Seminar length: 3 hours
Number of participants: 30 people
- The résumé: choose between different formats and résumé writing styles
- Using text editors to write a cover letter: how to format job applications with text editors (Microsoft Word) and email
- Preliminary group sessions to test participants’ knowledge on résumé writing
- Introduction on filling out sections on personal information, academic careers, and work experience
- Effective use of social networks
- Focus on language and technological skills, scholastic and extracurricular activities, and how to highlight them in job applications
- What to include in a cover letter
- Final Q&A session
What is a cover letter
Cover letters were designed to introduce a candidate and highlight previous work experience and acquired skills necessary for the position the candidate is applying for. A cover letter should not simply provide an overview of a candidate’s résumé, but quickly point out personal and professional strengths, explaining why the candidate is the right person for the job.
How to write a cover letter
- Indicate a specific recipient by addressing the letter to either a recruiter, or if unknown, to the company. Examples: Dear Mr. Brown or To the Human Resource Team at Google.
- Introduce yourself with a few lines on your career or studies. Avoid an introduction like: My name is Mario Rossi, I am an engineer. Instead aim for introductory phrases like: I am a recent graduate.
- Explain motivations for applying for the position, paying close attention to:
- displaying an interest in the company and the position, demonstrating commitment to their objectives,
- showing recruiters that you have understood the position by referencing points in the job advertisement. Example: if the advertisement asks for knowledge of Access and Powerpoint, a candidate should write: I meet all the basic requirements and have a solid understanding of Access and Powerpoint as you can see in my résumé.
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