Visual Career Portfolio

A Visual Career Portfolio consists of two main components: visual career tools that represent your abilities, skills, capabilities, knowledge, qualities a representation of your potential in the workplace The purpose of the Visual Career Portfolio is to demonstrate that you have work-related skills and experience necessary to fulfill the requirements of a specific job. The…

Letter of Decline

A formal letter of decline is a professional way to turn down an offer.  The intent is to indicate your appreciation, explain why you are not accepting, and consequently avoid burning any bridges with the employer. If you are still open to negotiation then you would delineate your conditions in this document. Not burning bridges…

Letter of Acceptance

Some companies may require a written acceptance letter from you. The acceptance letter indicates you are accepting the position, and reiterates the terms of the offer. Reviewing the terms will help to avoid misunderstandings or confusion about the offer details. Some people like a third-party, such as a family lawyer, to review their offer letters,…

Thank You Letters

Thank you letters demonstrate your professionalism, are common courtesy, and show good follow-up skills. Thank you letters are always appreciated and show an extra touch of class. Additionally, a thank you letter is a good excuse to keep you in the recipient’s mind. A thank you letter should be sent within 48 hours after the…

Cover Letters

The purpose of a cover letter is to: Make a formal introduction of yourself Capture the interest of the reader Entice the reader to read your resume Allow you to state your case Highlight the attributes of interest to the employer Inspire action on the part of the reader (phone call to you) Your cover…

Resume “Do’s and Do nots”

Do…. Do not…. ·       View yourself as a marketable product and service to be presented to a hiring representative. ·       Try to tell the reader everything by including an exhaustive skills lists or a comprehensive work history. ·       Present yourself accurately and positively. ·       Lie or exaggerate. ·       Lead the reader through your points with…

Formatting Tips

Your name is one of the most important features on a resume because without it, your resume would be useless! Use a larger font size, such as 16 point or 18 point font, to make this information stand out. One of the best ways to set off names and headings is by using different kinds…

Chronological vs. Functional Resumes

Formatting your resume is an important decision in the resume development process. If your qualifications are presented in the right format, the reader can identify you as a worthy candidate in less than eight seconds. There are two basic resume formats: chronological and functional. Decide which format works best for you by reviewing the following…

Professional Experience

The Professional Experience section is the portion of your resume where you describe your prior work achievements, grouping them chronologically by organization/employer (chronological resume), or by functional skill (functional resume). For most people, it is the most difficult section of the resume to write! This section includes the name of your employer, title, duration of…