Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cover Letter and Resume Tips

Cover Letter Tips:

1. Personal Information: You should have your name, address, phone number, and email on the top of the page centered and easy to read

2. Find the director or the individuals name who will be reviewing your information. For example, if you are applying for a teaching position you would address it to Mr. Cliff Hong.

3. Below the director or interviewers name you will list the position you are applying for and the address of the place of employment.

4. A cover letter should never be more than three paragraphs and should fit on one page. If sending it through an email there should be no scrolling and all your information should fit on the screen. Remember a cover letter is all about selling your self!

5. The Paragraphs Themselves: Use descriptive Language Ovoid Generalizations

Paragraph one - This where you introduce yourself and state your strongest skill. Also this is where you ask to be considered for the job.

Paragraph Two - Here you focus on your skills and achievements and if the job asks for a particular skill address it with your ability to accomplish their need.

Paragraph Three - State how interested you are about the job. Tell a little bit about yourself. Most importantly tell them that you will be contacting them in the future for and interview.

6. Finally have your name at the bottom typed and when printed on high quality paper sign it with your signature. Also proof read and have others review your cover letter because mistakes reflect who you are, so show them the best side of yourself.

Resume Tips:

1. Personal Information: Is the same as the cover letter, but is put on the top right of the page with your name to the left. It is important to have your information on every page because it makes it easy for the employer to contact you.

2. The Resume is not where you talk about yourself, but a place to highlight you abilities on one page and no more.

3. A resume can be broken down into five main parts.

Part One - This is your objective, meaning what position you will be filling.

Part Two - Is your education. For example, where you have been and what you have graduated with.

Part Three - This is where you briefly list your skills.

Part Four - Work Experience. Any one over fifteen should have some kind of experience from highschool, sports, clubs, taking care of kids, volunteer work and more.

Part Five - This is where you can list some of your interest if there is still room. I like this part but not many people do this anymore. Remember it is important to tailor your resume to the job you are trying to get.

4. As always proof read proof read and proof read again.

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