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A Little Resume Help

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by texas_superman, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. texas_superman

    texas_superman New Member

    So I've recently had to go through and re-vamp my resume, as I haven't had much luck with the one I was using. To be honest with you, it's always been something of a block to proofread my own resume. I don't know why it is; I can proofread anything else without a problem, but I ALWAYS miss things in my resume. It drives me crazy

    Anyway, I wanted to post a link here and see if anyone could catch anything I may have missed, and also see if anyone had any suggestions.


    I've changed all my contact info (I just don't want it floating around out there) but the rest is all accurate.

    So... any thoughts, anyone?

    ***EDIT*** Posted in text below, in case anyone is having problems with the .pdf file.

    Doug Collins
    105 Trapper Trail
    Bastrop, Texas 78602

    Journalism Professional


    Prolific author of hundreds of articles covering numerous prep, college and professional sports
    Video coverage of numerous prep and professional football games
    Extensive work experience in multimedia journalism

    Work Experience

    Football Colorado, Denver, Colo.

    Shot video of more than one hundred high school football games
    Provided high-quality editing of more than fifty episodes of show under extreme deadline pressure

    The Denver Broncos Football Club, Englewood, Colo.
    Wrote fifteen bylined feature articles for team’s Gameday magazine and website
    Provided video footage and editing of all 21 Broncos games, used on DenverBroncos.com and the NFL Network
    Produced and shot live interviews of players and coaches for the NFL network
    Created more than 200 content pieces (bylined and non-bylined) for DenverBroncos.com
    Maintained all portions of team website

    The Denver Daily News, Denver, Colo.
    Provided beat coverage of all games and practices in the Colorado Crush’s (AFL) first two seasons, providing game coverage under extreme deadline pressure and weekly feature stories
    Wrote weekly sports wrap-ups of all sports happenings at three major Denver-area universities

    Maverick Sports Television, Denver, Colo.
    Provided online coverage and television analysis of Denver Broncos games and news

    Colorado Community Newspapers, Denver, Colo.
    Wrote more than 200 bylined articles, including game stories, features, weekly wrap-ups and season previews of all Denver-area prep sports


    The Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, Colo.
    Extensive training in the areas of journalism, mass communication and political science. Took courses in writing for newspapers and magazines, editing, layout and design, radio broadcast, sports marketing and representation, and political science.

    Technical Skills

    Video production, website production, website management, print production, Quark Express, Microsoft Office (2003 and 2007), Adobe Premier, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Paint Shop Pro, HTML, Java, FTP, audio production.
  2. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Wrong place. Jobs thread is for specific jobs only.
  3. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    Tell them that you got plenty of life experience coaching Michael Jordan on two different teams. </cheap joke>

    Keeping in mind that I'm just a 24-year-old kid, I only saw a couple things that I'd consider changing:

    - Some of the computer skills seem redundant. i.e. Website management, production and FTP skills all go hand-in-hand, and aren't the three Adobe programs now bundled into something called Adobe suite?

    - I would get rid of the "journalism professional" between your first head and your profile spot. The profile makes the "journalism professional" thing unnecessary.

    - Some minor formatting stuff. For your phone number, why don't you use the conventional numbering? (xxx) xxx-xxxx. Also, at one point you use fifteen instead of 15.
  4. jlee

    jlee Active Member

    And "one hundred" and "fifty." If it's 10 or more, it's in digits. Consult an AP Stylebook for exceptions. Also, it's a Web site in AP style still, I believe, though my shop's stylebooks are from 2006.

    -- I'd reconsider the use of "extreme" and "prolific." It's a little over the top. In fact, I'd say reconsider most adjectives in a resume. Let your work speak for itself.

    -- "Content pieces" seems redundant.

    -- What was your degree at Metro State? (If you received one; if not, you played it well.)

    Hope this helps.
  5. texas_superman

    texas_superman New Member

    Hey Mod and Hank (who is by far one of the best Simpsons characters ever)-- sorry for posting in the wrong place; this is my first post on these wonderful forums, and wasn't really sure where to post, so thanks for the help!

    sgreenwell-- When I worked for the Broncos, I got a lot of ribbing form the staff about not being able to win a championship with Michael Jordan on my team. A lot of people around started calling me "Coach" as sort of a joke, which you can imagine made for some pretty awkward moments, as I worked around all the coaches at team headquarters quite a bit.

    Thanks for the suggestions, though. Those are definitely some good insights, and the sort of thing I miss when I'm hitting up my resume. I've made some changes based on what you said, so I really do appreciate it!

    jlee-- This is exactly the sort of thing I pick up well on my actual writing, but for some reason miss when I'm doing my resume. Thanks as well! I've made some big changes, and I appreciate the help.
  6. texas_superman

    texas_superman New Member

    Oh, and by the way jlee, I don't have a degree. I'm about 30 credit hours short; I had to leave school to pay the bills for my family when my parents house was foreclosed on a few years ago, so I do my best to focus on my work experience and what training I received in college.

    And sgreenwell, I'm only a 25-year old kid, so I understand where you're coming from :D

    To answer a couple of your questions about my computer experience, though, I split up a few things in there because not everyone I've come across is familiar with exactly what products are in Adobe CS3 (the suite of Adobe products that all come together) and there are a couple that I don't have experience with.

    Also, I list web content management and and web site production as separate skills as they are two unique skills that are different in their scope. Still, I never thought about combining them... anyone else have any thoughts?
  7. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    General question for others out here. What does everyone use to list their skills?

    Computer skills? Technical Skills, Multimedia skills? Which sounds better?
  8. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    Technical skill. And be as specific as practical -- it can be helpful to know what you were doing in Photoshop, as opposed to simply saying that you've used it.
  9. texas_superman

    texas_superman New Member

    FileNotFound-- could you give me an example?
  10. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    "Photoshop — dodge/burn to make photos ready for publication; clipping paths, multi-layered photo illustrations." (This shows me that you've used Photoshop as both a photo-toning tool and to create artwork, two very different functions of the same software.)

    "WordPress — Content entry for blogs; site design and maintenance." (This tells me that you not only logged in to WordPress to type a blog entry, which just about anybody can do, but that you've also used its back end to modify a site, which requires a bit of skill.)

    Don't go into great detail, but give an example or two that you can expand upon in an interview.
  11. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member


    That's some good advice that I should probably incorporate in my resume. Btw, what does dodge/burn mean? Is it one of those journalism phrases I should already know?
  12. JRoyal

    JRoyal Well-Known Member

    Dodge and burn is lightening and darkening a photo or portions of a photo. Dodge means lighten and burn darken.
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