Assignment 2: Resume and Cover Letter

Assignment 2: Resume and Cover Letter

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Assignment 3: LinkedIn Profile

Three of the primary ways that you’ll communicate your expertise to your target audience(s)

consist of (1) your resume, (2) an accompanying cover letter, and (3) your LinkedIn profile. In

that your LinkedIn profile is an online dynamic form of resume, we’ll link the description of

these two assignments together to save you time and effort.

The important thing to remember when developing your resume and your LinkedIn page is that

there is no one particular way to construct either of them. The key is to remember the following:

  1. Target your resume and even your LinkedIn page to the type of position that you want to acquire. (Think about the Product/Audience Match Strategy that you did for Module 3.)

Don’t be so general that a potential employer isn’t really sure what you’re all about.

Even if some of your past jobs are fairly eclectic (diverse), you can still pull together a

theme regarding some aspect of your job duties (e.g., customer service, analytics,

decision making, dedication, etc.).

  1. Make both your resume and your LinkedIn page attractive. An employer often takes only a few moments to examine your resume or your LinkedIn profile, and if those

promotional tools are too cluttered, have tiny font, are inconsistent in the presentation, or

have an otherwise sloppy feel, the employer likely won’t bother to read what’s written.

  1. Sell your best skills. Make sure that you’ve presented your best selling points and that you’ve put across the message about why you’re the right person for the job. Don’t use

generic statements such as “I’m a hard worker” or “I’m good with people.” (People aren’t

going to say the opposite, such as “I’m really a slacker” or “I don’t like people.”)

Instead, focus in on a few key (and potentially unique) skills and provide some quick

evidence regarding how you’ve used these skills to get tangible results. Think about the

Strengths that you detailed in your Raw Materials Assessment and incorporate them if

you can.

  1. Pay attention to detail. In that this may be one of the most scrutinized documents in the hiring process, it is extremely important to make sure that there are no typos, grammatical

errors, misspellings, or inaccuracies. One of the easiest ways for an employer to move

your resume to the “no” pile (or to exit out of your LinkedIn profile) is to notice a few

errors and to make a determination that if you’re sloppy with your resume or LinkedIn

profile, then you’ll be sloppy with the work you would be asked to accomplish for that

employer.

Prior to completing these two assignments, be sure to read and watch the material noted in

Module 6 (for the resume and cover letter) and Module 7 (for your LinkedIn profile).

Then do the following:

Assignment 2: Resume and Cover Letter

  1. Refine your resume so that it’s targeted to a real position or industry. (You can get help with your resume by working with the staff of either the FIU Career Services

(http://career.fiu.edu) or the FIU College of Business Career Management Services

(http://business.fiu.edu/careers).

  1. Write a sample cover letter that highlights why you would be ideal for the position. In the cover letter, you need to mention the position and discuss the tasks that would be

required of you in that position. You can address the cover letter to either a real or

fabricated person/organization. Do not address it to “To Whom It May Concern” or

“Dear Sir/Madam” or anything else generic.

  1. Submit the resume and cover letter together (preferably in one PDF document) to the appropriate location on Canvas by the due date specified in the syllabus.

Assignment 3: LinkedIn Profile

  1. Refine your LinkedIn profile using the guidelines mentioned in the assigned videos and articles.
  2. When you’re ready to have your profile evaluated, submit your profile link (URL) to the appropriate location on Canvas. Remember that the link to your profile is found by

clicking first on “View profile” under the “Me” button, and then copying and pasting the

URL that you see in the navigation bar (e.g., the Anthony Miyazaki URL/link is

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonymiyazaki).
  1. IMPORTANT: Be sure to test the link (URL) in your browser when you are NOT logged into LinkedIn to make sure that it works. To ensure that your instructor can see your

profile, you’ll need to connect with him or her on LinkedIn (at least temporarily). Don’t

forget to activate your URL when you submit the assignment so that clicking on the

hyperlink will move to the LinkedIn webpage. Non-functioning URLs or the inability to

access your profile due to your privacy settings, etc. will result in a LATE penalty if not

resolved by the due date.

For both assignments, be sure to follow the directions and guidelines presented in this document

and to submit the assignments by the due dates specified in the syllabus.

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