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    • Writing a Resume It is tempting to jump to the resume as the first step when kicking off your search process. However, the resume is a culminating effort, not a first step. It serves as a professional introduction that links your background and qualities to a specific opportunity. A successful resume will pique enough confidence and curiosity about you to secure an interview. The key questions your resume answers for its readers are: What are you capable of and what do you know? How well suited are you for the role that is being filled? A carefully constructed, well edited, and focused resume will create a compelling depiction of your patterns of qualities, skills, and accomplishments in response to these underlying questions. Five Tips for a Successful Resume 1) THINK CREATIVELY about experience. Your meaningful accomplishments will come from across a variety of endeavors in your life. Consider businesses you’ve run, projects that you complete, longstanding hobbies and pursuits, and contributions you have made, or other defining experiences in your life. All of these can be aspects of your resume. 2) Format your resume with FIRST THINGS FIRST. The top and left-hand side of your resume are the most valuable spaces when someone is visually scanning your document and forming a first impression. Use the first section heading strategically to ensure that your most compelling experiences are at the top of the page. Thoughtfully choose verbs that are descriptive of your actions and contributions to start each bullet. Order your bullets so the most compelling comes first. 3) Illustrate your PATTERNS of success. Showcase the skills you have developed through experience, what you have learned or know through classroom or practical exposure, positive qualities you will bring to the work, and a mastery of the language and culture of the realms to which you apply. 4) Articulate the ImPACT of your contributions. Include measures of your success wherever possible. Use individual resume bullets to highlight your outcomes in ways that will resonate with the readers’ point of view. For example, using measurable, quantified results for a bottom-line-driven industry. 5) Write mULTIPLE RESUmES if you have multiple interests. Your varied interests may require equally varied presentations of you at your best. Change the categories, order, and descriptions of different experiences to ensure that unique readers of your resume recognize right away that you excel in areas that are meaningful to them. The Curriculum Vitae: What do I need to know? Internationally, the terms curriculum vitae, CV, and resume may be used interchangeably. However, in the context of academic or research-based work, a CV refers to a document with very specific content detailing the research, teaching, and administrative expertise required of post-secondary faculty job applicants or of applicants for research positions outside of academia. The best resources for designing a CV are the Career Center graduate student counselors, the samples on the Career Center website, or those found in The Academic Job Search Handbook by Julia Vick and Jennifer Furlong, available in the Career Center Resource Room collection and at Perkins Library. 3030
    • Anatomy of a ResumeSomeone may have to mailyou documents or haveyour address for officialcorrespondence. Keep Address     Best  Phone  Number  your address simple. Only FULLNAME  BIG&BOLD       Best  Email  Address  include multiple addresses  if necessary. Duke  University     Durham,  NC  This can include major, Education   Your  Degree     Graduation  Month  and  Year  minor, certificates, • What  have  been  your  meaningful  educational  accomplishments  while  at  Duke?  specializations, or other • Include  highlights-­‐  you  don’t  have  to  be  comprehensive.  degree components. • Consider  GPA,  honors,  study  abroad,  thesis,  projects,  research,  relevant  courses,  or  other  components    You can use this section to Other  Universities     Location  feature your study abroad Degree  or  Program     Dates  of  Study  experiences. • What  were  the  main  benefits  to  you  inside  and  out  of  the  classroom?     High  School   Location  A high school section is Degree,  GPA,  or  other  characteristics   Dates  of  Study  most used by first and • What  were  your  primary  accomplishments,  educationally?  second year undergrads or  those who attended schoolswith a large or passionate Interesting  Job   Location  network of alumni. Specific  Experience  Category  #1   Role   Dates   • Bullets  include  an  active  and  specific  verb  that  describes  this  contribution,  learning,  skills  or  outcome,  and  details  and  data  Think creatively about how that  make  it  tangible.  you design your categories. • Prioritize,  with  the  most  important  and  relevant  bullets  first.  This is an opportunity to • Use  concise  and  clear  language  and  industry-­‐specific  language  only  if  applying  to  that  industry.  bring attention to patterns in  your interests or skills. Look Student  Organization   Location  at example resumes more Current  Role   Dates  for ideas, but two general • Write  about  being  elected  (what  for!)  or  ways  you  contribute  more  over  time.   Earlier  Role   Dates  categories could be common • Include  a  variety  of  experiences  and  contributions;  no  need  to  replicate  information  in  similar  roles.    However,  repeating  type of organization, e.g., something  and  presenting  it  in  a  new  way  can  serve  as  an  enhancement.  Media Experience or function,  e.g. Research Experience. Internship   Location   Specific  Experience  Category  #2   Role   Dates   e.g. researcher, founder, • The  number  of  bullets  under  each  experience  does  not  need  to  be  consistent.    However,  the  space  that  something  takes  on   volunteer, consultant the  resume  does  give  a  sense  of  its  level  of  importance.     Independent  Project   Location   Specific  Experience  Category  #3   Role     Dates   • Describe  your  initiative,  managing  a  huge  endeavor,  overcoming  obstacles,  getting  support  from  others,  and  other   challenges  you  overcame  when  managing  something  new!   Use a skills section to   bring added attention to RELEVANT skills. Be sure Language:   these skills are evident Skills   Computer:   throughout your resume Lab:   as well.   Highlight  unique  aspects  of  your  background,  personality,  or  attention  to  professional  topics.   Interests   No need to add a line about references being available.     This has been seen on resumes, historically, but is no longer expected. Save that space for interesting content. 31 31
    • Haley Smith 300 Wilson, 9999 Campus Drive haley.smith@duke.edu 1 Wellstone Drive Box 92222, Durham, NC, 27708 (333) 129-3456 Saint Louis, MO 63124 EDUCATION Duke University, Durham, NC B.A. in English and Philosophy Minor: Spanish expected May 2014 expec • GPA: 4.0/4.0 Resume Relevant Coursework: Computer Programming with Artificial Life, The Philosophy of Feminist Classics, Spanish Writing, 20th Century American Literature Watkins High School, Saint Louis, MO May 2010 • GPA: 4.0/4.0 HONORS/AWARDS Duke University Dean’s List with Distinction, Durham, NC Fall 2010 Samples Mu Alpha Theta Club, Watkins High School, Saint Louis, MO Fall 2009 – Spring 2010 • Awarded for excellence in Mathematics Princeton Book Award, Watkins High School, St. Louis, MO Spring 2009 • Awarded for outstanding scholarship, character and community service Ram Pride Award, Watkins High School, St. Louis, MO Spring 2009 • Awarded by faculty member for honesty, responsibility and self-discipline JET Engineering Competition, St. Louis, MO Fall 2009 • Awarded for advanced skills in the sciences LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE Executive Board Member, Duke University Percussion Ensemble, Durham, NC Winter 2010 – Present • Rehearse and perform with a 15-person percussion ensemble • Serve as secretary, copying and distributing music to other members • Collaborate with other board members to make executive decisions President of Homework Club, Ladue Middle School, St. Louis, MO Fall 2009- Spring 2010 • Conducted tutorial sessions 3 times week • Delegated student tutor assignments • Successfully Recruited additional tutors throughout the year Educative Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford University, Stanford, CA Summer 2009 Board Member, Nishmah Banot Board, St. Louis. MO Fall 2007 – Spring 2010 • Planned and oversaw events for young women in the Jewish community “It’s a Girl Thing: The Leadership Years” Program, St. Louis, MO Fall 2007 – Spring 2009 3rd Chair Member, Ladue Percussion Ensemble Symphonic Orchestra Fall 2003 – Spring 2010George  Duke     george.duke@duke.edu     • Rehearsed challenging pieces within a 10-person selective ensemble (999-­‐400-­‐7770)   • Spent nine months perfecting and performing a final senior piece with two other colleagues Address:   East  Campus   School   Duke  University                                                                                Home  Address:                          6    Smith  Ave   PO  Box  99999                          Orange,  NY  10708   Durham,  NC  27708   Company Ensemble Member, Arts in Motion Dance Studio, St. Louis, MO Fall 2002 – Spring 2010   VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Duke  University,  Durham,  NC   EDUCATION   Bachelor  of  Arts  in  Public  Policy  Studies   Duke PAWS (Promoting Animal Welfare Through Service), Durham, NC Minor:  Economics   Spring 2011 – arkets  and  Management     Certificate:  M Present                      expected  May  2013        GPA:  3.35     Tutor at Forrest Park Elementary School, Durham, NC Fall 2010 – Present Habitat for Humanity, Durham, NC Orange  High  School,  Bronxville,  NY     2011 Fall 2010 – Spring                                                      June  2009   Cumulative  GPA:  3.8/4.0,  SAT  Verbal:  710,  Math:  770,  Writing:  760     Washington University Dance Marathon, St. Louis, MO Fall 2008, 2009 & 2010 Jewish Food Pantry, Saint Louis, MO Columbia  University       – Spring 2009 Fall 2008      Summer  2008   Summer  course  on  US  2006 –and  Globalization  after  sophomore  year  in  HS,  Grade:  96/100   Fall Economy   Fall 2007                   Salvation Army, St. Louis, MO                                        January  2011  -­‐  present   WORK EXPERIENCE WORK  AND  LEADERSHIP  EXPERIENCE   • Completed  8-­‐week  course  on  markets,  fundamental  analysis,  excel  modeling,  and  research  methods   Duke  Investment  Club,  Analyst   Busser and Server, IL Vicino Restaurant, Saint Louis, MO • Monitor  club  p2010 – Fall 2011 Spring ortfolio   • Research  and  pitch  ideas  for  new  investment  opportunities     Duke  Business  Network,  Co-­Founder,  Director  Business  Development,  Executive  Editor            December  2010  -­‐  present     Tutor, Conway Elementary School, St.Louis, MO Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 • Created  weekly  TV  program  that  covers  financial  news,  interviews  business  leaders,  and  has  recruiters  give   Server and Cashier, Saint Louis Frozen Custard Factory, St. Louis, MO Spring 2007 – Fall 2008 advice  to  students  on  what  firms  look  for  in  applicants   • Develop  plan  for  each  week’s  show  and  recruit  leading  business  professionals  to  be  interviewed   Joseph  Dioguardi  Senate  Campaign,  Campaign  Assistant                                                                      Summer  2010   • Strategized  with  Senior  campaign  staff  to  determine  best  locations  for  campaign  events   • Contacted  potential  donors  to  raise  money  for  campaign   • Collected  signatures  from  hundreds  of  registered  voters  to  get  candidate  on  the  ballot   Orange  High  School,  Student  Government  Treasurer                                  2007  –  2009   • Created  excel  spread  sheets  to  jeep  track  of  Student  Government’s  expenses   • Developed  fund  raising  and  cost  cutting  strategies  turned  $4,000  deficit  into  $3500  surplus                                          Summers  2006  –  2008   • Coached  team  of  14  players  ages  7-­‐13   Rookie  Baseball  Camp,  Camp  Counselor   • Responsible  for  planning  entire  schedule  for  team  each  day                              2006  –  2009   • Organized  meetings,  purchased  materials  and  delivered  sleeping  bags  to  local  homeless  shelters   Breakfast  Club,  President                                        2007   • Ran  off-­‐season  workouts  without  coaches   JV  Basketball  Orange  High  School,  Captain                   Duke  Young  Entrepreneurs                                                                            2012  –  Present   ACTIVITIES,  SKILLS,  &  INTERESTS   • Participate  in  lectures  that  offer  advice  on  starting  new  businesses   Language:  Intermediate  Spanish     Travel:  Kenya,  Turkey,  Italy,  France,  England,  Hawaii,  Costa  Rica,  Peru,  Ecuador       Hobbies:  Intramural  Sports  (Volleyball,  Basketball,  Baseball)  Fantasy  Baseball  and  Football,     Tennis,  Poker  (Won  several  small  Texas  Hold  ‘em  tournaments  in  North  Carolina  and  New  York)  32
    • Melissa Elizabeth Tator 4283 Peachtree Avenue, Durham, NC 34587 • melissa.tator@duke.edu • cell: (713) 536-8923EDUCATION Master of Science: Biomedical Engineering December 2010 Duke University, Durham, NC GPA: 3.8/4.0 Relevant Coursework Includes: Electrophysiology, Tissue Biomechanics, Bionanotechnology, Physiology, Tissue Engineering, Molecular Biology, Physiology of Extreme Environments, Systemic Histology, Design of Medical Devices Bachelor of Science: Mathematics and Spanish May 2008 Semester  abroad  at  La Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX     GPA:  3.9/4.0       January-May 2006INTERNSHIPS National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) May 2010-Present Wyle Laboratories: Human Research Program (HRP) Intern; Houston, TX • Compiled research deliverables and assessed technical readiness levels for the Human Research Program, which • investigates the impact of spaceflight on the human body; presented information to management to aid direction of research objectives • Collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of five to assist in the development of the Human Research Roadmap, a web- based system which captures the HRP’s biomedical risks, Program Requirements Document, and Integrated Research Plan • Shadowed the Biomedical Engineer Flight Controller in International Space Station Mission Control and supported Russian Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Wyle Laboratories: Human Research Program (HRP) Intern; Houston, TX June-August 2009 • Performed statistical analysis of NASA HRP Education & Outreach program data • Researched impact of space on biological systems and drafted web text for “Hydration” activityRESEARCH EXPERIENCE Cartilage Mechanics and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Duke University Department of Biomedical Engineering Student Researcher; Durham, NC • Developed PEG-DA microwell system to enable three dimensional culture of small cell populations • Cultured type IX collagen knockout mouse chondrocytes in presence of cytokines to form cartilage tissue pellets • Performed analyses on tissue specimens using ELISA, histology, and MATLAB programming techniques Continuum Biomechanics Laboratory, Texas A&M University Department of Biomedical Engineering Research Assistant; College Station, TX August-December 2008 • Worked on biomechanical mathematical model of abdominal aortic aneurysm under Dr. Jay HumphreyVOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Lucia  T.  Rodriguez   206  North  Duke  Street,  Apt.  000    Durham,  NC  24700   Engineering World Health Volunteer; Durham, NC August 2009-December 2010  lucia.rodriguez@duke.edu   (999)  333-­‐4444       • Served with a team of students to design an improved sphygmomanometer for use in the developing world • Served as liaison to 15 hospitals in Honduras and Nicaragua to assess hospitals’ medical needs and arranged delivery of EDUCATION   devices and biomedical engineers where necessary. Demonstrated effective Spanish communication skillsconomics  C    inor,  Ethics  Certificate                        GPA:  3.367   Duke  University,  Durham,  N Political  Science  Major,  E M Deans’  List  (Spring  2009)   May  2011     Engineers Without Borders   Volunteer and Delegate; Fort Worth, TX and Cabezas, Bolivia March 2007-December 2008  RESEARCH  EXPERIENCE   • Designed and implemented engineering solutions to a school of 6th-12th graders in Cabezas, Bolivia, Researched  working with a program  design,     wrote  detailed  memo  and  presented  proposal  to  senior   –  Present    Duke  Women’s  Mentoring  Network,  Co-­Founder,  Durham,  NC   June  2007   WRITING  & while mentoring  models,  developed   University  administrators   • • Negotiated  $12,000  annual  funding  from  Division  of  Student  Affairs;  secured  Women’s  Center  partnership     team of four professional engineers • Engineering solutions included drip bucket irrigation system, flow pressure measurements, water niversity  Chronicle,  Editorial  Board  Member,  Durham,  NC     Duke  U quality assessments, Aug  2008  –  Present   • Contribute  opinions  to  &  regularly  write  the  daily  editorial  in  Duke’s  independent  student  newspaper   International  Institute  for  Conflict  Prevention  and  Resolution,  Intern,  New  York,  NY     June  –  Aug  2009     electrical load survey, preliminary wiring and testing of diesel generator Published  articles  on  CPR  website   Interviewed  party  counsel  for  evaluations  of  concluded  meditation  and  arbitration  proceedings  researched  and   • complied  exhaustive  content  for  new  webpage  profiling  ADR  in  Africa   Hague  Institute  for  the  Internationalization  of  Law,  Intern,  The  Hague,  Netherlands     May  –  Aug  2008   •SKILLS & ACHIEVEMENTSLanguages: Proficient in Spanish, enhanced by study in Seville, Spain in spring 2006 • Designed  and  completed  independent  research  project  to  identify  and  list  all  references  to  court  decisions  from  Computer: Microsoft Office Suite, SPSS statistical software, and Mathematica and MATLAB programming techniques on  n  The  Changing  Court  decisions  Cn  past  i20  years.    Results  included  in  conference  materials  in   foreign  jurisdictions  i U.S.  Supreme   annual  conference   “ i Role  of  Highest   ourts   n  an  Internationalizing  World”   • Contributed  to  collective  effort  to  improve  and  finalize  substantive  texts  which  framed  conference  discourse  International, Alpha Chi Omega, Mathematics and biology tutor   • Regularly  edited  and  proofread  papers  and  speeches  produced  by  HiiL  affiliates  Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Society, TCU Chancellor’s Scholarship (Full Tuition) • Drafted  conference  correspondence  and  promotional  materials  Other Activities & Involvements: CoboBrothers Dance Company and Sabrosura latin dance troupe, Fort Worth Sister Cities • Rapporteur  and  participated  at  HiiL’s  2008  annual  conference,  HAC’s  2008  annual  conference,  HiiL  seminars   WISER  (Women’s  Institute  For  Secondary  Education  Research)  Microfinance  /  Economics  Research  Team,     Muhuru  Bay,  Kenya;  Durham,  NC     May  –  Dec  2007   Designed  56-­‐question  survey  on  household  economic  habits,  a  poverty  and  needs-­‐assessment  tool  as  baseline  economic     data  for  Muhuru  Bay  Community  (IRB  approved)   • Administered  survey  independently  to  200  households,  biking  across  Muhuru  Bay  region  with  translator     Fowler,  Measle  and  Bell,  LLP,  Intern,  Lexington,  KY     Sept  –  Oct  2005   • Shadowed  bankruptcy  attorneys,  district  court  judge,  mediator     • Duke  University  Board  of  Trustee,  Undergraduate  Affairs  Committee,  Ex-­Officio  Member     Aug  2007  –  Present   EXTRACURRICULAR  ACTIVITIES   Contribute  as  full  voting  committee  member  in  quarterly  meetings   Research  and  interview  students  on  pertinent  issues  beforehand  to  present  a  nuanced,  informed  perspective     Duke  Student  Government,  Vice  President  of  Student  Affairs,  Durham,  NC     May  2007  –  2008   • • Negotiated  multiple  university  fund  allocations  for  campus  projects;  $100,000  ZipCars  program  design  and  proposal,   and  presented  proposal  to  senior  University  administrators   • Managed  eleven-­‐member  DSG  Standing  Committee  on  Student  Affairs  to  ensure  each  had  a  substantive  project  and  was   making  progress  towards  completing  it   • Presented  updates  and  power-­‐point  reports  regularly  to  DSG  General  Assembly  detailing  lobbying  efforts   President’s  Council  on  Woman,  Undergraduate  Member,  Durham,  NC   Aug  2007  –  2008   • • Selected  as  undergraduate  representative  to  advisory  council  to  University  President  regarding  gender  issues     Baldwin  Scholars  Program,  Baldwin  Scholar,  Durham,  NC     Oct  2006  –  Present   SCHOLASTIC  HONORS   Selected  as  on  of  the  18  women  from  Class  of  2010  for  Duke  University’s  only  women’s  leadership  program   Advanced  Research  Independent  Study,  Durham,  NC     Aug  –  Dec  2008   • Completing  quantitative  (using  STATA)  and  qualitative  analysis  of  original  dataset  on  judicial  recourse  to  foreign   law  in  73  U.S.  Supreme  Court  decisions  over  the  past  20  years   Eruditio  –  Duke  University’s  undergraduate  Humanities  Journal,  Durham,  NC     Spring  2007   • Published  research  paper  entitled:  “Globalizing  Jurisprudence:  The  Use  of  Foreign  Authority  in  Domestic  Constitutional           Interpretation”     • 33