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					Resumes & Cover Letters

     Seattle Pacific University
  The Career Development Center
         What is a Resume?
• An advertisement… your personal
  billboard.
• A way to obtain an interview, not a job.
• A summary of your skills and
  accomplishments selected specifically to
  demonstrate your VALUE.
• Digested in 10-20 seconds.
   What are Employers Looking
              For?
• A Match!! A match with job qualifications,
  experience, education, and skills.

• A Fit!! A fit within their organization.
       Resume Writing Process
1. Broad Inventory or “Job
   Sketch.”
   – Write down everything
     you did in your job
     (daily, weekly, monthly,
     etc.)
   – Relive your experience
   – PAR: Problem
             Action
             Result
Resume Writing Process
           2. Identify Skills and
              Unique Contributions

           3.   Organize, Prioritize, and
                Write

           4.   Format

           5.   Proofread, Proofread,
                Proofread!
 Components of a Good Resume
Heading:     Name, Address, Phone #, Email

Objective:     Short, Simple, and Specific

Skills:   Hard and soft skills

Education:
   Degree, Major/Emphasis
   School, City & State, Date
   GPA (optional)


Experience: Position, Company, Date, and Responsibilities
Interests/Activities/Honors/Awards/Leadership:
                 Objective
• Objectives are theme statements that will
  help organize the rest of the resume.
• No pronouns or self-defining language.
• Formula:
    Position + Department/Area + Industry + Skills
    = Objective
          Sample Objectives
• “To obtain a position as a financial manager
  in the health care industry.”
• “Entry-level position in broadcast
  journalism at a commercial television
  station.”
• “To use computer science training in
  software development for designing and
  implementing operating systems.”
            Skills/Qualifications
• Hard Skills:
   – Computer Programs
   – Computer Languages
   – Foreign Languages
• Soft Skills:
   –   Communication/Writing
   –   Public Speaking
   –   Organization
   –   Problem Solving
    Skills Statement Examples
• Skills Summary              • Qualifications
  – Fluent in Word, Excel,       – Knowledge of
    Power Point, Front             Microsoft Office
    page, and Publisher            products.
  – Experienced in C++,          – Fluent in Spanish and
    Pascal, and html               extensive travel
  – Able to process and            throughout Spain and
    organize large volumes         South America.
    of records                   – Patient listener with
  – Learn quickly, seek out        excellent
    new responsibilities           communications skills
Education
     • Full name of degree:
        – Bachelor of Arts in
          Political Science.
     • Full name of School
     • Location
     • Date:
        – Anticipated graduation
          June 2001
     • GPA
         Education Example
• Bachelor of Arts in Business
  Administration, Emphasis in Marketing
• Seattle Pacific University, Seattle WA,
  Anticipated Graduation June 2001
• Major GPA: 3.6 Deans List 6 out of 7
  quarters
• Related Coursework:_____,_____,_____
                   Experience
• Employers are looking for:
   – Position/Title, Name of Company, Dates, and
     explanation of your responsibilities.
• Numbers and percents show accomplishments.
• Use action verbs and details. Be specific.
• Formula:
     Action Verb + Adjective + Quantify + Subject +
     Results = Experience Description
         Experience Examples
• “Motivated and
  supervised eight sales
  staff to best sales
  volume in 25 store
  district.”
• “Developed
  procedures/orientation
  manual for community
  services division.”
         Other Possible Headings
•   Interests
•   Activities
•   Honors/Awards
•   Special Skills
•   Leadership
•   Volunteer Activities
•   Related Experience
•   Travel
•   Certifications
           Style of Resume
• Brief is best. One page.
• Avoid personal pronouns.
• Use action verbs.
• Use bullet points for skills or job
  descriptions.
• Clean, simple layout with few indented
  margins.
• Use of space can denote confidence.
        Organization/Layout
• Remember its an advertisement…sell
  yourself with a few key points.
• Positioning on the page is important, what
  comes first gets read first.
• Reverse chronological order.
• Use CAPITALS, Bold, Underline, and
  Italicize to emphasize important features.
Final Product
       • Use laser printing.
       • Use resume paper –
         recommend white or
         off-white.
       • Absolutely NO
         errors!!
     One Size Doesn’t Fit All
 Develop multiple versions of your resume:
• Word processed document formatted for
  “human eyes”
• Scannable
• ASCII Text-only
• HTML coded file
• Targeted for specific positions
      Formatted vs. Electronic
• FORMATTED:               • ELECTRONIC
   – Viewed by a human        – Loaded into a
     being                      computer database
   – Written for quick        – Written to be
     visual scanning            searched
   – Formatted to be          – Formatted for
     pleasing to the eye        complete and exact
                                transfer of data
Electronic Resume Tips
           • Save or create your
             resume as “text-only”
           • Review your resume and
             replace all unsupported
             characters with their
             ASCII equivalent
           • Break the one-page rule.
             1-3 pages is OK.
           • Personal home pages with
             resume link should be all
             business.
Keywords are the Key
          • Employers and recruiters
            search resume databases
            using keywords.
             – Nouns and phrases that
               highlight technical and
               professional areas of
               expertise
             – Industry-specific jargon
             – Projects, achievements
             – Personality and attitude
          • Check the detailed job
            description.
 Submitting Electronic Resumes
• Don’t send your resume as
  an attachment!
• Always include an
  appropriate subject line.
• When submitting a paper
  resume that will be
  scanned:
   – Do not fold
   – If faxing, use “fine” mode
             Cover Letters
       Purpose of the Cover Letter:
• Applying for specific known vacancies.
• Inquiring about possible openings.
• A business letter that professionally
  introduces your resume.
• Explains the reason for sending your
  resume and contains additional information
  not found in the resume.
    Preparing the Cover Letter
• Produced neatly on 8 ½ X 11” paper that
  matches your resume.
• Completely free of spelling, grammar, and
  punctuation errors.
• Customized for the specific position,
  employer, and contact person.
• Three or four brief paragraphs.
    What Makes a Cover Letter
          Stand Out?
• Clear, concise, well written, and interesting.
• Helps the employer easily see the match
  between their needs and your qualifications
  and experience.
• Shows your knowledge of the organization
  and its needs.
• An internal company reference.
     What’s in a Cover Letter?
• First Paragraph:
    Who you are, Why you are writing, What position you are
    applying for, and How you learned of the opening.
• Second (Third) Paragraph(s):
    Make the case for why you are a match for the position.
    Point out related experience, specific skills, unique
    qualifications that you know they need.
• Final Paragraph:
    Closing and follow up. State your desire for an interview,
    let them know how and when you can be reached. Unless
    they say “No Calls,” let them know when you will be calling
    to set up an appointment for an interview.

				
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