The Job Search
Resume and Cover Letters
There are literally hundreds of books and articles available on the "perfect resume." Many suggest their approach to resume design will assure you an interview. Additionally, there are numerous resume services that will design and write your resume for fees. The best resume for you will be one that you do yourself. Here are some thoughts to consider:
- Most job seekers are often screened out due to a poor letter and resume.
- Most employers don't read resumes, they skim them.
- Think of your resume as an advertisement.
- The majority of resumes sent to employers are excellent.
- Your accompanying cover letter can make the difference.
- Most job seekers devote their greatest effort to the resume.
- In both your cover letter and resume, emphasize your qualities and skills.
Resume and Cover Letter Resources
- Purdue Online Writing Lab - Cover Letter Tips and Samples
- Monster Career Advice - Cover Letter Checklist
- Monster - Examples of Resumes by Industry
The employment interview is an opportunity for two parties to provide and evaluate information that will lead to a mutually satisfying conclusion. An interview is "a conversation with a purpose." Your primary goal is to provide adequate and accurate information to assist the employer in evaluating your skills, experiences, goals, objectives and personal traits. Your secondary goal is to listen and obtain information from the employer regarding the position and work environment.
Websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn can be useful networking tools in your job search. Many people see online networking as a great way to begin building relationships with potential coleagues and employers. However, it is important to know the difference between personal and professional networking and to keep them separate. Trying to "friend" an employer via their personal Facebook or Twitter accounts can be harmful to your job search. It is also important to maintain your online reputation. Be cautious about the content posted on your personal pages and remove any photos, comments, or content that may be considered inappropriate.
Online sites other than those mentioned above can be of use to you in your job search as well. Get creative! Young Upstarts and many others give advice on how social media can be used to further your career goals. Each social site provides a unique opportunity for you to show your personality and/or your portfolio as appropriate.
The following Twitter links are resources to help you with your job search and professional development.
- South Dakota Careers provides information about careers in South Dakota.
Attending a job fair provides you with the opportunity to collect information from potential employers, make new contacts, and learn more about available internships and employment opportunities. Visit the South Dakota Association of College Career Centers website for information about upcoming job fairs and job fair tips.