« on: July 30, 2006, 10:42:30 PM »
Many of these little details probably mean nothing to whoever actually looks at the resume (if anyone), but I understand the need to have the best possible resume submitted. These are personal opinions and things I have gathered from various sources.
1. Say you have held various positions in a club as the years have passed, i.e Treasurer one year, editor next year, eic last year. Do you list them separately, or just say something like "Eic/treasurer" 2004-present? The latter seems like it would appear to be dishonest, but any other way looks unweildy and ugleeeeeee and takes up space.
Use a semicolon. Treasurer, 2004; Editor, 2005; President, 2006.
2. Anna Ivey says over and over not to go over 1 page. I'm a trad student, but i've got a bunch of WE. I cant list it all, but how far back do I go? Stick to one page?
I'm a firm believer in one page. Be concise and only list things that are actually important. High school jobs can probably be left out unless they are pretty exceptional. If you must go to two pages make sure you use at least half, but then .. do you really expect someone to read all that?
3. I did a bunch of community service in high school, but have barely done any since I came to college because I spent that time working. I know that HS = do not list, but would it make sense to throw that in anyways to show that I'm not an uncaring prick? Do I have to say "500 hrs of service - all in high school," or can I just say "500 hrs of community service" and leave it at that?
Say nothing. Digging back to HS is a bad thing. Leaving out the dates of your service is also a bad thing.
4. My school has changed the way it notes deans list. For my first years, it listed it every semester. As of last year, it changed to only listing once a year, in spring. Therefore, it shows on my transcript fall 04 DL, spring 05 DL, fall 05 nothing, spring 06 DL. Can I just say deans list f04-spring 06 and assume they get it, or do i have to explain the change?
An explanation to the school's dean list policy is not appropriate for your resume. How you have it is fine.
5. List grad school courses taken, even if only one?
6. List language skills, even if incredibly basic? (Took 5 years in HS and 2 college semesters of Spanish, still blow at it).
Not unless you are fluent. You wouldn't want someone to start speaking Spanish to you under the notion that you speak it. Then it looks like you lied. If anything say "basic" but then why say it at all .. use that space for something else.
7. List Major gpas, even if one is only .11 above cum and the other is exactly the same as cum? Just list the one?
Just list cum
8. List honor societies (not phi beta kappa, but ones for each major)?
9. Mention how many hrs/week worked during school to finance it? What about mentioning hrs worked during summers, to try to show a work ethic?
In your job section, you can say how many hours you worked, usually in the same line as the company name, etc. i.e.: Johnson Brothers Industries, Boston, MA, Sep 04 - Nov 05, 40 hrs/wk
10. Mention first in family to apply to grad school?
You can if you have a personal section at the end.