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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

Office of Career & Professional Development School of Law

Indiana University


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Program Overview

  • Section-By-Section Construction

  • Key Elements

  • Guidelines for Content

  • Guidelines for Visual Design

  • Common Mistakes


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The Heading – Without Labels

  • Name

  • Present Address

  • Permanent Address

  • Phone Numbers–Home or Cell

  • E-Mail Address

  • URL – Professional Web Site

  • Visa/Citizenship


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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


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Experience

  • Title of Position Held

  • Organization

  • Location

  • Dates of Association

  • List action statements of your duties which show responsibility and skills development


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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


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Activities

  • Organization & Location

  • Title – Office Held – Distinction Given

  • Dates of affiliation

  • Brief Description (if necessary)


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Other Possible Headings

  • Technical Skills

  • Publications

  • Presentations

  • Licensure or Certification

  • Foreign Language Skills

  • Travel Experience

  • Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • Professional Service

  • Community Service

  • Special Skills


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Things to leave off

  • Professional Objective

  • References

  • Availability

  • Personal Information and Picture


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Formatting Guidelines

  • Length

  • Paper Quality and Color

  • Font Choices

  • Font Size

  • Margins & White Space

  • Using Software & Templates


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Font Choices – Yes or No?


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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


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Questions?


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Cover Letters

-Your Personal Introduction


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Cover Letters

Purpose

Paragraph by Paragraph guide

Formatting


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Purpose

  • Serves as an introduction

  • Highlights desired skills

  • Shows your enthusiasm & interest in the organization and their geographic location

  • Demonstrates your writing skills


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Paragraph 1 – Intro

  • Why are you writing?

  • Where did you find this announcement or who guided you to this job?

  • Overview of qualifications


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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?


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Paragraph 3 – About Them

  • Why do you want to work for this organization/firm?

    • Articles

    • Referrals

    • Specific Cases – But be careful


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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


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Formatting and Tips

  • Send to a specific person

  • Demonstrate confidence and professionalism

  • Avoid restating your resume

  • One page

  • Sign in black ink


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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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Questions?


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