Category: Application Process

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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Employers and Social Media

You may have seen the recent Associated Press article about employers asking for job candidates’ Facebook usernames and passwords (if not, you can read it here). According to the article, employers are taking the process of vetting job applicants one step further than just checking out their online profiles and now may want to be able to look at candidates’ accounts from the inside.

Facebook responded to this article by posting a note explaining that the practice of sharing or soliciting profile passwords is a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, and that they do not think asking prospective employees to provide their passwords “is the right thing to do” (see the note here).

But isn’t the information on social networking sites fair game to employers? Not at all, according to many groups, including government officials and the ACLU, who have responded to the news of this practice with outrage. They say that using this information is a violation of applicants’ privacy and that asking for it during the application process may be coercive.

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Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Article slightly modified from here.

1. Ask someone who knows you well and who will be able to discuss in specific detail what distinguishes you and why you are a strong candidate.

Be sure to ask: “Do you feel you know me and my abilities well enough to write a strong letter of recommendation for this application?” You’ve now given the professor the opportunity to decline gracefully. If the answer is “no,” don’t push. This inquiry may be done via email-if you already have an established relationship with the potential recommender.

2. Request letters well in advance of the application deadline. Two to four weeks is often adequate, but it is often helpful to consult with the recommender to see how much time they prefer. Doing so is especially important for letters for major fellowships and for letters that need to be written over the summer.

3. Schedule an appointment with your recommenders to discuss the position/scholarship/school, its selection criteria, your most recent and commendable activities, and to suggest what each letter-writer might emphasize. (You may want to let your recommenders know who your other recommenders are, so that they can write letters that complement rather than repeat one another.)

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Tips for Thinking about Grad School

Article Summary. For original article, see: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/professors-guide/2009/10/21/10-steps-for-thinking-about-graduate-school

Applying to graduate school may seem daunting since it requires a great deal of planning and prior consideration. But, if you put in the effort, you can create an application that will best represent you and your ability to carry out graduate work in your desired field.

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