Author: Brynley Nadziejka

Resume Header – What do I include?

The header of your resume is important because it is the first thing the employer sees on your resume. The header of your resume is also the only part an employer will see when they are flipping through a big stack of resumes so the information you include in the header should be concise, well formatted, and relevant. Here are the essential pieces of information you should include in your header:

Your Name

  • You should include your full, professional name as it appears on your driver’s license. Do not use your nickname or what your buddies call you in the weight room.
  • If you are an international student and regularly use a first name other than your legal name, it is appropriate to include that on your resume instead of your legal first name.
  • Your name should also be the biggest and boldest words on your resume. You want your name to stand out when the employer reviews your resume.

Mailing Address

  • Use the address where you will be staying during the application process and where you want application and related materials sent.
  • If you are graduating soon, keep in mind that you will not able to use your campus address after graduation.

Email Address

  • The email address you include should be professional. For example, use an address like jennifer.snow@gmail.com, not soccorgurl4ever@gmail.com.
  • Keep in mind that the email address affiliated with your university or college will expire soon after you graduate. It is a good idea to stop including your .edu email address in your resume by the beginning of your senior year.
  • It is not necessary to label your email address as an email address. For example, list jennifer.snow@gmail.com, not Email Address: jennifer.snow@gmail.com. It is obvious that it is your email address.

Phone Number

  • It is common to include your cell phone number on your resume.
  • Do not include your home phone number. You do not want your dad answering when an employer calls to discuss something on your resume.
  • With your cell phone number on your resume, is important to adapt a professional way of answering the phone. Simply saying, “Hello, Jennifer speaking” is perfect. If you have been applying to a lot of positions or are expecting a call, do not answer the phone with “Yo, ’sup?”
  • Like with your email address, it is not necessary to label your phone number as a phone number. Unless you list more than one contact number, just put the number: (920) 999-9999.

Examples of resume headers can be found in the Resume Preparation Packet available in the Resource Room in Career Services.

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Transferable Resume Skills

Summer is coming, and students are searching and applying for internships and jobs. This is also the time that many students realize they need a resume! Drafting a resume for the first time can be frustrating if, like a lot of students, you do not have much related job experience. Do not despair! Here is a little known fact: the skills you gain outside of class can often be included on your resume.

When you’re thinking about what you have to offer a company, keep in mind what you have done in your extracurricular activities. Here are some skills that you may not have realized you have or didn’t think were worth mentioning:

Leadership:

  • One quality that employers are always looking for is leadership potential.
  • Clubs and organizations on campus are wonderful opportunities to gain leadership experience before you graduate.
  • If you have held an officer or manager position in student government, Greek life, sports teams, or any organization on campus, you have experience leading a group of your peers.
  • You can offer them not just leadership potential but leadership experience.

Teamwork:

  • Being a part of a sports team or other student group requires that you learn to work with the people around you.
  • Whether you are planning a fundraising event, strategizing for the game next Friday, or designing the set for a performance, you have to be able to communicate effectively and know when to compromise.
  • Being able to successfully work as part of a team is invaluable in the work place.

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Winter Break Job Searching!

Hello Seniors! We are in the midst of 10th week and that means everyone is scrambling to finish projects and papers and, on top of that, trying to find time to study for final exams. With so many upcoming priorities and deadlines, how can you be expected to think about what needs to be done for next June? In fact, that is exactly what you should be doing! Even though graduation still seems a safe distance away, job searching takes TIME! Luckily, you have a six-week winter break coming up with no classes or homework to distract you from your job search! This is the perfect time to search for and apply to positions. That said, the task of finding opportunities can seem daunting when staring at the empty Google search bar. Here are some strategies and tips to help you get going on your job search:

Check LUworks:

LUworks has a continually updated job and internship openings database. By using the advanced search option you can filter your searches by location, industry and organization, among other factors.

Log onto LUworks through the Career Services homepage using your Voyager username and password.

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Summer Research vs. Summer Internships

Believe it or not, now is the time to start searching for summer internship and research opportunities! It might seem like last summer just ended, but many opportunities have application deadlines in early winter.

Of course, most of us would like to have an internship or research experience on our resume, but finding these opportunities can seem tricky. You might even be wondering what the difference is between an internship and a research internship. Here the goal is to clear up the confusion and outline how to search for both internship and research opportunities while you are here at Lawrence.

Summer Internships:

Summer Internships are an opportunity for you to use theories you are learning in the classroom and apply them to work situations, learn about the dynamics of a work setting, and to “try out” different fields of interest.

Searching for Summer Internships:

  1. Attend Internships 101 – in this workshop you will learn all the basics for where and how to search for internships using LUworks and other online resources.
  2. Use what you learned in Internships 101 to start searching for opportunities.
  3. Once you have an idea of what kind of internship you are looking for and have done some searching on your own, make an appointment to meet with the Internship Coordinator at Career Services to discuss your options.
  4. Career Services will help you through each step of the internship process, from assistance during the search to providing support while you are interning during the summer.

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Networking with Alumni

The Lawrence alumni network is one of the university’s greatest assets. Unfortunately, it also seems to be one of the best-kept secrets. I say “unfortunately” because it shouldn’t be a secret! We have alumni in almost any field and location you can think of. This provides an amazing resource for current students who would like to learn more about a specific industry or hear how past LU students have used their liberal arts degree.

Okay, you might be thinking, I agree having an active alumni network is great, but how do I get in touch with alumni that are doing something I’m interested in?

There are two primary ways of getting in touch with alumni: reaching out via email, or meeting face-to-face at an alumni networking reception or similar event hosted by Lawrence.

Here are some tips that will help make your alumni interactions successful in each situation:

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Career Fair Tips

Career fairs are a great way to search for jobs and make connections with employers and companies, but walking into a convention room filled with dozens of company representatives can be intimidating and a little baffling. To make the most of your time at a job fair, it is important to know what to do before you arrive and how you should interact with the company representatives during the fair.

Listed below are some tips to help make your time at job fairs as productive as possible.

Before the Fair:

  1. Do your homework! Being able to ask informed questions shows the representatives that you are genuinely interested in their company.
  2. Prepare a 30-60 second marketing pitch that highlights your educational history, relevant experiences and some skills specific to the industry you are looking into. Make the most of your face-to-face time with representatives because it will be limited.
  3. Prepare to bring 20-25 crisp resumes.

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