About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Writing Resumes and Cover Letters chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The types and outline of resumes||Entry-level, chronological, scannable, skills and online resumes; parts of common resumes and important information to include|
|Tuesday||Tailoring resumes for different jobs; distribution methods of resumes||Customization and digital or print distribution options|
|Wednesday||Types of employment letters||Discussion of common letters of employment, such as follow-up, rejection, acceptance, refusal and recommendation request|
|Thursday||Formatting the cover letter||Importance and basic outline of a cover letter|
|Friday||The curriculum vitae||The purpose, content and organizational structure of the curriculum vitae|
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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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