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Resumes & Cover Letters

The English/ESL tutors can help you with writing, updating and editing resumes and cover letters. You can drop in to the Learning Centres or reach the tutors by email (englishtutor[at]vcc.ca).

Links: Career Advice, Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews

Career Advice

LibGuides (VCC) VCC's key resources for job hunters
VCC Career Services A great starting point with both VCC and external resources for the entire job search process.
VIDEO: Don't "Follow Your Passion" An interesting video by a professor at Georgetown University who argues that instead of following your passion, you should "find your talent and work so hard that no one can ignore you". (26 min)
Job Hunting is a Job Tips on how to effectively manage your time and energy while job searching.
Adding Structure to Your Job Search More helpful tips on adopting a professional attitude and structured approach to your job search.
Informational Interviews UBC Career Guide's brief explanation of how an informational interview can help you find a career or job, and the basic steps for completing an informational interview.
Informational Interviews In Depth Quintessential Career's tutorial which explains all the steps of an informational interview in detail.
Social Media and Job Search Advice on how social media is used in today's hiring process.
Linkedin and Job Search How to use Linkedin to enhance your job search.


Resumes

Damn Good Resume Guide Strong resume examples (both chronological and functional format) for customer service, office work, hospitality, and trades. The Broadway and Downtown Learning Centres have copies of this book with more instructions and different resume samples.
VIDEO: UBC Resume Resource A great set of three short videos on: writing accomplishment statements (4 min), targeting your resume (6 min), and organizing content (5 min). On the right hand side of the organizing content video are resume samples. Click "Undergraduate Students" to see a list of sample resumes for recent graduates.
Before and After Resumes University of Toronto's career toolkits are an amazing resource that show a series of improved resumes and cover letters for a specific job posting in fields like Accounting, Finance, Computer Science, and Management.
Best Resume Tips for 2014 Up-to-date information for those who want to take their resume and career to the next level including tips on branding, social media, and using statistics and keywords in your resume.


Cover Letters

UBC's Career Resources Easy-to-read list of bulleted suggestions for a strong cover letter. Click on the "undergraduate students" link to the right to see three excellent cover letters.
McGill's Cover Letter Guide PDF document of step-by-step instructions on writing a cover letter. McGill refers to C.V.s, but in British Columbia, we primarily use resumes.
Harvard Business Review Article on how to give hiring managers what they're looking for in a cover letter.
VIDEO: Cover Letter Tips 5 questions answered about how to write a cover letter (2015)
VIDEO: How to Write a Cover Letter 30:26 min. Conversational video on how to make your cover letter stand out, how to get referred, how to conduct an information interview, and how to structure your cover letter. Key points of video included alongside.
Manitoba Career Development Check out Appendix A for several great examples of cover letters for varied job postings. If you have more time to read, this is a wonderful resource to really develop your cover letter skills.


Interview

20 Job Interview Tips Comprehensive list of tips for interview success for any level of job experience by Experis.
VIDEO: Job Interview Tips. 5:11 min. Harvard Career Centre tips for interview preparation, during an interview, and after the interview. The presenter uses excellent body language and effective presentation style.
VIDEO: "Tell Me About Yourself" 3:27 min. Three students model good and bad answers to the common interview question, "Tell me about yourself," as well as improving body language and presentation to be stronger candidates.
VIDEO: "What Is Your Biggest Weakness?" 4:33 min. A four step framework on how to answer this question authentically without creating fake "good weaknesses". Note the presentation style is not a good model to follow due to the speaker's shifting, hair touching, etc.
STAR Technique Describes how to answer competency-based interview questions using the STAR Technique (Situation-Task-Action-Result)
VIDEO: Body Language That Gets The Job 4:27 min. Highlights eye contact, voice quality, handshake, content, and posture as important factors in a job interview.
VIDEO: TEDTalk Body Language 21 min. Longer video that explains how to build confidence through changing body language and posture and research on how body language has a huge impact in having a successful interview.