on what experience you have had (e.g., volunteer, no pay, relatives). Readers are usually wary of résumés without work experience. List in reverse chronological order: Most recent first

8 Extra-Curricular Activities
Inform your reader of your accomplishments. This is where you can shine! Show leadership Awards Involvement in school and the community

9 Special Skills Other things at which you are good:
Experienced in Publisher, Word, PowerPoint, etc. Good communication skills CPR certified Anything extra that pertains to the job for which you are applying

10 Layout One page in length Bold or Underline section headings.
Use either Times New Roman or Arial type font. Traditional is usually more acceptable and professional than fads.

11 Length of Résumé Use only one page.
The only time you would want to add an additional page would be if you had extensive work experience or information that relates to your career.

12 Personal Information Employers, by law, cannot be concerned with personal characteristics such as weight, sex, or age. Do not worry about this information. NEVER attach a photograph to your résumé. Employers are interested in the skills you possess and the contributions you can make to their organization.

13 Grammar and Spelling Typos and poor grammar are signs of carelessness and lack of professionalism. Make sure you have someone else proofread it. NO cross-outs or handwritten parts

14 Printing the Résumé Use good, quality paper.
White, ivory, or off-white Each copy of your résumé should be crisp and clean; no bent corners, ink smudges, blurs, marks, or ink streaks.

15 Leave Out Availability Reason for leaving References Salary Weaknesses
This will be asked in an interview. References They will be expected later. Use a separate sheet of paper. Salary Weaknesses

16 Letter of Application It should:
Answer the question of why to hire you. Grab the employer’s attention. Point out why you should be contacted for an interview.

17 Letter of Application It should:
Look professional—no errors, block style, appropriate format (personal business). Avoid sentences that begin with “I.” Be printed in black ink; no colored ink. Be free of spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes—these are out of the question!

18 Letter of Application 3 paragraphs:
1st—Tell why you are writing, how you found out about the position, and the position for which you are applying. 2nd—Tell why you are qualified. Highlight experiences and qualities. Use examples. 3rd—Refer to enclosed résumé, tell the best way to contact you, and request an interview!

19 It’s your future, and it is important to you!

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