CV and Cover Letter Building
As you start your search for employment or even Grad school, having a CV and cover letter on hand and ready to go, is a necessity. Look through the information and links below to learn how to create the best CV and write the best Cover Letter.
STRUGGLING WITH CV?
A resume or CV is a brief summary of your qualifications, education, and experiences relevant to your job search objective. The purpose of a resume is to obtain an interview. Employers will spend less than 20 seconds reviewing your resume; therefore, the information must be conveyed in a clear, well-organized style. Europass CV: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/
TIPS FOR CREATING A SUCCESSFUL RESUME:
- Do design your descriptions to focus on your accomplishments, using action verbs to clearly indicate the skills you’ve used.
- Do try quantifying results in your descriptions, such as “Created marketing campaign that increased club membership by 25%.”
- Do keep your resume brief enough to fit on one page (or two pages if your experience is extensive).
- Do print your resume on good quality bond paper, either white or conservative tones. If printed on plain computer paper, copy onto good quality bond paper.
- Do accompany your resume with a cover letter in most cases.
- Do have others look over your resume for content and grammar. Career Counselors and Peer Counselors are available at the CDC to critique your resume during appointments.
- Don’t make your margins and font size too small: margins no smaller than one inch and font size no smaller than 10 point.
- Don’t include personal pronouns (e.g. I, me, we).
- Don’t include personal information, physical characteristics, or photographs on your resume. However, individuals from other countries may include these on their resume
- Don’t include the last line: “References available upon request”.
- It is more appropriate for freshmen and sophomores to include high school experiences. However, important high school experiences that have some relevance to your job objective may be appropriate for upper classmen.
- For International Students it is sometimes a disadvantage to include your non-immigrant visa status or permanent address (if outside the U.S.) on your resume. Usually your visa status should be discussed later during the interview. If you have obtained permanent residency or U.S. citizenship, it might be to your advantage to list the information on your resume.
Here is a number of resources that you also can consider:
Cover Letter writing
WONDER WHAT COVER LETTER IS?
The cover letter provides you with an opportunity to introduce yourself and state your objective, personalize your resume, and highlight information that addresses the needs and interests of the employer. Bear in mind that letters you write not only convey your interest and qualifications, but also give the employer an opportunity to observe your attentiveness to detail, spelling, grammar, and the overall quality of your written communication. Flaws in your letters will often be interpreted as flaws in your qualifications. Different countries use different terms to describe the specific aspects of what a resume/CV should contain. For example, “cover letters” are called “letters of interest” in some countries and “motivation letters” in others.
Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter
- It highlights the aspects of your background that will be most relevant to the reader
- It demonstrates you can organize your thoughts and express yourself clearly and appropriately
- It reflects your communication skills & personality
- 1 page, 3-4 paragraphs
- Tailored to specific employer / job title
- Address it to specific person: never “To Whom It May Concern”
- Proof read and have it critiqued.
- Avoid fancy fonts and colors, color paper
- Print your cover letter on one sheet of plain paper. Do not fold it. Paper clip it to your resume and supporting materials. Place it in a large envelope with no folding whatsoever.
- Use a strong close, e.g., “After you have had an opportunity to review this letter, I will call you…” Avoid weak endings such as “I look forward to your reply” or “Please call me at your earliest convenience.”
- Don’t use someone else’s letter and if you are using the same letter for several companies, remember to change the name in the body of your letter.
- Follow-up, follow-up. People will call you, but you’ll improve your odds dramatically if you follow up your letters with a phone call.
- Don’t mark letters “personal and confidential” unless there is a solid reason why a secretary or an administrative assistant can’t open them. If your letter is persuasive enough, it will get through.
- Left block style, no indents, space between paragraphs, sign it!
Click here to see an example template of a cover letter.
Did you know that there are opportunities abroad for you after graduation? You as a graduating LCC student, can apply for the traineeship scholarship opportunity funded by the Erasmus+ program.
Reference Collection templates and Information
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Thinking about Masters?
If you are not sure yet whether you want to continue your studies after graduation or not one thing to start from is doing your research. Below you can find useful links to kick-off your search and a video interview of a MA Professor, answering some questions you may have.
Here you can find a variety of links in which you can begin your search for an MA program that could suit your interests;
- Portal for graduate programs in Europe https://www.mastersportal.com/search/#q=di-9|ci-17
- MASTERSSTUDIES.COM Find MA TESOL Programs in Europe 2019. This web site lists MA TESOL Programs in Europe https://www.masterstudies.com/MA/TESOL/Europe/.
MA Professor Interview
Click here to watch an interview with Prof. Robin Gingerich about whether or not an MA is right for you!
TRP after Graduation
Students that have graduated and got a Diploma from a Lithuanian Higher Education institution may apply for temporary residence for another 12 months for the purpose of searching for employment in Lithuania. Students may begin their application process when Diploma is received (but not later than 3 months after you received your Diploma).
For the application you will need:
- Fill Online MIGRIS form
- A valid ID document
- A document confirming that you have enough funds for the next 12 months or receive regular incomes e.g. a certificate issued by the bank about the available funds (In 2023 – 10080* EUR)
- A notarized document of the place of the residence (e.g. rental agreement for the whole TRP’s period of time)
- Health insurance for entire TRP validity (insured sum is minimum 6000 EUR which guarantees the payment of essential medical expenses and arise due to persons return to the foreign state for health reasons), as provided in the Law on Health Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania.
- General procedure – 120 EUR (when you are applying 4 months before your current TRP expires)
- Urgent order – 240 EUR (when you are applying 2 months before your current TRP expires)
Application process takes 3 months.
*based on 2023 minimum salary of 840 EUR/month
For more information, please use the link.
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