Chapter 13 The Job Search, Rsums, and Cover

Chapter 13 The Job Search, Rsums, and Cover

Chapter 13 The Job Search, Rsums, and Cover Letters Essentials of Business Communication 9e Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Think not of yourself as an architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved --Bertie Charles Forbes Founder, Forbes magazine Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 2 Test Your Job Savvy This quiz is intended to pique your interest and dispel some myths about job searching. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved 1. Workers between the ages of 18 and 38 can expect to have how many different employers? 6 8 10 12 or more Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 3 Test Your Job Savvy 2. The biggest change in rsum formats over the last decade has been 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved greater emphasis on hard skills greater emphasis on soft skills switch from job objective to a summary at the top use of a computer template to prepare one version for all jobs Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 4 Test Your Job Savvy

3. Having your job terminated ranks in the top 10 of the most severe crises in life. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved True False Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 5 Test Your Job Savvy 4. What rsum format do recruiters generally prefer? 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Chronological (arranged around dates of employment, education)

Functional (arranged around skills) Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 6 Test Your Job Savvy 5. Many experts in the field of recruiting think that the best way for a college graduate to find a job today is by 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved searching the Web sending out hundreds of rsums networking reading the

classified ads Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 7 Test Your Job Savvy 6. The best place to look for a job online is at 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Monster.com Craigslist Company Web sites CareerBuilder.com Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 8

Test Your Job Savvy 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved 7. Youve heard that networking is a good way to find a job. Who should be on your list of people to contact about job leads? Potential employers, professional organizations, and friends Family members, neighbors, and business associates School alumni and former instructors Your dentist, your doctor, your insurance agent, and others All of the choices Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 9

Test Your Job Savvy 8. A savvy job candidate would prepare which of the following rsums? 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved A print-based presentation rsum A plain text rsum A combination rsum/cover letter A scannable rsum Test Your Job Savvy 9. The primary purpose of a cover letter is

to ask for a job. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved True False The primary purpose of a cover letter is to request an interview. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 11 Test Your Job Savvy 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved 10. During a job interview, you are asked to tell a time when you . . . .? What

strategy should you use to answer such behavioral questions? AIDA strategy STAR strategy KISS strategy NASA strategy Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 12 Employment Rules 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Nobody owes you a job. You have to fight to get a job. You have to fight to keep a job.

You may quit anytime you want to. Your employers may fire you anytime they want to. You have to work hard to make yourself stand out during the job search and in the workplace. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 13 The Employment Search 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved

Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 14 Preparing for the Job Search 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Identify your interests and goals. What are you passionate about? Do you enjoy working with people, data or things? Do you need to be your own boss? How important are salary, benefits, location, and so forth? Would you rather work for a large or small company? Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 15 Preparing for the Job Search 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Evaluate your qualifications. What technology, language, and people skills can you offer? Do you learn quickly? Do you communicate well when speaking and writing? What skill do you have that will make you stand out? How can you demonstrate your skills? Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 16

Preparing for the Job Search 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Learn about careers and choose a path. Visit your campus career center, search the Web, use your library. Take a summer job, internship, or part-time position in your field. Interview someone in your field. Volunteer with a nonprofit organization. Monitor classified ads. Join professional organizations and student clubs in your field. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 17 Conducting the Job Search

Search for a job online. Check the big job sites: 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved CareerBuilder Monster CollegeGrad CareerJournal Use these sites for information, but realize that few people actually find jobs on them. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 18 Conducting the Job Search 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved

Search for a job online. Look beyond the big job sites: Corporate Web sites Professional association sites Local employment sites Niche sites Social media sites (such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 19 Safe Online Job Searching 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Use only reputable sites.

Never pay to post your rsum. Be selective about where you post your rsum. Limit the number of sites on which you post your rsum. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 20 Safe Online Job Searching 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Use a professional e-mail address dedicated to your job search. Limit personal information. Post your rsum privately if possible.

Renew your rsum postings every 14 days. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 21 Safe Online Job Searching 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Keep careful records. At end of job search, remove all posted rsums. Never respond to a blind job posting. Protect your references. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 22 Conducting the Job Search Search for a job traditionally. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Check classified ads. Check alumni and professional association listings. Contact companies directly. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 23 Conducting the Job Search Search for a job traditionally. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved

Sign up for campus interviews. Attend job fairs. Ask for advice from instructors. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 24 Writing a Customized Rsum Preparation 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved

Research the job market. Use the Web, newspapers, and other resources to learn about jobs, qualifications, and employers. Analyze your strengths. What will sell you for the job you want? Study other rsums as models. Experiment with formatting. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 25 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved What is the goal of a customized rsum?

To win an interview Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 26 Remember 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved You have about 5 seconds to catch the recruiters eye. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 27 Writing a Customized Rsum

2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Choose a rsum style Decide on length Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Arrange the parts Chapter 13, Slide 28 Writing a Customized Rsum

2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Choose Chooseaa Rsum Rsum Style Style CHRONOLOGICAL CHRONOLOGICAL Focuses Focuseson onjob jobhistory history with withmost mostrecent

recent positions positionslisted listedfirst first Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 29 Writing a Customized Rsum 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Choose Chooseaa Rsum Rsum Style Style

Focuses Focuseson onskills skills FUNCTIONAL FUNCTIONAL Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 30 Choosing a Rsum Style Chronological 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Most popular style Preferred by most recruiters

List work history job by job, starting with most recent position Best for those with steady career growth who have experience in the field Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 31 Choosing a Rsum Style Functional 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Focuses on skills rather than past employment Suitable for frequent jobs changers, recent graduates,

employment gaps, career changers, and older candidates to de-emphasize a long job history Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 32 Writing a Customized Rsum 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Decide Decide on on Length Length

Make Makeyour yourrsum rsumas as long longas asneeded neededtotosell sell your yourskills skillstotorecruiters recruiters and andhiring hiringmanagers. managers. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 33 Writing a Customized Rsum Main MainHeading Heading 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Arrange Arrange the the Parts Parts Career Career Objective

Objective Summary Summaryof of Qualifications Qualifications Education Education Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Work Work Experience Experience Capabilities Capabilities and andSkills Skills

Achievements Achievements Awards Awards Activities Activities Chapter 13, Slide 34 Arranging the Parts Heading 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Full name Place on first line; make it stand out. Contact information Full address Area code/phone number Personal, professional sounding e-mail address

Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 35 Arranging the Parts 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Career Objective Optional, but many recruiters prefer it. Be specific about the type of job you are seeking. Focus on the employers needs. Dont be self-serving. Dont downplay your talents. Be concise (no more than three lines). Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 36 Improving a Career Objective 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Weak (too general) A challenging position in the accounting field with opportunity for growth Improved An auditor position in an internal corporate accounting department where my accounting skills, computer experience, knowledge of GAAP, and attention to detail will help the company run efficiently and ensure that its records are kept accurately Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business37 Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 37 Improving a Career Objective 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Weak (too self-serving) To obtain a meaningful and rewarding position that enables me to learn more about the graphic design field and allows for advancement Improved Position with advertising firm designing Web sites, publications, logos, and promotional displays for clients, where creativity, software knowledge, and proven communication skills can be used to build client base and expand operations Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business38 Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 38 Arranging the Parts Summary of Qualifications 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Include three to eight bulleted statements that prove you are the ideal candidate for the position. Mention experience, education, unique skills, awards, certifications, and other accomplishments you want to highlight. Include numbers wherever possible. Target qualifications the employer is seeking. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 39

Summary of Qualifications 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Example for college student with some experience: Over two years experience in administrative positions, working with business documents and interacting with customers Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, QuickBooks, and Publisher Competent in Web research and using social media tools Skilled in written and oral communication, Web design, computer software troubleshooting, and proofreading and editing business documents Trained in Flash, Photoshop, and Web Studio Experienced in planning all-day seminars and making travel arrangements Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 40 Summary of Qualifications 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Example for college student with related experience: Over three years experience as a bank teller Proven ability to interact professionally, efficiently, and pleasantly with customers Reputation for accuracy and ability to work well under pressure Speak Spanish fluently Experience using Excel, Word, PowerPoint, accounting software, banking CRT, and the Internet Member of First Federal Banks Diversity Committee Received First Federal Bank Certificate of Merit as an outstanding new employee

Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 41 Summary of Qualifications 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Example for graduate with substantial experience: Over 12 years comprehensive experience in the accounting industry, including over 8 years as a controller Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Demonstrated ability to handle all accounting functions for large, mid-sized, and small firms Ability to isolate problems, reduce expenses, and improve the bottom line, resulting in substantial cost savings Proven talent for interacting professionally with individuals at all levels, as demonstrated by performance review comments Experienced in P&L, audits, taxation, internal control,

inventory management, A/P, A/R, and cash management Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 42 Arranging the Parts Education Start with your current or most recent school. Include the following about each one: 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved College name, city, state Dates of attendance (or anticipated date of completion) Major field of study Degree received (or degree working toward) Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 43 Arranging the Parts Education 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Include your GPA only if its impressive. Dont list all courses youve taken. Dont include high school information. Include relevant certificates earned, seminars attended, workshops completed, scholarships awarded, and honors received.

Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 44 Education Current college student: Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California. 8/11 to present Major: Business Administration, specializing in accounting AA degree expected 8/13 GPA: 3.98 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved College Graduate: University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. 9/10 to 6/14 Major: International Business Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) GPA: 3.87 Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 45 Arranging the Parts Work Experience 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved If your work experience is significant and relevant to the position sought, place this section before education. List your previous jobs Describe your experience Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Include nontechnical skills Chapter 13, Slide 46 Work Experience List your previous jobs 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Start with the most recent jobs. Include employers name, location, dates of employment (month, year), and most significant title. Salesperson, Target, Dayton, Ohio. 4/11 to 5/12 Manager, Subway, Kettering, Ohio. 6/12 to present Tax Preparer, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

program. March 2012 to present. Sinclair College, Dayton, Ohio Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 47 Work Experience Describe your experience Use action verbs to summarize achievements and skills relevant to your targeted job. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Prepared state and federal tax returns for individuals

with incomes under $35,000. Conducted interviews with over 50 individuals to elicit data regarding taxes. Determined legitimate tax deductions and recorded them accurately. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 48 Examples of Action Verbs 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Accelerated Enabled Introduced

Reviewed Achieved Encouraged Managed Revitalized Analyzed Engineered Organized Screened Collaborated

Established Originated Served Conceptualized Expanded Overhauled Spearheaded Constructed Expedited Pioneered Spurred

Converted Facilitated Reduced Strengthened Designed Improved Resolved Targeted Directed Increased

Restructured Transformed Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 49 Work Experience Include nontechnical skills 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Give evidence of communication, management, and interpersonal skills. Employers want more than empty assurances. Try to quantify your skills.

Organized holiday awards program for 1,200 attendees and 140 awardees. Praised by top management for enthusiastic teamwork and excellent communication skills. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 50 Arranging the Parts Capabilities and Skills Highlight your special skills. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved

Web, social media, software Office equipment Communication technology tools Foreign languages, sign language Exceptional aptitudes Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 51 Arranging the Parts Awards, Honors, and Activities Show that you are well-rounded. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Awards and honors that demonstrate leadership, teamwork, interpersonal skills Scholarships, fellowships, deans list Recognitions, commendations, certificates School, community, volunteer, professional

activities Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 52 Arranging the Parts References 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Prepare a list of individuals willing to discuss your qualifications. Include the following: Instructors/professors Current or previous employers Colleagues or subordinates Other professional contacts Always ask permission first!

Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 53 Sample Reference List 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 54 Polishing Your Rsum Additional Tips 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Omit references (unless specifically required). Look for ways to condense your data.

Double-check bulleted lists for parallel phrasing. Avoid personal pronouns Omit humor. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 55 Polishing Your Rsum Additional Tips 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved If printing, use quality paper r f o o and a quality printer.

Pr Be completely honest. Project professionalism and quality. Have a friend or colleague critique your rsum. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition ! d ea Chapter 13, Slide 56 Polishing Your Rsum Do not include any of the following: 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Any basis for discrimination:

Race Gender Religion Age Marital status Health status/disability Children National origin A photograph Social security number Salary history/requirements High school activities Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 57 Polishing Your Rsum Do not include any of the following: Full addresses of colleges or employers

(city and state only) 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved References (use separate page) Reasons for leaving previous positions Inaccurate, dishonest information The word Rsum Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 58 Two Rsum Versions Needed 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Traditional Print-Based Rsum

Scannable Rsum Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 59 Designing a Print-Based Rsum 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Also called a presentation rsum Attractively formatted to maximize readability Use word processing software to prepare

Include headings and bulleted lists Bring to job interviews to make a good impression Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 60 Preparing a Scannable Rsum Maximizing Scannability 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved

Use 10- to 14-point type. Avoid fancy formatting. Be sure your name is on the first line. List each phone number on its own line. Avoid double columns. Use smooth white paper, black ink, and quality printing. Provide white space. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 61 Preparing a Scannable Rsum Maximizing Hits 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Focus on specific keywords and keyword phrases. Incorporate words from the job listing.

Use typical headings (Objective, Education, Skills, etc.) Use accurate names; watch abbreviations. Describe interpersonal traits and attitudes. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 62 Being Honest and Ethical 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Do not inflate your education, grades, or honors. Do not enhance job titles. Do not puff up accomplishments. Do not alter employment dates. Do not hide keywords in online rsums. Do be honest, ethical, and careful.

Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 63 Submitting Your Rsum Employers may ask you to submit your rsum in one of these ways: 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Word document Plain-text document PDF document Online form

Fax Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 64 What Turns Recruiters Off When Reading Rsums? 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved A focus group of nine expert recruiters gave these individual responses: Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 65

What Turns Recruiters Off When Reading Rsums? Personal data. Thats a major red flag. Also typos, inconsistent punctuation, and huge paragraphs that look like job descriptions. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Odd-sized rsums from services saying Presenting the candidacy of . . . I don't even read them anymore. Theyre a major rip-off. Rsums that show no research; not looking at the employers needs. Omissions in terms of dates. And misspellings! Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 66 What Turns Recruiters Off When Reading Rsums?

Long cover letters and rsums over two pages. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Excess cosmetics, substituting form for content. A rsum should look nice but not go overboard. A photo. I have to remove them because managers must be color and gender blind. Not sending the rsum to the right place. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 67 What Do Recruiters Consider Most Important in a Rsum? 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved A focus group

of nine expert recruiters gave these individual responses: Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 68 What Do Recruiters Consider Most Important in a Rsum? The objective. Plus dates when things happened and accomplishments. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Information about skills that apply to the job; less about job history and past duties. The candidates address and phone number. Lots of people put them only in the cover letter ! Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 69 What Do Recruiters Consider Most Important in a Rsum? Valid information in an easy-to-read, attractive style. Meeting the qualifications for the job. 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved The presentation and the objective. A clear objective, backed up with qualifying experience and continuity in the work history. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 70 Writing a Customized, Persuasive Cover Letter

Opening Body Closing Solicited Jobs 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Address the letter to an individual by name Mention the name of an employee in the company. Refer to the source; include date and publication or Web site. Include the exact job title and show that your qualifications fit the job specifications. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 71

Writing a Customized, Persuasive Cover Letter Opening Body Closing Unsolicited Jobs 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Address the letter to an individual by name If someone referred you, name that person. Demonstrate your interest in and knowledge of the company. Show how your special talents and background will benefit the company. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 72 Writing a Customized, Persuasive Cover Letter Opening Body Closing 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Highlight your strengths. Demonstrate that your background and training meet the job requirements. Summarize your principal assets from education, experience, and special skills. Avoid repeating specific data from your rsum. Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 73 Writing a Customized, Persuasive Cover Letter Opening Body Closing 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Tell a success story. Avoid weak phrases such as I think and I feel. Sound confident! Refer to your rsum Prove you read the job posting! Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition

Chapter 13, Slide 74 Writing a Customized, Persuasive Cover Letter Opening Body Closing 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved Ask confidently for an interview. Suggest reader benefits and review your strongest points. Make it easy to respond. Tell when and where you can be reached (during office hours). Some recruiters prefer that you call them.

Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 75 If you arent presenting yourself as a superstar, why are you sending the letter? 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved --Penelope Trunk Author and cofounder, Brazen Careerist Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy, Essentials of Business Communication, 9th Edition Chapter 13, Slide 76 END Essentials of Business

Communication 9e Mary Ellen Guffey & Dana Loewy 2013 Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved

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