Creating a Careers Package

Create a job application package using Illustrator and MS Word.

Your package will include:
  • a graphical cover sheet
  • a cover letter
  • a resume

Steps

Day 1/2
  • Make some notes about what you will include in your resume. Resumes often have certain sections: (taken from here)
    • Objective: Found at the beginning of both the chronological and functional resume, this is a one-sentence summation of the goal of the resume. Including the objective is now falling out of favor, as many employers find most objective statements meaningless.
    • Summary of Qualifications/Accomplishments: A list of key skills, qualities, or outstanding accomplishments that qualify you for the position you're applying for. This section would be somewhat longer in a functional resume than a chronological resume. Accomplishments should be in quantifiable form ("Saved company $2 million through developing new procedures") whenever possible and begin with action verbs when listed.
    • Skills: This would be a separate section in a functional resume, particularly for someone looking for a computer-related position, and it may be combined into the Summary of Qualifications section of a chronological resume if it is short. This section can either precede or follow your work history, depending on which is more impressive.
    • Work History/Experience: List the positions you've held in reverse chronological order at the companies you've worked, with the start and end dates (month and year). In a chronological resume, the dates should be listed first, while they can be listed after the position title in a functional resume. (If you have held several positions with the same company, you may want to create a subheading for that company and then list the positions you held there in reverse chronological order.) In a chronological resume, you list your key responsibilities for that position and any outstanding accomplishments, again beginning with action verbs and quantifying as much as possible. You can include volunteer positions if they relate to the job you're seeking or if you have little paid experience.
    • Education: List the colleges or technical schools you've attended, in reverse chronological order. This section normally comes after your work history unless you're a recent college graduate, in which case it may precede it.
    • References: This section should be included only if references are specifically required or if they are particularly impressive; otherwise, leave them off. (You can also prepare a supplemental resume sheet listing your references, which will cover you if someone asks for references.) The statement "References available upon request" is no longer required on resumes, as it's understood.
  • Put together a resume using Illustrator based on the tutorial following tutorial:
  • http://www.dallas-web-design.com/blog/?p=79
  • Note: this resume and tutorial is only a guide - you can use Illustrator to do many different things and the main idea is to create something that looks a little unique and designed.
  • Make sure to use the research you collected to inform what information you included in the resume. 
Day 2/3
  • Create a cover letter. Make sure to address some of the requirements in the job.
  • Use something like the template attached below as a starting point
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James Cordiner,
Nov 5, 2012, 10:09 AM
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