Resumes Your Personal Advertisement Office of Career & Professional Development School of Law Indiana University Program Overview Section-By-Section Construction Key Elements Guidelines for Content Guidelines for Visual Design Common Mistakes The Heading – Without Labels Name Present Address Permanent Address Phone Numbers–Home or Cell E-Mail Address URL – Professional Web Site Visa/Citizenship Education Institution Location Degree(s) Date Awarded (or Expected) GPA & Class Ranking – OK for LLB Activities – Moot Court, Journal, Orgs Honors/Distinctions w/ translations Coursework w/ Highest Grade Experience Title of Position Held Organization Location Dates of Association List action statements of your duties which show responsibility and skills development Experience – Alternative Headings Research Experience Teaching Experience Leadership Experience Management Experience Relevant Experience Legal Experience Internship Experience Volunteer experience DOES NOT HAVE TO BE “PAID WORK” EXPERIENCE Activities Organization & Location Title – Office Held – Distinction Given Dates of affiliation Brief Description (if necessary) Other Possible Headings Technical Skills Publications Presentations Licensure or Certification Foreign Language Skills Travel Experience Professional Affiliations/Memberships Professional Service Community Service Special Skills Things to leave off Professional Objective References Availability Personal Information and Picture Formatting Guidelines Length Paper Quality and Color Font Choices Font Size Margins & White Space Using Software & Templates Font Choices – Yes or No? Tahoma Garamond Times New Roman SimSun Arial Courier New Americana XBd BT Vivaldi D Bard Century Common Blunders Stapling a Resume Forgetting your Cover Letter Not Spell Checking Filling in the Boxes in a Template One Size Fits All Resume Using Acronyms Inconsistent Category Entries Questions? Cover Letters -Your Personal Introduction Cover Letters Purpose Paragraph by Paragraph guide Formatting Purpose Serves as an introduction Highlights desired skills Shows your enthusiasm & interest in the organization and their geographic location Demonstrates your writing skills Paragraph 1 – Intro Why are you writing? Where did you find this announcement or who guided you to this job? Overview of qualifications Paragraph 2 – About You In what ways do you meet their qualification requirements? What skills do you bring to the table? What is your link to that area? Paragraph 3 – About Them Why do you want to work for this organization/firm? Articles Referrals Specific Cases – But be careful Paragraph 4 - Closing Indicate your desire for an interview and willingness to meet them Tell them that you will contact them within a certain time frame (1 week) – unless they state no phone calls Thank them in advance Formatting and Tips Send to a specific person Demonstrate confidence and professionalism Avoid restating your resume One page Sign in black ink Cover Letters in E-mails Can copy and paste into body of message – minus address block Can include as an attachment Combine both Same level of professionalism is necessary Questions?
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