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  • 1. Writing Effective Rsums and Cover Letters & Effective Tips for Interviewing by Miriam Lamb Foothill De Anza CCD
  • 2. Purpose:
    • The purpose of this presentation is to help you develop an effective rsum and cover letter. You will also be provided with tips regarding the interview process.
  • 3. Rsums
  • 4. Effective Rsum
    • The best way to land a job interview.
    • Grab readers attention and highlight your achievements.
    • Cover any skill sets the recruiter may specify when looking to fill a position.
  • 5. What are they looking for?
    • Appearance
    • Attitude/Personality
    • Thoughtful Questions
    • Good Communication Skills
    • Effective Rsum
    • Knowledge of Company
    • Education
    • Good First Impression
    • Confidence
  • 6. Preparation
    • Do a self assessment on paper.
    • Outline your skills and abilities.
    • Summarize your work experience and extracurricular activities.
  • 7. Role of the Rsum -Part of a Larger Campaign I. ID info about yourself Work setting preferences Personal Skill Inventory II. Targeting your Employer Narrowing the field Aligning credentials Optimizing documents III. Researching Industries and Companies Identifying Prospects Informational Interviews & Networking IV. Securing an offer Determining Fit Submitting materials and references Interview Preparation Negotiation
  • 8. Preparing your Rsum
    • The job search is a marketing campaign about yourself. Ask yourself:
    • Who will review this document?
    • What are the primary skills/traits for which they are looking?
    • How will this compliment other application materials?
    • Where is this application going?
    • Do you have any transferable skills applicable to this position?
  • 9. What Information Should be in a Rsum
    • Identify Yourself
    • Education (Degrees)
    • Continuing Education
    • Work or Professional Experience
    • Activities
    • Awards/ Honors/Achievements
    • Extracurricular Activities
    • Certifications/Publications
    • Computer Skills
    • Professional Associations
  • 10. Characteristics Of A Successful Rsum
    • Focuses on skills. Uses action words to define the responsibilities of your job-related experience.
    • Easy to read and understand.
    • Visually powerful; free of gimmicks.
    • One page, or at most 2 pages long.
  • 11. Characteristics of A Successful Rsum
    • Language- grammatically correct.
    • Spelling has been checked.
    • Formal style.
  • 12. Characteristics of A Successful Rsum
    • Must be 100% truthful.
    • Contains no inappropriate personal information.
    • Produced on a computer.
    • Data presented in chronological order (unless functional).
  • 13. Rsum Design
    • Use 8.5X11 quality white or off-white rsum paper.
    • Print on one side of the paper.
    • Use a font size between 10 to 12 points.
    • Dont use line graphics or shading.
    • Do not fold or staple your resume.
    • Use a large envelope to mail your resume.
  • 14. Scannable Rsum
    • Watch bullet points (they dont always scan).
    • Use key words.
    • Use dashes in lieu of bullets.
    • Keep the design simple.
    • Minimize use of abbreviations.
  • 15. Types of Rsums
    • Chronological
    • This is the most popular format. It places
    • information in reverse chronological order (i.e. from
    • most to least recent). Employers tend to prefer this
    • format as it (hopefully) demonstrates a candidates
    • steady and upward career growth. Thus, the focus is
    • on time, job continuity, growth, and achievements.
  • 16. Types of Rsums
    • Functional
    • A functional resume focuses on skills, credentials,
    • and accomplishments over the course of all jobs
    • held. Emphasis is on what you did, not when or
    • where you did it. Accomplishments, qualifications
    • and experience are grouped together, to emphasize
    • your experience in specialty areas.
  • 17. Types of Rsums
    • Combination (Uses a Career Profile)
    • A combination resume uses a career profile, which
    • is a functional style listing of relevant skills and
    • accomplishments, and then proceeds to describe
    • employment and education histories in reverse
    • chronological order. In other words, it is a
    • combination of the above two concepts. The
    • experience section directly supports the functional
    • section.
  • 18. Chronological Resumes
  • 19. Formatting
    • Heading: name, address, phone, e-mail.
    • Objective statement: clarifies the type of work you are looking for. Tailor your objective to each employer you are pursuing.
    • Education: list only schools where a degree or certification was earned.
    • Skills and abilities: leadership, teamwork, communication, computer skills, languages.
  • 20. Work History
    • Overview of work history that has provided you with useful skills.
    • Use action words to describe your job duties:
      • Managed, Conducted, Demonstrated, Motivated, Trained.
    • List recent job first and work backward, including: title of position and name of organization, location (city, state) and dates of employment.
    • Summary of responsibilities, with emphasis on special skills, achievements.
  • 21. Educational Information
    • New graduates list educational information first.
    • List most recent education information first.
    • Include your degree (A.S.), major, institution, minor/concentration.
    • Add GPA if >3.0.
    • List any academic honors/achievements.
  • 22. Functional Resumes
  • 23. Functional Resumes
    • Doesnt go in chronological order.
    • Based on competencies or skills.
    • Used for career changers or those with unconventional work histories.
    • Drawbacks to this style (not as popular, employers sometimes think it is being used to hide gaps).
      • Typically brief with a simple list of positions held, etc.
      • De-emphasizes importance of specific jobs.
  • 24. Good Rsum Resources
    • List of Good Rsum books:
    • http://www.quintcareers.com/resume_books.html
    • Rsums That Knock Em Dead -- Yate
    • List of online sites
    • http://jobstar.org/tools/resume/index.php
    • http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/resume
  • 25. Cover Letters
  • 26. Writing an Effective Cover Letter
    • Give enough information to interest the reader, dont overwhelm.
    • Research the company. Address the letter to a specific person.
    • Mention the person who referred you if appropriate.
  • 27. How to Write A Cover Letter-Contents
    • Your address, city, state, zip, telephone number, e-mail
    • Date
    • Name, title, company, address, city, state, and zip code of person you are writing to
    • Greeting