Putting the “Write” Foot Forward

Tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Molly Anderson and I’m currently working as an intern at the oregon department of education. So I spent the last six or seven months learning at the questions and working on project with the human resources team and a lot of that work is focused on recruitment and learning and development for those areas i’m super-interested in so i was excited to buy right About resumes and cover letters – and I hope you’re excited to learn about it. One of my biggest roles on the team is helping to build out some of our social media strategies in a big piece of that is working on linkedin content. So, for the past three or four months, different members of the team have written blog articles on the same.

So if you want to go, read more tips about finding a job or any type of professional development, i posted the link below. So i highly encourage you to go to our page and read through the different things we’ve written. The topic i’m focusing on is actually based off of one of these articles that I wrote back in October. So as I’m going along feel free to leave comments or questions below, and if you have any suggestions for future topics that you want to talk about, then you can also give them suggestions in the comments as well.

To give you some background. As a college student, i know that finding and applying for a job, whether just after college or even, if you’re, at a point farther along in your career, and you have extended experience, it can be kind of overwhelming. So this is a topic that i find to be very useful personally, just as I begin to enter the workforce and kind of navigate those waters. I think the reason this task can be daunting and simply that it can be difficult to truly showcase your talents. Just on a piece of paper and at the same time it can be difficult to know what an organization is or isn’t looking for in a candidate, those kind of part, 2 mashup.

Those values, if you haven’t, had the face-to-face interaction. Yet, unfortunately, there are many ways to combat these fears or challenges and make sure that you’re putting your best skills and assets forward through your resume and cover letter and they’re, really five huge benefit to making sure you create a meaningful resume and cover letter. The first of which is pretty simple, your resume and cover letter will, define you add the professional.

The fact of the matter is the hiring manager won’t see your interact with you until the interview process. So the resume really is you putting all of your skills and experience on paper and seeing this is what I have to bring to the table, and this is how I can be a benefit to the organization. So that’s really your first chance to make an impression.

These statements about your professional experience or what will make you visible to a recruiter or hiring manager if you choose not to share all the relevant skills and abilities that you possess the recruiter, walk that much time trying to guess what you mentor or to assume that You’Re a great fit when you can actually say so when you’re writing for this super-important. Taking this extra time and effort in your writing is really the biggest key to getting an interview where you’ll have the chance to actually explain in person what it is you have to bring to the table if hiring manager has 50 resumes in front of them, and Every candidate meets the minimum qualification just simply replace unique qualifications again in your past, job duties won’t be enough to set you apart from the candidate next few, if you have both possess the same minimum qualification. Finally, having an updated resume makes it easy for you to apply for a job at any time with disappearance week to fit the needs of a job. If you let your resume sit stagnant for a few years or even a few months, it may be difficult to accurately remember everything you’ve accomplished in that time thing. So writing new material becomes stressful and you can’t remember the exact details, so i highly recommend keeping it updated as you go along and as you accomplish things before, you even begin to craft your resume and cover letter.

It is essential that you understand the writing style. You need to have this is based directly off of the mission and culture of the organization are fine for a great way to do. This is by doing informational interviews or looking through the organization’s website, especially if they have any kind of mission or value statement posted.

That’S really helpful but, in my opinion, a really foolproof way to get this information is just by analyzing the job announcement itself. The great thing about getting information from the job announcement is that usually will state mission of the organization, but even more importantly, it will state the purpose of the position you’re applying for and how that fits into the larger mission. So, instead of, for example, our agency benefits education instead of just knowing that broad scope, you can also know how your specific position will further education and organs as well.

So i highly recommend going. There is your first line of defense. Another great thing is that it helps you to envision yourself in the role and let the hiring manager know how your values, the line with the organization’s values. So they can really envision you enroll, you can envision yourself in the world, and each size can kind of see how that it would work, and it also gives you a great windows to use company and Industry. Language not mean that you just use vocabulary.

Words to sound like you fit the job and like you’re well-versed in the technical areas that you’re speaking about, but I’m just focusing on specific skills and assets that you have in those areas and showcasing them in a professional way is really really impressive. And it can help validate your experience and back up what you have to say once you have this information in the front of your mind, you’re ready to define your professional experience within your resume using this lens. So the best way to explain what you have to bring to the table is by being specific about what you have accomplished. We’Ll look at an example of this in a minute, but using action words, real quantitative accomplishments and specific example shows recruiters that the claims are making about yourself are true, remember to only lists the most relevant responsibilities, education and experience to the position you’re applying for so I’M not sure like me, and you don’t have as much extended professional experience, recruiters kind of want to know what you’ve done recently and what is relevant to the job cells, for example. If you’re applying for a job and Counting hiring manager in the necessarily going to be super interesting intrigued by the fact that you’re great graphic designer you went to culinary school or something along those lines, so you can have great skills.

But they might not necessarily apply directly to the position at that time. Finally, a highlight a hiring manager wants to see that you understand the value of your look and that you created outcomes through the work you did in the past, so they don’t just want to see. I was assigned this project they want to see. I was assigned this project.

This is how I addressed it. These are my problem solving skills, and this is what happens because of the way that I approached it. So, let’s look at a quick example of how you can use specific language to showcase your accomplishment.

So you have two resumes in front of you that are coming from two people who have the same job and work on the same project and one simply says: I’m responding to a program which is great, but the other one says I increase funding to help the Student program by thirty-five percent by developing and administrating external promotional events allowing 500 – you can be admitted to the program. It’S pretty clear that the person in the second example showcase their talents in a way that exercise their skills and the real outcomes they created and also how they addressed a certain project. We’Re in the first example were still left with questions like what program with that or how much did the funding of increase, or even just, how did you do it so in react already recruiters, don’t really have the time to stop and ask all these questions about You, when getting through hundreds of resumes they’re just going to skip right over such a general statement, instead of just simply lifting your job duties, our accomplishments, describe methods and outcomes and describe the actual impact of what you did. So how much did something increase or what was the result of your work?

Recruiters want more than just a version of your position description they want to know what motivates you and Drive you to do your best work now that you have a beautifully crafted specific resume? You’Re ready to tackle the more personal piece, which is the cover letter and the great thing about writing the letter second, and that you can look back at your resume – is kind of a cheat sheet. So this will help you have information at your fingertips to back up what you say in your letter, so so you’re going to talk about your leadership skills within your cover letter. You can look back at your resume and say: well, there has been a leader and how could i use these skills that I’ve shown in past position to backup my statement while the resume is this alyssa?

The skills you possess. A cover letter provides the application of those skills to the job you’re applying for so it gives you a chance to expand upon and explain what you are settin. I strongly encourage you to avoid writing one dot cover letter and committee met with multiple applications. Just changing the name of the organization recruiter wants to see that you kind of did your homework and that you really thought about what the mission of the organization is and analyze how you would fit into it, and what you would personally do to further that mission And it comes to class really authentic and genuine, if you do it personally for each organization. Instead of writing one stock message, a great place to start with it is always by thoroughly answering questions posted the job application, whether it’s a question about your leadership abilities or your past experience or how you see yourself getting into the organization.

This will give you a clear window into what they’re kind of looking for on that letter and then from there. You can explain what you’ve done in the past, but, more importantly, explain how you plan to use your past knowledge and skills to benefit the new position. Once you feel confident in your resume and cover letter, you just need some finishing touches and they’ll be ready to go out and when you that interview so remember to address your cover letter to a specific person as possible, this could be the hiring manager or the Recruiter, but it’s not sure you could even address it to the head of the organization or the office sharepoint cool. I just think that anything sounds better than to whom it may concern or to hiring manager because seems to come across as a stock letter again, which never really goes, goes well also remember to avoid using cliché, stock language such as a go-getter or leader, if you’re, Not going to give ample evidence to support how you demonstrate these quality, the end up being a go. Getter in the leader is a bad thing by any means, but if you don’t have the real data and the real experience back it up, then it comes across. Not being genuine or just not validated information to make sure you spend extended amount of time craft in your introduction and conclusion because you’re busy recruiter, they have to read through many of these and you might be the only two positive they remember.

So you have to give them something that they leave remembering when they go to start selecting people for interviews before you turn in your application, along with your resume and cover letter, make sure to read them carefully, read them again and then have at least 12 other People read it, I know, as i’m writing something you become almost desensitized any mistakes in there, and so it can be hard to catch small, brunette, grammatical errors or spelling errors, and so it really helps to get a second set of eyes on him. You can make any corrections before you submit it, because these small errors really can reflect badly on your professional abilities and take away from the great experience that you’ve had so you’re six takeaways for you to remember and keep with you whether you’re searching for a job. Now or you might down the road or maybe you could share these with others, but your resume and cover letter are usually your first opportunity to make a good impression at an organization and brand yourself. Your resume provides the hiring manager with a list of your abilities. So make sure its specific and accurate and backup your information from their your cover letter well, give you the chance to provide a detailed look and how you fit into the culture of the organization before even beginning to craft. These letters and resumes understand the purpose of the mission of the position in the organization also important to look at how the positions within the organization and then keep these materials updated to a lower your stress and be helping to remember everything.

You’Ve accomplished over the years. That you can accurately showcase your talent. Lastly, remember to backup the skills and experience to share with specific examples and outcomes. I can’t say it enough: this is going to be the biggest help. You and it’ll help really show what you didn’t watch few years, because it’s something to be proud of, and it really is the key to getting an interview. Thank you.