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Press the F5 button to begin the presentation and press the right arrow key ( ) to hear the recorded webinar. Resume & Cover Letter Workshop. Resume : a marketing tool. Resume Purpose. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Press the F5 button to begin the presentation and press the right arrow key ( ) to hear the recorded webinar

  • Resume & Cover Letter Workshop


  • Resume Purpose

    The goal of a resume is to provide prospective employers with a concise summary of your experiences and qualifications.

    This is the first impression of YOU that organizations and companies will see!


  • Common Resume Pitfalls Grammatical ErrorsObjective [not needed]High School Information [not needed]Exaggerations and broad statementsFormatting InconsistenciesJanuary 2009 7/2009font styles and sizesVerb tense uniformity


  • Resume EssentialsCurrent Contact InformationEducationExperienceLeadership & ActivitiesSkills


  • Template*Each activity/experience should be clearly identified in your resume

    Company /Organization [Bolded], City, State Month Year(sp)dash(sp)Month YearPosition [Italicized]BulletBulletBulletExampleXYZ Corporation, Miami Lakes, FL October 2008 - January 2009Finance Intern, Cost Accounting Group Assisted in the consolidation of world-wide financial statementsCollected and pre-verified documentation for Sarbanes Oxley testingCreated an Excel-based index for all financial reports published monthlyAssisted with CFO ad-hoc requests such as currency conversion impact on sales and net income

  • Bullets*

    Begin with strong action verbs Analyzed, Presented, Prepared, Organized, Performed, Supervised, ManagedNo punctuation is needed

    Use descriptive bullets without being too wordy

    Quantify your experience if possiblei.e. How big was the budget that you managed? How many people did you supervise?

    Answer at least two questions in each position/experienceWhat did I do?How did I do it ? What were my results?

    ExamplesTracked daily expenses for 40 ongoing projects and ensured compliance with budgets and financial plansAnalyzed financial statements and reported on company owned assets using CFROI and other company metricsCreated and analyzed monthly Budget vs. Actual reports on plant spending and communicated key drivers to company controller

  • Current Contact Information Necessary ComponentsMobile numberEmail address College mailing addressPermanent mailing address is optional


  • EducationNecessary ComponentsMajors, minorsExpected graduation dateStudy AbroadGPAHonors & AwardsRelevant Coursework (optional*)


  • Experience


  • Leadership & Activities*

  • SkillsNecessary ComponentsComputer [MS Office Suite, Java, C++]Languages [ Fluent, Proficient]*

  • Resume Writing TipsA resume is a marketing tool, not an autobiographyFormatting: one page, no typos, no high school experienceConcise, quantifiable, action-oriented summary of experiences, education and skill setsHighlight leadership roles, clubs/organizations & unique achievements/awardsTailor your resume for the job you wantKeep your resume current and availableAlways carry a few copies to events where networking opportunities exist



  • 1st ParagraphAnswer the question as to why you are writing and the position to which you are applyingFrom your research, explain why you are interested in this position or organizationThe goal is to make a connection - do this briefly and specifically or leave it out; sweeping statements will not work so make sure to tailor each cover letter for each job you apply for


  • 2nd ParagraphThe first sentence should be a hard-hitting opener- a quick introduction, which is accomplishment-oriented and directed at the skills and qualifications needed for the job/industry The body of the paragraph should provide evidence to back up what you've just claimed Discuss why what you did is relevant to the employer- relate the facts to the job. Strong examples are important! The final sentence is a summary of what you've discussed above***

  • Final ParagraphYou should refer to the enclosed resume and request an interview. It is vital that you thank the reader for his/her time and consideration.Sincerely, Your Signature Your Name Enclosure(s)


  • Tips to Make your letter Professional Research the company and the specifics about the position to tailor your letter to the position Avoid using too many sentences that in the passive voice (ex. "This experience enabled me to..." or "Through my internship, I was responsible for..."); instead, make yourself the subject of each sentence and use active descriptions (ex., "In this internship, I demonstrated sound judgment and problem-solving skills on a daily basis.").


  • Tips (Cont.)Do not use contractions (I'd, didn't, it's). Spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes are out of the question! Cover letters are a reflection of your writing skills, so make each cover letter an example of your best workBe sure to sign your letters (black ink is suggested) Keep your letter short and simpleIf sending via mail, use good quality paper that matches your resume paper and envelopes


  • SummaryMake sure there is uniformity and consistencyUse a bulleted format that begins with strong action verbsMake sure there are no spelling or grammatical errorsUse matching verb tensesFull sentences are not necessaryDo not put anything in your resume that you cannot explain clearly and precisely



    Your contact information is CRUCIAL! How else can employers follow up with you if they cannot decipher your contact details. Make sure these are straight forward and easy to read. It should not take up a large portion of your resume either.This section is extremely important. As underclassmen: Freshmen and Sophomores, it is crucial that you highlight your academic accomplishments- you have not yet had the opportunity to gain substantial work experience. So your academic experience is an important one. Each bullet should start with a strong action verb, NOT the location or description of the organization or any first person narrative I, We, etc.Student activities highlight your sense of community and ability to work in teams. Be sure to focus on your contributions to the group and not just a grocery list of groups and clubs you are a member of.Be specific and do not embelish!