Get to Work! – Career Counseling Series Part V: Resumes and Cover Letter

Welcome back! We have made it through the first 4 steps of the Career and Blog Counseling Series in honor of Counseling Awareness month. 

career counseling series

Defining Success
Career Goal Setting
Creating a Plan
Career Research
Resume Writing
Cover Letter Writing
Informational Interviews
Professionalism
Interviewing

Get to Work! – Career Counseling Series Part V: Resumes and Cover Letters

Resume and Cover Letter writing can be confusing and overwhelming. Here are some tips that apply to both job seekers and bloggers looking to attract brands.

FYI: I don’t know much when it comes to artistic and educational portfolios- sorry! 

Resumes

There are 2 main resume writing formats: chronological and functional.

Chronological
  • Presents your education, experience etc. in reverse chronological order beginning with your most recent experience
  • Easy to read and used most often
  • Gives duties and accomplishments under each position

Functional 

  • Focuses on your skills and accomplishments
  • Highlights skill clusters – not when you developed them
  • Consider if changing careers, reentering the job market
Here are the keys to successful resume writing:
Style
  • Be consistent in form and verb tense.
    • Use present tense when describing current position.
    • Use past tense when describing previous positions.
    • If you end one bullet with a period end ALL bullets with a period and vice versa.
  • Keep your font size to 10 -12 points. Not too small and not too big.
  • Use bolding, italics and capitalization to help emphasize what is most important. Don’t OVERUSE.
  • Most employers prefer bullet style because it is easier to read.
  • Begin sentences with action verbs and avoid “I.”

Information

  • Provide concise and well-written information about who you are and what you can do.
  • Should be as short as possible without omitting any relevant information.
  • Focus on your strengths and accomplishments (no negativity!).
  • Tailored to the positions/industry to which you are applying. Don’t send generic resumes and cover letters!

Sample Entry Level Resume:

SAMPLE RESUME 2Transferable Skills

Market your transferable skills. According to Quintessential Careers there are 5 transferable skill sets:

•Communication
•Research and Planning
•Human Relations
•Organization, Management, Leadership
•Work Survival

I bet you have these skills and you didn’t even realize it!

 

Found at: http://pinterest.com/pin/35536284532372229/

Market those transferable skills appropriately.

 I would not recommend writing the following sentence:

I have good communication skills because I use Twitter.  Yea…no, just no.

Try this instead:

Through appropriate use of social media outlets I have finely tuned my electronic communication skills. I understand the importance of maintaining professionalism in all forms of communication. As an agent for your company I can use these skills to reach out to potential clients.

Cover Letters
  • No more than one page
  • 3-4 paragraphs
  • Always include the position and name of the company
  • Always be SPECIFIC about your experience
  • Mention why you want that particular position at that particular company (or why you want to represent that brand for bloggers)
  • Avoid being too wordy
  • For bloggers: Include site stats and social media traffic information

Found at: http://pinterest.com/pin/35536284532372230/

This information should get you started on the path to a killer cover letter and resume. If you would like assistance with resume and cover letter review contact me!

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5 thoughts on “Get to Work! – Career Counseling Series Part V: Resumes and Cover Letter

  1. Pingback: Get to Work! – Career Counseling Series Part VI: The Informational Interview | Hoppy Bottoms

  2. I am a professional management recruiter and if I had 1 piece of a piece of advice – it would be to have accurate contact information. Too often I get a “phone disconnect” message, wrong number, or worse a “buddy’s” phone. Do your best to keep a phone turned on AND have your voicemail set up! Not being able to leave a message could cost someone getting skipped!! Great POST!

    • Great advice! Accurate and PROFESSIONAL contact information. I used to have to spend time explaining to students that bigbootyATyahoo.com was not an acceptable e-mail address to put on a resume! I am going to talk about this in my professionalism post. Thanks SO much for stopping by.

  3. Pingback: Get to Work! – Career Counseling Series Part VII: Professional Communication | Hoppy Bottoms

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