27. December 2007 | Show Originial
As we bring in the new year we should be updating our resumes as well. During the next two weeks I will be discussing the art of resume writing to help you prepare a successful resume. We will also be learning how to write a cover letter because suprisingly as it is many people are unaware of how to write a cover letter. This may even be the first time you've heard the word cover letter and honestly if that is the case this doesn't surprise me at the lease for even when I first graduated college I had no idea what a cover letter was or how to write one.
You will also learn how to put together your professional portfolio so you may be able to present your resume and cover letter professionally. This well help you look well organized and you will stand out from the rest.
Before we begin you will need the write tools to create your portfolio, resume, and cover letter. Some people may have Microsoft Works on their computer (it usually comes with it) which is perfectly fine to use if you don't have the rather expensive Microsoft Office. If you don't have either of these programs you may download Open Office which is absolutely free to download and use.
Today you will create your own professional letter head. This letter head is to be used on every document within your professional portfolio. This includes your resume, cover letter, references, thank you letter, etc.
Your letter head should consist of the following items:
- Your first and last name
- Your professional email
- Your phone number
- Your complete address
Be creative with your letter head, but don't over do it with fancy colors and uneccesay graphics. Keep it clean and professional. Make sure you use fonts that are readable and common such as Arial, Times New Roman, or Tahoma. Avoid type writter like fonts such as Courier. Do not use borders on your letter head at all. This is not professional. If you need examples please visit Microsofts site to get ideas, but please steer clear of the fancy graphic loaded ones.
Happy Hunting Sarasota!