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WorkAbility IV Program


Employment Preparation

Resume Writing

A resume is a document that is your brochure for employers; therefore, it is used to present your skills, education and work experience. Resumes are an integral part of the modern day job search. This marketing tool is customizable, so it can highlight the skills that each company representative will find most appropriate for their needs.

Three Common Resume Types

  1. Reverse Chronological Resume

The reverse chronological resume is good for people who have a strong consistent work history; therefore, this type of resume will reveal gaps in employment.

  1. Combination Resume

The combination resume is a good choice for those who wish to highlight both required skills and a consistent work history with no gaps.

  1. Functional (or Skill-based) Resume Resume

The functional resume is the best choice for people with a work history that includes gaps. This resume can be difficult to write because it is dependent on what you can do rather than what you have done.

Tips for writing a good resume

Samples of resumes for your review:

Cover Letters

A cover letter is used as a vehicle to highlight the skills that are not mentioned in the resume but are pertinent to the position for which you are applying. The contents of the resume should not be restated in the cover letter; rather, the cover letter should elaborate concepts in the resume.

A cover letter (also called a letter of application or a letter of introduction) is usually divided into three parts:

  1. Introduction

In the introduction, clearly state what the position of interest is and where the position was found (e.g. classified ads or job board).

  1. Body

In the body of the letter, describe why you are the most qualified applicant for the position. Focus on the skill sets you may bring in which are important to the position.

  1. Closing

In the closing, suggest an interview to discuss your qualifications.

Tips for writing a good cover letter

Sample of a cover letter for your reVIew:

Preparing for the Interview

Being prepared for the interVIew shows your potential employer that you are serious about obtaining the position for which you have applied.

Be sure to:

What to wear

Clothing and presentation are other forms of communication. Dressing appropriately shows the potential employer that you are taking the meeting seriously.

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