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Resumes and cover lettersDoesnt matter what group youre in, youll be updating these documents for the next few years get used to it and get good at it. What not to do - A resume isnt a memoir.Played/raised money for Broward Womens Adult League for basketball. Founder of the Delray Monkeys climbing club. Spent a month last summer biking the east coast of the United States from Daytona Beach, FL to Atlantic City, NJ. Put yourself in perspectiveUniversity Press, staff writer, February 2009-present: Covered Student Government (2009) and the basketball team (2010) for the weekly newspaper at Florida Atlantic University, a state school with 28,000 students.Objectives are subjective.To gain experience and knowledge in a field I am interested in pursuing for a career. To obtain a position that will allow me to utilize my experience and skills in order to make a positive contribution within the organization with the opportunity for growth and advancement. To obtain gainful employment that allows me to utilize and strengthen skills (writing/editing skills, computer skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, professional flexibility, etc.) that are vital to the numerous fields. What not to do - Your education doesnt come firstYoure supposed to have an education, and no ones impressed by what youre supposed to do.Your references dont have to say a word to wow a boss.If youve ever impressed some media pros, listing them as references is an objective way to say youre worthy of an interview.Little errors add up.Dont: Brag about high school. Get sketchy about your skills. Go into detail about retail. Go long. Ignore Google. And your school.

Disasters:Dear Dave, I call you that because I feel Ive known you for years.

Dear Mr. Todd: I would like to aply for the position of editoral asistent

Dear Mr. Todd: My mother told me I should

Dear Mr. Todd: You dont know me, but

Dr. Mr. Todd: Your company appears to be violating the Equal Opportunities Amendment and to help you rectify the situation, I would like to

What to do:Type your rsum Use 8 1/2" x 11" quality bond paper if you print your rsum. (be sure to pay attention to watermarks on rsum paper. Watermarks should face towards the reader and should not be upside down) Do not include irrelevant personal information (e.g. age, weight, height, marital status, etc.) Do not include everything you've done be selective! It's best practice to include skills and experiences that contributes or relates to the company you are applying. Reference 10 years of work history, if possible. Do not include salary and wages (some exemptions exist for online applications, including federal rsums) If you use abbreviations, be sure to spell it out elsewhere on your rsum Be positive. Identify and quantify accomplishments. Sell it! Don't tell it! Use concise sentences (keep it short, sweet, and to the point) Keep your rsum to 1-2 pages. In some cases, your rsum may be longer if you are writing a curriculum vitae (CV) or federal rsum Use action verbs Make sure your rsum looks attractive, neat and organized Proofread your rsum. Print or email your rsum and have someone else provide feedback Use white space, CAPITALS, underlining, indentations, and bold to make your rsum stand out Use bullet statements to emphasize a point Be creative! a blogIts freeIts easy lettersAddress your letter to a specific person by name, when possible, and refer to the job opening, when known Ask yourself...does your cover letter explain what you have to offer in the first 1-3 sentences? Tell your story in terms of contributions you can make to the employer Do not repeat information found in your rsum in your cover letter Your cover letter should not exceed one page Type your letters

Additional questions to ask yourself when writing your cover letter: Is my cover letter format unique, and does my letter stand out? Use bold, underlining, etc. Have I highlighted my most relevant qualifications and recent achievements? Have I researched the company and included information I know about them in my letter? Have I highlighted reasons why I want to work for this company? Did I proofread my letter? Do I ask for an interview in my letter? P.S. Make sure that youre cover letter heading matches your resume. Same font, etc. And use the same paper

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Cover Letters (contd)If someone has referred you, point them out first Exhibit how your previous experience, employment and abilities MATCH the job descriptionClarify how you will make a sizeable contribution to the new employer

Opening ParagraphHere is my resume This is the job I am applying forThis is how I know about the jobSecond ParagraphI am qualifiedHere is whya general summary of your work experience and education. Detail specific parts of your experience, education, and talents that are most related to the job.Optional ParagraphWhy your organization?Last ParagraphLooking forward to hearing from youHere is how to reach memention your availability for an interview thank the employer for his/her consideration.

Tips from a proThe job description is your secret weaponThey are telling you EXACTLY what they are looking for So, tailor your resume to match the job descriptionTurn the job description into an outlineTurn your flaws into strengths I can learn the software because I already knowBecause I am familiar withI have used

If you have two years and they require four, say you have SEVERAL years of experienceThe most important thing I can tell you to is to do research about the company showing you want to work there. Invite EVERYONE to read your cover letter and resumeFor the subject line, include your name and the post from the original job posting Better ideasMy experiences in office administration and client services have equipped me with a multitude of skills including office management, business operations, and exemplary customer service. I am confident that my application of these and my many other skills would be an asset to your company. Better ideasIntegrity. Innovation. Initiative. If you have these qualities in mind for the position of _____ then I suggest we meet to discuss the numerous qualifications I would bring to your organization. With my demonstrated track record of successfully directing pharmacy operations and introducing initiatives that directly impacted the bottom line, I am confident that I would be an excellent fit for the position at _________. ExampleJuly 8th, 2012

Mr. John SmithAlco, Inc.217 West StreetJohnson, VA 24132

Dear Mr. Smith:

Enclosed find a copy of my resume. Please consider me for the position of welder that was advertised in the Roanoke Times and World News.

I believe I am qualified for your position. I have six years of welding experience in an industrial setting. Furthermore, I am a very dependable worker as shown by the fact that I have only missed two days of work in the last five years. Finally, I am available to work any shift at any of your three plants.

I look forward to hearing from you. I can best be reached after 3:00 p.m.on weekdays and anytime on weekends.


Andrew S. Jones

Simple? Yes (brief, clean)Memorable? NoInviting? MaybeFun to read? NahLetter grade CEndingThanking them for their time and stating your next move I will call you on May 3rd or I will contact you next week or You can expect to hear from me by May 3rdShows you will take charge and take the leadIf you say you will, you better!

Thank you for your consideration. I hope to hear from you shorty!

Social mediaWhat does your social networks say about you?Create a brand for yourself that reects your personality and skills.Consider your entire digital presence and consolidate it into one simple manageable entity that is attractive to employers.Think about where you want to work and who you want to work for. Do your research on the places and the people you are applying to. You will spend half your time in your place of employment so do the groundwork beforehand.Review all the content you have created online and decide whether or not it is suitable for a potential employer. Get someone to nd all drunken pictures of you on the internet. Get rid of them. Or at least hide them.Above all else do something creative, interesting, engaging and effective