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1 Cover Letter, Resume and References

2 What is a resume? 1-2 page summary of your high school education, activities, volunteer and paid work experience, and skills You should add to and update it with your most recent achievements often. This is a “live” document that is always changing and improving. You can tailor your resume for the job you are applying for.

3 Why is your resume so important?
To complete your class assignment  Land a co-op or work-study opportunity Get into college, university Get a scholarship Get a job Keep track of education, special courses, project and activities Record paid and unpaid work experience Recognize your skills, interests and accomplishments

4 The Resume The resume is a selling tool that outlines your skills and experiences so a potential employer can see, at a glance, how you can be a valuable member of their organization. It may be odd to think about, but you are a product that you are marketing to businesses.

5 Your resume has to sell you in short order
Your resume has to sell you in short order. While you may have all the necessary requirements and skills for a particular position, your resume is a failure if the employer does not instantly come to the conclusion that you "have what it takes." The first hurdle your resume has to pass--whether it ends up in the "consider file" or the "reject file"--may take less than thirty seconds.

6 The most effective resumes are clearly focused on a specific job and addresses the employer's requirements for the position. Remember that you can tailor your resume to a specific job. One resume will probably not be sufficient for each job you apply for. The more you know about the duties and skills required for the job--and organize your resume around these points--the more effective the resume.

7 You will need information to write a good resume
You will need information to write a good resume. Not just information about jobs you've held in the past but also information most relevant for THIS position. The more you know about the employer and the position, the more you can tailor your resume to fit the job. you job

8 The Basic Student Resume
Beginner resume that can be expanded, developed, focused and changed depending on your objectives. Major headings will include: Personal information Education, including courses, activities, and awards Work Experience Community service/volunteer activities and jobs

9 Employability Skills are the same as Transferable skills
Friendly Team player Flexible Highly organized Multitasker Meets deadlines Public speaking Tutoring Community organization Computers Patience Discipline Excellent communication Self-motivated Sense of humor Operating registers Customer service Positive attitude Reliable Punctual

10 Retail Sales What skills do you think would be useful in this job?
Good customer service skills Good communication skills Energetic and outgoing Punctual and reliable Cash register operation

11 Let’s Begin with the Resume
Please go to this handout Skills Have you Got Skills? On the back of your Writing a Resume you will see a skills and abilities list. Using this list pick 5 skills/abilities that you have and provide proof that you have them. Use examples and stories that you can recall how you attained this skill or ability. I expect a paragraph for each.

12 Choosing the Type/Font
The two most common fonts are Times New Roman (more conservative) and Ariel (more contemporary). Use Bold, italic, bold italic, and CAPS to emphasize certain text such as headings and job titles. Be consistent with the type used for headings and other information. Use 12- or 11-point type. Set your name in 14-point type so that it stands out.

13 Resume Do’s Do state your objective carefully.
Do keep your resume to one page. Do proofread carefully. Do have someone else read over it for you, such as a parent or teacher. Do use good white paper Do be honest...always. Update the content of your resume at least once a year.

14 Resume Do Not's Don’t include your birth date or a photograph of yourself. Unless you are looking for a modeling job. Don’t include statements about your health unless required. Don’t include your Social Security number. Don’t write anything negative about a past employer or position. Don’t use scented or colored paper

15 The world of resumes is changing…
It’s still necessary for us to have paper copies of resumes, because technology has not caught up to everyone. Here are some resumes that you will probably see in your career work places: P Pictures are hyperlinked.

16 References Refer to this handout

17 The Cover Letter A cover letter is a formal letter that accompanies your résumé. Use it to introduce yourself to potential employers, and to convince them that you’re the right person for the job. Your cover letter doesn’t simply re-state your résumé—it offers some new information, and it highlights the skills you have that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

18 Cover Letter Your cover letter summarizes the best of what you have to offer The goals of the cover letter are: Get the readers attention Impress the employer Use keywords and skills you think they are looking for Show genuine interest in the company/place Show you have employability skills

19 A Good Cover Letter Has…
Your contact information The potential employers contact information A Greeting Intro paragraph Middle paragraph with important skills Closing paragraph with logistics info A Signature

20 Top 10 Cover Letter Tips Do your homework. Learn what you can about the company or organization. Follow instructions. Be sure to include any information that was requested in the job posting. Don’t just restate your résumé. Use your letter as an opportunity to make a great first impression. Personalize your letter. When possible, address your cover letter to a specific person. Tailor your letter to the job. Make sure the skills and experience you highlight in your cover letter are clearly connected to the job you’re applying for.

21 Top 10 Cover Letter Tips Presentation counts. Use a font that’s easy to read, like 12-point Times New Roman or Arial. Using 8.5 x 11-inch white paper is usually a smart choice. Break it down. Make your cover letter easier to read by breaking the text down into short paragraphs. Use a professional tone. Be sure to use professional and respectful language when writing your cover letter. Be brief. Your cover letter should be no more than one page long—the best strategy is to keep it short and to the point. Proofread. Review your cover letter several times; don’t just rely on spell-check. Ask someone else to proofread it as well.

22 Let’s read a cover letter together
Dana Power’s Cover Letter

23 Cover Letter Jobs Using the handout provided, write a cover letter that fits one of the criteria given.

24 Cover Letter – Opening Paragraph
State why you are writing and what position you are applying for. Mention any mutual contacts you might have. Be sure to sound professional and enthusiastic. _____________________________________________________

25 Middle Paragraph This is the most important paragraph. State your academic and work experience that is most relevant to the position you are applying for. Emphasize your key skills. Be sure to incorporate keywords. Provide details whenever possible. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

26 Closing Paragraph Include any details about your availability. Mention again how much you would like the position. Thank the individual for his or her time and express interest in future contact. ____________________________________________________________________

27 References Handout “References Outline”
Fill in the Reference Page template with THREE REFERENCES. You should have two personal references and one personal reference. You will need to get information/phone numbers/etc. tonight for homework if you do not have it here at school.

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