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Résumés and Other Employment Materials Materials Strategies for Technical Communication in the Workplace Laura J. Gurak John M. Lannon Prospecting for Jobs Prospecting
Assess your skills and aptitudes. Research the job market. Parts of a Résumé Contact information Job and career objectives Education Work experience Personal data Personal interests, awards, and skills References Organizing a Résumé
Organize your résumé to highlight your Organize your r qualifications in the best possible way
Reverse chronological order Functional Combination Electronic Résumés Most U.S. employers encourage candidates to submit online résumés Electronic scanning of résumés searches for keywords to select interviewees Strategies for Résumés Begin the résumé well before your job search. Tailor your résumé to each job. Try to limit your resume to a single page. Stick to relevant experience. Use action verbs and key words. Use bold, italic, underlining, colors, fonts, bullets, and other devices thoughtfully, for emphasis. Use quality paper and envelopes. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread. Application Letters Explain how credentials fit a particular job. Convey an informed and likeable persona. Highlight specific qualifications and skills. Include two types: Solicited Unsolicited Format of Cover Letters
Introduction State job you are applying for, where you saw it advertised, and a brief summary of yourself. Without simply repeating your resume, point out your best qualifications, using specific examples. Restate your interest and request interview. Unsolicited
Introduction Prepare an attentiongrabbing opening and remember to address the letter to a specific person. Without simply repeating your resume, point out your best qualifications, using specific examples. Restate your interest and request interview. Body Body Conclusion Conclusion Dossiers and Portfolios
Dossier Includes your official records, such as a college transcript, and scholarship letters Professional portfolio Contains samples of your professional work Interviews
Interviews vary in format. They may be: facetoface oneonone with a committee with a group of candidates Interviews may: be as short as an hour occur over a period of several days be pleasant chats be grueling interrogations Mastering the Interview
Careful Preparation Is Key. Research the company. Plan for common interview questions. Dress appropriately. Prepare a list of wellresearched questions about the job and the organization. After the Interview
The FollowUp Letter. A thank you letter should be sent within a day of the interview. Be brief but personal and close with enthusiasm Letter of Acceptance. If you receive an offer that you would like to accept, send a letter of acceptance, which will serve as part of your contract. Letter of Refusal. If you receive an offer that you would like to refuse, send a letter of refusal that is polite, prompt, and allows for future opportunities Any Questions? Any
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