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Great Resume Tips

Resume workshop at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Photo by Maggie Gottlieb.

Information compiled by Maggie Gottlieb’16
Photos by Maggie Gottlieb’16

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Getting that resume just right when seeking an internship or first job can be intimidating. Should I use a photo? Do I include my address when the resume is posted online? What content should I use and in what order?

During a recent workshop in Knight Hall, Merrill College students not only received tips about how to write their resumes, but got professional one-on-one help with their resumes, cover letters, business cards, social media accounts, elevator speeches, etc.

The Resume and Cover Letter Workshop was designed to get everyone ready for Monday’s Internship and Career Day event at the Stamp Student Union. The Workshop was co-sponsored by our student SPJ, MABJ and NHJA chapters

Internships and Career Development Director Adrianne Flynn offered a series of tips for students about how to write the best resume:

IMG_3082Resumes Are:

  • 1 page
  • Non-narrative
  • Direct
  • In reverse chronological order
  • Non comprehensive
  • Simple and easy to read



Get Started:

  • Gather all information needed-example: jobs, history, dates;
  • Choose a type font (modern, clean, easy to read) and a design (simple, little or no color, NO PHOTOS);
  • Use name (largest, boldest item on the page) and contact information on top;
  • IMG_3081Experience first. It’s the most important thing media employers want to know about you (this does not have to be a paid job).

Resume Don’ts:

  • Don’t include personal information-no birthdays, marital status or similar information;
  • Don’t use pictures-it’s an excuse to discriminate against you without looking at your qualifications;
  • Avoid color-it often detracts from the information that you have to present;
  • Take your address and phone number OFF your resume when you post it online;
  • Don’t roll over to a second page.

IMG_3080Tips from the Pros:

  • Information MUST be in reverse chronological order with easy-to-see dates;
  • Your name should be the biggest and most prominent thing on the page;
  • The font you choose should transfer easily from one computer or program to another, so keep it simple and common (if you insist on an uncommon font, PDF!);
  • Be honest. Exaggerating your skills or experience will only bring trouble;
  • Use action words; do NOT use pronouns (like “I”);
  • Tailor your cover letter to each company you are applying to. Include job goals here and not on your resume.

Here’s a list of everyone who came:

Sue Kopen Katcef – Broadcast Bureau Director for Capital News Service
Renee Poussaint – Broadcast Journalism Instructor at Merrill College
Cassandra Clayton – Broadcast Journalism Instructor at Merrill College
Nicki Mayo – AP Correspondent
Scott Berry – Program Manager for the National Association of Black Journalists
Beth Meechum – Coordinator for the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism
Joanie Vasilades – Director of Digital Media at WUSA9
Adrianne Flynn – Internship Coordinator at Merrill College
Rafael Lorente – Associate Dean of Merrill College
Tracy Grant – Deputy Managing Editor of The Washington Post


The Internship Experience

Internships are a critical part of the Merrill College experience. In fact, it’s not uncommon for our students to land internships after just one year in Knight Hall. Many Merrill Journalists list several internships on their resume by graduation.

Internships are important for many reasons:

  • InternMontage01They provide real-world experience;
  • They provide networking opportunities;
  • They build responsibility;
  • They foster collaboration;
  • They provide focus by showing a student the many jobs that are available;
  • They’re fun!

Merrill journalism students regularly land school-year internships at such prestigious media outlets as National Geographic, Discovery, Washingtonian magazine, network and local TV news stations, SiriusXM, WTOP and WBAL radio stations, The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and USA Today, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Comcast SportsNet, ESPN and even the Washington Gardener magazine.

Additionally, students take advantage of opportunities in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, Indianapolis, Tampa and elsewhere during summer and winter breaks, at publications including NPR, the Indianapolis Star, Reuters, Miami New Times, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox news and sports, and Cosmopolitan, More and Good Housekeeping magazines.

Everyone is impressed when they see where I obtained my Journalism degree. Doing my internship senior year at The Washingtonian magazine prepared me for the “real world.”   I am so happy I was a Journalism major over a Business major. To this day, I am grateful that I was accepted to University of Maryland. – NYC Freelance Journalist Roberta Lasky ’88

Learn more about internship opportunities at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Journalism Career Day Offers Recruiters, Panels Monday, October 20

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -The Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s annual Career Day is set for Monday, Oct. 20.  All events take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union. A series of workshops are once again being planned as well.

Light refreshments will be available.  Be sure to dress appropriately and bring plenty of resumes. This is a great event to find internships as well.

The Career Fair  runs from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., while workshops start at 2 p.m.

NOTE: “VICE” is sponsoring a pre-Career Fair information session with its Executive Producer B.J. Levin and several Merrill alumni – 11:30-12:30 Knight Hall 3202 (The Gene Roberts Room).

Who is attending?

The Merrill College chapter of the National Press Photographers Association will be there to shoot career photos.

National Association of Black Journalists will be there to talk about their programs and mentoring.

The Radio Television Digital News Association will be there to talk about its programs and mentoring.

The University Career Center will be there to talk about how to sharpen your career presence.

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Journalism Career Day On Tap Monday, Oct. 21

1631-1COLLEGE PARK, Md. -The Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s annual Career Day is set for Monday, Oct. 21 and looks to be the best yet.  All events take place at the Stamp Student Union. A whole series of workshops are being planned, along with a Career Fair in the Grand Ballroom. There will be light refreshments available as well. Be sure to dress appropriately and bring plenty of resumes. This is a great event to find internships as well. The Merrill College will also sponsor a table with information about our certificate and graduate programs.

The Career Fair in the Grand Ballroom runs from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., while workshops start at 1 p.m. All workshops take place in the Juan Ramon Jimenez Room (2208)

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“The Greatest Summer of My Life”


Merrill journalist Marissa Parra records a standup for her resume reel. This happened on just her third day as a WUSA-9 intern. Photo: Marissa Parra

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – We like to talk about how study abroad is life changing for our Merrill journalists. Internships have that same impact. In fact, they can and do provide the “real world” experience that is nearly impossible to get in the classroom. All journalism majors are expected to have at least one internship experience as a student at the University of Maryland. Summer is usually a great time for that experience simply because there is time to have a true “full time” internship.

Marissa Parra is a senior broadcast journalism major who was able to land an internship this past summer with WUSA9 in Washington, D.C. It was the “greatest summer of her life,” she says. With the Internship and Career Fair coming for Merrill students October 21, we’ve asked Marissa to provide some tips all our students can use as they think about applying for their own internships in the future:

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