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CAREER DEVELOPMENT Resumes & Cover Letters

By OLIVER DRAPER

Introduction
OLIVER DRAPER
Oliver Draper is a director of Consult Group, one of Asia’s leading “Executive Search & Selection” consultancies. He has spent the past eight years in Asia, the last four in China, and has specific knowledge of the human resource and employment environments of China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. He has been trained in employee appraisal and personal assertion and is a consultant to a many Fortune 500 companies. He frequently delivers lectures and conducts seminars on human resource management, recruitment and assessment and employee optimization. Additional information about Consult Group can be found at www.consultgroup.net
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Career Development
• RESUMES Resumes Resume formats Resume preparation Resume content Resume check-up Resume Writing tips Electronic resumes Taking care of weaknesses • COVER LETTERS Cover letters Cover letter content Formatting cover letters Cover letter writing tips

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RESUMES

Resumes
• • • • Personal marketing material! 15 seconds to make an impact Their purpose – interviews not jobs! Summary of experience and ability….not an autobiography! • An example of your communication & organizational skills.
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Resume Formats
• No single right format! • Three most common types
– CHRONOLOGICAL – FUNCTIONAL – COMBINATION

Consult Group - Oliver Draper - Career Advice

Chronological resumes
• Emphasis is placed on Employment experience – job history presented in reverse chronological order – most recent first. • Good to use if you have experience and wish to stay on a similar career path. • Easy for employers to review experience and career progression. • Not good for graduates as can highlight lack of experience • Also highlights job hopping!
Consult Group - Oliver Draper - Career Advice

Functional Resumes
• Non-linear format where skills and achievements are emphasized. • Skills and experiences presented at beginning of resume. • Good to highlight talents rather than recent job experience.

Consult Group - Oliver Draper - Career Advice

Combination Resume
• A functional resume with a brief employment history added in reverse chronological order. • Skills + Experience!

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How to prepare an effective resume
• Conduct a thorough self assessment! • Outline your skills and abilities, work experience and relevant extracurricular activities. • Consider the needs of your potential employer/employment sector.

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Resume Content
• • • • Contact Information State your objective Education – most recent first Work experience (Title, Name of Organization, Location of work, Dates of Employment, Responsibilities) • Key skills, Leadership ability • References
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Resume Check-up
• • • • Review, review, review! Spell check! Check your grammar! Ask a friend to proof read and critique!

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Resume Design Tips
• • • • • • Use A4 paper, white or off-white Print on one side only Use fonts sizes 10-14 only Use non-decorative typefaces Use one typeface only Do not use graphics and shading – unless you are a graphic designer! • Do not fold your resume!
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Resume Writing Tips
• • • • • • Keep it concise! (1-2 pages) Make your words count Make the most of your experience Don’t neglect appearance Target, target, target! – CUSTOMIZE! Eliminate superfluous detail.

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Electronic Resumes
• • • • • • Easy to send – easy to receive! File format – Word or PDF….or both! File name is important Watch file size Include your cover letter as an attachment Make use of the subject bar (use job reference numbers) • Follow up to confirm safe receipt
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Taking care of weaknesses!
• Gaps in employment – justify! • Unemployment – honesty first! • Being fired………..no reason to state why you have left a job unless asked. • Job history not being relevant to the job you are applying for – best to use a functional resume – focus on transferable skills. • Job hopping – use a functional resume • Recent graduate – focus on education, training, and relevant skills
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COVER LETTERS

Cover letters - purpose
• Introduction • Presentation of resume • Request for interview

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Cover letter content
• Introduce yourself and reason for writing • Demonstrate your interest in the position and the company • Sell yourself! State what skills you can bring……………briefly! • Make a plan.
– Request an interview – State how and when you can be reached – Be assertive, but polite!
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Formatting Cover Letters
• There is no one correct format, however; • Place your address at the top of the letter, left, right or centre. • Place the address of the employer at the top of the letter, left, right or centre. • Include the date. • Use a formal greeting. i.e. Dear Mr. Smith, Dear Madam. • Personalize where possible…rather than “to whom it may concern”. • Separate paragraphs with line spaces. • Use bullet points if needs be. • Close formally. i.e. Yours sincerely. • Print your name. • Sign the letter!
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Cover Letter Writing Tips
• Personalize – research if necessary • Be natural. i.e. Avoid sentences such as… “Forthwith, I hereby humbly present…..” • Be specific and get to the point • Be positive. • Be polite and professional • Be efficient • Type your letter • Be available • Proofread • Sign it! • Package it nicely….print the address label! • Keep a copy for your records.

CONCLUSION

Conclusion
• Don’t lose sight of the core purpose of a resume and cover letter – to get an interview! • Research the targeted employer – customize accordingly. • Remember – 20 seconds to make an impression! • Presentation and format are important!
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Conclusion continued
• Not a time to be modest! But be honest! • Follow up

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