Job search: résumé, curriculum-vitae, and cover-letter

You will you learn how-to:

  • Build your résumé.
  • Craft a cover-letter.
  • Define your positioning statement.
  • Elaborate a value proposition statement.

Read on if you are:

  • Graduating and looking for a job/internship.
  • Changing careers.

Table of content:

Make your job application stand out with pimped-up job search tools

Your Job Search Tools should reflect who you are

Your job search tools should explain what you can do, and how you can fit into the company. If you follow those principles, your curriculum vitae or résumé and your cover letter will make you stand out in the job market. This is because each document is serving a specific purpose.
Accordingly, the résumé or curriculum vitae highlights your skills. And the cover letter explains your understanding of the job and the company.

The first part of this guide focuses on who you are, what your skills are, and how you want employers to perceive you. As you progress, you will relate your skills to the job requirements. You will also clarify whether the company offering the job meets your career and life expectations. Hence, part one brings you to unveil who you are.

Your Job Search Tools should unveil who you are

The two documents you send out in a job search, are the résumé and the cover letter. Both documents say something about you. The résumé says how well you fit the job description.

Meaning, you possess the technical know-how to do the job successfully. Owning a set of skills suggests that you spent time developing and nurturing those skills.

So you made some choices and took some decisions based on what your goals in life are. Your curriculum vitae should reflect the goal you chose.

The curriculum vitae also showcases your achievements. Each achievement should be staged to explicitly demonstrate the skills you earned and explain the experience earned.

Unveil yourself

Your Job Search Tools should explicit how well you and the company match

The cover letter says what a good match you are for the company.

Being a good match for the company means that you share the same values as the company. And that you will most certainly get along well with your co-workers.

If you want to convince someone, you must be sure about your own choices and decisions. This course is about “finding the job you love, so you never feel like you are working”.

You and your company match
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Lessons

  1. Use a life vision for easy job searching
  2. Why should you be chosen for the job?
  3. Give your curriculum vitae a goal
  4. Unveil skills by staging achievements
  5. Tell Human Resources how much you love them
  6. Prospective Letter: nudging in 4 easy steps

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