Unemployment issues have plagued Kentucky for years including counties such as Lewis, Fleming, Mason, Bracken, Rowan and Greenup.
The TENCO One-Stop Career Centers, Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, Maysville Community and Technical College, Kentucky Adult Education and the Office of Employment and Training have teamed up to combat this chronic problem. On Tuesday, March 28, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the organizations will bring a grand multi-county job fair to Lewis County High School (located on Lions Lane in Vanceburg).
The job fair will consist of employment opportunities for citizens from Northeastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio who are looking for a job, looking to pursue/continue their education, or even start a business.
In preparation for the Lewis County Job Fair, we would like to offer a series of articles to best promote you! The four week series will include Applications, Cover Letters and Resume Writing; Dressing for Success; Interview Etiquette and Preparing for the Job Fair. It is our hope that you find much success through utilizing these tips and joining a wide array of employers at the Lewis County Job Fair.
Read the entire application first so the directions can be followed to a tee.
Use a blue or black pen (erasable is best) and print or type application.
Make it neat, no errors in grammar or spelling.
Use not applicable (N/A) if the section does not apply to you.
Be positive yet honest about yourself.
Look for ways to target your qualifications to requirements.
Use the word "open" or "negotiable" to respond to salary requirements.
Give references that will talk honestly about your qualifications.
Writing a Cover Letter:
There are two types of cover letters: 1) Letter of Application -- Applying for a specific, advertising opening. 2) Letter of Inquiry -- Expressing interest in a company, but not sure if there are any openings.
Let the cover letter serve as a glimpse into your resume. Keep the look of your cover letter and resume consistent. The letter should contain: Reason for sending resume; how you learned about position or company; and place emphasis on your background or experience.
Make your personality shine! Include any information that may have been included in job advertisement and let the reader know how and when you will contact them.
Thoughts on Writing a Resume:
The #1 goal to creating a resume is to get an interview! Think of your resume as a marketing tool. It needs to promote your best features. Keep your resume concise and consistent -- use bullet points. Don't abbreviate and keep to a maximum of two pages.
Keep references on separate page. Have them available if needed. Proof read -- Mistakes, typing errors, etc. are not acceptable on a resume.
Have someone else proof read -- no mistakes (this can not be stressed enough). Many Human Resource managers view mistakes as sloppy and will not consider the resume.
These are a few ideas on what is important to include in a resume. There are many accepted ways to write a resume and some may be specific to the position. The ideas below are only recommendations. Visit www.tenco-onestop.ky.gov to view sample resumes.
Heading: This is basic information -- name, address, phone number, email address. Make yourself accessible! The header should be visually appealing, professional, and bold because it is the first thing the reviewer will see.
Objective: This is a brief statement (one to two sentences) about the type of position you are inquiring (nursing, mechanic, etc). It does not need to be specific to the company, just the position type. Your objective needs to be clear because it sets the standard for the rest of your resume.
Education: This section highlights your educational background. Include the most recent first and then work your way back. College/Technical Schools and high school are all that is necessary -- and this may differ by position type (do not include middle and elementary school).
Work Experience: This area highlights your past work experience starting with your most recent or current position (include dates). It is important to use small descriptive phrases to highlight the duties of the position, as well as anything you may have done to increase business. Don't be afraid to use #’s or % to highlight statistical information about your job performance or improve operations! (Example: Increased sales by 25 percent in a 15-state territory).
Awards: This is a way to highlight your accomplishments in the workforce, school, etc. Don't be modest, if you were awarded employee of the month write it down.
Skills: This is additional skills that could benefit you in this position such as computer programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc), typing skills, training programs, etc.
If you would like more information or assistance on applications, cover letters, or resumes visit
www.tenco-onestop.ky.gov or call TENCO One-Stop Career Centers at 606-564-3347 (Maysville), 606-920-2024 (Ashland), and 606-784-7538 (Morehead).
For more information on the job fair contact Pam McGlone at 606-564-6894, ext. 232, or Tracy McGuire at 606-796-6010.