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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.

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resumes your personal advertisement

Resumes Your Personal Advertisement

Office of Career & Professional Development School of Law

Indiana University

program overview
Program Overview
  • Section-By-Section Construction
  • Key Elements
  • Guidelines for Content
  • Guidelines for Visual Design
  • Common Mistakes
the heading without labels
The Heading – Without Labels
  • Name
  • Present Address
  • Permanent Address
  • Phone Numbers–Home or Cell
  • E-Mail Address
  • URL – Professional Web Site
  • Visa/Citizenship
education
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
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
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
Activities
  • Organization & Location
  • Title – Office Held – Distinction Given
  • Dates of affiliation
  • Brief Description (if necessary)
other possible headings
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
Things to leave off
  • Professional Objective
  • References
  • Availability
  • Personal Information and Picture
formatting guidelines
Formatting Guidelines
  • Length
  • Paper Quality and Color
  • Font Choices
  • Font Size
  • Margins & White Space
  • Using Software & Templates
common blunders
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
cover letters
Cover Letters

-Your Personal Introduction

cover letters15

Cover Letters

Purpose

Paragraph by Paragraph guide

Formatting

purpose
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
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
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
Paragraph 3 – About Them
  • Why do you want to work for this organization/firm?
    • Articles
    • Referrals
    • Specific Cases – But be careful
paragraph 4 closing
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
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
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
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