Ch 12: Technical Resumes & Cover Letters

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Watch video lessons that will teach you to write and format technical resumes and cover letters. These lessons have been developed by experienced and informed professionals and include online self-assessments.

Technical Resumes & Cover Letters - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

It's not enough to have the skills, abilities and education to do a job - you must have a resume and cover letter that show prospective employers you're up to the task. In this series of video lessons, learn about different kinds of resumes, cover letters and curriculum vitae. Brush up on employment letters you might need, such as letters of inquiry or acceptance. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify types of resumes
  • Describe various employment-related letters
  • Understand how to format a resume
  • Name the key parts of a cover letter
  • Describe the parts of a curriculum vitae and their purpose

Video Objective
Types of Resumes Describe common resume types, including chronological, skills-based, online and scannable.
Letters of Employment Describe common employment-related letters, such as inquiries, recommendations, follow up letters, rejection letters and acceptance letters.
Parts of Your Resume: Sections & Relevant Information Identify common parts of a resume and describe what kind of information can be found in each.
Tailoring the Content of Your Resume for a Job Name strategies for highlighting how your resume content meets a job's stated requirements.
Formatting Your Resume: Layout & Distribution Types Discuss how to present information on a resume; compare print and digital formats.
The Cover Letter: Importance, Details & Format Discuss why a cover letter matters, what it looks like, and what it includes.
The Curriculum Vitae Describe the format, structure and content of a curriculum vitae (CV).

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: Technical Resumes & Cover Letters
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Types of Resumes

1. Types of Resumes

Job candidates should use the type of resume most suited to reflecting their experience level and desired position. Explore the differences between chronological, functional, and entry-level resumes, as well as the importance of using digital resume tools.

Types of Letters of Employment

2. Types of Letters of Employment

Letters of employment are typically supplementary to a resume and cover letter, often used in gaining employment. Explore the contents of several types of letters: recommendation requests, inquiries, follow-ups, refusals/rejections, and acceptances.

Parts of Your Resume: Sections & Relevant Information

3. Parts of Your Resume: Sections & Relevant Information

Effective resumes should draw the attention of potential employers by giving relevant information. Learn what a resume is and explore the most important parts of a resume, including professional experience, education, and personal accomplishments.

Tailoring the Content of Your Resume for a Job

4. Tailoring the Content of Your Resume for a Job

Job seekers with a custom, detailed, directed resume have a better chance of acquiring an interview for the role they are applying for. Learn how to tailor the content of a resume for a specific job position following the ASSD process, which includes avoiding using one resume and examining the job advertisement, among others.

Formatting Your Resume: Layout & Distribution Types

5. Formatting Your Resume: Layout & Distribution Types

Applicants can create a professional, visually impressive image of themselves through their resumes by just taking into account format aspects. Learn how to format a resume, including tips about proper layout and distribution types.

The Cover Letter: Importance, Details & Format

6. The Cover Letter: Importance, Details & Format

Cover letters may be requested by employers when applying for jobs that require resumes to be submitted for consideration. Explore the importance of the cover letter, the details about what to include, and the typical format used when writing one, including the heading, first paragraph, second paragraph, third paragraph, and closing.

The Purpose, Content & Structure of a Curriculum Vitae

7. The Purpose, Content & Structure of a Curriculum Vitae

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a document outlining an overview of biographical, educational, and experiential information, typically relevant to a job application. Learn the structure and content of a CV, and the ideal formatting and style.

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