04 September 2014

UPDATE: 04 SEP 2014


First, your resumes will be due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 09 September. You will need to turn in both digital and hard-copies of the assignment, as well as digital and hard-copies of the job posting to which you're "applying."

Remember, you are composing a targeted resume, so make sure your document responds to the job posting's requirements, skills, and qualifications. Likewise, be mindful of the discussions we shared in class regarding content, form, and style.

Resumes should be one-page in length and typed in 12-point, font (either Times New Roman or Arial).

When submitting your resume digitally, make sure your file is a .pdf and the subject line of your email reads: [Your First and Last Name]: Resume, Section [Section Number]. Again, make sure I receive this email before class begins on Tuesday.

When submitting the hard-copy of your resume, please staple your documents together in the following order: job posting, final draft of resume, first draft of resume, all peer comments.


The second portion of this project cycle will necessitate that you write a cover letter for the same job posting for which you created a resume. To this end, read the following websites and articles that provide guidance and tips for composing this document:
While reading these sites and articles, consider how the information therein would apply to the cover letter that you will be writing for this course. Be prepared to write about and discuss in class what you've read.


Finally, be prepared to respond critically to your peers' resumes in today's class session. By "critically," I mean offering constructive feedback so they can improve their document. Simply writing "Good work," or "I wouldn't change anything," or "Everything looks in order" will not suffice.

As such, I want you to think about the manner in which the resume responds to the job posting:

Is the form and style of the resume easy to read? Give the resume a 20-second test; meaning, look at the resume for 20 seconds and jot down whatever you can remember from the cursory glance. What facts and elements do you remember? Are these the facts/elements that are most relevant to the position? If not, how can the resume be re-ordered or re-formatted so that it foregrounds the most important aspects of the job posting? Does the resume pass the "four quadrant" test? Again, if it does not, how can it be re-formatted so that it does?

Does the resume employ diction (word choice) of the job posting? Does the content of the resume use "action words"? Does the content demonstrate "results-based" descriptions? Does the content forefront the skills and qualifications that the job posting lists first? Even if you think the resume you're reading does accomplish these goals, offer alternative suggestions so your peer has several ideas or variations from which to choose.

What format has your peer employed: chronological, functional, or combination? How could you re-format the resume, generally speaking, so it addresses the job posting more effectively?

Does the resume contain all the necessary components: Name, contact information, skills, experience, and education? If the resume contains references, relevant coursework, or a belief/objective/summary statement, how are these elements incorporated into the fabric of the text? How could they be improved or re-ordered?

Lastly, is the resume clear of typos, misspellings, and other careless errors? If the resume you're looking at contains hyperlinks or other multimedia elements, do the links, etc. function properly?

Make sure to write down all your feedback, as part of the requirement for this assignment will be that your peer must turn in all the comments made by fellow students.

02 September 2014

UPDATE: 02 SEP 2014

For Thursday's class session, please bring a working draft of your resume with you. When composing your document, consider the tips for building a resume you read online, as well as the discussions we had in Tuesday's class session. We will workshop and peer-review your resume, so be prepared to share your documents and provide critical feedback on your fellow students' writing.