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TIPS HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE RESUME AND COVER LETTER!

Study Up EMT has created some tips to help you write an effective resume that meet’s the employer’s needs and lands you an interview. Below we have separated each topic of what your resume should contain. Remember, your resume is the key to help you get an interview and for the employer to understand your qualifications. Take into consideration that a resume is an opportunity to talk about you and your experiences. It should be professional and detailed with exact information about you. Your resume should fit on one sheet of paper (unless you have certain medical certifications/experiences that are not able to fit) you do not want to put too much information that overwhelms the employer. Too much information that consists of multiple pages will overwhelm the employer and chances of being thrown in the desktop trash! Let’s Get Started…..

Resume

Heading

  • Type in your name at the top of the page with large and bold type. Do not use a fancy font that is hard to read (Arial or Times New Roman is a great font to utilize.)  Be careful with the font size as well, use 10 -12 point font size. You need to fit all information on one page. Include address, contact number, and email address. If you have a Linkedin account place your profile name along with the contact information. Linkedin is a great tool that employers utilize these days to check on applicants (plus, you can see in Linkedin if the employer has looked up your profile) If you do not have a Linkedin profile go and get one set up asap!

Objective

  • Focus on the job position that you are applying.

  • Look at some of the keywords the employer stated in the job requirements of the job posting.

  • Clearly, state the job position and hours you are seeking. Emphasize the skills you have for the open position.

  • Avoid vague phrases about yourself. Your resume should support the objective the employer is searching for.

Education

  • Identify your degree, major, graduation date, and school

  • Include certifications and job training

  • You may also want to include awards and accomplishments while in school. (Ex. Dean’s List)

  • Include your GPA. Employer expectations may vary.

Course Listings

  • You may also include a list of courses that you have taken that is relevant to the job requirements.

Skills

  • This is the strong point of your resume. Place all of your skills that pertain to the objective the employer is needing. Languages, technical skills, certifications, leadership, teamwork, communication, etc.

  • Be sure to give convincing evidence to each skill. Be very precise and clear about each skill.

Experience

  • If you have extensive experience that is related and unrelated to the employer’s needs, have two subsections – Related and Additional section.

  • Place the most recent experiences that pertain to the job description and necessary for the position. Be clear and concise of your accomplishments with keywords that get the message across to the employer.

  • You have to use keywords that express your skills in a professional manner. Action keywords are very effective in this part of the resume.

Optional Information

  • This section is to place your accomplishments and activities such as honors, awards, certificates, etc.

  • Items you should avoid

  • Have your references on a separate sheet of paper and give to the employer at your interview.

  • Do not place your political, religion, marital status, and other personal data. You do not want to hinder your opportunity or placed in a position because of your personal views. This is a touchy subject you want to stay away from. Your objective is to get the interview and potentially get the position. Stick to the objective.

Keep in Mind

  • Only use one sheet of paper that all of your information will contain. The less paper the employer has to shuffle through the better. If the employer looks at your resume all on one sheet he/she may be impressed that you are able to put that much detailed information about yourself on one sheet of paper. Remember, Clear and Precise.

  • Make sure your font and headings are a good size to clearly read.

  • Make sure you have your Cover Letter along with your resume. You can see an example of our Cover Letter to help guide you.

  • If you have to print and turn in your resume, make sure to use white or off-white paper.

  • Once you finish take your final copy and paste it to a platform that spells check your work. Grammarly is free and a great resource to evaluate your work. Incorrect spelling and punctuation that is seen on your resume could be detrimental to you even being considered an interview. Don’t mess this part up.

  • Have a friend or family member proofread your resume. They just might catch something you missed.

  • If you email your resume start your email with a greeting. (Ex, Hello, Hope this email finds you well.) Then explain to the employer why you are emailing and make sure you have both your cover letter and resume attached to the email.

  • On the subject line of the email where the employer will see before he/she opens the email, be creative and professional. Ex. Subject: [Job Position] – [Name] This will catch the attention of the employer and will want to click and open your email. Remember, the employer probably gets a great amount of emails a day so you want to be very precise to get the employer to open your email.

  • We hope this information we have gathered helps you land an interview and get the position. Good Luck!

Cover Letter

 Below we have created a cover letter to help guide you to create your very own cover letter. The cover letter is your introduction for the employer to consider even reading your resume. If your cover letter is not clear and precise about your objective, then how can the employer know what you are specifically looking for. If you do not create a cover letter with your resume, the employer may look at it as incomplete. You do not want to start off on the wrong foot by not having a cover letter. Yes, a cover letter is important just as your resume. The first impression is very important!

 

 EXAMPLE

Dear Mr. Doe:

I recently learned about the [ position ] at [ company ] through [ website/friend/job listing ] and would like to be considered for this position. I have had the opportunity to speak with [ name ] about the position and company’s goals for the future. With the [ position ] you are seeking, I would be a strong candidate for the position.

I am aware that [ company name ] provides 911 and/or transfer services to the general public and the challenges this job intels. With your goal of finding the perfect candidate that meets the health care challenges, I know that my experience and problem-solving skills coupled, will enable me to help achieve your goals.

As you can see from my resume, I have the knowledge and strong work ethics, as well as the ability to follow detailed instructions and protocols. In addition, I have experience working in the Emergency Medical Service and have all my certifications up to date.

I’d would like the opportunity to talk further with you about how my skills and experience could be beneficial to [ company name ]. Should you be interested in speaking with me I have attached my contact information. Thank you very much, and I hope to receive your favorable response soon.

Sincerely,

[ Signature ]

[ first and last name ] [ certification level ]

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