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Resumes Your Personal Advertisement. Office of Career & Professional Development Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Why Important?. 1 st Impression – Reflects You & Your Work Product Think Strategically - Who? - What? Market/Sell Yourself. Sections. Heading

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resumes your personal advertisement

Resumes Your Personal Advertisement

Office of Career & Professional Development

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

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
  • Single Phone Number - Home or Cell
  • E-Mail Address – Not Hyperlinked
  • URL – Professional Web Site
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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 2012
  • JD Candidate, May 2012
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 2012
  • Juris Doctor, May 2012
  • NOT Juris Doctorate, May 2012
  • NOT JD, August 2009 – Present
your school
Your School

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

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EDUCATION

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

J.D., expected May 2012

• 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, IN

Juris Doctor Candidate, May 2012

• 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 2009

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 – 12 pt. (11 can work)
  • 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

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.)

part ii cover letters
Part II: Cover Letters
  • Serves as an introduction
  • Highlights desired skills
  • Shows your enthusiasm & interest in the org and 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
  • Entice them to read your resume and invite you to interview
example
Example

As a first year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, I write to submit my materials for a 2010 summer clerkship with Jackson & Heller. I enjoyed the opportunity to job shadow Ms. Marjorie Johnson, an Indiana Law alumna who is an Associate in your firm this fall. My past work experience has empowered me with a high level of professionalism and I believe I can make a contribution to your firm as a summer clerk utilizing my skills in research and writing.

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 geographic area?
example1
Example

As a permanent resident of Kentucky, I plan to return to my home state to pursue my legal career after graduation. A summer clerkship with your firm would allow me to work in the Louisville legal community and synthesize what I am learning in the classroom in a practical setting.

paragraph 3 about them
Paragraph 3 – About Them
  • Why do you want to work for this organization/firm?
    • Articles
    • Web Site
    • Practice Areas or Clients
    • Referrals
    • Specific Cases – But be careful
example2
Example

After college I worked for two years as a Business Analyst at Humana in Louisville earning significant promotions each year based on positive evaluations by my superiors. I believe my accounting and finance background has provided me with transferable skills and practical experience that will be an asset to your firm. Although I don’t know definitively what practice area I want to pursue at this early stage in my academic program, I am interested in Mergers & Acquisitions, which I know is a specialty area for your firm.

paragraph 4 closing
Paragraph 4 - Closing
  • Indicate your desire for an interview and willingness to meet them.
  • Give them your phone number and e-mail address in case they want to contact you.
  • Thank them in advance
example3
Example

I plan to be in Louisville from March 16-21 during my spring break and I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss the summer clerkship in more detail. I can be reached at lawstudent@indiana.edu or (812) 855-2345. Thank you for your time and consideration in reviewing my materials.

formatting
Formatting
  • One page
  • Same paper and font style as your resume
  • Sign in black ink
  • Unless you use a letterhead format, don’t include your name in your address block
formatting spacing
Formatting - Spacing
  • Your return address block
  • 1 Space
  • Date
  • 1 Space
  • Employer address block
  • 1 Space
  • Dear Mr./Ms. Smith:
  • 1 Space
spacing continued
Spacing Continued
  • Body of letter with 1 space between paragraphs
  • 1 space
  • “Sincerely,”
  • 4 Spaces
  • Your Name
helpful hints
Helpful Hints
  • Send to a specific person – if possible
  • Use NALP Directory to identify Hiring Partner or Recruiting Coordinator
  • Avoid restating your resume
  • Give them a time frame that you will be in their area and available
common errors
Common Errors
  • Generic Cover Letters: “. . . and I want to work for a firm with the prestige and reputation of (enter firm name here).”
  • Telling them about your skills instead of demonstrating them
  • My name is…
  • The Informal E-mail
  • Failing to proofread
  • Too familiar – I would loveto work in your firm!
final thoughts
Final Thoughts
  • Read Your letters out loud.
  • Don’t copy Templates.
  • Questions?