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Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop Career Services Presentation October 17 2013 Rebecca Leaman firstname.lastname@example.org www.mta.ca/careers
Why? Summer, internship & job searching Grad schools LinkedIn & other social media
Target your resume Analyze each point listed in the job description Check out key components: qualifications, experience required, “soft skills”, the job itself, term, company environment, etc. Pull out key words – “power words” – and use them in your application Reference their key criteria in your cover letter and/or resume
Cover Letter Writing Important hints: Research the company – make sure you understand their values and goals. Make allusions to them in your cover letter. Be clear and concise. Don’t use language which is too formal. Be passionate and keen. Show that you really want the position and that you are the best for the job. Make it targeted. Never send a form letter.
Resume (CV) Writing Major Sections: Personal Profile Career or Job Objective Summary of Qualifications or Skills Summary Education Relevant Assignments Relevant Courses Work Experience Volunteer Experience Activities and Interests Awards and Scholarships Computer Proficiency Laboratory Skills, Technical Skills, Scientific Instrumentation Languages Licensure Certifications Professional Memberships Publications References
Resume (CV) Writing Important things to include – keywords, skills list, accomplishments (not just a job description) Important things to keep off – references (unless requested), age, photo, personal details Formatting Recommendations: Use a standardized font Keep the important RELEVANT info at the top Page rules are more flexible – 2 pages
Summary Examples Cover Letters and Resumes should showcase your skills, but also your personality They should be targeted, ensure that relevant experience is highlighted Prove to the hiring committee that you’re the best candidate for the job For more resources: www.mta.ca/careerswww.mta.ca/careers Follow us on: Twitter @mtacareer and Facebook: Mount Allison Careers