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Youth Employment Services - YESFUTURE SKILLS: 21STCENTURY RESUME ANDCOVER LETTERSParticipant Workbook
21stCentury Resumes and Cover Letters: Workshop at a GlanceOverview and PurposeThe workshop offers a basic introduction to writing resumes and cover letters – “works in progress” thatare tailored to suit each opportunity. Advice is consistent with looking for work in the digital age. Youtake part in activities that prepare you for drafting these important job search documents at a later time.TimeThe workshop is between three and six hours long.Learning OutcomesAt the end of this workshop you will be able to:1.Analyze a job posting.2.Understand the importance of key words.3.Identify what goes in each part of a standard resume.4.Differentiate at a glance between a “good” and “bad” resume.5.Identify what goes in each part of a standard cover letter.Leading QuestionsAs you complete this workshop, you will think about and answer the following questions:1.Do I understand how to “read between the lines” to see what employers are looking for?2.How might my experience, skills and qualifications line up against job requirements?3.What is the purpose of resumes and cover letters?4.Do I really have to change my resume and cover letter every time?5.How ready am I to write an effective resume and cover letter?Page 1
Workshop Agenda1.Before We Start1.1 How to Analyze a Job Posting1.2 Key Words2.Resumes2.1 Steps to Writing an Effective Resume2.1.1Summary of Qualifications2.1.2Resume Style2.1.3Relevant Skills2.1.4Effective One-Liners2.1.5Experience and Education2.2 Online Resumes2.3 Resume Dos and Don’ts2.4 Emailing3.Cover Letters3.1 Types3.2 Parts of a Cover Letter3.3 Cover Letter Dos and Don’tsPage 2
1.Before We Start“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”Increase your chances of success by taking some time to prepare before you begin writing your resumeand cover letter. Make sure you really know what employers are looking for and which key words toinclude in your resume and cover letter.1.2 How To Analyze a Job PostingTaking a good look at what employers are looking for is a great investment of your time and energy.During this part of the workshop you’ll learn some useful steps for analyzing a job posting and you’llapply what you are learning to Sam Gupta, a fictional job applicant.Step 1: Decide on the types of jobs you might be applying for.1.Read the background on Sam Gupta that is on the next page.2.List two or three positions Sam might be interested in.1. Decidewhich type ofjob you want.2. Find a jobposting.Page 3
Meet Sam GuptaIn generalBorn and raised in TorontoWhile growing up they went to India a number of times for a month each timeFluent in spoken PunjabiEldest of four kids; lives with their familySometimes they have to take care of siblings while the parents workWould like to work while they decide what to do next as they need to contribute to

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