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Okay, here's a start. [Jul. 20th, 2004|01:21 am]
Lindsey Kuper

I'm not even worried about the look of the resume yet, just the content, so here's what I have for the text. I'm sure it can be improved a lot, and I'd love suggestions.

Lindsey A. Kuper

(insert address, phone number, and email address here)


A position in which I can use my skills and experience as a web designer.


Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science/Music (with honors), May 2004
Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
Cumulative GPA: 3.42/4.00
GPA in major fields: 3.53/4.00

Relevant Work Experience:

June 2003 - Present:
Web Design and Graphic Arts Instructor, iD Tech Camps (http://www.internalDrive.com)
Austin, Texas and Evanston, Illinois
  • Collaborated to design an intensive, project-based web design curriculum for students ages 10-18 in a small-group classroom setting.
  • Taught web design using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004, Fireworks MX 2004, Flash MX Professional 2004, and Adobe Photoshop CS running on Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.3.3, as well as basic Windows and Mac OS X familiarity.
  • Assisted each student in creating a complete website, including Flash animation, Flash ActionScript programming, hand-coded HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Received top teaching reviews from students and parents two seasons running.
January 2004 - Present:
Web Developer, Charter Agricultural Marketing Co. (http://www.CharterAg.com)
Iowa Falls, Iowa
  • Streamlined office tasks by replacing three separate customer databases with a single, centralized MySQL database.
  • Created an attractive, easy-to-maintain, and XHTML-compliant corporate website with a secure customer login system, using PHP server-side scripting and MySQL database connectivity.
  • Wrote a secure web-based database administration application for internal company use.
  • Set up a company test server running Apache, PHP, and MySQL software on a Windows XP platform.
  • Taught basic Web design skills to employees using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004.
September 2003 - Present
Webmaster, rockstargirl.org (http://www.rockstargirl.org)
Created, maintained, and self-hosted a website to promote my band, using Apache web server software running on a Linux platform.
  • Used Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Fireworks MX 2004 to redesign the website while maintaining XHTML compliance.
  • Used PHP server-side scripting to create a modular design for easy site maintenance.
September 2003 - May 2004:
Web Design Instructor, Grinnell Experimental College
Grinnell, Iowa
  • Created a semester-long, project-based web design curriculum for college students, with emphasis on hand-coding of standards-compliant XHTML/CSS on a Linux platform.
  • Taught Web design skills and basic Linux/Unix familiarity.
January - May 2003:
Database Administrator/Programmer, Grinnell College Electronic Ride Board
Grinnell, Iowa
  • Worked with a team of students to create a database-backed web application that connects users seeking carpool rides with those offering rides, using Apache, PHP, and MySQL software on a Linux platform.
  • Designed and implemented a relational database in MySQL and wrote code for PHP/MySQL database connectivity.

Technical Skills:

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
  • Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004
  • Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004
  • MySQL
  • Linux (various distributions, in standalone and networked environments)
  • Windows XP (in standalone and networked environments)
  • Macintosh OS X (through version 10.3.3)
  • Various site adminstration software
  • Most relevant programming and computer languages: C, Java, Scheme, SQL, PHP, Flash ActionScript

Relevant Coursework:

  • Programming Language Concepts
  • Automata, Formal Languages, and Computational Complexity
  • Algorithms
  • Data Representation, Storage Management, and C Programming
  • Software Design
  • Operating Systems
  • Fundamentals of Computer Scicence I and II

Honors and Activities:

  • National Merit Scholar, 2000
  • Grinnell ExCo Web Design Instructor, 2003-04
  • Grinnell College Choir Council Officer, 2002-2004
  • Dean's List, Spring 2001
  • Grinnell Singers, 2000 - 2004
  • Participant in Chicago Lakeshore Marathon, May 2004

Otherwise, well, not a lot to say about myself. Wishing the best for zerbie and her mom. Missing lots of grinnellians. Wondering what sarahtomic is up to, and if hiamanda is going to stop by to get the book she left at my place the weekend before last. It looks like a pretty good book.


[User Picture]From: theguiterrorist
2004-07-20 12:21 am (UTC)
Education section always goes at the bottom.

I have a sneaking suspicion that no one looks at any "Honors and Activities" section in resumés unless it's relevant to the position. I cited my outside musical ensembles as performing and arrangement experience (along with the coursework) when I sent a resumé for a job with a public classical station in St. Paul (which I won't get interviewed for, I'm sure.)

What I'm trying to say is that you should excise the stuff that has nothing to do with the position you're applying for.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2004-07-20 01:50 am (UTC)
Education doesn't always go at the bottom. It sometimes goes right at the top.
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[User Picture]From: theguiterrorist
2004-07-20 10:36 am (UTC)
Education at the bottom is how I've always had it drilled into me. I just presumed that was a universal. At least this is how I've seen in during my summer office jobs and internships, when my bosses would often have me filing stuff for interviews for them.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2004-07-20 12:05 pm (UTC)
I've always been told that, for recent grads, education sometimes belongs at the top. The more relevant the degree, the more likely it should be at the top. Most of these, for instance, have education near the top.

My old boss at the Grant Park Music Festival had 35 years of management experience with the Chicago Park District and Chicago Cultural Center, plus a random bachelor's degree in biology. Of course she put her education at the bottom. underwhelm wanted a job in sales or marketing; of course he put his philosophy degree at the bottom. But I feel like my degree is at least somewhat relevant to the job I'm looking for, plus I did well in school. I might switch the experience section with the education section, but I don't think education should go at the bottom, for me.
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[User Picture]From: theguiterrorist
2004-07-20 04:03 pm (UTC)
Point taken. In the field you want to enter, education is paramount, as opposed to me, where my prior work experience is more relevant.

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2004-07-20 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm wondering if I should leave out all the music stuff. Heck, maybe I shouldn't even mention the degree. Plus, I threw in the part about the marathon at the last minute -- that should probably go.
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[User Picture]From: theguiterrorist
2004-07-20 04:01 pm (UTC)
Keep the mention of your music major. Having pursued and completed two fields of study is impressive. Also, it gives the employer hints as to what your other interests are.
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[User Picture]From: leikela4
2004-07-20 02:41 am (UTC)
*passes out from looking at resume*

My resume is like:

high school - non honors
college - non honors
work: 1. shit job for over 2 years
2. high school job had for 2 months
3. 1 month internship

and that's it, lol.
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[User Picture]From: sarahtomic
2004-07-20 02:30 pm (UTC)
Will you still be in Evanston in...3 weeks? That's when I'll be there!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2004-07-20 05:04 pm (UTC)
Maybe...that's something I'm trying to get figured out. I hope so!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2004-07-20 05:15 pm (UTC)
Another thing: If this resume looks long, it's because the work experience is waaayyyyy inflated. It's actually like this:

iD Tech: Real job (but only during summer)
CharterAg.com: Real job (but only a contract thing)
ExCo web design instructor: Not a real job (volunteer position)
rockstargirl.org: Not a real job (personal project)
Ride board: Not a real job (assignment for a class)

I don't want to leave the latter three off, but right now it feels like I'm lying. Would it make sense to move the ExCo instructor job to a "Volunteer Work" section and take the ride board away entirely?
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From: hiamanda
2004-07-21 11:52 am (UTC)
I would say education on top. That's what I'm doing, as I am both looking for related work and the best thing on my resume is the quality of school I went to.

As far as the catagorization of your work experience, I would either classify all of it under Relevant Experience (leaving out the word "Work"), or file the first two under Relevant Work Experience and the last three under Relevant Projects, only with a better name. Which reminds me, I really have to work on my own resume! Shit...

In other news, I would like to see you this weekend, if you are up for visitors. I may be doing something on Friday, but I have no plans whatsoever for Saturday. Let me know what's up.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2004-07-21 04:47 pm (UTC)
Relevant Projects...that's a good idea. I think maybe just rockstargirl.org and the ride board should go under that heading. And then maybe Work Experience (iD and Charter) and Volunteer Experience (ExCo). Yeah.

I wanna hang out, too. I have no plans, either. Let's do something.
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