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1 Resumes Your Personal Advertisement Office of Career & Professional Development Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington

2 Anyone have a resume today? Swap with a neighbor 30 second review What do you remember?

3 Overview Overview Why Important? Section-By-Section Construction Key Elements Guidelines for Content Guidelines for Visual Design Common Mistakes

4 Why Important? 1 st Impression – Reflects You & Your Work Product Think Strategically - Who? - What? Market/Sell Yourself

5 Sections Heading Education Experience Activities

6 The Heading – letterhead or masthead Name Current Address Permanent Address Phone Numbers–Home or Cell E-Mail Address – Not Hyperlinked URL – Professional Web Site

7 Michael E. Keller 211 South Indiana Avenue Bloomington, Indiana 47403 812-855-0258 mikeller@indiana.edu

8 Michael Keller 211 South Indiana Avenue Bloomington, Indiana 47403 812-855-0258 mikeller@indiana.edu

9 Michael Keller mikeller@indiana.edu 211 South Indiana Avenue 1234 Washington Lane Bloomington, Indiana 47403 Chicago, Illinois 60606 812-855-0258 312-555- 0001

10 Michael Keller 211 South Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47403, 812-855-0258 mikeller@indiana.edu

11 Michael Keller 211 South Indiana Ave. Bloomington, IN 47405 (812) 345-3030 mikeller@indiana.edu

12 Watch your Email! Use IU email Be consistent Be Professional

13 Education Institution Location Degree(s) Date Awarded (or Expected) GPA & Class Ranking Activities – Moot Court, Journal, Orgs Honors/Distinctions Coursework w/ Highest Grade

14 Your Degree JD, Expected May 2011 JD Candidate, May 2011 Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 2011 Juris Doctor, May 2011 NOT Juris Doctorate, May 2011 NOT JD, August 2008 – Present

15 Your School Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington

16 EDUCATION Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington J.D., expected May 2011 Chancellor’s Fellow Inmate Legal Assistance Project Fundraising Chair, Women’s Law Caucus Environmental Law Society College of Williamsburg, VA B.A., cum laude, Major: Philosophy, May 2008 Editorial Board Member, Time Goes By Literary Magazine, 2007 Founder, Environmental Philosophy Reading Group President, Philosophy Roundtable Co-Chair, Host Committee, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt University of London Semester Abroad Program, Summer 2006

17 EDUCATION Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington, Bloomington, IN Juris Doctor Candidate, May 2011 Chancellor’s Fellow Inmate Legal Assistance Project Fundraising Chair, Women’s Law Caucus Environmental Law Society College of Williamsburg Williamsburg, VA Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Major: Philosophy, May 2008 Independent Study Thesis: "Environmental Impact Statements: A Theory” Philosophy Department Honors Editorial Board Member, Time Goes By Literary Magazine, 2006-2008 President, Williamsburg Chapter, Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society Founder, Environmentalist Philosophy Reading Group President, Philosophy Roundtable Silverstein Grant for Independent Study Co-Chair, Williamsburg Committee, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt University of London, Summer Abroad Program, 2006

18 Experience Organization Location Title of Position Held Dates of Association List action statements of your duties which show responsibility and skills development

19 Experience – Alternative Headings Legal Experience Research and/or Writing Experience Teaching Experience Leadership Experience Management Experience Relevant Experience Internship Experience Volunteer Experience DOES NOT HAVE TO BE “PAID WORK” EXPERIENCE

20 Activities Organization & Location Title – Office Held – Distinction Given Dates of affiliation Brief Description

21 Other Possible Headings Technical Skills Publications Presentations Licensure or Certification Foreign Language Skills Professional Affiliations/Memberships Professional Service Community Service Special Skills Travel Experience

22 Things To Leave Off Objective References Availability Personal Information LSAT Score

23 Formatting Guidelines Length – 1 page Paper Quality and Color Margins & White Space Using Software & Templates Font Size – 11 pt. Font Choices

24 Font Choices – Yes or No? Tahoma Garamond Times New Roman SimSun Arial Courier New Americana XBd BT Vivaldi D Bard Always print out to proof! Century

25 Common Blunders Appearance Not Spell Checking Gaps or omissions Filling in a Template One Size Fits All Resume Using Acronyms Inconsistent Entries

26 Summary 1. Heading - no hyperlinks or unnecessary labels 2. No Objective 3. Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington 4. J.D., Juris Doctor, or Doctor of Jurisprudence - Undergrad should follow same format 5. Consistent format for section headings 6. Organization, Location, Title, Dates, Description 7. Not a chronological diary – strategic marketing

27 These are taken from real resumes!  “My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable.”  “Proven ability to track down and correct erors.”  “I am very detail-oreinted.”  “An obsession for detail; I like to make sure I cross my i’s and dot my t’s.”  “Handled customers and cashiered.” (To dismiss from the armed forces because of misconduct.) From Resumania™ (Robert Half International Inc.)

28 Questions on Writing Your Resume?

29 Resume Roundtable Wednesday, Nov 12th 4:45 – 6:30 p.m. Student Lounge Be there by 4:35 Bring 20 copies of your resume – not on “good” paper IBA Reception follows at 6:30 on 3 rd floor of the law school


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