Résumés are meant to show a prospective employer what you have already done and what you can do for him. There are a few basic kinds of résumé and different professions have different preferences. Uses the type appropriate for the job you are seeking.
Chronological: Lists your work history in a reverse time sequence, starting with the most recent experience and working backwards. It contains details like the company name, dates of employment, your role and responsibilities. This is the most common type, suitable for people who have worked in the same field for a long time and is also common for students and recent college graduates
Functional: Is arranged by skills and abilities. Employment history is sketchy and may be listed as a separate section. This is often used by those who have a varied employment history or are looking for a career change and by those who have no work experience.
Combination: Is a combination of a functional and a chronological résumé. It highlights the most relevant skills and accomplishments first and then gives the employment history.
Since the guidelines for résumés for entry level positions often suggest a one-page length, you are probably going to be leaving out a lot of information about campus leadership positions, university recognitions, internships, etc. One way to provide that information is to include the URL for your ePortfolio so any potential employers can easily view this information.
Be sure to use the appropriate template and style when composing a résumé or CV with help from an experienced career coach in this video on Different Types of Résumés.
Is there one thing you can say in a cover letter that will guarantee it accomplishes its purpose? Absolutely!
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A cover letter serves as an introduction to your resume—and to yourself as a candidate for employment. It’s the place to show your interest in the position, and make a personal connection between who you are and why you’re a great fit for the opportunity. Showing your interest is important within the cover letter… However, saying this ONE thing is almost an ultimate guarantee you’ll get the interview.
ASK FOR IT.
You know that old saying, ‘Ask and you shall receive’? It’s true. It may sound like such common sense and obvious advice, but how many times have you sent a cover letter with your resume and not asked for the interview? It’s easy to do!
In the closing paragraph of your cover letter, all you need to do is ask the employer for the interview. I’ve read statistics that have indicated job seekers who ASK for the interview in their cover letters are twice as likely to GET the interview. Below, I’ll give you several examples that you can modify and use in your own cover letter.
I’m excited about the Director of Sales position with XYZ Widgets and would love the opportunity to meet in person to further discuss my experience and the value I can offer you as your next Director of Sales. Please call me at 555.555.5555 to schedule an interview at your earliest convenience.
I would love a personal interview at your earliest convenience to further discuss my credentials with you. I can be reached at 555.555.5555 and will follow up as well to make sure you’ve received my information.
Thank you for your time reviewing my resume. I welcome the opportunity to discuss in a personal interview my qualifications and fit for the position. Feel free to reach me at 555.555.5555 at your earliest convenience.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I will follow up in one week to schedule a day and time we can meet to further discuss the position and my experience. You may also reach me at 555.555.5555 to schedule an interview.
(Please note: Ending #4 is a more direct approach.)
You can ask for the interview with any wording you’re comfortable with. The key thing to remember is to close your cover letter by asking for the interview. Want more info? For further reading, check out this article on 5 Things You Should Never Say in Your Cover Letter.
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