Math/CS 299/399 Colloquium in Mathematics & Computer Science I & II Fall 2020 

Resume Assignment

Grading Form

Comments Possible
Your Name

(Your name here!)
Career Developement
I have met with the above named student, discussed and reviewed their resume. It meets our criteria for a quality resume.

NOT Required  
Academic Advisor
I have met with the above named student, discussed and reviewed their resume, including their personal elevator pitch. The student can clearly articulate their interest in mathematics and/or computer science and their interest is reflected in their personal elevator pitch.

NOT Required  
Personal Elevator Pitch
(on a separate page)
This should be a clear and consise reflection of you and 75-150 words in length.
Factual Information
Be as complete as possible in documenting your accomplishments and professional history. This includes dates, job titles, award titles, etc.
Your resume should have a nice consistent format and use whitespace effectively.
Language, Grammar, Punctuations, and Spelling
Your resume should use strong positive language and contain absolutely no errors.
Total Points   30  


You will create a resume as a part of this assigment and have some discussions with your academic advisor and career services about your resume and future plans. You may think, "Hey, I am only a sophomore. Why do I need a resume?" I'm glad you asked. Believe it or not, you have marketable skills. You now know more mathematics and/or computer science than most of the billions of other people on this planet. Those skills are great for internships or other summer opportunities. Revising an existing resume is always easier than starting from scratch. This is your excuse to create a solid resume if you have not already done so.


Create a resume following the guidelines in the Office of Career Development. See their Resume Handout for information about writing a resume. You can write your resume in either Word or TeX/LaTeX. There are many job sites that contain information on resume writing. I have a few suggestions as you prepare your resume.

  • Keep it to 1 page—you may only have 10-30 seconds to impress an employer!
  • Be concise, using bulleted lists as needed.
  • List items in reverse chronological order
  • Avoid using a vertical line | as a separator character. It looks too much like a normal letter and hinders readability. Instead consider using one of the following characters (with ample surrounding space):
    ♦ • ·
  • Make good use of whitespace.
  • Single space in sections, double space between sections.
  • Align items in and among sections.
  • Use a professional-looking font (not comic sans or papyrus) and use it consistently. Use a combination of larger fonts sizes, bolding, and italics to emphasize sections, subsections, ad other text. AVOID USING ALL CAPS (with the possible exception of your name at the top of the document).
  • Use black text on a white background. Avoid colors and shades of gray that may not print or copy well enough to give sufficient contrast.
  • An electronic version should be saved as a .pdf and include your name in the filename, such as YourName.pdf.
  • Use uniform 1/2 inch to 1 inch margins.

As for the structure of your resume, I encourage you to use the following structure with sections in the following order:

  • Your Name
    Use a large font.
  • Contact Information
    Include your mailing address, email, phone. Optionally include your professional website, LinkedIn profile link, and/or GitHub repository.
  • Personal Elevator Pitch (see below)
  • Education
    Include your expected graduation date, major(s), any minors, GPA (if you are proud of it), academic honors (thesis information, latin honors, etc). You might also include relevant coursework in your major (topics, such Mathematical Statistics, not course numbers). Don't include high school information unless it was remarkable and generally omit after college graduation.
  • Work Experience
    List your job title, company (perhaps department), and dates of employment. Usually there is no need to include a description of your job duties. List any internships here (paid or unpaid).
  • Publications/Research (optional)
    List any research, especially if has led to a publication or conference presentation.
  • Awards and Honors
    List the award, source of the award, dates of award, and a very brief description if not obvious. You could also include any scholarships here.
  • Leadership
    List any leadership roles you have held, omit if none. For these items, list the position, organization, dates, and a very brief description if not obvious.
  • Activities (optional)
    List any significant activities, including specific activity (athletics, music, theater, etc), organization, dates, and a very brief description if not obvious. List participation in math or CS contests (MATH Challenge, Putnam, LMMC, Math Modeling, etc) here. You can also list volunteer work or community service in this section.
  • Technical Skills
    Include things like Java, Mathematica, any foreign language proficiencies (and fluency levels), other programming languages and technical software knowledge.

This is a multistage process. It is best to write a draft, then discuss it with me, your academic advisor, and career services. Your final will encorporate any suggestions they made and their signatures on the above form.

Living a purposeful life

Part of the goal of this course is to have you be a little introspective about yourself and your personal goals. A good exercise as you evaluate your academic plan and contemplate your future is to consider the diagram below. Ask your self the following questions:

  • What are you good at?
  • What does the world need?
  • What can you do that will allow you to earn money?
  • What are your passions?
One way to identify a purpose in your life is to look at the intersection of these sets, as indicated below. Read more about this process at the page Purpose Venn Diagram from Human Business.

Personal Elevator Speech

Print your personal elevator speech on a separate page.

Rather than having an career objective section, you will include a personal elevator speech. This should be a short statement that includes something about your passion for mathematics and/or computer science. You can do a web search for personal elevator speech to get some ideas about this area of your resume. You can also think about this as a short (30-60 second) talk about yourself. This is useful as a business icebreaker or in a networking setting. A good target length is 75-150 words.

Here is my elevator pitch:

I’m David Reimann, a professor at Albion College where I primarily teach computer science. My scholarship focuses on the applications of mathematics and computer science to art and I frequently give talks at professional conferences and write about related topics. I am also an artist. I use a wide variety of media and incorporate mathematical elements such as symmetry, geometry, and number in my art. My work is frequently included in juried art exhibitions. You can see and read about my artwork on my website


Career Development

Visit the Albion's Career and Internship Center to learn about Albion's resources and programs. The Career and Internship Center is located in the Ludington Center, second floor. Open to all students and alumni! They look forward to working with you!

The Briton Network

Alumni are eager to share their experience and expertise with current students. Albion's Briton Network lets students message alumni and request advisory calls to learn about careers, industries, graduate school programs, ethics in the workplace, and more. Meanwhile, students develop the networking skills needed to succeed in the modern job market.

Mathematics and Computer Science Professional Society Career Resources


See the LinkedIn Extra Credit assignment page.

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