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Title: One way to find a job

  • One way to find a job

The most effective way to get the job you
want Write resumes and cover letters that are
impossible to refuse.
This lecture will prepare you for your
homework assignment to write a resume and cover
letter and for the job market. (Refer to
Homework 1 handout) We will focus on 1.
Cover letter format and craft 2. Resume
guidelines and craft
Cover Letter Components (refer to Business
Letter handout)
  • Letterhead with full contact information
  • Date
  • Recipients full name, title, and address
  • Salutation
  • Introductory paragraph
  • Body paragraphs
  • Summarizing paragraph
  • Close
  • Signature block
  • Signature

Cover Letter Formatting
  • 1 11/4 margins all around
  • Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • (except for letterhead)
  • One blank line between paragraphs
  • Left justify only
  • Signature in blue or black ink only

Writing the cover letter
  • According to Indiana School of Law, cover letters
    may best be organized into three paragraphs
  • Par. 1 Explains why you are writing, names the
    position for which you are applying and where you
    found the opening Explains why you are
  • Par. 2 Explains how your experience qualifies
    you for the position.
  • Par. 3 Paves the way for an interview
    indicates your willingness to interview and/or
    how you will follow up on your application.

For this assignment, your cover letter will be
graded on the following criteria
  • Format
  • Whether the information you choose to provide
    matches the job ad
  • The order in which you present information (most
    important first)
  • Grammar and punctuation

Lets work on an example together. Heres the
job ad
  • Looking for a boxing teacher to work with
    at-risk youth in the Salt Lake Area. Applicant
    should have at least three years of boxing
    teaching experience and should be able to deal
    with conflict in a positive way. The job
    requires working with teenage boys who have
    histories with violence and acting out. This is
    a great opportunity for someone who is interested
    in making a difference for people who have had
    challenging upbringings. About 20 hours per
    week, mornings preferred. Applicant should have
    a Utah drivers license and pass a background
    check and drug tests. Please mail resume to Rick
    Smith at 115 Park Place, Sandy, UT 84123.

You, the applicant, have this experience
  • 5 years experience as a Taekwando teacher for
    children between the ages of 10 and 12
  • 9 years experience as a boxing student
  • 1 year experience as a volunteer for big brother
    / big sister charity
  • (what are the challenges in terms of the job

Take a few minutes to write the second
paragraph of the cover letter in which you
explain how your experience will make you
successful at the job.
Here are some common mistakes
  • Bad Example 1 Emphasizing less important
    aspects first
  • Dear Mr. Smith
  • I have lived in Utah for seven years so I do
    have a Utahs drivers license. Also, I dont do
    drugs, so I will definitely pass the drug test.
    I should be able to teach in the mornings, so the
    schedule for this job is perfect for me and for
    you. Ive been a Taekwondo teacher for 5 years
    for little kids. This is a good reason for you
    to hire me.

Bad example 2 Leaving out important
connections between experience and job
  • Dear Mr. Smith
  • I have five years of experience as a Taekwondo
    teacher for children between the ages of 10 and
    12. It was a really wonderful experience to
    teach young children because they look up to you
    and learn very easily and quickly. Theres
    nothing like being a teacher. I was also a
    volunteer for big brother / big sister. My
    little brother really helped me to see that
    there are people out there who need my help and
    attention. I think I would be a good fit for
    your program. Ive attached a resume so you can
    see why.

Good example Shows how even though
the applicant has never been a boxing teacher or
worked with teens, his cumulative experience
makes him the right candidate for the job.
  • Dear Mr. Smith
  • My extensive experience as a Taekwondo
    instructor along with my experience as a boxing
    student have prepared me for a job as a boxing
    instructor. Though my students were not at-risk
    teenagers, they did provide me with a lot of
    practice at resolving conflict and providing
    positive discipline. I am confident I could use
    these skills to be successful in this position,
    and Im excited for the chance to use boxing as a
    way to teach discipline and confidence to your
    students. Enclosed you will find my resume,
    which further describes my education and skills.

Prepare for writing the resume. Take a few
minutes to write down your job / volunteer
experiences. What skills did you learn from
those experiences?
If youre applying for a job that requires
managerial skills, which of the following
descriptions would you use for the following work
  • Café Pierpont Server and Hostess, September
    2004 present, Salt Lake City, UT
  • - Worked efficiently in a high-stress
  • - Handled money as a cashier
  • OR
  • 2. Café Pierpont Server and Hostess, September
    2004 present, Salt Lake City, UT
  • - trained 20 employees as Trainer and
  • - Interacted with the public regularly as a
    representative of the company

Refer to handout, Resume Guidelines
Re-cap Homework Assignment
  • Questions?