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Resumes Your Personal Advertisement. 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?

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resumes your personal advertisement

Resumes Your Personal Advertisement

Office of Career & Professional Development

Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington

anyone have a resume today
Anyone have a resume today?
  • Swap with a neighbor
  • 30 second review
  • What do you remember?
overview
Overview
  • Why Important?
  • Section-By-Section Construction
  • Key Elements
  • Guidelines for Content
  • Guidelines for Visual Design
  • Common Mistakes
why important
Why Important?
  • 1st Impression – Reflects You & Your Work Product
  • Think Strategically

- Who?

- What?

  • Market/Sell Yourself
sections
Sections
  • Heading
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Activities
the heading letterhead or masthead
The Heading – letterhead or masthead
  • Name
  • Current Address
  • Permanent Address
  • Phone Numbers–Home or Cell
  • E-Mail Address – Not Hyperlinked
  • URL – Professional Web Site
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Michael E. Keller 211 South Indiana Avenue Bloomington, Indiana 47403 812-855-0258 mikeller@indiana.edu
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Michael Keller

211 South Indiana Avenue

Bloomington, Indiana 47403

812-855-0258

mikeller@indiana.edu

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Michael Keller

mikeller@indiana.edu

211 South Indiana Avenue 1234 Washington Lane

Bloomington, Indiana 47403 Chicago, Illinois 60606

812-855-0258 312-555-0001

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Michael Keller

211 South Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47403, 812-855-0258 mikeller@indiana.edu

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Michael Keller

211 South Indiana Ave.

Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 345-3030

mikeller@indiana.edu

watch your email
Watch your Email!
  • Use IU email
  • Be consistent
  • Be Professional
education
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
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
Your School

Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington

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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

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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
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
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
Activities
  • Organization & Location
  • Title – Office Held – Distinction Given
  • Dates of affiliation
  • Brief Description
other possible headings
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
Things To Leave Off
  • Objective
  • References
  • Availability
  • Personal Information
  • LSAT Score
formatting guidelines
Formatting Guidelines
  • Length – 1 page
  • Paper Quality and Color
  • Margins & White Space
  • Using Software & Templates
  • Font Size – 11 pt.
  • Font Choices
common blunders
Common Blunders
  • Appearance
  • Not Spell Checking
  • Gaps or omissions
  • Filling in a Template
  • One Size Fits All Resume
  • Using Acronyms
  • Inconsistent Entries
summary
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

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These are taken from real resumes!

  • “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.)

resume roundtable
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