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Resumes
Your Personal
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Office of Career & Professional Development
Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington
Anyone have a resume today?
Swap with a neighbor
30 second review
What do you remember?
Overview
Why Important?
Section-By-Section Construction
Key Elements
Guidelines for Content
Guidelines for Visual Design
Common Mistakes
Why Important?
1st Impression – Reflects You & Your
Work Product
Think Strategically
- Who?
- What?
Market/Sell Yourself
Sections
Heading
Education
Experience
Activities
The Heading –
letterhead or masthead
Name
Current Address
Permanent Address
Phone Numbers–Home or Cell
E-Mail Address – Not Hyperlinked
URL – Professional Web Site
Michael E. Keller
211 South Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47403
812-855-0258
[email protected]
Michael Keller
211 South Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47403
812-855-0258
[email protected]
Michael Keller
[email protected]
211 South Indiana Avenue
Lane
Bloomington, Indiana 47403
60606
812-855-0258
0001
1234 Washington
Chicago, Illinois
312-555-
Michael Keller
211 South Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47403, 812-855-0258
[email protected]
Michael Keller
211 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 345-3030
[email protected]
Watch your Email!
• Use IU email
• Be consistent
• Be Professional
Education
Institution
Location
Degree(s)
Date Awarded (or Expected)
GPA & Class Ranking
Activities – Moot Court, Journal, Orgs
Honors/Distinctions
Coursework w/ Highest Grade
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
Your School
Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington
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
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
Experience
Organization
Location
Title of Position Held
Dates of Association
List action statements of your duties
which show responsibility and skills
development
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
Activities
Organization & Location
Title – Office Held – Distinction Given
Dates of affiliation
Brief Description
Other Possible Headings
Technical Skills
Publications
Presentations
Licensure or Certification
Foreign Language Skills
Professional Affiliations/Memberships
Professional Service
Community Service
Special Skills
Travel Experience
Things To Leave Off
Objective
References
Availability
Personal Information
LSAT Score
Formatting Guidelines
Length – 1 page
Paper Quality and Color
Margins & White Space
Using Software & Templates
Font Size – 11 pt.
Font Choices
Font Choices – Yes or No?
Tahoma
Garamond
Times New Roman
SimSun
Arial
Courier New
Americana XBd BT
Vivaldi D
Bard
Century
Always print out to proof!
Common Blunders
Appearance
Not Spell Checking
Gaps or omissions
Filling in a Template
One Size Fits All Resume
Using Acronyms
Inconsistent Entries
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
These are taken from real resumes!
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“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.)
Questions on Writing Your
Resume?
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 3rd
floor of the law school
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