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Colby Career Center
    107 Eustis
  (207) 859-4140
 Career@colby.edu
Introduction
THIS NEWLY REVISED AND EXPANDED GUIDE IS THE RESULT OF CONSERTED PLANNING, DISCUSSIONS, WRITING
AND REVISING BY THE TEAM OF THE CAREER CENTER. WE ALSO HAVE SHARED CONTENT WITH COLBY COLLEGE
FACULTY IN VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS TO INSURE ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES. WE HOPE
THAT YOU WILL FIND IT HELPFUL AND WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR MAKING THE GUIDE
MORE EFFECTIVE IN SUBSEQUENT VERSIONS.


WE SUGGEST THAT YOU READ THE FIRST INSTRUCTIONS SECTIONS OF THE GUIDE BEFORE TURNING TO THE
ADDITIONAL SAMPLE RESUMES. WHILE YOU MAY BE CURRENTLY THINKING ABOUT PRODUCING ONE RESUME, WE
HOPE YOU WILL LEARN THE ELEMENTS OF WHAT MAKES ANY RESUME A POWERFUL TOOL IN PRESENTING
YOURSELF WHENEVER YOUR GOALS CHANGE.

Guide Outline
Section I – Resume Content and Format

      Page 2            Introduction

      Pages 3 – 5       Definition, “What Makes Resumes Work?”, Getting Started, reviewing
                        past experiences and achievements, and using action verbs to
                        effectively convey accomplishments

      Pages 6 – 7       Explanation of the sections of a resume through an annotated first draft

      Page 8            Edited version of the sample resume

      Page 9            FAQ’s for Microsoft Word

Section II – Sample Application Process

      Page 10           Internship/Job Description and Company Information

      Page 11           Targeted Resume

      Page 12           Cover Letter Content and Etiquette

      Page 13           Sample Cover Letter

      Page 14           Thank You Note Content and Sample Thank You Note after Interviewing

Section III – Additional Sample Resumes

      Pages 16 – 23     Communications/Arts Resume, Consulting/Finance Resume,
                        Environmental Resume, First year Resume, Government/Non-Profit
                        Resume and a Teaching Resume



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Your Resume

Writing an effective, targeted and persuasive resume is a challenge – a challenge with which the Career
Center can help you. You may be writing your first college resume or the resume you will be using as a
senior to obtain your first postgraduate position. Our goal is to teach the skills and share the tools you
will need to write and revise your resume throughout your career. Although you may depend on our
knowledge at the start, your resume is a reflection of your unique experiences strengths and ultimately,
you are your best editor.

Definition

A resume is a selective biographical summary of experience that focuses on transferable skills and is
meant to persuade a potential employer you are qualified for the position he/she needs to fill. Its
purpose is to get you invited to an interview. A resume is a snapshot of you at a specific time for a
specific audience; it has a short shelf life. You will return to your resume, editing and changing focus
throughout your working life.

What Makes Resumes Work?

    An effective resume is targeted to a specific field, or for a specific employer.

    Resumes are effective because skills are transferable, and past successes and achievements are
     indicators of future performance. All experiences, not only paid work or internships, can be summarized
     to demonstrate skills that are required by a potential employer.

    We remember best what we see first; therefore, first impressions are crucial. Often, the person
     screening your resume will form a first impression within the first 20 to 30 seconds. HENCE –
     everything should be rank ordered on the page and within categories in order of importance.

    Listing information in reverse chronological order is often the best way to showcase skills and
     achievements, but this is not a rigid requirement. Often a more functional organization or a blend of a
     chronological and functional format will serve you better.

   Appearance should help the reader to focus on the content, not distract attention.
     It is preferable to use a standard, common font like Times Roman or Arial, especially when attaching
       your resume in an email as a Word document.
     Choose a font size for the body of the resume between 10 – 12 pt. Your name should be in a slightly
       larger font for emphasis.
     Use high quality white or buff paper when printing resumes (this needn’t be “resume paper”).
     When transmitting a resume via email, it is best to send it as a PDF attachment to insure that
       format will be maintained. This is especially necessary when emailing a resume in a less common
       font, for example: ITC Franklin Gothic Std Book, the font Colby uses most often for publications and
       correspondence.
     Use caps, bold, underline, and bullets sparingly so that they remain effective focusing tools.


 A resume reports it does not evaluate… The goal is to guide the reader toward making certain
     judgments about you, but not to usurp his/her role to evaluate.




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Getting Started
STEP 1 - Create a “Seed Bed” of activities, achievements, and skills acquired in your past experiences.

    Make a list of your various activities over the years.
    List paid work, volunteer positions, extracurricular activities (especially those in which you had a
     leadership role), and internships.

    Revisit the past four or five years. Whereas freshman may want to include experiences from high
     school, juniors and seniors will often not find that necessary. However, even junior and senior students
     may choose to include particularly relevant high school experience. If you have questions about what
     should be included please talk to member of the Career Center.

    Write a paragraph about each important item in your list.

    "Important items" would include paid work, internships, extended volunteer activities, and activities in
     which you had a leadership role.
    Avoid using “I” as you write and use action verbs to express your achievements. However, in this first
     summary, don’t worry about exact wording because this will be edited later when you select information
     for your targeted resume.
    Describe accomplishments as well as duties. An example of a duty might be "maintained ten
     computers, loading new software, and resolved problems as needed," while an example of an
     accomplishment might be "created two self-paced PowerPoint presentations to train people in our office
     on the new company software, and was asked to present it to five other managers in the company."




 STEP 2 - Pick the items that you will highlight or emphasize on the resume you will now be using. Give this
some thought! Consider two factors here:

1) What are your greatest general strengths, and how can you demonstrate those strengths through your
experience?

        All employers value certain qualities: such as team player, good communication skills, and
        leadership abilities. In addition, if you have particular skills that you consider your strong
        points and you should generally try to bring those to light, as well.

2) What are the requirements and needs of the particular employer, internship sponsor, graduate program, etc.?

    Here's an example of the needs of an industry and a job: Advertising industry – Account Executive

            •   The industry tends to value creativity, high energy, and the ability to work in a fast
                paced, deadline-driven environment.
            •   The job of account executive demands that you be detail-oriented, personable, and
                able to handle many projects at once.

        Demonstrate those qualities through the activities described on your resume.




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STEP 3 - Create the sections of your resume.

Subdivide your resume into category sections to assist the reader in conceptualizing the overall nature of
your experience. Some category headings to consider:

    •   Name and Contact Information
    •   Objective (this is optional and is usually included when you are focused on a specific job title or
        function)
    •   Education
    •   Experience Section/s - experience may be combined in one section or subdivided. Here are some
        possible variations: (What you use depends on your profile and needs. Initially, until you are more
        comfortable with this process, how you divide experience into sections can be discussed with the
        Career Center staff.)

           •   Achievements, Honors, Skills (you can focus on one or all of these)
           •   Experience (paid jobs and/or unpaid activities combined)
           •   Work Experience (paid jobs)
           •   Leadership Experience (usually referring to specific leadership roles)
           •   Specific Name of Field Experience (e.g., Publishing Experience, Legal Experience, Research
               Experience, Teaching Experience, etc.)
           •   Volunteer Experience
           •   Community Service




Action Verbs

Using action verbs in your descriptions of experience is important because past actions express transferable
skills and achievements. Where you worked, your position “title,” and even the specific industry you were in
may not be relevant to your current goals, but the actions you successfully completed are often relevant.
Look at the two versions of the same job description below. Can you see why the second is more effective in
a resume used to apply for a marketing position?

Starbucks Coffee, Media, PA                                                                  Summer 2008
Barista – Full time
   Responsible for making all varieties of coffee drinks, teas, and frozen beverages

   Assisted on the cash register

   With other staff, cleaned and closed the coffee house each evening



Starbucks Coffee, Media, PA                                                      Full time, Summer 2008
   Successfully completed week long corporate training program to prepare all varieties of coffee, tea and

    frozen beverages in this high volume suburban Philadelphia coffee house
   Provided quality customer service and responded to complaints

   Processed cash and credit card payments, and reconciled receipts at the end of each shift

   Volunteered to assist with new display set up for value added products sold



Although an action verb usually will begin each bulleted statement you write, choose your verbs carefully.
Don’t fall into using more passive and nonspecific verbs such as “assisted” or “helped.” These verbs do
little to tell the reader about the level of responsibilities or achievements accomplished. Also, avoid
repeating the same action verb several times on the same resume. Use a wide range of precise and effective
active verbs, which denote ownership, leadership, and other marketable skills. Use the list that follows as a
starting point for choosing effective action verbs.


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achieved         debated        helped         organized        revised
acquired         decided        hypothesized   oversaw          scheduled
acted            delegated      identified     painted          selected
activated        delivered      illustrated    participated     sent
accounted        demonstrated   implemented    perceived        separated
adapted          designed       improved       performed        served
administered     detected       incorporated   persuaded        set
advanced         determined     increased      photographed     set-up
advertised       developed      influenced     piloted          shaped
advised          devised        informed       planned          shared
advocated        diagnosed      initiated      played           shipped
allocated        directed       inspected      politicked       showed
analyzed         discovered     inspired       predicted        sketched
anticipated      dispensed      installed      prepared         sold
appointed        displayed      instituted     prescribed       solicited
arbitrated       disproved      insured        presented        solved
arranged         dissected      integrated     printed          sorted
ascertained      distributed    interacted     problem-solved   spoke
assembled        drafted        interpreted    processed        started
assed            earned         interviewed    produced         strengthened
assigned         edited         introduced     profited         studied
attained         elected        invented       programmed       submitted
attended         eliminated     inventoried    projected        suggested
budgeted         encouraged     invested       promoted         summarized
built            enforced       investigated   proof-read       supervised
calculated       entered        judged         provided         surveyed
catalogued       established    justified      proof-read       synthesized
centralized      estimated      launched       provided         systematized
chaired          evaluated      learned        published        talked targeted
challenged       examined       lectured       purchased        taught
charted          exhibited      led            raised           team-built
checked          expanded       lifted         read             tested
classified       expedited      listened       realized         tracked
coached          experienced    logged         received         trained
collected        experimented   maintained     recommended      transcribed
communicated     explained      managed        recognized       transferred
compared         explored       marketed       recorded         transformed
compiled         expressed      maximized      recruited        translated
completed        facilitated    mediated       rectified        traveled
composed         figured        memorized      reduced          treated
computed         filed          mentored       referred         tutored
conceived        financed       met            rehabilitated    typed
conceptualized   fixed          molded         related          undertook
conducted        formulated     modified       rendered         unified
conserved        fostered       monitored      renovated        united
consolidated     founded        motivated      repaired         updated
contracted       fundraised     moved          reported         upgraded
consolidated     gained         named          represented      used
consulted        gathered       negotiated     researched       utilized
controlled       generated      netted         resolved         weighed
converted        graded         observed       responded        wrote
convinced        greeted        obtained       restored
coordinated      guided         offered        retrieved
counseled        handled        operated       revamped
created          headed         ordered        reviewed
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Explanation of Resume Sections

The sample is a FIRST DRAFT of a resume written by a student completing her 1st semester at Colby.
Johanna is applying for an internship or summer job in the creative side of advertising.

Note: The font selected for this resume is Arial, which is a standard font available on most computers.

                                            JOHANNA E. STRONG
                                                 jestrong@colby.edu
                                                cell: (207) 873-4553
                                     6234 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901
NOTE: For verification purposes, use the official name that appears on your college records (e.g., transcripts) and
other legal documents. It's best to center your name at the top of the resume and highlight it by using a larger font
size (about 14pt) and bold typeface. You can also set off your name by putting it in small caps. We recommend
not putting your name in the top left corner, because it might be obscured by a staple or paperclip.
Notice that what determines the order of contact information is the most reliable way to reach you. Unless there
is a specific reason for including more than one address, keep it simple and use the address where you currently
receive your mail.

OBJECTIVE: To gain experience in the creative division of advertising, specifically the Copy Writing Department.

NOTE: Although an Objective section is optional, you may want to include it to focus on specific jobs and goals.
Another reason to include it is if your resume and cover letter will be part of a large general screening and might
become detached.

EDUCATION
Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                          Bachelor of Arts, May 2010
Major: English, Minor: Administrative Science                                                          GPA: 3.42

Courses Completed: Expository and Persuasive Writing, and American Business Management
NOTE: Even if you submit your transcript as part of an application, selectively including courses and projects
relevant to your objective in your resume is a good idea. In Johanna’s case, she has included items that reflect
her related skills.

Strath Haven High School, Wallingford, PA                                                      Diploma, June 2006
Honors graduate, A.P. Courses in: English, History, Biology and French
Editor of Panther Press, school newspaper
Member of: Debate Team, winners of all state competition, 2006

NOTE: Johanna has chosen to divide her experience into three sections, beginning with the writing experience
most relevant to her current goals.

WRITING EXPERIENCE
The Colby Echo, Reporter                                                                 October 2006–Present
   •   Contribute bi-weekly articles and reviews on campus life
   •   Feature articles have included: Food Culture at Colby, interviews with students on their preferred dining
       halls; Shall We Dance?, explores the decline of social dancing on campus

Colby Writing Center, Volunteer Tutor                                               February 2007–May 2008
   •   Worked with first year students completing their English Composition requirement
   •   Edited drafts and reviewed final product

Panther Press, Reporter, Editor                                                    January 2003–June 2006
   •   Assigned to report on Strath Haven Spring Athletics, 2004
   •   Arts and Culture reporter, Fall 2004 – 2006 – Reviewed school drama and music performances
   •   As Editor: Chaired weekly staff meetings and reviewed assignments, created paper’s website using
       Dream Weaver software, posted internet version of current edition


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NOTE: The experiences in the next section show that Johanna has good people skills, computer database
experience and has the potential to be a reliable employee.

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE
Discovery Channel Store, King of Prussia Mall, PA                                  Full Time, Summer 2006
   •   Greeted customers and their children, and helped them locate items
   •   Processed purchases and reconciled cash register at the end of each shift
   •   Helped to update inventory on the computer

Mamma Mia, Ocean Grove, NJ                                                        Full Time, Summer 2005
  •  Provided prompt and efficient waitress service in busy family restaurant
  •  Worked as hostess on weekends, establishing waitress stations and insuring good service


COLLEGE WORK STUDY
Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                      September 2006–May 2007
   Library
   •   Shelved books, checked out books, and processed book returns
   •   Updated Library database
   Admissions Office
    •   Staffed reception desk
    •   Greeted prospective students and their parents, and provided them with information about the College

COMPUTER SKILLS
   •  Adept with both Macs and P.C.’s, experienced with all Microsoft Office programs as well as WordPerfect
      and additional Corel products, Dream Weaver, Adobe Photoshop, familiar with Quickbooks




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Edited version, NOTE: Johanna has tightened up her descriptions and modified format to create a one page resume.

                                            JOHANNA E. STRONG
                                    jestrong@colby.edu  cell: (207) 873-4553
                                      6234 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901

 OBJECTIVE
 To gain experience in the creative division of advertising, specifically the Copy Writing Department.

 EDUCATION
 Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                         Bachelor of Arts, May 2010
 Major: English, Minor: Administrative Science                                                         GPA: 3.42
 Courses Completed: Expository and Persuasive Writing, and American Business Management

 Strath Haven High School, Wallingford, PA                                                     Diploma, June 2006
 Honors graduate, A.P. Courses in: English, History, Biology and French
 Editor of Panther Press, school newspaper
 Debate Team, winners of all state competition, 2006

 WRITING EXPERIENCE
 The Colby Echo, Reporter                                                                October 2006–Present
    •   Contribute bi-weekly articles and reviews on campus life
    •   Feature articles have included: Food Culture at Colby, interviews with students on their preferred dining
        halls; Shall We Dance?, explores the decline of social dancing on campus

 Colby Writing Center, Volunteer Tutor                                                 February 2007–May 2007
    •   Reviewed and edited drafts for first year students completing their English Composition requirement

 Panther Press, Reporter, Editor                                                    January 2003–June 2006
    •   Assigned to report on Strath Haven Spring Athletics, 2004
    •   Arts and Culture reporter, Fall 2004–2006
    •   As Editor: Chaired weekly staff meetings and reviewed assignments, created paper’s website, using
        Dream Weaver software, posted internet version of current edition

 CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE
 Discovery Channel Store, King of Prussia Mall, PA                                   Full Time, Summer 2006
    •   Greeted customers and their children, processed purchases, reconciled cash register
    •   Helped to update inventory on the computer

 Mamma Mia, Ocean Grove, NJ                                                        Full Time, Summer 2005
   •  Provided prompt and efficient waitress service in busy family restaurant
   •  Worked as hostess on weekends, establishing waitress stations and insuring good service

 COLLEGE WORK STUDY
 Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                     September 2006–May 2007
  Library
     •   Processed check out and returns, shelved books, and updated Library database
  Admissions Office
     •   Staffed reception greeting prospective students and their parents

 COMPUTER SKILLS
    Adept with both Macs and P.C.’s, experienced with all Microsoft Office programs as well as WordPerfect and
    additional Corel products, Dream Weaver, Adobe Photoshop, familiar with Quickbooks




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Resume Formatting FAQ’s for Microsoft Word

For students who are unfamiliar with some of the formatting tools in Microsoft Word, resume layout will take
practice. Here are some initial tools to help you with formatting. If you need additional help with resume set up,
come into the Career Center for assistance.

Page Setup:
Margins: To set up your page before starting the resume you must first set the margins. To do this properly, go to
“File” and choose “Page Setup.” This will bring up the Page Setup formatting box. In this box you should change
the default top, bottom, left and right margins. Although you can reduce margins to create more space for copy,
make sure your surrounding margins are no smaller than .75”, but no more than 1”.
Tabs: Change default tab to .25” across the page, because this will give you the ability to line up copy more
accurately.

Using Small Caps: To make your name and section headings appear in small caps, highlight the word/words you
wish to include, then go to “Format” and choose “Font.” When the font format section appears check off the box
labeled “Small caps.”

Inserting symbols into your address line: To insert the “•” go to “Insert” and choose “Symbol” then choose a
simple symbol and click insert. Do this each time you want to insert a new symbol between two portions of your
address. You can choose any simple symbol you like such as a dot, box, or diamond. You can also adjust the size
of the symbol so that it does not overwhelm your copy.
     Example, with bullets the same size as font:
                    5 River Road • Benton, ME 04901 • (207) 569-4582 • Studentname@colby.edu
                                                           OR
     With smaller bullets:
                    5 River Road • Benton, ME 04901 • (207) 569-4582 • Studentname@colby.edu

Inserting the line under the category titles: To create the line, place your cursor at the end of the category
heading. Click “Format” and choose “borders and shading.” Click on the bottom border function.

Example:
       RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Inserting Bullets: To insert bullets go to “Format” and choose “Bullets and Numbering.” Next you can choose
which type of bullet you would like. If you would like to further customize the size or appearance of the bullet you
can do so by clicking on “customize.” Once you have selected a bullet type choose “OK” to save your selection.

Once the bullets are on your page you can alter their alignment along with the space between the bullets and the
words using the horizontal ruler at the top of your page. To do this highlight the body of the bullets and then move
the rulers accordingly. If you do alter the bullets this way be sure that your alterations are consistent throughout
the document.

Creating more space in your resume: To avoid going beyond the one page resume limit, you can adjust the line
spacing of your copy. Place your cursor on the line you wish to enter with reduced spacing. Use the toolbar at the
top of the page, or select “Format,” and then Font to change the font size by typing in the desired number. Press
the “Enter” key. You should see a smaller space between lines of copy.

Creating a PDF file: As noted above, the Career Center advises students to save resumes as PDF files to ensure
that formats will be unchanged when transmitting the document via email. Also, a PDF prevents your resume from
being edited by anyone else. Most Colby computers have the PDF conversion tool installed. To convert your
Word.doc into a PDF file, go to “File” and choose “Print.” Under the “Printer Name” option choose “PDF Creator”
and then click “Ok.” When you save this file, make sure you give it a slightly different name, so that you do not
confuse it with the original document.

 Create a PDF using Mac: Click "Print" to bring up the print dialog box, but instead of sending it to the printer, click on
the "PDF" button in the lower left-hand corner and choose "Save as pdf." It will save the new version with a ".pdf"
extension.



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Sample Internship/Job Posting and Company Information

NOTE: Before developing a resume targeted to a specific opportunity, make sure you gather the information you
need by careful reading of the position description and gathering additional company information. What follows is
an example of a resume, cover letter, and thank you note created to apply for the internship program below.

Mullen Internship Program

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
    Summer internship
    Non-paid or transcript notation
    Minimum of 2 days per week

Brand Planning

 WHAT BRAND PLANNING PLANNERS DO:
 The department is designed to identify and define brand strategies, positioning and communications
 strategies, Mullen Brand Planners are tightly integrated with all other brand-team members. They take
 responsibility for keeping the consumer ever present in the strategy, campaign development, and brand
 evaluation. This group designs and oversees the implementation of all research. They conduct most of the
 qualitative (focus groups, one-on-one’s, ethnographies) and quantitative research.

 POSITION SUMMARY:
 Interns will assist the Brand Planning Department in day to day functions and establish a better
 understanding of Brand Planning’s role within a full-service agency. Actual work varies depending on
 account-work flow, new business opportunities, and individual Interns’ strengths and skills. Past interns
 have conducted background secondary research for new business pitches, videotaped focus groups,
 conducted communications audits, contributed to survey questionnaires, researched and presented cultural
 trends, and written focus-group screeners.

 QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 Above all, we look for candidates that are passionate about advertising and especially Brand Planning’s
 role in the agency. Several practical skills, however, also contribute to an intern’s success:
   Strong oral and written communication skills
   Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects
   Developed critical thinking skills
   Past experience gathering secondary research from online and offline sources
   Working knowledge of statistics as well as quantitative and qualitative research is helpful, but not
     required

Internet Information about the Mullen organization

 Mullen is an American advertising and marketing communications agency based in Wenham,
 Massachusetts. It is famous for creating the Monster.com Super Bowl commercial When I Grow Up. The
 agency also has earned critical acclaim for its viral film Pac-Man Puppet Show. Mullen is a four-time
 winner of Adweek New England Agency of the Year.

 Mullen was founded in 1970 by Jim Mullen supported by the agency's original creative director, Paul
 Silverman and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Grimaldi. Over the years, the company grew steadily into the
 22nd largest agency in the United States. It is a leading independent brand within the Interpublic Group
 (IPG) of Companies. The agency provides creative, media, brand planning, direct-marketing,
 interactive, design, public relations and marketing-to-women services for established brands and
 brands in transition.


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Targeted Resume
This is Johanna’s resume second semester of her Sophomore year at Colby:


                                          JOHANNA E. STRONG
                                  jestrong@colby.edu  cell: (207) 873-4553
                                   6234 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901

OBJECTIVE
A summer internship, which will enable me to increase my understanding of the research and planning that
creates a successful brand.

EDUCATION
Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                      Bachelor of Arts, May 2010
Major: English, Minor: Administrative Science                                        GPA: 3.73 – Dean’s List

Courses Completed: Expository and Persuasive Writing, Marketing in America, Micro and Macro Economics
Extended paper: Why We Buy, what creates brand loyalty in teens?

Strath Haven High School, Wallingford, PA                                    Diploma with Honors, June 2006
Editor of Panther Press, school newspaper
Debate Team, winners of all state competition, 2006

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
   •  Set up focus groups of high school students to establish criteria for buying patterns
   •  Conducted interviews to determine the variables that made Colby students select a specific dining hall
   •  Completed secondary research on topics including: economic indicators, stock market analysis, and
      marketing trends

INTERVIEWING AND WRITING EXPERIENCE
The Colby Echo, Reporter                                                                  October 2006–Present
    •   Contribute bi-weekly articles and reviews on campus life
    •   Feature articles have included: Food Culture at Colby, a look at student food choices and Shall We
        Dance? The decline of social dancing on campus

Panther Press, Reporter, Editor                                                      January 2003–June 2006
   •   Chaired weekly staff meetings and reviewed assignments, created paper’s website, using Dream
       Weaver software, posted internet version of current edition 2005 – 2006
   •   Reported on Strath Haven Spring Athletics, 2004/ Arts and Culture reporter, Fall 2004–2006

ADVERTISING/SALES EXPERIENCE
Arnold Worldwide, Boston, MA, Intern                                                 Part Time, Summer 2007
   •   Worked with the creative team on the Radio Shack account
   •   Reviewed the data collected in brand analysis focus groups and drafted copy
   •   Attended weekly team meetings

Discovery Channel Store, King of Prussia Mall, PA                                   Full Time, Summer 2006
   •   Greeted customers and their children, processed purchases, reconciled cash register
   •   Helped to update inventory on the computer

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Colby College Admission Office, Waterville, ME                      Academic year 2006-2007 and 2007- 2008
   •   Led tours for prospective students and their parents
   •   Staffed reception area, answered phone, greeted visitors and responded to questions about the campus

COMPUTER SKILLS
   Adept with both Macs and P.C.’s, experienced with all Microsoft Office programs as well as WordPerfect and
   additional Corel products, Dream Weaver, Adobe Photoshop, familiar with Quickbooks

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Explanation of Cover Letter Content
Street
Town, State, Zip Code

Contact Name
Contact Title
Organization
Street
Town, State, Zip Code

Date

Dear Mr./Ms./Dr.:

1st paragraph: Tell why you are writing.
If you are writing to apply for a position, name the specific position. Next, tell how or where you learned about this
opportunity or organization. Last, provide a sentence that ties the position/organization with your interest in their
specific program.

Middle 1-2 paragraphs: Explain why they should be interested in you.
These paragraphs are the most important of the cover letter. They should explain why you are a strong candidate
for the particular position by connecting your skills and competencies with those in the job posting. Three to five
competencies should be clearly discussed and supported with relevant examples. It should also be clearly stated
why those skills will make you successful in that position. This last component will demonstrate to the employer
that you understand why they are seeking an individual with those particular abilities. In addition to presenting your
skills, these paragraphs should demonstrate a clear understanding of the company and its industry proving that
you understand your role in the larger picture. These paragraphs should end with a brief statement tying your
competencies back to the particular position for which you are applying.

Last Paragraph: Close the letter and discuss follow-up.
Begin this paragraph by expressing your desire for an interview and reference your attached resume. Next, explain
how they can reach you (by phone and email if both are available). Finally, thank them for their time and
consideration.

Sincerely,

(space for handwritten signature)

Name

Remember: Cover Letter Etiquette

       If mailed rather than emailed, cover letters and Resumes should be printed on a high quality paper.
       Address the letter to an individual and take the time to research their title.
       Be brief, concise, and to the point (a cover letter should never be more than 1 page in length).
       If submitting your cover letter/resume by email be sure to save both documents as .PDF files, then
       attach both documents. Paste your cover letter in the body of the email which should, in its closing
       paragraph, note that you also have attached a copy of your cover letter for the company’s convenience.
       Finally, you also should indicate that if they would prefer the documents in some alternative format you
       would be happy to provide them.
       The letter is a persuasive piece about the skills and competencies that make you a strong candidate
       for the position.
       Always proofread everything carefully!!!



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Cover Letter Example

The letter is part of Johanna’s application process for a summer position after Sophomore year - NOTE: Students
often are confused as to whether to send a cover letter via email or through the mail. In some cases you may
choose to do both. But, increasingly, employers expect communication via email. The Career Center
recommends that when you respond via email, your cover letter should be the body of the email. You can send a
PDF version of the cover letter along with your resume so that the organization can reproduce both documents for
circulation.

6234 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901

John Smith, Marketing Manager
Mullen
36 Essex Street
Boston, MA 01984-1799

March 29, 2008

Dear Mr. Smith:

I am writing because I would like to become a part of Mullen’s 2008 Internship Program in Brand Planning.
While working at Arnold Worldwide in Boston last summer, Frank Brown, a former Mullen intern,
recommended your program to me. I also discussed this opportunity with the Internship Coordinator in the
Colby Career Center. When I read more about Mullen, I was intrigued that you specialize in Brand Planning
for organizations seeking to reposition themselves in the marketplace. I would like to use my past
experience in advertising and my increasing understanding of marketing techniques to assist you in this
challenging task.

My summer at Arnold convinced me that I want to focus on developing my skills in brand planning. Helping
clients to move through the planning stages from developing a vision for their brand to what their brand
represents is central to new ventures, but even more essential for companies who want to move to the “next
level” of success.

During my internship at Arnold Worldwide, I learned how to interpret marketing studies and to write effective
ad copy. The independent study I completed for my Marketing class at Colby strengthened my
communication and analytical skills, and gave me the opportunity to write an effective marketing proposal. I
have come to understand the demands and the creative challenges of the marketing field, and I am eager to
learn more and contribute to your team this summer.

After you review my resume, I hope that you will consider me a strong candidate for a position in your
internship program. I would be available to interview on site in Boston at your convenience, or would be
happy to interview on the telephone. I have attached my resume and a hard copy of this cover letter. If you
would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available by phone at (207)
873-4553 or via email at jestrong@colby.edu. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time
and consideration.

Sincerely,

Johanna Strong
Johanna Strong



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References Example

                              JOHANNA E. STRONG
                     jestrong@colby.edu  cell: (207) 873-4553
                       6234 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901



References:



                            Name
                            Title
                            Department
                            Company Name
                            Street Address
                            Town, City Zip Code
                            telephone number
                            email (optional)



                            Professor Michael Finland
                            Assistant Professor
                            English Department
                            Colby College
                            4963 Mayflower Hill
                            Waterville, ME 04901
                            (207) 859-3666
                            mfinland@colby.edu



                            James Russell
                            Associate Director
                            Arnold Worldwide
                            Street Address
                            Boston, MA 01984-1758
                            (602) 596-8894
                            jrussell@arnold.com




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Explanation of Thank you Note Content

1st paragraph: Open with a brief thank you.
The first paragraph should be short and should focus on thanking them for the opportunity to interview. It
should specifically reference the position or program for which you interviewed.

2nd paragraph: Customize the note.
This middle paragraph is the most important because you should use it to customize the note to each
individual person to whom you are sending a thank you note. It should connect the content of your
discussion or the interview with your continuing or increased interested in the position and the employer or
graduate school. It should prove that you gained valuable insight during the interview. It also should be used
as a way of jogging their memory about the positive aspects of your discussions. Finally, this paragraph
should make your note unique and different from other thank you notes they will receive.

3rd paragraph: Write a simple closing.
Your final paragraph simply should close out the note reminding them that you are available to provide any
additional materials that they may need. This paragraph also should include one final “thank you.”

Thank you Note Example

6234 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901

John Smith, Marketing Manager
Mullen
36 Essex Street
Boston, MA 01984-1799

July 2, 2008

Dear Mr. Smith:

Thank you again for the opportunity to interview for the 2008 Internship Program at Mullen. I appreciated
your hospitality and enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the program and your organization.

The interview and my discussions with your staff convinced me of the compatibility between my passions,
experience and goals, and your program. I also really enjoyed learning more about your alternative approach
to the creation and implementation of a marketing idea. I believe that my previous marketing experience in
combination with my ability to work effectively in a team setting will make me a strong contributor to your
marketing department.

As we discussed, I am sending you a copy of the paper I wrote for my marketing course, and have attached
the names and addresses of three references. Thank you again for speaking with me. I look forward to
hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Johanna Strong
Johanna Strong




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Additional Sample Resumes by Industry
Communications/Arts – (Font: ITC Franklin Gothic Std Book, size: 10)
                                      ELI M. JOSEPHSON
            7834 Mayflower Hill • Waterville, Maine 04901 • (617) 939-7940 • ejosephson@colby.edu

EDUCATION
     Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                   Bachelor of Arts, May 2008
     Major: Music (Concentration in Performance)                                              Overall GPA: 3.66
     Musician's Alliance, President – Colby College                                       May 2005 – May 2006
     • Connected musicians on campus to form bands in various musical genres
     • Organized, sponsored, promoted on campus performances
     • Managed club budget to order and repair musical equipment
     Sitar and North Indian Music: New Delhi, India                                     Fall 2007 – Spring 2008
     • Spent six months studying the sitar with Shubhendra Rao, senior disciple of Ravi Shankar
     • Practiced up to 8 hours/day and toured India, accompanying Rao on the tanpura
     • Contacted venues and organized a United States tour for Rao
     Colegio Delibes: Salamanca, Spain                                                             Summer 2003
     • Studied Spanish language, culture, and Flamenco guitar; lived with a Spanish family
EXPERIENCE
Performing
     Colby College                                                                         Fall 2004 – Spring 2008
     Jazz Ensemble, Principal guitarist
     • Swing, blues, funk, soul, hard bop, fusion, Afro-Cuban, etc.
     Chorale, Tenor vocalist
     • Toured in Italy and Prague; Invited to perform at St. Peter's Basilica, Spring 2007
     Freelance Guitarist                                                                        Winter 2002 – 2008
     • Currently perform weekly jazz shows with quartet, duo, or solo
     • Negotiated weekly and monthly contracts with small venues
     • Formed bossa nova sextet to promote Brazilian music in Maine through charity performances
Radio DJ
     WMHB Waterville                                                                  Winter 2002 – Spring 2008
     • Host a jazz radio show for 2 hours/week featuring the experimental jazz of the 60s through the funk-
        infused acid jazz of today
     Newton South High School                                                           Fall 2000 – Spring 2002
     • Started a radio station: raised money, purchased and set-up equipment, and created a code of ethics for
        student Disk Jockeys to maintain a standard of professionalism

Teaching
     Gandhi Ashram School: Kalimpong, India                                                   January 2007, 2008
     • Visited India twice to live and teach at the Gandhi Ashram School
     • Taught music theory, the American blues, English, and Indian classical music to students of all ages
     Music Theory Tutor, Colby College, Waterville, ME                             February 2006 – March 2008
     • Taught composition and analysis to college freshmen and sophomores
     Music Mentor, Alfond Youth Center, Waterville, ME                                   Fall 2004 – Spring 2008
     • Taught guitar to children age 5-18 at local youth centers and elementary school, focusing on basic music
        theory and perpetuating student engagement in music
     • Organized past concerts, taught song-writing, and prepared students to perform at yearly recital
Restaurant Management
     Sweet Tomatoes Pizza: Newton, MA, Manager/Chef                                 Summers 2001 – 2008
      • Coordinated schedules of wait and kitchen staff ensuring adequate coverage
      • Managed budget and food purchasing to accommodate consistently changing menu


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Consulting/Finance – (Font: Jansen Text, size: 10.5)
                                   MARTHA HERNANDEZ
        5687 Mayflower Hill • Waterville, Maine 04901 • cell: (207) 859-4569 • email: mhernandez@colby.edu
EDUCATION
  Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                   Bachelor of Arts, May 2008
  Double Major: Economics and Latin American Studies                                                GPA 3.53
   Honors: Awarded Posse Foundation Full-Tuition Leadership Scholarship (2004-2008), The Walker
   Language and Culture Fellowship Grant for study in Brazil (2006), Colby College Dean’s List
   Pontificia Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile                                 January 2007 – June 2007
   Centro de Estudos de Língua e Cultura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil                               January 2006
   • Fluent in Spanish; Intermediate in Portuguese reading and writing skills
RELEVANT COURSEWORK
   Intermediate Micro/Macro Theory, Econometrics Finance, Business and U.S. Foreign Policy,
   International Finance, Economic Forecasting, Advanced Calculus, Statistics, and International Relations
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Senior Thesis, Economics Department, Colby College, Waterville, ME           October 2007 – May 2008
   • Completed research for and presented econometrics paper concerning the “Analysis of Determinants of
       First Year Grade Point Averages”
Research Assistant, The Oak Institute for Human Rights, Waterville, ME          October 2006 – March 2007
   • Researched and communicated with human rights organizations in Latin America and the United States
   • Assisted in the search for and recruitment of a Colby College Oak Fellow for the 2007 Fall Semester
   • Translated fellowship applications and reference letters submitted in Spanish
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
  Intern, Fiduciary Trust Company, Boston, MA                                       July 2007 – August 2007
  • Wrote daily reports on company fiscal status and changes in operations using Thomson Baseline
  • Prepared data for, and met with, high net worth individuals concerning asset allocation and wealth
      management
  • Assisted in stock trade utilizing Private View, a modified version of Global Plus
  • Conducted analytical projects for the Cash Management Department researching the impact of fee
      increases on current clients
  • Attended and contributed to weekly investment officer meetings and luncheons at investment banks
      concerning companies monitored by Fiduciary Trust Company
   Intern, The Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, New York, NY            June 2006 – August 2006
   • Researched and contacted families of the victims of Flight 587 to ensure collaboration in the
       development of the proposed memorial
   • Selected to introduce the Mayor at the annual internship event attended by over 1,000 guests
   • Volunteered at receptions and charity events with over 1,400 guests at Gracie Mansion coordinated by
       the Mayor's Office of Special Projects and Community Events
   Intern, Wealth Strategies for Life, Bronx, NY                                  July 2005 – August 2005
   • Increased client base by 15% by conducting targeted marketing outreach in non-profit sector
   • Coordinated meetings between clients and CEO, ensuring all needed materials were present
   • Mailed introductory letters on behalf of the CEO welcoming new clients to the organization
ACTIVITIES
  Co-Vice Chairperson, Colby’s All-College Admission and Financial Aid Committee               2007 – Present
  Vice President, Students Organized Against Racism                                            2006 – Present
  Member, Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity                                      2004 – Present
  Executive Board Member, Sophomore Class Council                                                2005 – 2006

 COMPUTER SKILLS
  Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint; experience with STATA, Sungard Global Plus,
  Thomson Baseline

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Environmental – (Font: Times New Roman, size: 10.5)
(Senior Resume Submitted for a staff position with the Appalachian Mt. Club)


                                              PHILIP D. JONES
                                        (207) 454-7612 • pdjones@colby.edu
                                   7993 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, Maine 04901

EDUCATION
Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                     Bachelor of Arts , May 2008
Major: Psychology
Minor: Environmental Studies

Courses completed: Biology, Ecology, Human Health and the Environment, Meteorology, Climate Change,
Climate Change History and Policy, Introduction to Environmental Studies

CREDENTIALS AND SKILLS
     • Wilderness First Responder: Certified May 2005, eligible for re-certification May 2008
     • CPR: Certified May 2008, eligible for re-certification May 2009
     • Computer: Proficient with PC and Macintosh computers using Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel,
         experience with: PowerPoint, SPSS and Adobe

EXPERIENCE
Maine Wilderness Tours, Presque Isle, ME                                            December 2005 - Present
   Trip Guide
   • Conduct pre-trip research and logistical planning for canoe trips between 15 and 40 days
   • Communicated extensively with registered participants and other guides to include them in planning details
   • Lead workshops for team building and safety awareness
   • Directed 30 day whitewater canoe trip in Northern Maine and 21 day canoe trip in New Brunswick, CA

Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District, Waterville, ME                              January 2008
   Intern
   • Assisted local government unit with website design and creation of educational documents, including
        fact sheets on the importance of wilderness preservation, watersheds, climate monitoring and community
        involvement

Waterville Main Street, Waterville, ME                                            January 2008 – Present
  Volunteer and Organizer
  • Helped initiate and design a consortium of Colby, Unity College, Thomas College and Community
      members to create a local community co-op and farmer’s market in downtown Waterville
  • Member of business and education committee responsible for planning community co-op

Colby Triathlon, Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                      Fall 2005
   Organizer and Participant
   • Coordinated annual triathlon event with up to 100 college and community athletes competing

ACTIVITIES
     Colby Varsity La Crosse Team                                                      Fall 2004 – Spring 2008
     Colby Outing Club: Gear Manager, Trip Leader, Officer                             Fall 2004 – Spring 2008




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First year resume – (Font: Times New Roman, size: 11)
(developed at the end of the second term)
                                               FATIMA RESA
                                       (207) 859-6690 • fresa@colby.edu
                           Colby College, 6883 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901, US

EDUCATION
Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                        Bachelor of Arts, May 2010
Double Major: Economics and Arts                                                                       GPA 3.18

Mahindra United World College of India, Pune, INDIA                           International Baccalaureate, 2006
All instruction in English
Higher Level: Mathematics, Economics, Art and Hindi
Standard Level: English and Biology

SKILLS
    •    Fluent in English and Hindi
    •    Reading and writing fluency in Tibetan
    •    Intermediate understanding of Urdu
    •    Knowledge of Marathi
    •    Mother tongue – Ladakhi (a Tibetan dialect)
    •    Proficient with PC and Mac computers

EXPERIENCE
Colby College, Waterville ME                                                               Fall 2006 – Present
   • Information Technology Services Student Trainer                                  February 2007 – Present
       Assist students, staff and faculty with computer needs
   • Miller Library and Olin Science Library Assistant                         September 2006 – February 2007
       Opened Library, Shelved books, staffed circulation desk and assisted patrons
   • Curator at Colby College Museum of Art                                                      January 2007
       Planned and executed an exhibition on Modern Japanese Prints

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Art for Kids, Mahindra UWC Community Interaction Project                            Fall 2004 – Spring 2006
    • Taught elementary students arts and crafts and served as a mentor
    • Completed intensive Marathi course to be able to communicate more effectively
Mother Teresa Home, Pune, India (Assisted living facility for the mentally challenged)                Fall 2004
   • Interacted with residents and assisted with daily routines
Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, Leh Ladakh, India                                       Fall 2002 – Fall 2003
President of a local branch of this global organization established and led by Dr. Goodall
    • Set goals for weekly activity including surveying of local streams to check pollution level
    • Raised ecological awareness in community
    • Cooperated with other NGOs like Prof K. Nachimuthu Institute of Research for Language and Culture

ACTIVITIES
    •    Sport activities: Basketball, Tennis, Swimming and Self-Defense
    •    Member, Ladakh Theatre Organization
    •    Member, Students for Free Tibet


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Government/Non-Profit – (Font: Arial, size: 10)
(resume submitted for an entry-level position at an international NGO in Washington, DC)

                                             ANDREW BOULET
               4689 Mayflower Hill • Waterville, Me 04901 • (207) 569-4692 • aboulet@colby.edu

EDUCATION
Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                      Bachelors of Arts, May 2008
Major: Anthropology                                                                            Major GPA 3.67
Minor: Environmental Studies                                                                 Overall GPA 3.28

Honors: Dean’s List, Distinction in Major

University of Salamanca, Spain                                                           Spring Semester 2007
Completed courses in Spanish history, culture and language with all classes taught in Spanish
LANGUAGES
Fluent in French, conversational Spanish
EXPERIENCE
Research Assistant, Asst. Professor Leon Arredondo, Waterville, ME             September 2007 – May 2008
   • Researched 15 case studies of mental illness among Latino immigrants in the US
   • Worked closely with Professor Leon Arredondo to create a syllabus for a new course – Mental Health and
      Cultural Experience
   • Researched and prepared supporting materials for two cultural anthropology courses
Research Assistant, Colby’s Mellon Fellow, Christopher Tomas, Waterville ME October 2006 – January 2007
   • Researched case studies related to international environmental justice issues and compiled a
      bibliography of books and academic articles to be used in the Colby Environmental Studies'
      Environmental Justice curriculum
   • Provided research and French translation services for Mr. Tomas – to assist his research on
      environmental justice issues in former French colonies
Language Instructor, Anglo Americano Language Institute, Mexico City, Mexico              June – August 2007
   • Designed tailored course-curricula in Business-English for two business institutions
   • Tutored English language classes for 16 adult business executives at the executive offices of the House
      of Fuller and Dolex in Mexico City
   • Planned and prepared all necessary course materials for tri-weekly classes
   • Communicated with individual students about their progress, evaluated their English-language proficiency
      levels, and collected feed-back from students to improve their learning experience
Intern, Instituto de la Naturaleza la Sociedad de Oaxaca, Oaxaca City, Mexico                    January 2007
    • Conducted research on conservation programs for mountain-side water irrigation project
    • Participated in the planning and construction of a mountain-side irrigation system and energy efficient ovens
    • Participated in the planning, design, and construction of a functional community greenhouse that would
         contribute to community’s goals of sustainability and economic stability
English Teacher, Banister Academy, Mexico City, Mexico                                     June – August 2006
   • Provided English tutoring for young underprivileged adults in a village outside Mexico City
   • Designed course materials to prepare students for Cambridge Certificate Level Examinations, TOEFL,
       and SAT tests to improve their chances of acceptance into American universities
   • Participated in parent/teacher meetings, received feed-back, and provided student evaluations
ACTIVITIES
     Organizer/Performer, Free Burma Resolution Program, Colby College
     Participant, Workshops: Human Rights Abuses in Columbia and Free Tibet Movement, Colby College
SKILLS
Computer: Proficient with PC and Macintosh computers using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop
CS2, and Outlook Express applications; experience with Microsoft Excel
Photography: Proficient at using analog and digital photography techniques, equipment, and 'dark-room' functions


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Science Research – (Font: Janson Text, size: 10.5)

                                      JESSICA MARIE SMITH
                 74 Corbel Lane, Winslow, ME  (207) 569-2599  Jessica.Smith@gmail.com

EDUCATION
Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                      Bachelor of Arts, May 2008
Double Major: Chemistry and Physics                                                                 GPA: 3.45

Honors: Graduated Cum Laude with distinction in Physics, Dean’s List, member of Sigma Phi Sigma National
      Physics Honors Society (2008), 2007 Eastern Analytical Symposium Undergraduate Student Award

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
 COLBY COLLEGE                                                                                    Waterville, ME
 Teaching Assistant (Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry)                       Fall 2007, Spring 2008
   Prepared solutions, tested instruments, organized chemicals and glassware, and supervised laboratory safety
   Assisted students with analytical techniques including: UV/Vis, titration using Vernier automation systems,
    flow injection analysis, instrument calibration, and construction/use of ion-selective electrodes
   Graded homework and provided detailed answer keys
 COLBY COLLEGE                                                                              Waterville, ME
 Research Assistant, Professor Whitney King                                             January 2007, 2008
   Expanded on summer research by collaborating with the McNeill group while working in the King laboratory
   Determined a mechanism for the basic decomposition of the chemiluminescent probe molecule
   Presented results at the 233rd ACS National Meeting in Chicago, IL and the 46th Annual Eastern Analytical
    Symposium in Somerset, NJ (received the 2007 Eastern Analytical Symposium Undergraduate Student
    Award)
 UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA                                                                     Minneapolis, MN
 Lando/National Science Foundation Intern                                                        Summer 2006
   Conducted laboratory research with the McNeill group to develop a method of measuring singlet oxygen
    concentrations in water samples through the use of flow injection analysis and detection of the basic
    decomposition of the chemiluminescent probe molecule
   Presented results at the Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session at the University of Minnesota
   Collected water samples from Lake Superior while on board a research boat

RELEVANT COURSEWORK
 General Chemistry (lab), Environmental Chemistry, Organic Chemistry (lab), Analytical Chemistry (lab),
 Physical Chemistry (lab), Foundations of Physics (lab), Modern Physics (lab), Electricity & Magnetism,
 Nuclear & Particle Physics, Series & Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Vector Calculus, Differential
 Equations, Geology (lab), Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics

SKILLS
 Laboratory: UV/Vis, NMR, IR, MS, flow injection analysis, titration, calorimetry, and solution preparation
 Computer: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ChemDraw, SciFinder, and Spartan

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
 Smith J. M., LaCroix, E. D., McNally, S., McNeill, K., and King, D. W., “Development of Singlet Oxygen
 Quantitation Methods by Flow Injection Analysis with Chemiluminescent Detection,” 233rd ACS National Meeting,
 March 2007, Chicago, IL.

WORK EXPERIENCE
 Laboratory Technician, ECOLAB, Eagan, MN                                                June 2008-Present
   Conduct standardized laboratory research to find a replacement for TBEP in floor finishes




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Teaching Resume – (Font: Times new Roman, size: 12)
(This resume is targeted for a teaching position, one of the few occasions where a two-page resume is acceptable)
                                               TAMIKA S. JOHNSON
              (207) 872-4056 • tamikaj@aol.com • 6543 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901

OBJECTIVE
A teaching position in an urban charter or alternative school which will enable me to work with students
from diverse backgrounds.

EDUCATION

Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                             Bachelor of Arts, May 2009
Major: American Studies                                                                                     GPA 3.46
Minors: African American Studies and Education
Honors: Dean's List, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche Scholarship, awarded to students who have demonstrated
superior academic performance, leadership and community involvement
Activities: Varsity Soccer, four years
William Jones College Prep, Chicago, IL                                                   Diploma, with Honors 2005
   Honors: Completed honors courses in English, History and Spanish
   Activities: Varsity Soccer and Basketball

RELATED COURSEWORK

Craft of Teaching • African American History, Culture and Literature • Race, Racism and
American Society • American Literary History • Cultural Anthropology • Completed an
extensive research paper on the fiction of Toni Morrison, focusing on the novel, Beloved, for a
course on African American Women writers

SKILLS

• Language: Proficient in spoken and written Spanish
• Computer: Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop CS3

LEADERSHIP

Co-Founder, Colby Unity Coalition - Facilitated communication in a diverse student population

Member, Colby Diversity Steering Group - Examined the role diversity ought to play in
institutions of higher education, with a close investigation of Colby's campus. Present
recommendations to Colby Community Committee, chaired by Bro Adams, President of the College

Captain, Colby Women’s Varsity Soccer – Elected in 2007

SCOPE-William Jones Student Committee on Peer Education Active member of student-led
committee that addressed issues of substance abuse, peer pressure, teen dating, date rape and family
problems


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TAMIKA S. JOHNSON

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Winslow High School, Winslow, ME                                                            Fall 2007
Assistant Teacher
 • Assisted three days a week in tenth grade, English/History interdisciplinary class of 25
 • Researched, developed and taught a unit titled “The 1960’s in the U.S.” using the class text,
   film, biographies, songs and literature
 • Graded papers and held individual student advising sessions


Department of African American Studies, Colby College, Waterville, ME Fall 2006 – Present
Research and Teaching Assistant
  Researched material to support Professor Freda Johnson’s newly developed course on African
   American women writers
  Met with students in small groups to assist them with independent papers


Colby Cares about Kids                                                       Fall 2005 – Present
Mentor
  Provided academic and personal support and encouragement for an elementary schoolgirl two
   afternoons a week for the past three years
  Tutored student in reading, math and science resulting in steady improvement in grades


ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

City of Chicago Parks Department                                       Full time, Summers 2004 – 2007
Summer Recreation Program Assistant
   Provided instruction and supervision for up to 15 children ages 10 – 14 participating in the summer
    program
   Taught daily swimming lessons
   Led sports and arts and crafts activities


Colby College, Waterville, ME                                                      Fall 2007 – Present
Cotter Union Building Manager
  Ensure safety and welfare of occupants, safeguard college property, and provide accurate and
   courteous information and service to students, staff and guests of the college




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