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July 23 2017 

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General rules

Length – 1 to 2 pages
Typing – Clear and readable font, professional
Format – Make all information easy to read
No spelling errors
include Name, address, phone number and email
Information. Organized in order of importance
Overall appearance is visually pleasing and easy to read
Makes an impression within 15 seconds
Accomplishment oriented
personal information left out
Includes “Excellent References Available Upon Request”

List your experience with the most recent first
If you have a degree or specialized training, place this following your job experience
Strong computer skills are a must for many levels of employment today; a list of software on which you are proficient may be listed under your degree

Your resume needs to reflect all that you can do and have accomplished.

What value do you bring to the table?
A good way to incorporate your achievements is to first describe your job duties in a paragraph, then provide a bulleted list of your top achievements.

Ask yourself, "What can I do to help this company"
Do you use the computer? What programs? What specialized programs? Can you do anything to increase efficiency?

Resume mistakes:

Making it too long - keep them interested
Including "just the facts" is better than listing personal hobbies
Making spelling errors - a mistake on your resume will almost always cost you the job interview
Make sure the presentation is neat, clear and easy to read.
Cover Letter
Your resume is a summary of your qualifications, but your cover letter is your sales pitch to the employer.

Your cover letter is important, it:

Properly introduces you
Highlights your qualifications
Demonstrates your communication skills
Shows that you know something about the company
Convinces the employer to interview you.

Cover Letter Sample Copy and paste

[You're Name]
[Phone # • Fax phone # • Email]


[Recipient's name]
[Company name]


Dear [Recipient's name]:

[Keep it brief; e.g., three or four paragraphs on one page. Start by expressing your interest in the job. Employers like to know where you heard about it, so mention it.
Your cover letter is the place to state what you can do for the company. This paragraph is the most important, and provides you the chance to stand out from other candidates. Summarize and highlight your skills, qualifications and major accomplishments related to the job. Most importantly, explain why your qualifications and the job requirements are a good match.

Wrap it up by stating when you'll be available for work, and the best time and place the recipient can reach you. Mention that your resume is attached, and offer to provide more information, work samples and/or references. Indicate that you'd like an interview. Thank the recipient for his or her time and consideration. Say that you look forward to hearing from the recipient.


[Full name]

Check your grammar and spelling!!


Think Outside Of the Box
You are driving along in your car on an extremely stormy night. You pass a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus:
1) An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2) An old friend whom once saved your life.
3) The perfect man (or) woman you have been dreaming about.
Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing you can only fit one passenger in your car? Think before you continue. This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was actually on a job application.
You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and you should save her first; or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.
However, you may never be able to find your perfect dream lover again.
The candidate who was Hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer.
He simply answered: ' I would give the car keys to my old friend, and let him take the old lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams.'
Never forget To 'Think Outside Of the Box.'