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Harvard Law School Office of Career Services (OCS) & Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) November 2007:  Harvard Law School Office of Career Services (OCS) & Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) November 2007 First Year Resume and Cover Letter Workshop Application Materials:  Application Materials Cover letter Resume List of references Writing sample Transcript Proofread all and have someone else proofread as well! Slide3:  Resume: Essentials A marketing tool Easy to read 60 seconds One page limit -- focus on highlights Resume: Goals:  Resume: Goals Set forth relevant experience & transferable skills Communication - oral and written Time management Interpersonal Leadership Initiative/ambition Character/interests Resume: Style Basics:  Resume: Style Basics Neutral-colored, bond paper Dates – consistent format Format - Use simple fonts (for example, Times New Roman, size 12) Bold - only use for section heads like EXPERIENCE and for your name, educational institutions, and organizations you worked for (these also look good in ALL CAPS) Italics - only publications, Latin honors and titles of jobs or offices within organization Underline - don’t use it Resume: Sections:  Resume: Sections Heading Education Experience Other -language -interests Resume: Heading:  Resume: Heading Name (in UPPER CASE and bold looks best), email address, phone number (cell phone with caution) Permanent/local address No job objectives Slide8:  ELLEN MEAGHLER Current Address [email protected] harvard.edu Permanent Address 10 Holmes Hall 125 East 78th Street Cambridge, MA 02138 New York, NY 94110 (617) 495-6478 (212) 648-0537 Resume: Heading 2 Addresses Resume: Education:  Resume: Education List school, city and state Indicate degree expected and graduation date (month and year) List most advanced degrees first List joint degrees separately List study abroad separately or within undergrad section (space dependent) Thesis – Not necessary, but be prepared to discuss! Omit LSAT, GPA (some exceptions) and high school information Slide11:  Sample Study Abroad Honors :  Honors List in order of selectivity within individual schools Separate subsection for each degree May need to drop some if they take up too much space Describe honor if not obvious (e.g. Rose Prize for Best English Paper) Activities:  Activities List under individual school Memberships Elected offices Sports Journal participation and leadership roles Format: Name of Organization, followed by role; Or at least be consistent with format (e.g. BLSA, Vice-President for Membership) Resume: Experience:  Resume: Experience Reverse chronological order Any substantive work – includes volunteer and clinical experience usually all in one section Proportional length Vary language Use dynamic descriptions Action verbs, short sentences Paragraph form or bullets Titles Dates – consistent format 2 jobs at one place or 2 titles at the same place SETH D. COHEN 6034 HLS Holmes Mail Center · Cambridge, MA 02138 · (617) 495-8721 · [email protected] ___________________________________________________________________________________________________:  SETH D. COHEN 6034 HLS Holmes Mail Center · Cambridge, MA 02138 · (617) 495-8721 · [email protected] ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ EDUCATION Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA Candidate for J.D., June 2008 Activities: Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Subciter Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Subciter Law School Council, Section Representative Duke University, Durham, NC B.A., cum laude in Political Science, Minor in Psychology, May 2005 Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society) Activities: Senator, Student Government Association Student Counselor, Duke Pre-Law Advising Center Assistant Sports Editor, The Chronicle EXPERIENCE Dallas Environmental Neighborhood Network, Dallas, TX Intern, Strategy Planning Group, Summer 2005 Organized and executed projects to raise awareness about environmental issues locally in the Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Arlington communities. Attended statewide conference of urban planners and architects to discuss future environment-friendly projects throughout the state. Collaborated with other environment-based groups in the city to draft petitions protesting the construction of a factory outside the Dallas city limits. Office of U.S. Senator John Edwards, Raleigh, NC Intern, Constituent Services, Summer 2004 Contacted federal and state agencies on behalf of constituents. Sorted incoming mail and managed incoming calls. Researched special projects concerning banking policy, tobacco farms, and state university funding with designated policy advisors. Answered constituents’ questions and concerns via telephone and e-mail. INTERESTS College basketball, international travel, classical music Resume: Other Information to Include:  Resume: Other Information to Include Foreign language(s) Military service Publications -use bluebook form Exceptional technical skills -only if relevant Community service Professional license(s) Interests/activities Slide20:  Josephine Kale 6 HLS Holmes Mail Center 22 River Street, Cambridge, MA 02140 (617) 442-3744 [email protected] *** LANGUAGES Finnish (native), English (fluent), Swedish (proficient), Chinese (conversant), German (reading knowledge), French (working knowledge) PUBLICATIONS Note, “Women’s Legal Rights in the Surrogacy Debate,” 34 Harvard Women’s Law Journal, 351 (2005) “The Right to Development,” 26 International Journal of Refugee Law 160 (2003) Resume: Sensitive Issues:  Resume: Sensitive Issues Political affiliation Religious beliefs Sexual orientation Slide22:  RESUME REVIEW SERVICE OCS - reviewed during session OPIA - reviewed before appointment - Resume Drop-Off Service (<5 days) - Format the resume first! Cover Letter: Basics:  Cover Letter: Basics Accompanies your resume in targeted mailings/applications First writing sample and impression Identify appropriate hiring contact Never write “Sir” or “Madam” - use specific name Bond paper PERSUASIVE by highlighting strengths, accomplishments and transferable skills Do not reiterate your resume Tailor skills to employer’s needs Conclusive follow-up Proofread & sign the letter! Slide24:  Cover Letter: Structure/Overview One page Must personalize content to the job 3 paragraphs minimum: Paragraph 1-Introduction Paragraph 2-Substance Paragraph 3-Closing Cover Letter: Structure:  Cover Letter: Structure Introductory Paragraph Who you are and what you are seeking Referrals/reason for interest If unpaid: volunteer Cover Letter: Structure (example):  Cover Letter: Structure (example) Cover Letter: Structure:  Cover Letter: Structure Middle Paragraph(s) Set forth reasons they should hire you Highlight your strengths, transferable skills, qualifications & interests Specific examples of relevant experiences are persuasive Slide28:  Cover Letter: Structure Example of Middle Paragraphs Structure (cont.):  Structure (cont.) Closing Paragraph Indicate when you will call Provide contact and relevant information for follow up Thank the employer Note: many sample cover letters -- -OPIA Job Search Guides -OPIA Website -OCS Website Slide30:  Sample Closing Paragraph SAMPLE COVER LETTER:  SAMPLE COVER LETTER Slide33:  Conveying Your Application Packet Still best to send by ‘snail mail’ Exceptions: Capitol Hill International Employees Employer asks to have package emailed If you do use email: - DON’T put cover letter into text of email- include both cover letter and resume, plus any supplemental materials, as attachment - PDF Format - best to prevent formatting changes. However, some public sector employers might not be able to open PDFs. Ask them in advance. - Microsoft Word - if used, acknowledge that formatting may be thrown off and follow-up with a hard copy. List of References:  List of References When to provide Separate reference sheet Choose 3 - 5 references Former employers Professors - law/undergrad NOT family or personal friends Some can be non legal Request permission Forward resume/explain job search YOUR NAME Street Address City, State Zipcode Telephone Number:  YOUR NAME Street Address City, State Zipcode Telephone Number REFERENCES Name, Title (General format) Company Name Company Address (City, State) Telephone Number Relationship to you John Smith, Weld Professor of Constitutional Law (Example #1) Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts (617) 495-1234 Relationship: First-year Law Professor Raymond Howard, Esq., Partner (Example #2) Sachs, Firth and Avon New York, New York (212) 345-6789 Relationship: Supervisor/Mentor Writing Sample:  Writing Sample Analytical Short memo or brief Work performed for employer Request permission Protect confidentiality Usually 5-10 pages Cover sheet w/context and contact info Comment and error-free Copy paper is fine Future Events:  Future Events Individual appointments (resume & cover letter review) Advice from 3Ls to 1Ls: 11/15 Int’l Summer Funding Program: 11/TBA Student-to-Student Public Interest Job Fair: 11/19 Interviewing Strategies: Public Sector 11/28 Private Sector 12/3 Mock Interviewing 12/4 & 12/5 Watch E-mails www.law.harvard.edu/students/opia/ www.law.harvard.edu/ocs/ www.law.harvard.edu/students/opia/1l/index2.php

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