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:
- 1 page
- In reverse chronological order
- Non comprehensive
- Simple and easy to read
- 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;
- Experience first. It’s the most important thing media employers want to know about you (this does not have to be a paid job).
- 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.
- 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