Beyond OCI: Developing Your Network

Beyond OCI: Developing Your Network

EFFECTIVE RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS University of Wisconsin Law School Office of Career and Professional Development Purpose of Your Resume Allows you to Introduce Yourself to Prospective Employers Allows you to Market your Skills and Abilities Provides your First Opportunity to Impress a Prospective Employer Affords you the Chance to Demonstrate your Skills at Editing, Attention to Detail, and Being Concise Common 1L Problem Resumes I Have Done More In My Life Than Oprah Winfrey Resume This resume contains everything the applicant has ever done in his or her life, even if it is irrelevant

to the position for which he or she is applying. The applicant believes everything included is too important to take out. This is usually a very long and often repetitive resume. I Have Done Nothing In My Life That Makes Me Worthy of This Job Resume or the Kim Kardashian This resume is usually very short. Resume. The applicant is convinced that any previous job he or she had before law school is meaningless to a legal employer, and worse yet, does not have any skills to show for it. The applicant does not see the value of transferable skills. Resume Format Best to have one page (but there are exceptions!!!!) The Federal Resume Margins between 0.7-1

Font Size: at least 11 point font for body text Standard font type (e.g. Times New Roman) Black font color Neutral colored resume paper Maintain consistency in formatting Balance text and white space Basic Resume Sections Contact Information Without labels Name (in bold 16 to 18 pt font)

Address Phone number E-mail NOT hyperlinked Education Institution, Location, Degree, Graduation Date Law School and Undergrad No High School GPA, Class Rank, Honors, Law Review/Journal, Moot Court/Mock Trial, Leadership, Volunteer, Other Activities, Study Abroad Experience Organization, Location, Title, Dates of Affiliation Bullet points with action statements explaining your duties which demonstrate the skills you developed

Basic Resume Sections Additional Information or Categories Publications Skills (Specific to position, exclude basic or expected computer skills) Community Service/Volunteer (outside of school) Foreign Languages (Conversational or Fluent No Basic) Affiliations Certificates/Licensure Patents

Interests Make them interesting DO NOT INCLUDE Objective Section Personal Data (Marital Status, Age, Race) References Available Upon Request Picture Biggest Resume Mistakes Not taking it seriously Grammar and spelling errors DO NOT RELY ON SPELL CHECK ALONE! trail versus trial, form versus from Correct: Juris Doctor Incorrect: Juris Doctorate or Juris

Doctrine Correct: memoranda Incorrect: memorandums Using personal pronouns (I, You, We) Cluttered resumes Complicated dates & excessive numbers Using Resume Wizards or Tables Lack of consistency Between and within categories Different fonts and formats Use of unprofessional email address Biggest Resume TMI: Too Much Information Mistakes Including personal data (marital status, number of

children, age) OR Adding webpage reference Two Words about WebPages: Be Careful! Using abbreviations, acronyms, slang and informal titles (e.g. Courts) Incorrect verb tense Use present tense verbs to describe current jobs Use past tense to describe previous positions Use an Active Voice It shows enthusiasm! Lying about your credentials GPA and/or CLASS RANK 10 Ways to Trim Your Resume: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Modify Margins Reduce number of lines allotted for Contact Information Reduce Font size to 11 pt for body even smaller for spaces Use Block Paragraph instead of bullet points Remove articles (a, an, the) 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Be Selective with Additional Information Eliminate irrelevant and excessive information in education and job descriptions (Member) Use an active voice in your job descriptions Eliminate excessive activities in undergrad Remove duplicative and cumulative information

THE OPRAH WINFREY RESUME PETER J. GIBBONS Home Address: School Address: Parents Address: 118 North 1st Street Madison, WI 53706 608-555-5309 [email protected] 975 Bascom Mall Madison, WI 53706 608-555-5308 [email protected] 2 N. 2nd Street Irvine, CA 96235 555-867-5307 Classes: Legal Research & Writing Draft memos and briefs and argue appellate brief before a panel of judges. Criminal Law Read cases and discuss in class. Trial Advocacy Actually try a mock case before a jury. Legal Experience John, Jay, Jingleheimer & Schmidt, LLP - Assistant Madison, WI Summer 2016 I was able to file documents in client folders; went to client interviews; helped attorney (who is my dad) on research project on defendants right to a have air conditioning set to a comfortable level while he is in jail and whether or not He should be moved to a mental health facility; been able to court house when needed; draft memorandums; have been given chance to see what working in a law firm is all about. Business Experience Raven, Inc. Band Manager Ames, IA 2012-2015 I am the manager for coolest band to come out of the Corn State The Ravens; Book gigs and make sure band gets there on time; I have been given many responsibilities like getting the money and making sure everyone gets paid and doing sound checks and making

posters and hanging the posters Johns Tavern Bartender Ames, IA Part Time Nights 2011 I have the utmost pleasure of serving frosty beverages to thirsty patrons & I was the person who reordered bottles and kegs Simpsons, Inc. Part-Time Clerk Ames, IA Summer 2010 I waited on people who came in to the store to buy items and made sure shelves were always stocked; I also had to teach new employees how to use cash register; had many responsibilities because I was there the longest of all the employees, even the managers. Grass Galore Grass Cutter Irvine, CA 2008 2009 I was the owner and operator of lawn mowing service had over 26 clients; had 2 employees who I watched and made sure they were doing everything correctly; paid my employees; handled problems when customers were not satisfied with the work we had done. John and Jane Doe Grass Cutter Irvine, CA 2007 2008 I cut grass at familys rental properties; trimmed shrubs, watered lawn, picked up sticks and raked leaves Other Experience Iowa State Resident Assistant 2011 2012 Had to watch over 45 undergraduate students, held mediation sessions when roommates fought, wrote newsletters, held pizza parties, helped with problems like homesickness and bad grades, went to meetings with co-workers Boy Scouts of America Camp Counselor Irvine, CA Summer 2007 Would watch over 150 boys from across America; Taught fishing and hunting safety classes; helped with problems like homesickness and poison ivy; held campfires and told scary stories; got everyone to go swimming and held an Ultimate Frisbee tournament. College for Kids Camp Counselor Irvine, CA Summer 2010 Helped at camp for kids as a day counselor assisting with projects and helping kids learn about science and math and trying to make it fun for them. Education University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. May 2018 UW Law School is located in picturesque Madison, WI and is known for its difficult first year curriculum and emphasis on honest lawyering -Received As in contracts -Christian Legal Society -First year moot court -Deans List Iowa State University BA 5/13 Iowa State in Ames, IA is known for producing some of the top English scholars in the world -Deans List

-cum laude -Music club -Delta Sig Frat. party chairperson, rush chair and house maintenance chair -Band manager -Rode in bike ride to end cancer in 08 -Played guitar at nursing homes -Peer mentor for younger frat members -Member of Man Power a group for men only -Study Abroad in Spain PERSONAL Interests Music, playing guitar, having fun, going out with friends, going out to eat, running, golfing, cards, surfing, swimming, reading, cooking, traveling to countries like France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Scotland, Greenland, Iceland, Italy, Greece, etc., surfing the internet, playing Ultimate Frisbee, Going to rock concerts, beating my dad at poker, SCLA THE IM NOT WORTHY RESUME PETER J. GIBBONS 118 North 1st Street Madison, WI 53706 608-555-5309 [email protected] EDUCATION University of Wisconsin Law School J.D. May 2016 Iowa State University BA 6/13 Deans List EMPLOYMENT John, Jay, Jingleheimer & Schmidt, LLP - Assistant Ames, IA Summer 2013 -Filed -Ran errands for dad Johns Tavern Bartender Ames, IA Part Time Nights 2012 -Serve frosty beverages to thirsty patrons & reorder bottles and kegs Simpsons, Inc. Part-Time Clerk Ames, IA Summer 2011 -Waited on people who came in to the store to buy items. Boy Scouts of America Camp Counselor Ames, IA Summer 2008 -Worked with kids at day camp going fishing and hunting and swimming

Honors: Eagle Scout Law Scholarship Interests Music, gutting fish, Bar Review, playing Nintendo THE EFFECTIVE RESUME PETER J. GIBBONS 118 North First Street Madison, WI 53706 (608) 555-5309 [email protected] EDUCATION University of Wisconsin Law School Madison, WI Juris Doctor Candidate May 2018 GPA: 3.31 Class Rank: Top 35% Honors: Deans List (two semesters) Outstanding Grades: Contracts (A); Civil Procedure (A) Law Review: Wisconsin Law Review (2016 2017) Moot Court: John Doe Oral Argument Competition, Semi Finalist (2016) Activities: International Law Society, Student Bar Association, Latino Law Student Association Iowa State University Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science; Minor: Spanish GPA: 3.85

Honors: Graduated magna cum laude, Deans List (all semesters) Volunteer: Peer Mentor (2010) and Nursing Home Visitor (2012) Study Abroad: University of Barcelona (Fall 2011) Activities: Delta Sigma Fraternity, Spring Rush and House Chair (2012 2013) Ames, IA May 2013 EXPERIENCE John, Jay, Jingleheimer & Schmidt, LLP Madison, WI Law Clerk May August 2016 Conducted research regarding criminal sentencing issues and family law matters. Drafted internal memoranda as well as pleadings, marital settlement agreements, and trust documents. Attended client meetings, mediations, depositions, and court hearings. Raven, Inc. Ames, IA Manager May 2012 July 2015 Managed alternative rock band The Ravens. Scheduled performances and negotiated contracts, netting band over $100,000 in revenue. Prepared and administered payroll. Performed advertising and marketing duties, including creating and disseminating posters. Iowa State University Ames, IA Resident Assistant September 2011 May 2012 Developed effective living and learning community for 45 undergraduate students. Mediated roommate conflicts and counseled students experiencing emotional difficulties. Organized educational and social activities for students.

Simpsons, Inc. Irvine, CA Sales Associate Summers 2010 and 2011 Performed customer service duties, stocked shelves, and maintained inventory. Trained new employees and served as a mentor for younger associates. Developed marketing campaigns to increase store traffic, increasing revenues by 35%. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Language Skills: Interests: Fluent Spanish Landscaping, architecture, and triathlons HEADING PETER J. GIBBONS 118 North First Street Madison, WI 53706 (608) 555-5309 [email protected] EDUCATION EDUCATION University of Wisconsin Law School Madison, WI Juris Doctor Candidate May 2018 GPA: 3.31 Class Rank: Top 35% Honors: Deans List (two semesters) Outstanding Grades: Contracts (A); Civil Procedure (A)

Law Review: Wisconsin Law Review(2016 2017) Moot Court: John Doe Oral Argument Competition, Semi Finalist (2016) Activities: International Law Society, Student Bar Association, Latino Law Student Association Iowa State University Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science; Minor: Spanish GPA: 3.85 Honors: Graduated magna cum laude, Deans List (all semesters) Volunteer: Peer Mentor (2011) and Nursing Home Visitor (2012) Study Abroad: University of Barcelona (Fall 2011) Activities: Delta Sigma Fraternity, Spring Rush and House Chair (2012 2013) Ames, IA May 2013 EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE John, Jay, Jingleheimer & Schmidt, LLP Madison, WI Law Clerk May August 2016 Conducted research regarding criminal sentencing issues and family law matters. Drafted internal memoranda as well as pleadings, marital settlement agreements, and trust documents. Attended client meetings, mediations, depositions, and court hearings. Raven, Inc. Ames, IA Manager May 2012 July 2015 Managed alternative rock band The Ravens.

Scheduled performances and negotiated contracts, netting band over $100,000 in revenue. Prepared and administered payroll. Performed advertising and marketing duties, including creating and disseminating posters. Iowa State University Ames, IA Resident Assistant September 2011 May 2012 Developed effective living and learning community for 45 undergraduate students. Mediated roommate conflicts and counseled students experiencing emotional difficulties. Organized educational and social activities for students. Simpsons, Inc. Irvine, CA Sales Associate Summers 2010 and 2011 Performed customer service duties, stocked shelves, and maintained inventory. Trained new employees and served as a mentor for younger associates. Developed marketing campaigns to increase store traffic, increasing revenues by 35%. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Language Skills: Interests: Fluent Spanish Landscaping, architecture, triathlons

Why Do I Need A Cover Letter? Wonderful way to introduce your resume Allows you to express your interest and enthusiasm in the position First opportunity you have to demonstrate your excellent writing and persuasion skills Some orgs use a cover letter as a writing sample Ties everything together and provides an opportunity for you to state why you are a good fit for the employer Cover Letter Sections Your Contact Information (Identical to Resume) Date

Employers Contact Information Salutation (Dear Mr. or Ms. :) Always have a name!! Use a colon after the name not a comma. Paragraph 1 Introduction Explain who you are, why you are contacting them, and make an initial connection (You can sometimes combine Paragraph 2 with the intro and talk about why you are interested in that particular employer.) Cover Letter Sections Paragraphs 2 and 3 Explain why you want to work for this particular employer and what about the them interests you Highlight the characteristics you possess and the skills you learned through your experiences that would make you a desirable candidate give specific examples (Dont forget transferable skills.) Describe the personal and professional strengths that you can bring to your work and the organization as a whole

Paragraph 4 Closing Restate your interest in the position, that you would welcome an interview, and thank them for their time and consideration. (Do not state that you will follow up.) If you will be in the area, include dates. Signature Enclosure(s) Only if sending it via U.S. Mail Cover Letter Tips IMPORTANT: Know your audience! Think about how you can help the employer, not just how they can help you. Think about skills and outcomes you have achieved. Make the connection what is obvious to you may not be obvious to them. When

appropriate, demonstrate and mention why you have an interest in the organizations geographic location. If youre applying for a public interest position, convey enthusiasm in that organizations cause, i.e., be a true believer. Biggest Cover Letter Addressing your letter: Mistakes To Whom It May Concern Run-on sentences Disorganized paragraphs Arrogant tone Using arcane language or unnecessary words Not highlighting your transferable skills

Not making a connection Longer than one page Using passive words Having only one cover letter template, which is not tailored to your audience Spelling and grammatical errors Repeating your resume Explaining or apologizing for bad grades or little experience A LETTER THAT LACKS

ENTHUSIASM! OR Dear Hiring Manager OR Dear Sir or Madam OR Dear Mr. First Last Name OR Dear Mrs. Using I believe phrases BAD COVER LETTER PETER GIBBONS 118 North 1rst Street Madison, WI 53706 [email protected] Hiring Partner Dewey, Cheatem & Howe 100 InaTech Way Madison, WI 53708 Dear Sir: My name is Peter Gibbons, and you would be CRAZY not to hire me! I am a first-year law student form the University of Wisconsin Law School. I heard about your law clerk opening from someone at your firm. I believe I would like to work for you because I like criminal law, I believe you could teach me a lot, and I think I would be a good addition to your team. My love of the tv show CSI and the fact that my dad is a criminal attorney pushed me to enter law school and become a criminal lawyer. I also witnessed first hand the injustices of the court system when my uncle was unlawfully detained during an unfortunate alleged drunk driving incident. This past summer I was clerking for my dad, who is a criminal defense lawyer. I leaned a lot about criminal law, but he mostly made me do just filing and stuff like that.

If its not too much trouble, please contact me at 608-555-5309 or e-mail me at [email protected] Thanks, Peter EFFECTIVE COVER LETTER PETER J. GIBBONS 118 North First Street Madison, WI 53706 (608) 555-5309 [email protected] December 1, 2015 William A. Lumbergh, Esq. Dewey, Cheatem & Howe 100 InaTech Way Madison, WI 53708 Dear Mr. Lumbergh: I am a first-year student at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and I am writing to express my interest in working for Dewey, Cheatem & Howe. It was a pleasure meeting you at the recent Pizza with Professionals and learning more about your practice. As I mentioned to you at our meeting, I am particularly interested in your firm because of its reputation among other criminal defense attorneys. Upon your suggestion, I spoke with students who have recently served as law clerks at your firm. Through my research, I found that your law clerks attend arraignments, preliminary hearings, and trials with you. I am very excited about the possibility of accompanying you to these proceedings. Based on my interest in criminal law, and specifically Dewey, Cheatem & Howe, I am submitting my resume for your consideration. Upon review of my resume, you will find that I have a solid background assisting people in a variety of settings, from partners in a criminal defense firm to retail customers. As a law clerk at John, Jay, Jingleheimer & Schmidt, I gained valuable knowledge in the dynamics of a law firm. Through my work on firm projects, including two research projects on sentencing matters, I developed an understanding of legal research and writing before entering law school. In addition, I gained exposure to the Wisconsin Rules of Criminal Procedure as well as strong prioritization skills. I am confident you would find these skills useful as you prepare cases for trial. As the manager for The Ravens and as a sales associate at Simpsons, Inc., I enhanced my customer service and negotiation skills. In both of these positions, I balanced the needs of various personalities. I managed scheduling and personality conflicts, and I responded in a calm and quick manner when unexpected events caused others to panic. I am a very organized and detail-oriented person, and I work well under pressure. I look forward to bringing these same skills to my work at Dewey, Cheatem & Howe. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, {Insert signature here}

Peter J. Gibbons Miscellaneous / FAQS Electronic Signatures Sending a cover letter as an attachment Resume Paper Why cant I have a two to three page resume? Do you always need to include your GPA? What if you are active in politics or a religious organization? Do you always need a cover letter? What do I include for interests when you dont have any? Mass Mailings Effective or just $$$ to USPS? Other Documents Writing Samples

Transcripts Make sure youve electronically signed your Transcript Release! References 8 12 pages in length Memos or briefs are best Law school sample class or work Must be your own work Shows you know how to analyze/synthesize the law If use a work sample, you must receive permission to use it and redact identifying info. Create a cover page and provide context Three professional references on separate sheet of paper: Name, Title, Company, Email and Telephone Number Letters of Recommendation Most often used by courts for post-graduate judicial clerkships and some fellowships and Honors Programs

FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM 6 KEYS TO SUCCESS ENTHUSIASM!! Highlight your transferable skills and relevant experience, using active language Pay attention to the details be consistent Know your audience Proofread everything several times Meet with your OCPD Advisor

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