Presentation on theme: "Resumes Making the first Impression!. A resume can make or break you in your search for a job and it can be particularly difficult to write one that shines."— Presentation transcript:
A resume can make or break you in your search for a job and it can be particularly difficult to write one that shines when you have little or no work experience.
When writing your first resume never pad it or make it longer than a page; employers aren’t expecting a long work history from a first time worker. You may see a lot of things on this list that appear as “don’ts” on resume and job hunting websites but remember that this is your first resume and the rules change once you have some work experience or career oriented education. Don’t lie and always be true to who you are. Any deception will be very obvious to an experienced interviewer and will cost you the job.
#1 Contact Information ◦Make sure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date. Include a primary contact number, and a cell phone number and email address if you have them. ◦Note: if your email address has a nickname or an overly cutesy name consider opening a free email account with some variation of your actual name, nothing ruins a resume faster than a name like firstname.lastname@example.org in the contact line.
#2 Objective Statement ◦An introductory paragraph of 2 or 3 sentences telling the employer about your strongest and most desirable personality traits. Tailor this to highlight those traits most applicable to the job for which you are applying.
#3 Skills and Abilities ◦Finally, sell yourself by making a list of your skills, special talents, or positive personality traits. Examples would be typing ability, knowledge of computer programs you have used, working with others on a team project, the ability to read and follow directions, being motivated, punctual, and meeting deadlines.
#4 Education Experience ◦Next list course work at school that you feel is relevant to the job. Make note of any academic achievements or awards. Explain how you think your excellent performance in these areas would benefit the employer or enhance your ability to do the job. If you can, get a letter of reference from a teacher of one of the courses you mention.
# 5 Work/Volunteer Experience ◦If you truly have no work experience don’t try to flub, instead list your volunteer work or community activities. If you’ve done work experience through a course at school make note of it here. If you’ve had odd jobs, or done things like baby sit or yard work for neighbors list it here and if at all possible get letters of reference.
#6 Extracurricular Activities ◦List activities of a non-volunteer nature such as sports, church or youth groups, school committees, etc. If you have a position of authority in any of these groups make note of it and describe your duties as if they were a job.
#7 References ◦List at least THREE individuals who can attest to your character and work ethic. This might include former teachers, counselors, and adults that you have worked for. ◦Should NOT include relatives! ◦Make sure to have correct address, phone number, and e- mail address for each individual.
Cover Letters Your cover letter is often your first introduction to an employer. The objective is to convince the employer that you should be interviewed for the position.
A cover letter should be short - make it no longer than one page long. It should contain only three or four paragraphs - keep the paragraphs short and to the point. Make your letter neat and organized. Do not handwrite the letter. Use a font and type size that is easy to read. Single space your cover letter with a double space in between paragraphs. Use standard 81/2 x 11 paper and avoid using brightly colored paper. Always customize the letter for the position you are applying. Make sure it is addressed to a specific person, not a title. Indicate where you can be reached by including your telephone number and email address. Refer to qualifications, experience and skills that are described in the job posting. Show that you know a little about the company. Express your enthusiasm and interest in the position and the company. When describing your personality traits, use 'Action Words' and verbs that are powerful and will stand out.Action Words
What to write? Paragraph #1: Inform the person what position you are applying for and how your learned of the opening. Paragraph #2: Talk about your strongest skills and abilities and reasons why you would be the best person to hire for the job. Paragraph #3: Refer to your resume and set up a time to contact them to schedule an interview.