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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
|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).|
1. Types of Resumes
Savvy job seekers know that a resume is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. In this lesson, you'll learn how to better tailor your job application through the use of different types of resumes.
2. Types of Letters of Employment
Letters are a common form of communication during a job search. In this lesson, you'll learn about the purposes of different types of letters that you may use or receive while seeking employment. A short quiz follows.
3. Parts of Your Resume: Sections & Relevant Information
An effective resume starts with creating a 3-part summary of your qualifications: work experience, education and personal achievements. Every resume should be tailored specifically to match a job advertisement's requirements.
4. Tailoring the Content of Your Resume for a Job
A job applicant should be knowledgeable of how to tailor the content of their resume for a specific job. A custom, detailed, directed resume offers the best chance of acquiring an interview.
5. Formatting Your Resume: Layout & Distribution Types
Everyone appreciates the importance of a first impression. There are specific layout and distribution types of a resume that can create a professional, visually impressive image in the mind of the reader.
6. The Cover Letter: Importance, Details & Format
The cover letter is a necessity when applying for a job. There is a basic format that you can follow consisting of a salutation, three paragraphs and a close that can be used to get a potential employer's attention.
7. The Purpose, Content & Structure of a Curriculum Vitae
While most jobs require only a resume, some scientific and academic positions require submission of a curriculum vitae. In this lesson, you'll learn what a curriculum vitae is, its purpose and how it is structured.
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Other chapters within the English 305: Advanced Technical Writing course
- Basics of Technical Writing
- Prewriting for Technical Documents
- Writing Technical Documents
- Technical Editing & Rewriting
- Elements of Technical Documents
- Usability Testing & Technical Writing
- Informal Technical Reports
- Formal Technical Reports
- Business Reports and Proposals
- Technical Correspondence
- Technical Writing in Business Correspondence
- Technical Instructions
- Writing Technical Manuals
- How to Write Proposals
- Required Assignments for English 305
- Studying for English 305