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Notice how this writer highlights her volunteer experience in her documents. Although she wasn't paid for doing these things, nevertheless, she developed skills in these situations that are relevant to the position she seeks. Her resume itself is organized more like a functional resume than a skills resume, since volunteer experience is substituted for paid experience. Thus, she has included the word "volunteer" in the subheading describing her experience. Also notice how the writer has included more than just her university coursework in her education segment.

554 Essen Ln.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809

December 1, 1999

Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
Associate Member and Director
Professional Oncology Education Program
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
332 North Lauderdale, Room C-1113A
Memphis, TN 38105-2794

Dear Ms. Gronemeyer:

I am writing you in order to attain an internship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the Professional Oncology Education Program, at the suggestion of Spencer Hebert.  My interest in research and the medical field prompted my desire to attain this position.

Currently, I am attending Louisiana State University and will be receiving a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in human movement in May of 2001.  My GPA is 3.8 in my major on a 4.0 scale.

Before attending college, I volunteered at St. Charles Nursing Home helping the elderly in eating, playing games, and talking to them  At Thanksgiving, I was cooking dinners for the homeless in St. Charles Parish.  At my high school I volunteer at the front desk doing daily check-in and check-out procedures and tracking attendance for 1,500 students. In marching band I was a section leader for a clarinet section consisting of 70 people.  I also was a Fellowship of Christian Athlete huddle leader.  While attending college, I have volunteered at various Physical Therapy clinics working and observing children with Cerebral Palsy.  In addition, I was doing laundry, organizing and copying files, and communicating with patients with various injures.  I also have done research in a laboratory for 4 different classes.  I am a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority where I hold the office of Service Chair.  At Louisiana State University I am maintaining a high GPA in my major through my time management skills. I feel through my volunteer and lab experience that I will be a great asset to your program.  I would like to gain the necessary experience to be able to sell myself to prospective employers upon my graduation from graduate school.  This whole paragraph just sounds like a stream of consciousness list of everything you can think of.  Go back and revise this, and do more to show how these things match the job  requirements.

I would like to schedule an interview with you at your earliest convenience.  Please contact me at (225) 555-0329 or e-mail me at


Karen Black

 Karen Black
554 Essen Ln.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
(225) 555-0329

Career Objective:
An internship with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the Professional Oncology Education Program.

� Louisiana State University:  Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology , concentration in human movement, May 2001
� GPA in major 3.8/4.0
� Relevant courses:
          Biology for Science Majors/Lab                  Basic Chemistry/Lab
          Introductory Zoology /Lab                          General Physics/Lab
          Human Physiology                                        Elementary Latin
          Anatomy                                                         Public Speaking

CPR certification 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Volunteer Experience:
    June 1999  to present
    Baton Rouge Physical Therapy
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana
      --did laundry, organized and copied files, communicated with patients

     January 1999 to June 1999
      Children Development Center
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana
      Worked with children with Cerebral Palsy

    August 1996 to May 1997
      Hahnville High School
      Paradis, Louisiana
      Recorded attendance for 1,500 students

Honors and Activities:
� Zeta Tau Alpha sorority Service Chair
    -Helped host Race for the Cure (5K run/walk)
� Received the TOPS (Tuition Opportunity Program) Scholarship
� Fellowship Christian Athlete huddle leader
Marching band clarinet section leader (responsible for 70 people)


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