Category: Resumes/Cover Letters

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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What Matters in a Résumé?

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Though most job candidates would consider the interview important for getting your foot in the door, the résumé is just as significant, as it is what opens that proverbial door. Therefore, job seekers must be very smart about how they craft their résumés.

We say it over and over: each résumé must be tailored for each position. In reading the job description and requirements, you can align your relevant skills and accomplishments.

But what about addressing those specific skills desired by employers? In a recent report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 244 employers took part in the Job Outlook Survey 2012 and the findings concluded that employers generally focus on these five skills on a résumé:

•  Working on a Team
Demonstrating that you can work well with others and collaborate is key for employers. Consider including relevant projects or contributions by you and your fellow coworkers or classmates.

•  Leadership
List a leadership position (maybe within a club or professional organization) and be specific about your roles and accomplishments while in that position.

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Quick Tips for Résumés – Describing Transferable Skills

When you’re applying for jobs, internships, or whatever else may come your way, it is extremely important to be able to articulate the various skills you have obtained through your diverse experiences here at Lawrence. Career Services’ Technology Specialist Grace Kutney has a series on her blog about how students can describe the skills that they have gained during their time on campus on their résumés. Here are a few examples that she provides. Want more? Check out the article for yourself!

Analytical/Critical Thinking Skills:

Food service/catering worker

  • Determined most efficient and effective procedures for setting up large-scale events, such as eliminating redundant steps to improve speed of room setup
  • Identified error in equipment calibration; communicated problem with supervisor immediately, resulting in savings of over $200 in wasted product

Research/lab assistant

  • Helped students identify and analyze _________
  • Worked closely with Dr. _______ to design research projects and labs

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Quick Tips for Résumés – Education Section

Once you’ve started at Lawrence University, you generally will no longer include your high school information in your Education section. Instead, you should include all degree-granting institutions that you have attended.

This model may be helpful to follow when you write this section:

EDUCATION:     Lawrence University

                                     Bachelor of Arts, June 2015

                                     Major: English

                                     GPA: 3.5

Bonus Tip: As a rule of thumb, only include your GPA if it’s above a 3.0.