\documentclass[11pt, letter]{article}
\begin{enumerate}[label = \arabic*]

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Why is resume adding . now? If I could, I would like to add . to the first enumerate too but isn't resume supposed to follow suit exactly?

So I also need \arabic*. for the period with the first list.

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    I am not sure if I understand you correctly, but if the default formating is fine, why don't you use enumerate WITHOUT setting the label option (just ommit the optional parts in the brackets). To add the . to the first enum as well use [label = {\arabic*.}].
    – ted
    Jul 23 '13 at 12:58
  • @ted I guess because I am used to adding label.
    – dustin
    Jul 23 '13 at 13:06

use resume*, a bit anoying yes, it has something to do with backwards compatibility with earlier enumitem versions

resume continues from the number it got to last time, but using the default formatting! The format is stored but only activated using resume*

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