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Page 1: The Jobseeker’s Manual Workbook...Resume Tips 11 Functional Resume Example 12 Chronological Resume Example 13 Scannable Resume Example 14 Cover Letter Tips 15 Thank You Letter Example

The Jobseeker’s Manual Workbook

By Lisa Martino

www.lisa-martino.com

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Contents

Qualifications Worksheet 3

Reference Worksheet 7

Career-Specific Worksheet 9

Company Research Worksheet 10

Resume Tips 11

Functional Resume Example 12

Chronological Resume Example 13

Scannable Resume Example 14

Cover Letter Tips 15

Thank You Letter Example 16

Social Media Marketing Plan Worksheet 17

Monthly Budget Example 18

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Qualifications Worksheet

Instructions: The information on this form should be thorough and complete. Save it as a lasting

resource; update it as the years pass. Use the information as a “menu” from which to create a unique

resume for each job you seek.

1. Put this worksheet onto a computer file and keep it for future use.

2. Consider the sample resume formats and start to build your resume

3. Update the information annually. Go through the past year and consider your experiences and

accomplishments, recording them while they are fresh in your mind.

Date updated: ________________

I. Personal Information

Mailing Address:

City, State, Zip:

Home Phone/Cell Phone:

Permanent Address (if different)

[If you anticipate ever requesting a security clearance, you will need to record every place you have

ever resided (sometimes as far back as 10 years). List them here:

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II. Education

Technical school, college or university:

Address:

Degree:

Major(s)/Minor(s):

Major GPA: Overall GPA:

Training or certifications received, licenses obtained (any courses taken but no degrees received

should also be listed):

III. Experience Information (consider all experience—paid, unpaid, volunteer, etc.)

Position title:

Organization name:

Address, City, State, Zip:

Dates employed (months & years only)

From: _________________________ To: _______________________

Name of supervisor(s):

Duties and responsibilities:

Quality attributes you found important and used successfully in this position.

Specific performance accomplishments or contributions you made to this job:

Combine the duties, qualities and accomplishments together and write a strong job description:

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III. Experience Information (consider all experience—paid, unpaid, volunteer, etc.)

Position title:

Organization name:

Address, City, State, Zip:

Dates employed (months & years only)

From: _________________________ To: _______________________

Name of supervisor(s):

Duties and responsibilities:

Quality attributes you found important and used successfully in this position.

Specific performance accomplishments or contributions you made to this job:

Combine the duties, qualities and accomplishments together and write a strong job description:

III. Experience Information (consider all experience—paid, unpaid, volunteer, etc.)

Position title:

Organization name:

Address, City, State, Zip:

Dates employed (months & years only)

From: _________________________ To: _______________________

Name of supervisor(s):

Duties and responsibilities:

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Quality attributes you found important and used successfully in this position.

Specific performance accomplishments or contributions you made to this job:

Combine the duties, qualities and accomplishments together and write a strong job description:

IV. Special Competencies

Write your special talents, skills, training, languages (artistic, computer skills, special licenses,

significant achievements):

V. Activities

Memberships in professional associations, clubs or community groups, volunteer & religious

organizations. Include name of the association, offices held and the dates. Add any significant

activities attributed to your leadership:

Awards and Honors (academic, athletic, social, civic. Any scholarship not based on financial need):

Creative professional activities (articles written, inventions, projects presented or displayed):

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Reference Worksheet

Completing a job reference worksheet is an important part of preparing for new employment. Ideally,

you should prepare your list of references prior to sending out a job application to potential employers.

Doing so gives you a chance to contact people you know and verify you have permission to use them as

a reference. People who may be good references include teachers, clergy, business associates, mentors,

long-time family friends, and previous supervisors. Remember, your contacts should be people who

know you well, have an understanding of what your skills and expertise are, and know how you would

be of benefit to a potential employer.

Different companies may require different types of references. Some companies will want only personal

or professional, and others will want a combination of both. Your best bet is to gather information for

three personal references and three professional references on a master reference list. If you do not have

that many references, three is acceptable.

You can use the worksheet below to gather information on each contact.

1. Name

Address

Telephone

Position/Title

How Many Years Known

Personal or Professional

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

2. Name

Address

Telephone

Position/Title

How Many Years Known

Personal or Professional

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

3. Name

Address

Telephone

Position/Title

How Many Years Known

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

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Personal or Professional

_________________________________________________

4. Name

Address

Telephone

Position/Title

How Many Years Known

Personal or Professional

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

5. Name

Address

Telephone

Position/Title

How Many Years Known

Personal or Professional

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

6. Name

Address

Telephone

Position/Title

How Many Years Known

Personal or Professional

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

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Career-Specific Worksheet

Type or write a Career Specific Form (see workbook for sample). List all the career information you gathered

from your research. Include experience and education requirements, physical requirements (i.e., able to lift 20

lbs.), work environment (office or field), license requirements (driver’s license or CDL), etc. Don’t forget to list

pay scale and job outlook (faster than average). List the possibilities for advancement. A lot of this information is

found in the specific job listing under the Education section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook website.

Job Title:

Experience Requirements (entry level or years of experience):

Education Requirements (High school diploma, certificate, or degree):

Physical Requirements (lift 20 pounds, standing, sitting, language requirements):

Work Environment (office or outdoors):

License Requirements (state license):

Pay Scale (average salary):

Job Outlook (faster or slower than average):

Advancement Opportunities (title of promotional position, if available):

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Company Research Worksheet

Internet Company Research Information: Go to the internet and search for jobs you want. Once

you find at least two jobs, research the companies offering the job by filling out the fields below.

Name of Company #1:

Industry/Type:

Website Address:

Physical Address:

Contact Information:

Job Advertised (include description of job, where you found it, name of contact person, how do you

send in resume: fax/email):

Better Business Bureau Information (year began, how many employees, size of company, any

complaints, is it a corporation or sole proprietorship, or any other information you find important):

Additional information gathered from website, such as services and/or products offered, events

planned:

Name of Company #2:

Industry/Type:

Website Address:

Physical Address:

Contact Information:

Job Advertised (include description of job, where you found it, name of contact person, how do you

send in resume: fax/email)

Better Business Bureau Information (year began, how many employees, size of company, any

complaints, is it a corporation or sole proprietorship, or any other information you find important)

Additional information gathered from website, such as services and/or products offered, events

planned.

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Resume Tips

Your Contact Information Use your complete name and place at the top and centered. Beneath your name, list your mailing

address, home and cell phone numbers, e-mail address. Add any professional links like LinkedIn.com.

Where to Put Your Education List your education after your career history (chronological resume). For new graduates or students

about to graduate who don’t have a substantial amount of work experience, listing your education before

your career history is acceptable (functional resume).

Avoid 3rd Person References Do not write yourself as a third person in a resume or cover letter.

One Page or Two Anything beyond two pages may overwhelm or even bore the reader (unless it is a curriculum vitae).

Your accomplishments, skills, and two most recent positions should be enough to pique their interest.

Use Your Resume to Get Interviews

Don't go into detail about every item on your resume. The purpose of your resume is to generate enough

interest to get a callback for an interview.

The 2-minute Rule

An average reader reads a 2-page resume in about 2-3 minutes. Your resume has to grab their attention

in the first 30-45 seconds.

Use a Font that is Easy to Read A 10-12 point font in Arial or Times New Roman are the best choices for your resume and cover letter.

Use Bullet Points In experience section, use bullets with short sentences rather than lengthy paragraphs.

Use Power or Action Words Use descriptive verbs in your resume as the first word in your bullet points. Words to consider using are:

Supervised, Led, Developed, Mastered, Coordinated, and Managed.

Stick To The Positive Points Leave negative and unnecessary items off of your resume.

Add Numbers to Your Accomplishments Employers look for people with measurable accomplishments. Numbers, dollars, and percentages stand

out and grab the reader's attention. Examples are: school attendance at 100% or Overall GPA 3.75

Proofread Your Resume Your spell checker is a great tool, but you can’t always rely on it to catch every error.

Post Your Resume Online Once your resume has been approved and finalized, be sure to post it on several online resume databases

as well as your LinkedIn page and post the URL. This will allow you to advertise your skills and

accomplishments to employers hiring in your industry and location.

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Functional Resume Example

Name

Address, City, ST ZIP Code - Telephone - Email

Objective Add you career goals and five-year plan. Should be two to three sentences. Note: This section may be

not be necessary. Some recent resume trends are omitting this section. You choose.

Education Degree - Date Earned - School

Major:

Minor:

Related coursework:

Skills & Abilities (Always in present tense)

Management: Include your team (how many?) – Capable of managing a team of 10 people…

Sales: Include sales record and awards

Communication: Strong writing skills, experience with virtual meeting software (list software)

Leadership: List examples, like project manager of …

Experience Job Title | Company | Dates From - To

Responsibilities: Should be in past tense if no longer working there.

Complied monthly sales report

Delegated workload and weekly work schedules

Job Title | Company | Dates From - To

Responsibilities: Should be in past tense if no longer working there.

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Chronological Resume Example

Name

Address, City, ST ZIP Code - Telephone - Email

Objective Add you career goals and five-year plan. Should be two to three sentences. Note: This section may be

not be necessary. Some recent resume trends are omitting this section. You choose.

Experience (Note: This section should be more descriptive than the functional resume)

Job Title | Company | Dates From - To (Most recent first)

Responsibilities: Should be in past tense if no longer working there.

Complied monthly sales report

Delegated workload and weekly work schedules to team of twenty

Job Title | Company | Dates From - To

Responsibilities: Should be in past tense if no longer working there.

Education Degree - Date Earned - School

Major:

Minor:

Related coursework:

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Scannable Resume Example

Note: Exactly like functional but with formatting cleared and everything aligned to the left margin.

Name

Address, City, ST ZIP Code - Telephone - Email

Objective

Add you career goals and five-year plan. Should be two to three sentences. Note: This section may be

not be necessary. Some recent resume trends are omitting this section. You choose.

Education

Degree - Date Earned - School

Major:

Minor:

Related coursework:

Skills & Abilities (Always in present tense)

Management: Include your team (how many?) – Capable of managing a team of 10 people…

Sales: Include sales record and awards

Communication: Strong writing skills, experience with virtual meeting software (list software)

Leadership: List examples, like project manager of …

Experience

Job Title | Company | Dates From - To

Responsibilities: Should be in past tense if no longer working there.

* Monthly sales report

* Delegation of workload and weekly schedules

Job Title | Company | Dates From - To

Responsibilities: Should be in past tense if no longer working there.

* Monthly sales report

* Delegation of workload and weekly schedules

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Cover Letter Tips

GOAL: Write a cover letter to accompany a resume for a specific job. This could be either a solicited

cover letter or an unsolicited cover letter.

DEFINITIONS:

1. A solicited job application is an application to a posted advertised job requested by a specific

company.

2. An unsolicited job application is an application to a job not posted or requested by a company

but is a request for a job from a company you are interested in working for.

TIPS:

1. Use the Company Research Worksheet to customize your letter.

a. If this is a solicited job, print out the job advertisement so you can tailor your cover letter

and resume to their posted job.

b. If this is an unsolicited job, review the information gathered on your Company Research

Worksheet so you can tailor your cover letter and resume to the company.

2. Draft the letter using the above information. Search the internet for current trends in cover letter

components so as to keep your work updated.

3. The letter must include the following basics:

a. Address the letter as directed in the job ad.

o If there is no name, call the company and request the person’s name and physical

address to whom the letter should be addressed, if possible.

o If that does not work, use “Dear Hiring Manager:”.

b. First paragraph: Introduce yourself, identify the position you are applying for, and how you

found the job opening (newspaper, website, etc.).

c. Body of letter: Sell yourself and your skills. Focus on the employer’s needs and how you can

meet those needs. Make them measurable.

d. Closing paragraph: Request an interview and motivate the reader to contact you. Provide

contact information.

e. Signature line: Sincerely, Best regards, etc.

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Thank You Letter Example

Note: If you met with more than one person, each person gets a separate thank you letter.

Date

Interviewer Name

Interviewer Title

Company Name

Company Address

City, State, Zip

Dear Mr. / Ms. Contact:

Thank you for taking the time to discuss the technician position at Bob’s Repair Shop with me. After

meeting with you and observing the company's operations, I am further convinced that my background

and skills are a perfect match with your needs.

I really appreciate that you took so much time to acquaint me with the company. I feel I could learn a

great deal from you and would certainly enjoy working with you. In addition to my qualifications, I will

bring excellent work habits to this position.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding your hiring decision. Again, thank you for your time and

consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Your Contact Information

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Social Media Marketing Plan Worksheet

Instructions: Create a document with these headers and include all the information below.

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Monthly Budget Example

Type Projected

Cost Actual Cost

Difference Type Projected Cost

Actual Cost

Difference

Mortgage or rent $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 Video/DVD $0.00

Phone $54.00 $100.00 -$46.00 CDs $0.00

Electricity $44.00 $56.00 -$12.00 Movies $0.00

Gas $22.00 $28.00 -$6.00 Concerts $0.00

Water and sewer $8.00 $8.00 $0.00 Sporting events $0.00

Cable $34.00 $34.00 $0.00 Live theater $0.00

Waste removal $10.00 $10.00 $0.00 Other $0.00

Maintenance/repairs $23.00 $0.00 $23.00 Other $0.00

Supplies $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 Other $0.00

Other $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 Personal Loan $0.00

Vehicle payment $0.00 Student Loan $0.00

Bus/taxi fare $0.00 Credit card $0.00

Car Insurance $0.00 Credit card $0.00

Licensing $0.00 Credit card $0.00

Fuel $0.00 Other $0.00

Car Maintenance $0.00 Other $0.00

Home Insurance $0.00 Other $0.00

Health Insurance $0.00 Other $0.00

Life Insurance $0.00 Other $0.00

Groceries $0.00 Other $0.00

Dining out $0.00 Charity $0.00

Food $0.00 Charity $0.00

Medical $0.00 Alimony $0.00

Pharmacy $0.00 Attorney $0.00

Other $0.00 Subtotal $0.00

Hair/nails $0.00

Clothing $0.00 TOTAL PROJECTED COST $1,195.00

Dry cleaning $0.00

Health club $0.00 TOTAL ACTUAL COST $1,236.00

Organization dues $0.00

Other $0.00 TOTAL DIFFERENCE ($41.00)

Subtotal $0.00