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									Resume and Cover Letter Writing Job Search Techniques

Career Services Center Marquette University Holthusen Hall, First Floor http://www.marquette.edu/csc career.services@marquette.edu

Resume and Cover Letter Writing
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A resume and cover letter are your only chance to make a first impression These job search materials are an advertisement of you and your skills The average time an employer takes to read a resume: 20 seconds

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Learn basics of resume writing Learn how to write an effective cover letter Begin thinking about which career-related skills you possess

The Resume
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There is no “right” way to write a resume Employers have different opinions on what they each prefer Choose a resume which best highlights your skills and interests

Purpose of Resume
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The most common mistake job seekers make is not knowing what they want to do Job seekers must know themselves, their skills, and their career goals Why are you sending this resume? The “I’ll take anything” approach doesn’t work

Basic Information
Jordan M. Jameson
PO Box 1881 • Marquette University • Milwaukee, WI 53233 • 414-288-7423 • jordan.jameson@marquette.edu

Karen Knolls PO Box 1881 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI 53201 414-288-7423 karen.knolls@marquette.edu

Objective
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Objective vs. No objective Objective helps the employer know why he or she is reading your resume An objective should answer this question: What do I want to do? As you gain more experience, your objective may be obvious

Background Summary
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Three or four subjective strengths/qualities about yourself All of your resume is fact, you can prove it This section allows you to bring up skills which you believe to be true Be prepared to demonstrate skills mentioned in this type of section

Objectives: Examples
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Account manager at a top communications firm Management trainee position using my background in retail A position using my skills and experience in criminology An internship in the field of psychology Research strategist with Discovery Communications Incorporate

Skill Highlights: Examples
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Meet deadlines and manage time effectively Quickly and accurately identify the key issues when making a decision or solving a problem Interact and work effectively with peers, superiors and subordinates Ability to work on a team on diverse assignments Organize and present ideas effectively for formal and spontaneous speeches Organize and present ideas effectively for class and organizational presentaitons

Educational Background: For each degreeconferring institution beyond High School
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Degree or certification Dates attended or graduation date Minor/ emphasis area GPA (if proud of it) Institution

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Concentration Teaching Certificate City, State Relevant coursework Specialized instruction

Computer Skills
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Employers assume every college graduate has basic computer skills
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Increasingly important to have strong computer skills If you don’t have them, get them before you graduate!! Highlight ALL computer skills Address in Skills section or in cover letter

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Technical fields:
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Non-technical fields:
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Computer Skills
Computer Skills: Operating Systems: Sun Solaris 8, MS Windows XP, Windows NT 4.0 Languages: Java, JavaScript, Java Servlets, SRC/Assembly Lang, HTML / CSS, SQL, JSP Database: Oracle 7.3, MS Access 2000, SQL Server 2000 Software/Web: Dreamwaver 5.0, Apache Server 1.3, Java Web Server, Lotus Notes R5, Authorware 5, AR Remedy

Experience
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Work experience, clinicals, volunteer experience (internships, community service, student teaching), campus leadership… Market like experiences together using headings like: Internship Experience, CareerRelated Experience, Publications Experience, Research Experience

Experience
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Job title, dates, organization name, location Responsibilities  Use a variety of ACTION WORDS which describe situations and achievements  Unless necessary, avoid little words in description such as “a”, “an”, “the”  Include scope of responsibility such as Supervised 8 employees  Concretely outline any outstanding results such as:
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Developed new computerized customer listing using MS Access

Experience: Example 1
Career Related Experience MARSHFIELD, INCORPORATED, Marshfield, WI, Summers 2004, 2005, 2006 Summer Research Intern  Learned advanced research techniques under the supervision of a research executive  Compiled and wrote reports outlining research data and results  Developed marketing proposals including electronic and paper materials  Presented suggestions to work group MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE, Milwaukee, WI, August 2005-May 2006 Student Worker and Hall Secretary  Provided information about Marquette Residence Halls to current and incoming students, parents and visitors  Acted as a liaison between administrators and those with questions about halls  Assisted with office tasks including data entry and mailings  Created bulletin board displays providing information to students living in the halls

Experience: Example 2
Marketing Experience Funjet Vacations Milwaukee, WI, June 2004- Present Associate Product Manager Intern  Assisted in the development and executed the implementation of various marketing activities  Performed the following duties successfully: Trend analysis, Pricing, promotion & advertising, inventory management, product development, sales tracking and reporting, competitive analysis, travel agency communications and materials development, co-operative marketing planning, and problem resolution  Worked successfully independently and as part as a team, adapted to fast-pace travel industry, learned to multi-task, set priorities to meet deadlines, enhanced organizational skills Leadership Experience American Marketing Association, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 2004-2005 Vice President of Finance and Fundraising  Maintained current and accurate financial records  Reported on financial status at each meeting  Lead major fundraising efforts  Communicated regularly with fundraising team

Experience
Marketing Class Projects Investment Analysis, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, Spring 2003 Security Analysis Project  Gathered and analyzed information about a firm for class research  Performed a financial evaluation and determined the value of shares  Submitted a final report on data gathered

Honors/Activities/Leadership
Honors and Activities:
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Dean’s List, Presidential Scholarship, Women’s Soccer Team

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The trend is to keep away from any extraneous information that does not clearly connect to your career goal. What you need to ask yourself is, “Will this information help the potential employer learn more about how well I can do the job?” If your answer is “yes”, then be sure to include the information.

Electronic Resumes
Send a quick e-mail referring to an attached cover letter and resume. This is the most common method to use when you have the contact person’s e-mail address and he is expecting your resume either because it is posted with an ad or you have spoken with him. Date: Tues, 20 November 20XX 19:12:33-0700 (EDT) From: Grace Goodwin (grace.goodwin@marquette.edu) Subject: Account Executive Position To: Bernard Murray Bmurray@rapidforms.com Mr. MurrayAttached please find a cover letter and resume for the Physical Therapist Position at Rapid Recovery. Please contact me if you have questions or trouble receiving my information. Thank you. Grace Goodwin ***DON’T FORGET TO ATTACH YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME!

Quality Printed Resumes
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Printed on 20# resume paper White, off-white, gray Linen, parchment No patterns, flecks, textures When in doubt, do “photocopy test” Matching cover letter, envelope

Cover Letters
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50% of all employers read cover letters Of those, half only read the resume if they liked the cover letter and the other half read both Any typos on either cover letter or resume are cause for rejection Therefore, you must have a well-written cover letter

Letter Formats
Jordan M. Jameson
PO Box 1881 • Marquette University • Milwaukee, WI 53201 • 414-288-2577 • jordan.jameson@marquette.edu

April 2, 20XX Matt Mangoduff Director, Human Resources Community Therapy 1433 South Peter’s Way St. Gorham, NH 44440 Dear Mr. Mangoduff:

Letter Formats
PO Box 1881 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI 53201
April 2, 20XX

Matt Mangoduff Director, Human Resources Community Therapy 1433 South Peter’s Way St. Gorham, NH 44440 Dear Mr. Mangoduff:

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Purpose of letter Indicate interest in position or company Add bit of company research

I am writing in reference to the advertising account executive position at KMI Advertising listed recently in the on MU CareerTRAK on the Marquette University website. I have researched your company on its website and am convinced that I can make a significant contribution. I match your ideal candidate description as a “people-oriented, flexible, fast learner with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.” I believe the following accomplishments demonstrate these qualities.

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Purpose of letter Indicate interest in position or company Add bit of company research

I am writing to inquire about advertising account executive positions at KMI Advertising listed recently in the on MU CareerTRAK on the Marquette University website. I have researched your company on its website and am convinced that I can make a significant contribution. I believe that I am an ideal candidate because I am a people-oriented, flexible, fast learner with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. I believe the following accomplishments demonstrate these qualities. .

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Explain how your background makes you a qualified candidate Use specific achievements to show this Highlight information found on resume List three strengths, give me one example that would demonstrate each one, write about them and how they relate to the job that you want.

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Strengths
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Skilled counselor Strong administrator Passionate about what I do

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In May 1994 I graduated with my Master of Education degree in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Maine in Orono, ME. There are a number of strengths that I have had the opportunity to gain over the past several years.

I believe the greatest strength I could bring to your organization is my passion for working with students in a career setting. I continue to be amazed by the great hopes and dreams that our college students have. I am fortunate to assist them along in their journey towards career success. I am also a very organized administrator. I enjoy balancing a variety of activities including student appointments, staff supervision, and project work. I have honed my skills in this area allowing me to meet deadlines while also dealing effectively with interruptions.
As a student I was able to be a part of… These skills, combined with my educational background in advertising, make me an ideal candidate for this position.

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Refer the reader to your enclosures Indicate any intentions to follow-up Repeat a number where you may be reached

Enclosed please find a current copy of my resume and list of references. If you should have any questions regarding how my skills fit with your organization, please give me a call at 414.288.7423. Thank you for considering me for this position. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,

Jordan Jameson
Jordan Jameson

Cover Letter Tips
• • • • Avoid clichés. Don’t copy phrases out of cover letter book. Keep cover letter short and to the point. Don’t be “flowery” but rather business like in your approach. • Present a good appearance using an appropriate format.

Applications
• Some employers require application forms to be filled out in addition to and independent of your resume. • Be thorough and accurate • Emphasize skills and accomplishments • Fill in every blank

Success can be yours with the help of the Career Services Center


								
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