Resumes and cover letters
Creating your resume and cover letter
If you think you can create a resume and cover letter on your own, Microsoft.com has some excellent resume and cover letter templates to use for free. For more tips, search online for “how to write a resume” and “how to write a cover letter.”
To make your resume strong, search online for “resume words,” and you’ll come up with lists of action verbs to use. It’s very important to choose appropriate words, because some companies use electronic screening programs to search the hundreds of resumes they receive.
For free help preparing your resume and cover letter, visit your local One-Stop Career Center. The One-Stop Career Centers are located in every state and are sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. You can locate your local One-Stop Center by putting in your zip code at the above mentioned website. You can reach them by phone at 877-348-0502 for those who prefer to talk to someone directly.
At a One-Stop, you can find job leads, and get help with career planning, job training and transition solutions to re-enter the workforce. Most of them have special programs and dedicated counselors to help ex-offenders, veterans and the disabled.
Once you register at a One-Stop Center, you can go there as often as you like and take advantage of all they have to offer; academic and career assessment tools, job hunting resources, high speed Internet access, fax machines, photocopiers, phones to use and more. They offer a wide variety of workshops on various aspects of job searching, have listings of current job openings and on-site employer hiring events, and provide links to training and educational funding sources and referrals to community services and resources.
Each One-Stop Center has an assessment center, where you can take a series of skills and interests tests to determine what jobs your background might be suitable for and personality tests to determine what type of jobs might be most appropriate for your personality. At a One-Stop, you can also find out about training programs and whether you might qualify for any federal or state money available to pay for them.
You can also make an appointment for individual assistance with your resume, and a job counselor will help you put it together.
Types of resumes
A functional resume, which highlights your skills and abilities, will probably work better for you than a chronological, which lists your past jobs in the order in which you had them, particularly if there are gaps in time or excessive job changes.