Samantha Hallenbeck: Resume Writing


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A resume is an important resource for anyone looking to advance their education or career. Resumes can be written for a variety of reasons including employment and entrance to a college or university. We will focus primarily on those two reasons for this mini-course. The goal of this course is to create a resume that could be used for either an application for a job or an application for college. We will also try to understand how format, length, and content all play a role in the effectiveness of a resume. We will begin by focusing on what a resume is and what they may look like based on their objective. We will also begin to brainstorm what to include on your resume to prepare for the construction of your resume. Lastly, we will reflect on any improvements that could be made to your resume and create a "mock" hiring committee to discuss which applicant is the best candidate based on their resume.

Unit 1: What is A Resume?

A resume can be defined as a brief description of a person's education, qualifications, and previous experience. This summary is typically used to apply for a new job. You will use the reading to read more about a resume and what should/should not be included. You will also begin to look over resumes. Lesson 1: What is A Resume

Read/View: Go through the slideshow created by College Board to get a general idea about what a resume should include. The second article was written by Boston College and includes a short video at the end. Please read both the content of the webpage and watch the video. Take note of some of the links on the webpage as they provide you with a great resource in the future when we begin constructing your resume. How To Create Your Resume How To Write a Resume

Lesson 2: Analyzing Resumes

To do: 1. In the discussion this week, please focus on identifying one misconception you had about resumes. Talk about how the articles or video were able to change your original perception of a resume. Also, please identify one area that stood out to you as being very important to include in your resume. In what ways might you use the resume you will build through this class. 2. Reach out to friends/family for 3 examples of resumes. You should begin to identify similarities and differences between your samples. Write a short paragraph (5-6 sentences) on each example and how it relates to the reading. Did the resume creator use the tools addressed in the reading? Did the resume creator include any information that the reading suggests not including?