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Find a NEW JOB in North America: Cover Letter & Resume Advice

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Looking for a job? You will need to create a resume and a cover letter. But the rules on what to include and what NOT to include are different from country to country. To get you started, I've put together this lesson on writing cover letters and resumes, where I will give you all of my key tips. I will also talk about the reasons why we write cover letters and resumes and give you some important points on formatting. Watch my other job skill videos to learn about job interviews and for specific vocabulary you should use on your resume. Take the quiz: https://www.engvid.com/north-america-jobs-cover-letter-resume-advice/ Download a sample resume here: https://www.engvid.com/english-resource/resume-sample-tips/ TRANSCRIPT Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's video I am going to talk to you about cover letters and resumes. So, if you are going to be looking for a job soon... Maybe you're new to Canada, or England, or the USA, or new to an English-speaking country and you're looking for a job or you will be looking for a job soon, this video can really help you with that. Cover letters and resumes really are different in different parts of the world. Okay? So there's a lot of different cultural parts that you need to know when you're writing a cover letter or resume, and in this video I'm going to talk about the cultural aspects of both. So, this video you're going to learn more of an overview about cover letters and resumes, what their purpose is, and the type of information we include on them. Okay, so let's get started. Okay, so a cover letter and a resume are two different documents that have very different formats. They look very differently from one another. A cover letter is a letter format, whereas a resume has its own special format, but there are certain things that are common or the same for both. One of the things that's common for both a cover letter and a resume is their purpose. The purpose of a cover letter and resume is to help you get an interview for a job, or help you get the job. Okay? So, when you think about a cover letter or a resume, imagine a company is asking you: "Why should we hire you? What makes you special? What makes you right for this job?" Your cover letter and your resume are the answer to this. They tell employers about your amazing skills. Okay? Maybe you know CPR, maybe you're great when it comes to computers, maybe you speak four languages. Okay? So they tell your employer... Your future employers this. They talk about your abilities, they talk about your experience, your education experience, your work experience, you know, maybe some other organizations you're a part of and the experiences you had there, and they also talk about your accomplishments, your successes. Okay? Maybe at this company you increased sales, maybe you won a customer service award because you're so great when it comes to talking to customers. Okay? So your resume and cover letter show all these great things about you, and they answer the question: Why should we hire you? Okay? So, a lot of people want to know: "Do I need both a cover letter and a resume? Can I just give my resume or just my cover letter?" For most jobs you will need at the very least a resume. Okay? This is one of the most important things you give when you're applying for a job, and then for a lot of jobs they also will want a cover letter. So, how do you know if you need both? Well, when you apply to the job, look at the job advertisement. Usually in the advertisement they say if they want just a resume, or if they want a cover letter and a resume. If you don't know and you can't find the information, it's a good idea to send both. A lot of people want to know: "Can I reuse my resume and cover letter for each job I apply for? Writing cover letters and resumes are a lot of work, so can I just give the same cover letter and resume to everybody, and every job I apply for?" In general, that's not a good idea, and the reason is usually companies can tell that they're getting the same resume and cover letter as other companies, because you're not saying specific things about how your skills match this company's skills or this company's... What this company wants. So as a result, it's always the best idea to write a different cover letter for each job you apply for. Okay? I know that's a lot of work, but you will be more likely... You're more likely to get the job if you do a good job on your cover letter instead of just sending everyone the same ones, and it's the same with resumes. You know, different jobs you might want to highlight or talk about different things on your resume. If you're applying to this company, maybe you'll talk about a certain work experience, whereas this company maybe you'll talk about a different work experience. Okay? So very important to write your cover letter and your resume for each job. […]
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Irina Bayramova (2 days ago)
It’s very tough subject,I very hope,I will understand well 🤷🏻‍♀️
There are 2 youtube channel which I really love. One of them is yours, Emma. Your video really help me in my learning. Thanks a lot...
The Career Force (1 month ago)
Great video with very concise explanations! :) It's also a great idea to tailor the resume to each position.
VLa Chhungtea (1 month ago)
Thank you so much, Emma!
Gertrudis Montano (1 month ago)
Thank you Emma for your english vídeos help me alot
roja ap (1 month ago)
Thank u emma
knowledge power (1 month ago)
nice video ...
sukh singh (2 months ago)
thanks a lot Emma...👏😇
sam sf (2 months ago)
Hi Emma . I Think you living in 100 years ago ? why age or reli..... Or marriage OR photo NOT Important .. . ? IM gonna give you exam . . . ! I have indian SAlAD MAKER IN THE KITCHEN & I tried to make her good salad maker in 6 month working with me ! you know why ? she dosent eat beef meat . she dosent eat salad . she dasent eat scramble egg , she dosent eat pork meat . she dosent eat ......... ????? & she dosent want to teast food befor serving . . . ? if you think you right OK & no problem . . . ! how can I have this kind of workers in my shop OR kitchen . . . ? please check my page ( chef_ sam_222 ) thanks . sam .
Rose flowers (2 months ago)
agreat teacher .
ben1011386 (2 months ago)
Glasses are lovely!!
kevin Groom (2 months ago)
Thank you Emma. <3
Bilgi Tv (2 months ago)
Beautiful
kirito wolf black (2 months ago)
Very nice glasses Emma, They suit you so good. You look very beautiful with them.
Hari Shankar (2 months ago)
I love you l am indian
Malakai (3 months ago)
You are beautiful.
yusuph issa (3 months ago)
hi,engvid members any one to help me to choose correct word (a) I would prefer to buy a car than to (hire/rent) a taxi everyday. (b) The sick man (laying/lying) on the veranda (c) will oyu please (raise/rise) up your hands (d) it is a lot of (job/work) to cut a free with a blunt knife.
yusuph issa (3 months ago)
hi again madam Emma , help me to correct where necessary (a) He refused to borrow me his pen. (b) Rebeca red ten books yesterday. (c) Can you accept my advice on this matter? (d) My young brother failed to site an example.
yusuph issa (3 months ago)
hi madam emma please help me to correct these questions where necessary ,( a ) If I was you i would marry her.(b) Can you borrow me your pen please? (c) Emma and Rebeca has a book for grade one. (d) Emma works in her garden every day.Does she?
Always perfect Emma
Arwa Samah (3 months ago)
What is the meaning of cover letter and resume? 🤔 And what is the difference between them?
Rach Sky (3 months ago)
Your accent is so strong:)
Quang Nhật Trần (3 months ago)
I hope I can see more and more the new video of you
Candle Light (3 months ago)
mam,will you take a class about the usage of "for and to"
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Ty love (3 months ago)
Thanks
Tuan Nguyen (3 months ago)
In this case, you got it wrong Emma; Most of employer must know the date of birth of applicant, because the employers want to know that you’re too young or too old for a job.
JustPlay (3 months ago)
Thanks for your different thing......
Subrememe (3 months ago)
i dont need to go on school anymore
Shelfinna Sumantry (3 months ago)
Anyone wants to be my English speaking partner? I really need to improve my English speaking skills.
Ruslan Kim (3 months ago)
You are perfect as usual. Nice glasses)
Khati Sh (3 months ago)
Hey Emma😍 , how you doin'?! I hoPe you're fine . Dear Emma, would you please explain " be careful of/with/about/in" with detail. I think it's really confusing. I need you to help me ! Thanks alot in advance ♥️
Shah Jahan# (3 months ago)
love u and ur videos ,I learn a lot from ur videos
Juan Vidaurre (3 months ago)
Dear Emma greetings from Peru. I really appreciate your videos is very clean pronunciation. How can i explain my long work experience but not college diploms to support my values??
Danish Rashid (3 months ago)
mam what is your accent
Kathryn Petrick (3 months ago)
I was wondering if you, Ronnie and other Engvid teaching staff employees would like to make a video word topic of all the English language. For example: grammar-periods, commas, semi-colons, colons, question marks, explanation points. -sentence clauses, run-ons, complete sentences, transition sentences and conjunctions, synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary.... adjective, nouns, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, .... order of adjectives the reason why I am mentioning this is because CELTA sent me a test course for enrolling into their classes. My English is really well advanced, but I don't it all. the way my brain operates is it would be able to understand and memorize better if Engvid could make either a video or a specific page on your Engvid website dedicated towards the whole English language (table of contents) starting out what we learn first. Like after ABC's and vocabulary what next. So something like my example I gave above, but with the whole English language table of contents. The test that CELTA sent me to take for enrolling into their school had one question about: comparative and superlative adjectives/subjects. I didn't even know what those were until that quiz. that being said, as you can see I am very detail in what I talk about, which is what makes a great teacher. Also color markers and pens make an awesome teacher. I mean surely it would be hard to make the whole English language table of contents, but you Engvid are the best at what you do, so you would be the best at making a whole English language table of contents chart or video. What do you think???? it be pretty cool too. I'm sure it would only take a few days to make one too.
morteza safari (3 months ago)
Thank you for your Guides👌
Maruli Pasaribu (3 months ago)
The first time I see your channel and I mean finding something important on my life, because am the job seekers 🤣
Essa Abdoulaye (3 months ago)
Thank you for this information
Bne Enb (3 months ago)
Such a superb way to learn English. Thanks dear👏
amian ifineug (3 months ago)
thank u lot! please tell us silente letter please tell us some vocabulary
Juan Hernandez (3 months ago)
Thanks a lot Emma, I´m 62 years old , since one year study english, I´m from Costa Rica.
Roman Wishnevski (3 months ago)
Hi, people! Does anybody want to practice English conversation a bit with me by skype? That would be really good to improve our speaking skills in such a way, wouldn't it?
DiTech (3 months ago)
yes
How do you make these vedios. I also want to teach on YouTube. And I am a maths teacher but problem is that I don't have equipments like you. Tell me what you are using. please reply
manoj balu (3 months ago)
Thanks for your kind information, From India
عالم الابداع (4 months ago)
thanks my teacher for everything do you
Chubs senpo (4 months ago)
Your new subscriber here 😜 For God sake this could be the best channel for me. Though there are many different vlog, this seems more reliable. The way you write everything on the board and explain every sentences makes me more easier to comprehend. My English is not fluent because I'm from non- speaking English country. So I'm searching a way to learn through online. Thanks to you, this help me a lot. ✌
Tiago Cabral (4 months ago)
I'm Brazilian and I have to say that you're so good doing this. Congratulations and thanks!
Johnny Wins (4 months ago)
Hello teacher Emma! Do you have FB? Because I want to exchange English with you and upgrade my level english!
FATAH Azizi (4 months ago)
Thanks it was very helpful....
nathan funez (4 months ago)
Thank you so much
Mahbube Heydari (4 months ago)
It was great
bob billy (4 months ago)
You won't find a job unless you have a stem degree and most millennials are realizing they can't find jobs because universities are a system made to produce factory workers and we don't need those any more with current AI,computers and automation and it is only getting worse as time progresses. Fuck you old fuckers you literally ruined the world.
King of sadness (4 months ago)
You killing me when you saying yeah , I like youand I enjoying when watching your lecture
BeWell (4 months ago)
Great tips, Emma! 👍
Ronaille Min (4 months ago)
Wow, this video is exactly what I was looking for. It's very useful
Zohra Rajabova (4 months ago)
is it cold there? 😕
Richard Wu (4 months ago)
Hope to practice spoken English with fluent speakers via skype. Do you want to join me?
Richard Wu (3 months ago)
wuma1953
Generadordeingresos :) (3 months ago)
I am finding someone to practise as well, can you provide me your skype username?
Ahmed abd eltwab (4 months ago)
Good evening Is it possible to make a video explaining a plan to prepare for the IELTS exam? It is intended for beginners Thank you so much
Eddie Watch (4 months ago)
sometimes it's called covering letter or covering note
Сергей (4 months ago)
Hello everybody! I from Russia, i want to find partners fo stady english
Waqar Abdul sattar (4 months ago)
Nice job emma
Kim Yen (4 months ago)
I really appreciate. Your video has come right at the time I need. Thanks Emma,
Janith Wijerathna (4 months ago)
Teacher Emma, could you please make a lesson of how to use, '' are of '', '' as opposed '', '' in contrast '', in a sentences, it will help us a lot. It's always complicated to understand above mentioned words.. Please 🤗
Marcos Silva (4 months ago)
Emma... my favorite teacher :)
Gonzalo Jimenez (4 months ago)
Hi emma
Miss,thank you 😍
meredison Pe' (4 months ago)
Thanks you, miss Emma, I am learning ENGLISH , for u!!!!
meredison Pe' (4 months ago)
I am from Perú! ✌
Até aí,tudo bem! (4 months ago)
Emma! Thanks you so much for your Channel ♥️ I'm from Brazil 🇧🇷 somebody for practice?
André Souza (4 months ago)
Salutations from Brazil! :)
Sidali Ada (4 months ago)
Thank You so much EMMA, all your videos are important, with interesting contains. Regards,
Obed Chavez (4 months ago)
Thank you teacher Emma for your hard work and give me the opportunity to learn English watching your lessons you are the best.
See me See you (4 months ago)
Best teachers like her accents as well as her beauty though
Intisar Altahir (4 months ago)
useful program
faisal jaafar alharki (4 months ago)
Hi Emma ,, A hearty greetings from Kurdistan_northern iraq,, Honestly I adore your teaching way and aslo I Massively Appreciate your great Efforts of making such a greatest and useful videos ,,really you are a strongest, bravest, prettiest and wisest English Teacher I've ever watched in all my own life ,
peace& love (4 months ago)
Thanks: ) from Egypt
Emma. Thank you so much for this really useful information. I appreciate your classes and your effort in a lot.
Emma. Thank you so much for this really useful information. I appreciate your classes and your effort in a lot...
Johnny Huang (4 months ago)
I have donated 5$ for you.
Elizeu Barbosa (4 months ago)
Shoooow!
J.A Almanzar (4 months ago)
Thanks a lot for your help, you are a really good teacher, greetting from DR.
K.Y.C.B klean (4 months ago)
You are the best!!
fahmi elnour (4 months ago)
Thank you
Humberto Pegueros (4 months ago)
Tanks for u videos i m from mexico.
Mouhcine Tene (4 months ago)
Nice to see you again Emma. Thanks
Oswaldo Galindo (4 months ago)
Hi Emma, thanks a lot for your lessons, you must to know that since I start to listen you, I improve my English skills , and by this days I already enroll in a English school program (8) months and then I goona take a computer program in the same school. The point of this note is: When I take my admission test I match in the 3th. level . I was in the first when I start with your classes . Thank you very much for your help, and God Bless you , Teacher Emma.
Oswaldo Galindo (4 months ago)
Mjøll Thanks a lot for your advice my friend ,I'm going to have be careful in my next publications.
Mjøll (4 months ago)
That is very inspiring! But one little mistake that I'm sure you didn't realize that you made was that you said "3th" when it should be "3rd". But other than that your English is very good!
Vitor Costa (4 months ago)
Good lesson, Emma! You have a very cute sweater.🌹👍
MOMENUL ISLAM (4 months ago)
mam, you are looking so nice today, anyways , your presentation and your pronunciation are very clean that halp us to understand your teaching. thanks.
Sara Ramírez (4 months ago)
Hello Emma!!!
Hilmi yılmaz (4 months ago)
Emma,it’s “apply for a job” or “apply to a job”? you’ve used them both and I’m pretty sure to have understood what you meant by them is the same.Thanks and love ya:)
Mjøll (4 months ago)
Yup, they mean the same thing! The only difference is that "apply for a job" is a very general term, it can be used for any job. But "apply to a job" is used when you apply to a specific job! Hope this helps!
Khames Nasser (4 months ago)
You are great teacher.
Irfan Haider (4 months ago)
Hy Emma, Your spectacles are awesome like your videos
Khyber (4 months ago)
Thank you very much for your best lesson I was still waiting for your lesson
Saillor Diver (4 months ago)
Can i mention military service ....? Thank you a lot
Mjøll (4 months ago)
Yes, that is something you should mention on all applications
Black Rider (4 months ago)
Thanks
Tiago Goncalves Bett (4 months ago)
Thanks for this video EMA it’s very useful for me thanks again from Brazil 🇧🇷😎👍
LOKMAN KIZILDAĞ (4 months ago)
Dear Emma , I am appreciate for every lesson. ı am looking forward to new lesson. by the way your sweater is cool and suit you. ıf you come to TURKEY for a while , ı can pick you up from airport. ı want to show you around. You know, Turkey is amaazing country. Greetings from İstanbul- Turkey to you :) :)
Neemias Lima (4 months ago)
The best teacher!! <3
Marcelo Ferreira (4 months ago)
I would like to marry with you.
QQSK (4 months ago)
Emma, thank you for this content. It seems like you know that I'm seeking for a new job and need the advice on preparing the resume.😂 Even I am in Thailand, I think this helpful.

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