Alba English

Materials for Class

Write a Resume(CV) and Cover Letter

Warmer Discussion

C.V. or Resume? Which is which?

Step 1 - Analyse a CV/Resume structure

Look at the examples

Step 2 - write your own

If you have no work experience, try these:

If you have part-time experience

Make your job sound better

Instead of: Waiter, XYZ Ramen, Shinjuku. I took money, took orders, cleaned toilet. Better to say: Serving staff, XYZ Ramen, Shinjuku. Responsible for cash handling, customer service and hygiene inspection.

I… I was responsible for…
took money cash handling
talked to customers customer service
wrote signs publicity
locked the door security
fixed the door maintenance
cooked food preparation
cleaned (the kitchen) (food) hygiene
put up Halloween decorations décor
told new staff what to do staff training
organised shift swaps scheduling
did some paperwork administration
filled the shelves stock control
giving free stuff away promotions
checked something quality control

Task 1: Find an advert for a job you want.

Task 2: Cover letter

Cover Letter - Suggested structure and useful language

Cover letter - other tips

Example cover letter

Thanks to HS for the original example.

This is JUST THE TEXT. Find and follow a template (Word/Drive) for a standard formal business letter (addresses, alignment, margins, etc).

Dear Ms Smith,

I am a fourth-year Science and Engineering student at X University, and I would like to apply for the position of assistant school manager, as advertised on your website.

I am confident that my university course has prepared me for a career as a English school assistant in terms of language skill – please see the attached TOEIC and TOEFL certificates. Although I do not possess any experience as a manager, I was a trainer for new staff for one year in my part-time job at Toho Cinemas. Working there helped me to learn the importance of dealing with customers in a friendly and efficient way, accurate management of reservations, and handling cash. I believe I can apply the skills obtained in the future.

Should you have any queries regarding my application or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would like to thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Hiromi Suzuki

STYLE: Some useful vocab for CVs and cover letters