Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cover Letters & CV's

Now that TOKW is behind us, we can concentrate on some more basic job skills - HOW TO APPLY FOR A JOB? But before we start, let us create an artifact in E-Pearl under the Term 2 folder using the following information:

Title - Cover Letter and CV
Task - what are you being asked to do exactly and why?
Criteria - Skip this one for now!
Task Goal - What do you want to achieve during this assignment? (Is this a S.M.A.R.T. goal?)
Strategies - Name at least 3 different strategies you are going to use to achieve your goal.

The rest of the artifact can be filled in later, once your work is complete.

First, you need to find a job to apply for - Where are you going to local for local advertisements? If you look at The Montreal Gazette online, it has access to its "working section" where you can search for job advertisements here in Montreal. Keep it simple! Try to find a job that you could apply for TODAY with the qualifications you already have! COPY AND PASTE THE AD INTO A WORD DOCUMENT IN CASE YOU DO NOT FINISH THE LETTER THIS CLASS.

1 - Find an advertisement that seems interesting and then pull up your old John Example letter. It should be on the Portal, E-Pearl, or you USB. If it is not - Then you will have to re-type it!

2 - Change all the necessary information on your John Example letter so that it fits the job you are applying for. (Re-read it a few times to make sure it makes sense!)

3- Once you are finished, save your Cover Letter with a title and your name, then attach it to the artifact you created.

Second, open up a new WORD document and open the Résumé Wizard. Fill in all the necessary information and include the following sections (in this order):

Objective - what position are you applying for?
Languages - what languages do you speak and write?
Education - where do you go to school? Where have you gone to school?
Awards - have you received any awards at school?
Work experience - have you ever had a job?
Volunteer experience - have you given back to your community?
Interests and activities - what kind of sports or organizations are you a part of?
Hobbies - what do you do for fun on the weekends?
References - who can I contact to find out if you are a good worker? What is their first and last name, their position at work and their work phone number.

Try to fill in EVERY category! If you cannot, then do not include it in your CV.

Finished all that? (Nice.) Save your CV and attach it to your artifact.

PS: Still working on your TOKW entry? Wow. GET MOVING.

PPS: Still working on your GOALS? Too bad, you will have to finish it at home.

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