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1
Resume and Cover Letter Writing
  • George Mason University
  • University Career Services
  • http//careers.gmu.edu
  • SUB I 348, 703-993-2370
  • SOM Career Services
  • http//som.gmu.edu/career
  • ENT 008, 703-993-1880

2
Workshop Overview
  • Definition of a Resume
  • Resume Preparation
  • Resume Styles
  • Resume Content and Formatting Tips
  • Purpose of a Cover Letter
  • Contents of Cover Letters and Cover Letter Tips
  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing Activities
  • Resources for Sample Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Next Steps

3
What is a Resume?
  • A universal job hunting and marketing tool
  • A snapshot of your qualifications relevant to a
    position or academic program
  • A means of introduction to prospective employers,
    graduate admissions staff or networking contacts
  • The purpose of a resume is to get an interview!

4
Resume Preparation
  • Develop a clear career goal and clarify the
    purpose of your resume
  • Research jobs or graduate programs and learn what
    skills and knowledge are valued by employers or
    schools
  • Identify your qualifications, interests and
    skills relevant to a position or program of
    interest

5
Resume Preparation
  • Research field, employer, and position of
    interest
  • Career Library resources, SUB 1 room 348
  • http//careers.gmu.edu/students/jobhunt/researchin
    g.html
  • PatriotJobWeb http//careers.gmu.edu/pjw
  • Masons 24/7 electronic database of
    jobs/internships
  • Information Interviews, Networking
  • Mason Career Network http//careers.gmu.edu/cn
  • (User ID student Password jackpot)
  • Professional Associations for your field
  • Associations Unlimited

6
Resume Preparation
  • Build your list of experiences
  • Past or current jobs/internships
  • Volunteer work/community service
  • Class projects
  • Activities and student organizations
  • Languages and technical skills
  • Prioritize the information, focusing on your most
    important responsibilities and what is relevant

7
Resume Styles
  • Chronological
  • Reverse chronological order
  • Familiar to employers
  • Effective for new graduates
  • Focus on job titles work history
  • Combination or Related Experience
  • Two or more experience sections, Relevant and
    Additional
  • Showcases the experiences that are most relevant
  • Functional
  • Highlights transferable skills in clusters
  • Effective for career changers and those with
    varied experiences
  • Focuses on groups of functional skills and
    related experience
  • See Moving On Guide resume samples for each style!

8
Resume Content
  • Heading
  • Name Put in bold to make your name stand out
  • Full address Current and permanent, if
    applicable
  • Phone number Include number at which you can be
    reached during day/evening and a professional
    voice mail
  • Email Include a professional username
  • Example of Heading
  • Georgia Mason
  • 111 University Drive Ph 703-993-1111
  • Fairfax, Virginia 22030
    gmason_at_gmu.edu

9
Resume Content
  • Objective (or Profile, Summary of Qualifications)
  • Clear, concise, and tailored to position of
    interest
  • Focus on what you are seeking and what skills you
    will contribute, not what you expect to gain from
    the position
  • Can include specific title of the position, type
    of organization/industry, special interest, and
    skills you offer
  • Example of an Objective
  • OBJECTIVE
  • An internship in a non-profit agency, utilizing
    listening and writing
  • skills. Special interest in children and
    families.

10
Additional Examples
  • OBJECTIVE
  • A full-time position in Information Technology,
    utilizing Java programming skills and experience
    in database administration
  • An Administrative Assistant position in Human
    Resources, using my organizational and
    communication skills.
  • A Research Assistant position in the social
    sciences, utilizing SPSS and SAS
  • An Internship in the US Senate or House of
    Representatives. Special interest in trade and
    foreign policy issues.

11
Resume Content
  • Education
  • List in reverse chronological order, beginning
    with most recent education.
  • Include name of institution, degree(s), major
    minor, month year of graduation
  • Spell out degrees or use proper abbreviations
    (Bachelor of Science, or B.S.)
  • May include GPA, if 3.0 or higher relevant
    courses honors/awards study abroad
    training/certification
  • High School is often omitted from the resume
    after first or second year of college.
  • Example of Education section
  • EDUCATION
  • Bachelor of Science Biology Minor Spanish GPA
    3.0 May 2009
  • George Mason University Fairfax, VA
  • Relevant Coursework two or three course titles,
    relevant to the position
  • Associate in Science General Studies GPA
    3.5 2007
  • Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA

12
Resume Content
  • Experience
  • Include organization, job title, dates of
    employment
  • Statements describe your accomplishments
  • Statements are concise, descriptive, and include
    numbers
  • Use action verbs to start statements (see Moving
    On for a list of action verbs)
  • Example of Experience section
  • EXPERIENCE
  • Sweetwater Tavern, Fairfax, Virginia Feb. 2006 -
    Present
  • Assistant Manager
  • Trained eight new employees on company database
    system
  • Commended by supervisors for customer service
    skills

13
Resume Content
  • SKILLS
  • Technical skills like Microsoft Office Suite
  • Languages
  • Skills relevant to position of interest
  • PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP(S)
  • American Marketing Association (student member)
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Include organization, role/title, dates major
    accomplishments
  • Include involvement in student organizations,
    volunteer activities, and community service

14
Resume Formatting Tips
  • One page recommended, two pages maximum
  • Recommend Times New Roman or Arial and 11 font
    minimum
  • One inch margins
  • No spelling errors or typos
  • Use bold and capitalization for highlighting
  • Be consistent with formatting

15
What is a Cover Letter?
  • A business letter that accompanies a resume.
  • Informs reader of your purpose and requests an
    in-person meeting.
  • Highlights and directs attention to important
    information in the resume.
  • Intended to convince reader that it is worthwhile
    to meet you.
  • May take the form of an email message or a brief
    note that accompanies an electronic application

16
An Effective Cover Letter
  • Introduces You Your Resume
  • Summarizes Pertinent Aspects of your Education
  • or Experience
  • States briefly how your Qualifications relate to
    the Job
  • Indicates if you have included a Resume, Writing
    Sample, Transcript, or other documents
  • Is Brief and to the Point
  • Requests an Interview

17
Cover Letter Contents (3 or 4 paragraphs)
  • Paragraph 1 Why you are writing? Mention
    referral source in the first sentence.
  • Paragraph 2 Why should they consider you? This
    "hooks" the reader.
  • Paragraph 3 Why do you want to work for them?
    What attracts you to the organization? How does
    the organization/job match up with your values
    and qualifications.
  • Paragraph 4 The close. Be assertive. I would
    like to meet with you to discuss

18
Cover Letter Tips
  • Personalize letters
  • Target a specific job or employer
  • Be positive, natural, direct and interesting
  • Avoid being repetitious of resume
  • Be brief (concise)
  • PROOFREAD

19
Resources and Samples
  • Check out Resume and Cover Letter Samples in
    Moving On
  • See samples in Career Library, 348 SUB 1
  • http//careers.gmu.edu/students/jobhunt/resume.htm
    l
  • http//careers.gmu.edu/students/jobhunt/letters.ht
    ml
  • http//som.gmu.edu/preparejobsearch
  • View resume samples for different majors!

20
Next Steps
  • Have your resume or letter reviewed by a career
    counselor
  • Get your resume critiqued by an employer at the
    next Resume Clinic (March and October)!
  • For a complete schedule of career services and
    events http//careers.gmu.edu/calendar

Any Questions?
21
Visit Us!
  • Make an appointment or use walk-in hours/same
    day appointments for additional help.
  • University Career Services
  • SUB 1, Rm. 348 (703) 993-2370
  • http//careers.gmu.edu
  • Call to make an appointment anytime.
  • For quick questions reserve a Same Day
    Appointment, 130 400 pm, by calling early on
    the day youd like to come in.

School of Management Career Services Enterprise
Hall, Rm. 008 (703) 993-1880 http//som.gmu.edu/c
areer Walk-In Hours for SOM Career
Services Monday Friday 200-400pm Thursday
10am to noon
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Title: Resume and Cover Letter Writing


1
Resume and Cover Letter Writing
  • George Mason University
  • University Career Services
  • http//careers.gmu.edu
  • SUB I 348, 703-993-2370
  • SOM Career Services
  • http//som.gmu.edu/career
  • ENT 008, 703-993-1880

2
Workshop Overview
  • Definition of a Resume
  • Resume Preparation
  • Resume Styles
  • Resume Content and Formatting Tips
  • Purpose of a Cover Letter
  • Contents of Cover Letters and Cover Letter Tips
  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing Activities
  • Resources for Sample Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Next Steps

3
What is a Resume?
  • A universal job hunting and marketing tool
  • A snapshot of your qualifications relevant to a
    position or academic program
  • A means of introduction to prospective employers,
    graduate admissions staff or networking contacts
  • The purpose of a resume is to get an interview!

4
Resume Preparation
  • Develop a clear career goal and clarify the
    purpose of your resume
  • Research jobs or graduate programs and learn what
    skills and knowledge are valued by employers or
    schools
  • Identify your qualifications, interests and
    skills relevant to a position or program of
    interest

5
Resume Preparation
  • Research field, employer, and position of
    interest
  • Career Library resources, SUB 1 room 348
  • http//careers.gmu.edu/students/jobhunt/researchin
    g.html
  • PatriotJobWeb http//careers.gmu.edu/pjw
  • Masons 24/7 electronic database of
    jobs/internships
  • Information Interviews, Networking
  • Mason Career Network http//careers.gmu.edu/cn
  • (User ID student Password jackpot)
  • Professional Associations for your field
  • Associations Unlimited

6
Resume Preparation
  • Build your list of experiences
  • Past or current jobs/internships
  • Volunteer work/community service
  • Class projects
  • Activities and student organizations
  • Languages and technical skills
  • Prioritize the information, focusing on your most
    important responsibilities and what is relevant

7
Resume Styles
  • Chronological
  • Reverse chronological order
  • Familiar to employers
  • Effective for new graduates
  • Focus on job titles work history
  • Combination or Related Experience
  • Two or more experience sections, Relevant and
    Additional
  • Showcases the experiences that are most relevant
  • Functional
  • Highlights transferable skills in clusters
  • Effective for career changers and those with
    varied experiences
  • Focuses on groups of functional skills and
    related experience
  • See Moving On Guide resume samples for each style!

8
Resume Content
  • Heading
  • Name Put in bold to make your name stand out
  • Full address Current and permanent, if
    applicable
  • Phone number Include number at which you can be
    reached during day/evening and a professional
    voice mail
  • Email Include a professional username
  • Example of Heading
  • Georgia Mason
  • 111 University Drive Ph 703-993-1111
  • Fairfax, Virginia 22030
    gmason_at_gmu.edu

9
Resume Content
  • Objective (or Profile, Summary of Qualifications)
  • Clear, concise, and tailored to position of
    interest
  • Focus on what you are seeking and what skills you
    will contribute, not what you expect to gain from
    the position
  • Can include specific title of the position, type
    of organization/industry, special interest, and
    skills you offer
  • Example of an Objective
  • OBJECTIVE
  • An internship in a non-profit agency, utilizing
    listening and writing
  • skills. Special interest in children and
    families.

10
Additional Examples
  • OBJECTIVE
  • A full-time position in Information Technology,
    utilizing Java programming skills and experience
    in database administration
  • An Administrative Assistant position in Human
    Resources, using my organizational and
    communication skills.
  • A Research Assistant position in the social
    sciences, utilizing SPSS and SAS
  • An Internship in the US Senate or House of
    Representatives. Special interest in trade and
    foreign policy issues.

11
Resume Content
  • Education
  • List in reverse chronological order, beginning
    with most recent education.
  • Include name of institution, degree(s), major
    minor, month year of graduation
  • Spell out degrees or use proper abbreviations
    (Bachelor of Science, or B.S.)
  • May include GPA, if 3.0 or higher relevant
    courses honors/awards study abroad
    training/certification
  • High School is often omitted from the resume
    after first or second year of college.
  • Example of Education section
  • EDUCATION
  • Bachelor of Science Biology Minor Spanish GPA
    3.0 May 2009
  • George Mason University Fairfax, VA
  • Relevant Coursework two or three course titles,
    relevant to the position
  • Associate in Science General Studies GPA
    3.5 2007
  • Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA

12
Resume Content
  • Experience
  • Include organization, job title, dates of
    employment
  • Statements describe your accomplishments
  • Statements are concise, descriptive, and include
    numbers
  • Use action verbs to start statements (see Moving
    On for a list of action verbs)
  • Example of Experience section
  • EXPERIENCE
  • Sweetwater Tavern, Fairfax, Virginia Feb. 2006 -
    Present
  • Assistant Manager
  • Trained eight new employees on company database
    system
  • Commended by supervisors for customer service
    skills

13
Resume Content
  • SKILLS
  • Technical skills like Microsoft Office Suite
  • Languages
  • Skills relevant to position of interest
  • PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP(S)
  • American Marketing Association (student member)
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Include organization, role/title, dates major
    accomplishments
  • Include involvement in student organizations,
    volunteer activities, and community service

14
Resume Formatting Tips
  • One page recommended, two pages maximum
  • Recommend Times New Roman or Arial and 11 font
    minimum
  • One inch margins
  • No spelling errors or typos
  • Use bold and capitalization for highlighting
  • Be consistent with formatting

15
What is a Cover Letter?
  • A business letter that accompanies a resume.
  • Informs reader of your purpose and requests an
    in-person meeting.
  • Highlights and directs attention to important
    information in the resume.
  • Intended to convince reader that it is worthwhile
    to meet you.
  • May take the form of an email message or a brief
    note that accompanies an electronic application

16
An Effective Cover Letter
  • Introduces You Your Resume
  • Summarizes Pertinent Aspects of your Education
  • or Experience
  • States briefly how your Qualifications relate to
    the Job
  • Indicates if you have included a Resume, Writing
    Sample, Transcript, or other documents
  • Is Brief and to the Point
  • Requests an Interview

17
Cover Letter Contents (3 or 4 paragraphs)
  • Paragraph 1 Why you are writing? Mention
    referral source in the first sentence.
  • Paragraph 2 Why should they consider you? This
    "hooks" the reader.
  • Paragraph 3 Why do you want to work for them?
    What attracts you to the organization? How does
    the organization/job match up with your values
    and qualifications.
  • Paragraph 4 The close. Be assertive. I would
    like to meet with you to discuss

18
Cover Letter Tips
  • Personalize letters
  • Target a specific job or employer
  • Be positive, natural, direct and interesting
  • Avoid being repetitious of resume
  • Be brief (concise)
  • PROOFREAD

19
Resources and Samples
  • Check out Resume and Cover Letter Samples in
    Moving On
  • See samples in Career Library, 348 SUB 1
  • http//careers.gmu.edu/students/jobhunt/resume.htm
    l
  • http//careers.gmu.edu/students/jobhunt/letters.ht
    ml
  • http//som.gmu.edu/preparejobsearch
  • View resume samples for different majors!

20
Next Steps
  • Have your resume or letter reviewed by a career
    counselor
  • Get your resume critiqued by an employer at the
    next Resume Clinic (March and October)!
  • For a complete schedule of career services and
    events http//careers.gmu.edu/calendar

Any Questions?
21
Visit Us!
  • Make an appointment or use walk-in hours/same
    day appointments for additional help.
  • University Career Services
  • SUB 1, Rm. 348 (703) 993-2370
  • http//careers.gmu.edu
  • Call to make an appointment anytime.
  • For quick questions reserve a Same Day
    Appointment, 130 400 pm, by calling early on
    the day youd like to come in.

School of Management Career Services Enterprise
Hall, Rm. 008 (703) 993-1880 http//som.gmu.edu/c
areer Walk-In Hours for SOM Career
Services Monday Friday 200-400pm Thursday
10am to noon
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