Consider that you found an online job posting for your dream job. Practice completing a résumé package that includes a cover letter, a résumé, and a professional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis. This résumé package is designed to help you prepare for a future job search.
The cover letter must be at least a one-page (three-paragraph) memo that has been tailored to a specific job that interests you. Outline your cover letter using the following steps:
- an opening paragraph that describes the position you are applying for,
- a body paragraph that explains your skills and experience, and
- a closing paragraph that requests an interview and provides your contact information.
The résumé must be at least one page in length and should adhere to the steps outlined in Chapter 14 (see page 206). The details within the résumé must be current with all relevant and up-to-date information.
The first step in building a résumé is to create a draft document with key headings. This involves collecting and merging all relevant information into one document. Begin identifying and listing the following information into an electronic document: Education. List schools, degrees, certificates, credentials, GPA, licenses, and other relevant education-related information, including military experience. Include dates with each entry. Skills. List all skills you possess and identified from the completed accomplishments worksheet (Activity 13.1) in Chapter 13. Employment. Starting with the most recent job, list the employer, start and end dates of employment (month and year), job title, and responsibilities. Languages. List foreign languages, fluency levels, and if you can read, speak, and/or write the foreign language. Honors and awards. List any honors and awards you have received at school, work, or from the community. Professional/community involvement. List volunteer work and community service projects. Include any leadership role you took in these activities. Note that when compiling information to include in your résumé, there is no personal information listed. Personal information such as birthdate, Social Security number, marital/child status, ethnicity, or religion should not be included on a résumé. It is also inappropriate to list hobbies or include photographs. There are laws that protect employees from discrimination in hiring and advancement in the workplace, and employers should not be aware of personal information unless it is relevant to the job for which you are applying. Additional information regarding this subject is presented in Chapter 15. Older job seekers should not list the date of graduation on a résumé, as it could be used for age discrimination.
The SWOT analysis should address the professional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to your professional career. Be honest with yourself as you create this analysis. You may use bullet points for the SWOT analysis, but please use detailed and complete sentences. Your SWOT analysis must be at least one page in length.
Compile all three sections into the one-word document. Your complete assignment must be at least three pages in length. Outside sources are not a requirement for this assignment.