Communication forEmployment: WritingResumes and CoverLetters
Writing resume and application letter•Employment messages are theinitial set of activities and effortsmade by a job seeker whiletargeting a particular jobopportunity.•Writing an impressivelypresentable resume is the first stepin this regard. And it is generallyaccompanied by a job applicationletter.
Planning your resumea)Analyzing your purpose andaudienceb) Gathering relevant informationc) Selecting the best mediumd) Organizing your resume aroundyour strengths
Analyzing your purpose and audience•As part of your planning, you shouldbe very clear about the purpose thatthe resume would serve. A resumewould not get you a job; rather it is atool that would help you get there.Resume, normally, serves thepurpose of getting you an interview.
Gathering relevant information•You need to be aware of as manyrelevant things as possible, regardingyour employment hunting. Gatherinformation about potentialorganizations, and try to find out anyspecific information that can behelpful to understand theexpectations of prospectiveemployer.
Selecting the best medium•Select the most appropriate mediumfor your resume, which should berelevant to the kind of jobs that youare targeting. There are severaloptions available; MS Worddocument, Electronic profile,multimedia resume, or a plain-textdocument.
Organizing your resume around yourstrengths•Your resume should be designedaround the best possible things thatyou can serve the prospectiveemployer with. An employer,normally, prefers to get those peopleon board who have the ability to takeit on from the word go, and who cantimely produce the results as perorganization’s needs.
What Information ShouldBe In A Resume?•Identify Yourself•Education•Continuing Education•Work or ProfessionalExperience•Volunteer Experience•Activities•Skills•Professional Associations
What Information ShouldBe In A Resume?•Optional Sections–Objective–Special Skills and Abilities–Reference Statement
Characteristics Of ASuccessful Resume•Focuses on skills. Uses action words todefine the responsibilities of your job-related experience.•Easy to read and understand.•Visually powerful and free of gimmicks.•One page, or at most 2 pages long.