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									Make it Happen
  Part 1: Resumes, Cover
Letters, Dressing to Impress

          Resume 101

• In most cases, applying for a job,
  internship or scholarship starts
  with a resume.
• This is the first impression
  employers may have, so make it

                Resume 101
• What’s in a resume?
  –   School information
  –   Work history
  –   Extracurricular activities
  –   Community service
  –   Anything else that can
      make you stand out to
      employer or scholarship

Planning Your Resume
                    • Brainstorm
                           – List everything that you
                             have done, from your
                             GPA to your activities.
                             Even volunteering at a
                             church (or at the
                             Hispanic Youth
                             Symposium) counts.
                             Employers want to see
                             that you do more than
                             just go to school.
      Planning Your Resume
• Remember:
  – Stay professional.
  – Do not lie! It’s pretty easy for your employer to fact check
    most things (such as GPA) and contact your current or
    previous employer.
  – Proofread. Have a teacher, mentor, friend or anyone else with
    experience in writing resumes to help you fix mistakes before
    you send it out to the world.

     Planning Your Resume
• Research
  – Writing a resume is
    kind of like a blind
    date. Just as it can
    give you the edge to
    know beforehand that
    the other person
    prefers chocolate over
    flowers, making the
    first impression is
    very important.

  Planning Your Resume
– Employers use the resume to get
  information about you. In turn you
  should research them in order to
  make the best impression. Use details
  about the company from brochures,
  job postings and their website in your
  cover letter and objectives.

        Writing Your Resume
• Organization is key
   – You can visit sites such as Mahalo
     or Jobstar (and you can do your
     own Google search) to see
     examples of well-made and
     organized resumes. Although
     most word processing programs
     (e.g. Microsoft Word) come with
     templates, try not to use them. It
     can sometimes be very obvious
     that you used a template and did
     not put the time in to build your
     resume to your experience and to
     the job.

Cover Letters
                  • Cover letters give you
                    a face and personality
                    to companies, that
                    they otherwise
                    wouldn’t get from your
                    resume. This is your
                    opportunity to stand
                    out even more and
                    show them that you
                    know who they are
                    and that you are the
                    best candidate.
  Writing Your Cover Letter
• Your cover letter puts all your
  experience, awards and
  accomplishments together in a way that
  relates to the job.
• This is your chance to explain how your
  grades show that you are hard-working,
  or that being a member of a school club
  can show you are responsible and have
  leadership experience.

  Writing Your Cover Letter

• Resources
  – Virginia Tech’s Guide to Cover Letters
  – Quint Careers

                The Interview
• Congratulations! You’ve
  made it to the interview
  stage. The company has
  read your resume and has
  chosen you to interview
  and see if you will be a
  good fit for the company.
  This doesn’t mean that you
  are guaranteed a position,
  but this is usually the final
  stage, so put your best
  foot forward!

             Dress to Impress
• Interviews are serious business. Dress professionally-
  not casually!
• Navy blue or gray are usually the way to go. They are
  neutral colors and are easy to match with your
  accessories (shoes, belts, ties, etc) and aren’t too loud.

         Dress to Impress
• The Do’s
  – Make sure that your clothes fit you well.
    Consider tailoring your suit (pants, jackets)
    to fit your body if they don’t already. (For
    ladies, skirts or pants shouldn’t be skin
  – Make sure you are groomed: includes neat
    hair, shaving (including goatees), etc.
  – Wear subdued, conservative colors. Make
    sure you are the center of attention, not
    your clothes.

           Dress To Impress
• Don’ts

  – No sneakers,
    loafers or slip-ons.
    Lace up shoes for
    men and heels for
  – No jeans!
  – Remove all
  – Keep jewelry to a

        Dress to Impress

• See these websites for more tips
  and guides to dressing to
  – Dress for Success (for women)
  – GQ Guide for Men

          The Interview
• Be ready to give answers, and lots of
  them. Be prepared to explain and give
  detail about anything in your cover
  letter and resume.

          The Interview

• has a list of 100
  questions commonly asked by
  employers. Since they already
  know what you did and when you
  did it (because of your resume),
  they will want to know what you
  learned and how you will apply it.

The Interview
                    • Remember:
                           – Be confident. Even if you
                             are nervous try not to
                             show it.
                           – Know where you’re
                           – Be early. You want to
                             make sure that you give
                             yourself enough time in
                             case of traffic, bus/train
                             issues, etc.
                           – Eat breakfast. You want
                             to focus on the interview,
                             and not food!

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