DEH Student Workshop: Writing CVs and Cover Letters
The Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh organized a workshop on “Writing CVs and Cover Letters” on December 1, 2022. The workshop was designed especially for the students of ENG 413, 499, and 498. The workshop was conducted by the Assistant Director of the English Zone, Ms. Khadija Rubaiyat Tasmia.
The aim of the workshop was to teach the final semester students about the objectives of writing CVs and cover letters. Ms. Rubaiyat started the workshop with the basics and the importance of writing a CV. She gave an overview of the components of a CV: Heading, Objective Profile/Education Summary, Work Experience, Leadership/Volunteering Experience, Honors/Awards/Scholarships, Interests, Soft Skills, Technical Skills, and References. Ms. Rubaiyat emphasized that one must add relevant and specific skills as well as volunteering experiences when applying for a specific job position. Furthermore, she mentioned that proper use of grammar, language, and professionalism are always the best ways to automatically enhance the CV. Ms. Rubaiyat also mentioned some of the useful tools such as Canva, Photoshop, PowerPoint, and Google Docs that students can use to create their CVs.
Ms. Rubaiyat also discussed the purpose of writing a cover letter and addressed the necessary steps that a student must follow while writing it. She introduced the general structure/template of a cover letter, discussed the purpose of writing a cover letter, and finally showed three types of cover letters: CL with no experience, CL with some experience, and cold calling CL. Furthermore, Ms. Rubaiyat showed the students how to highlight skills in a cover letter to make sure recruiters notice those skills. She also suggested that one should update/modify/edit cover letters for each job position at the time of application.
The workshop successfully came to an end with a round of questions and answers, and students creating a draft of their CVs.
Report by Sadia Mukarrama (191013002)