Reading Response #7
Please read all of Chapter 11 from Technical Communication Today,paying particular attention to the section on resumes. After you read the chapter, please respond to the prompt below:
What are your 3-5 takeaways from Chapter 11? Explain why you chose these takeaways.
More specifically, though, what are your thoughts about the section “Preparing a Resume?” What strategies for creating a resume resonate with you? In what ways are you considering balancing content with design, as you create your resume this week?
textbook link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1nvZyfdv1R18DqOAX…
Part2 (400 words)
As our textbook asserts: “If your resume is badly written or looks unprofessional, employers won’t bother to look at your application letter and other employment materials” (298).
Needless to say, your resume is an important document that often serves as the first impression you will make on a potential employer. Having a resume that is both well-written and well-designed is important in a competitive job market.
This week, we’ll focus on creating a draft of your resume. Perhaps you already have a resume. That’s great! You can use this opportunity, then, to revisit, rethink, and revise this draft.
As you create your resume, consider the following:
1. No Templates! If you use an MS Word, or similar, resume template, so are thousands of other folks. In a competitive job market, you want your resume to stand out and be different from the competition. So, do not use a resume template.
2. Use action words. Page 306 has a great list to get you started, and you should also check out the LifeHackerarticle for an additional list.
3. Follow a specific format (chronological or functional).
4. When listing your work experiences, you want to emphasize your position or job title, not the company/organization for which you worked.
5. Design is important. Consider the principles of design as you create your resume and organize content. Creating clean lines–through alignment–for example, allows reader-users to follow the overall structure of your resume. A splash of color might be helpful too. But don’t overdo it. And stick to professional colors such as blues.
6. Create a header. Your header should allow your name to stand out–either through color, font size, or both, and include your contact information
When uploading your draft, please also include some context. Discuss the style of resume you chose to create (chronological or functional). Discuss your field/profession and how this resume draft addresses conventions, if any, from your specific field. Discuss the content, organization, and design. (Please see the Resume Assignment for requirements)
Then, please provide feedback to at least two classmates. When providing feedback, please ignore issues of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Instead, focus on addressing the following, more global, areas:
1) Consider the resume content and organization. In what ways does the resume highlight education, jobs, experiences? Where might the resume need to be re-organized to better call attention to education, jobs, skills, and/or experiences?
2) Consider the overall design of the resume. In what ways are the principles of design (C.R.A.P.) being considered? Where might design improve? How might design help to highlight important aspects of the resume?