Certain details attract the attention of interviewers, whereas other aspects of job-search communication routinely disqualify applicants. Savvy job hunters know how to highlight strengths and learn how to deal with any difficulties in their work background. It is also important to customize résumés and application letters for each specific job description.
Many companies now prefer online résumés, which differ slightly from the traditional hardcopy résumé. Job seekers can also use online job boards and databases to their advantage.
Resources: Job-Application Skills, newspaper or online database, Model Documents Gallery, business document templates, and Writing a Letter of Application Checklist
Due Date: Day 7 [Individual] forum
Review the Week Seven reading Job-Application Skills.
Review the job titles and descriptions in a newspaper or online database, such as http://www.monster.com or http://www.jobing.com
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Select a job you want.
Create a résumé for online distribution using one of the examples in the Model Documents Gallery at http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/modeldocs/business.htm You may elect to use one of the templates at http://jobsearch.about.com/od/samperesumes/qt/microtemplate.htm
Write a 200- to 300-word job-application letter to accompany the résumé using one of the examples in the Model Documents Gallery. You may elect to use one of the templates at http://jobsearch.about.com/od/samperesumes/qt/microtemplate.htm
Use the Writing a Letter of Application Checklist at http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/axia/WritersChecklist/write_letterofapp.html to ensure you have written an effective job-application letter. If you cannot answer yes to every question, revise your letter before submitting it.
Post the résumé and job-application letter as attachments.