Unformatted text preview: Resume and Cover Letters The Employment Search Identify your goals Evaluate your qualifications Choose a career path and job objective Search the market Open Closed Write the resume and cover letter Identify yourself: questions to ask Work with people, data, things Salary, benefits, stability, and support Environment, colleagues, job stimulation Large or small company Geography and climate Travel The perfect job, boss, coworkers Evaluate your qualifications Technology skills Other skills How well do you work with people? Are you a leader, selfstarter or manager? Are you a quick learner? Creative? Are you flexible? Do you communicate well in speech and writing? How can you verify? Education Job training How can you demonstrate? Choosing a career path Talk with faculty and/or visit campus career center Search the web and use the library Summer jobs and internships Job Search: traditional approaches Campus recruiters and Job Fairs Announcements in professional organization publications AMS AGU Contact companies in which you are interested Professors Develop your own network The Persuasive Resume You are advertising yourself The goal is to get an interview Prepare now, even if you are not looking When employed keep it uptodate: another opportunity may present itself You will appear organized and professional if an opportunity arises It can help you recognize your weak areas and work to bolster them Job Search: Electronically The big job boards Beyond the big boards Monster.com Careerbuilder.com Careerjournal.com Collegerecruiter.com Hotjobs.yahoo.com Corporate websites Craigslist.com American Meteorology Society Google Resume Style Chronological Functional Most frequent Generally favored by potential employers Better for experienced job seekers with steady career growth Not so good for frequent job changers or people with gaps in employment Focuses on skills not past employment Maybe better for recent grads or those looking to change fields Sometimed viewed negatively by potential employers Building the Resume Targeted to a particular job or company Length: one or at most two pages Arranging the parts: not necessary to include all Main heading Career objective Summary of qualifications Education Work experience and Employment History Capabilities and Skills Awards, honors, activities Personal Data ? Reference Arranging the parts Main Heading Should be the first part Format so that it stands out Name (include middle initial) Contact information Complete postal address Phone number (answering machine should be in your voice and brief) Email address (professional!) Arranging the parts Career Objective Match to job description Be specific Written from the employers perspective Can be omitted if included in the cover letter Summary of qualifications Education 3 to 8 bulleted statements Targeted Name and location of school, dates, major and degree(s) No high school if college grad List GPA if it helps, or GPA in major (some employers may assume GPA < 3.0 if omitted) Only list individual course(s) if targeted (3 courses in software development) Arranging the parts Work Experience or Employment History Capabilities and Skills (Skills and Abilities) Employers name, city, and state Dates Most important job title Significant duties, activities, accomplishments, and promotions Be specific: proficient in programming in C++, Matlab, Fortran Exceptional Aptitudes Quick learner of new computing packages (with details) Arranging the parts Awards, honors, and activities Personal Data Include with education if only 1 or 2 Be specific Not required by law May want to include hobbies Fondness for travel or new adventures (as long as relate) References Prepare a separate list: main heading identical Professional, not personal The finishing touches Honest and Ethical Polishing Don't inflate education, grades or honors Don't enhance job titles Don't puff up accomplishments Don't alter employment dates Proofread Make it readable Don't include unnecessary information (e.g. ssn, salary, age, marital status, race, etc.) The Cover Letter It is not an afterthought Three purposes Introducing the resume Highlighting your strengths in terms of benefits to the reader Gaining an interview The Cover Letter Gain attention in the opening Identify the appropriate person by name Or Application for position of... Solicited Be direct Refer to the source of your information precisely (e.g. ad Unsolicited Demonstrate knowledge and interest in the reader's where you found the posting) Refer to the job title and describe your qualifications business Show how your talents and background will benefit the company The Cover Letter Show your strengths in the body Motivate action in the closing If responding to an ad, explain how your skills fill the stated requirements Stress benefits to the reader Show how your strongest qualifications fit the job Discuss relevant personal traits Refer to your resume Ask confidently for an interview (not the job!) Supply contact information and good times to call The Cover Letter: Final Tips Look for ways to reduce overuse of `I' Making it look professional will suggest quality Subject ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course METR 100W at San Jose State.