COVER LETTER & RESUME

NMED 487

Each student must complete a cover letter and resume. This assignment (10% of the grade) must be completed and submitted no later than June 22nd, 2017. It needs to be submitted on the BlackBoard page for NMED 487 under Assignments.

Resources for the cover letter and resume can be found:

· Career Services Handbook

· Various Web Sites

· Library

The project is worth 100 points (50 for the cover letter and 50 for the resume) and will be graded on the following:

· Grammar/Spelling (cover letter) 10 points

· Format (cover letter) 10 points

· Information (cover letter) 20 points

· Overall appearance (cover Letter) 10 points

· Grammar/Spelling (resume’) 10 points

· Format (resume’) 10 points

· Information (resume’) 20 points

· Overall appearance (resume’) 10 points

After grading comments on how to make improvements will be given in the feedback section on BlackBoard.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at hertensteine@findlay.edu or call 419-434-4891. I will not review the assignment before it is submitted, but will answer specific questions.

HINTS FOR COVER LETTERS

1. Do not restate your entire resume.

2. Point out your strengths.

3. If possible address a specific person (i.e. supervisor of the department, director of human resources).

4. Avoid using the word “I” as much as possible.

5. Follow the general rules for business letters.

6. Use good quality paper.

7. Describe how your skills relate to the job for which you are applying.

8. Use your own words. Write in a conversational style.

9. Show what you can offer an employer. This isn’t always what procedures you know, but things such as work ethic and attitude.

10. Close the letter with a request for an interview or appointment

11. This is your chance to introduce yourself to a potential employer. Remember to check your grammar and spelling.

HINTS FOR RESUME’ WRITING

1. Length of resume’ is important.

One page is not the rule anymore

Keep it under three pages if possible.

2. Do not overload the reader.

Keep information relevant and to the point.

If you have been out of high school more than five years, do NOT put it on your resume.

Be sure to include NMI as a separate entry under education.

Any other college degrees should be listed.

When describing your clinical experience, list equipment, and unusual procedures.

3. ASK your references BEFORE you use them.

NEVER assume that you can use someone as a reference.

4. List any special skills that are relevant to the job you may have at the end.

Bilingual, know sign language,

5. As a student, put that you are registry eligible under “Certifications”

Once you have applied for a state license you can say it is “pending”.

Be sure to list CPR and/or ACLS if current.

6. Be sure to put that you are a student member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

Once you are a technologist be sure to list all professional organizations you belong to.

7. Be sure to make it neat, easy to read, and format it in a way that is pleasing to the eye.

USE THE SPELL CHECKER.

Use white or off-white paper.

Do not use hearts, or flowers or anything like that to decorate.

8. You need to put your best foot forward.

THE INTERVIEW PROCESS BEGINS WITH THE RESUME’ AND THE COVER LETTER!

INTERVIEWING TIPS

1. Wear appropriate attire.

Men: No need for a suit. Wear a pair of nice pants (no jeans), long sleeved shirt and maybe a tie. No sports shoes.

Woman: No need for a dress and heels. You can wear dress pants and shirt with or without a jacket. Avoid high heels. They hurt after a while. You will be on your feet quite a bit and you are at a better advantage if you are comfortable. No sports shoes. I’d avoid sandals and open toe shoes. They are not allowed in many departments.

For both: Wear something that isn’t too hot. You will be nervous enough without added warmth.

2. Be on time! In fact I would recommend at least 10 minutes early. No more than 30 minutes early though.

3. Research the facility before you go. Have 3-4 questions ready for them. Do not ask about benefits or salaries.

Ex: What types of imaging procedures do you perform?

How many patients do you do in a day?

How many beds does the facility have?

What other imaging modalities are there?

Do not take notes while at the interview and do not have the questions on notes. Memorize them!

4. Watch your body language.

Do not sit on your hands.

Do not keep them in your pocket.

Do not sit in the first empty chair you come across.

Make eye contact.

Do not chew gum or suck on a mint.

Do not sit and stair like a deer caught in headlights!

It is okay to move around a bit and shift position.

Smile!!! But not so much that they think you are a serial killer.

Don’t slouch, but do not be so ridged they will have to pry you out of the chair after the interview is over.

5. Watch what you say.

Do not curse, swear, joke, or be flirtatious. This will get you nowhere.

If you go to lunch, do not drop the professional demeanor. Many times this is done to get you to let your guard down. Do not fall for it!

If you talk to the other technologists, be friendly and professional. Casual conversation can get one into trouble, so be careful.

Be sure to talk to all of the technologists if the opportunity presents itself.

Do not call someone by their first name unless they tell you it is okay to do so.

Do not call a woman Miss or Mrs. Use Ms. You do not know their marital status.

Do not use the word “like” frequently.

Ex: I “like” go down to “like” the store, “like” three times a week.

Do not use “you know” too often.

Ex: It’s like that…you know?

If you cannot pronounce it, do not try to say it.

Do not criticize the way they do things or the equipment they have.

6. Try to judge the person who is interviewing you and adjust your behavior, speech and questions accordingly.

7. Turn off your cell phone before you go into the interview.

8. If you have a MySpace, Twitter, or Facebook page, clean them up before you submit your resume’ and cover letter. Things are not as private as you think.

9. Remember that the Nuclear Medicine Community is a small one!

Behavior during clinical and while in classes will follow you.

10. Be assertive, but not aggressive.

Do not try to tell the Chief of radiology you want his job.

Do not tell them that you are there to “modernize” them. That will be seen as an insult.

11. Be sure to thank everyone!

Write a think you note.

Do not text or e-mail them… type them on paper and send it in!

If you spoke to more than one person, send each of them a thank you note!

12. Be sure you know who you are talking to!

Do not use the wrong name!

13. Pop a breath mint, chew a piece of gum…something to freshen your breath before you go into the interview. Be sure to get rid of it BEFORE you walk in the door.