Resume Writing Strategy

By Tim Luzader

Center for Career Opportunities, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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    Parikha Mehrotra

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    The speaker starts the presentation by talking about the differences between resume and CV. It gives several examples of how one should go about writing the same thing in a resume centric manner. It highlights what the recruiter's want to see and what one should include on their resume. It motivates you to really think through your experiences before including or omitting them from your resume. 
    It also encourages us to format our resume keeping in mind the employer's readability. He advises us to keep the information relevant to the job and discusses how the expectations of the employer change depending on several parameters. 
    The speaker goes through the several subdivisions of the resume, such as writing your address, about the education section and experiences section etc, and gives us the various ways we could write it in. He gives us an idea as to how much we should go into details while providing certain information in the resume.

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    Yeshani Wijesekara

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    The lecture is split into two main parts. Less than half of it is spent on tips to improve the resume and the rest of it is mostly reviewing resumes from a given handout. While this may have been a great exercise in class, it doesn’t make much sense in an online video. However while they were talking about examples, some interesting questions were raised and the conversations were interesting.

    The talk focusses mainly about five main points: writing a good objective statement, presenting work experience to highlight the professional experiences, not assuming that the recruiters know every abbreviation and GPA scale, having a legible font size, and good formatting and structure of a resume.

    I liked how he mentioned that the tone of the objective is important. We already know that customized resumes for each company/job is important, but having the right tone and conveying what you can do for them is important as well.

    Another tip the speaker gives is to include the following three when writing experience. They are : what you learnt/gained, what you contributed to the company, and  how they could be valuable to the potential employer.

    Overall I like the speaker. He is clear and funny, draws attention to small details. However, as an online video, unless the handouts were provided, the lecture was not very useful.

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    Pushyami Rachapudi

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    Content: This presentation talks about advanced resume writing. The talk starts with the need to declare an objective at the start of the resume. He talks about the clarity and specificity needed for an objective which I feel is a very good suggestion. The presenter clearly differentiates between resume, CV and cover letter which is very useful. 

    He then talks about selling your work experience. Instead of job description, one must write about what he/she learnt during their tenure and what they contributed to an organization.

    Another important tip was to have no assumptions. Clearly state things such as CGPA which may vary from place to place. Resume needs to be readable, consistent. He also talks about services such as Career wiki which helps in SWOT analysis. The draw back in this presentation is the unavailability of the sample resume that was analyzed in this video but the analysis makes a lot of important points which unfortunately I could not get completely. The discussion on patents was very useful.

    Speaker and Delivery: The presenter speaks at a good pace. The talk has logical flow and he knows what he has to deliver. He captures the attention throughout. 

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    Rasika Kalwit

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    This seminar explains the basic idea behind creating your own resume and how it should be written. The presenter explained the difference between a CV and a resume. The presenter mentioned to put emphasis on writing clear objective statement, job profile specific skillset and experience. I liked the difference between chronologically listed resume and functionally listed resume. For me, particularly, chronically listed resume works well since I do not have much industrial or research experience. But when the presenter was explaining about the resume writing strategy with an example, the online viewers could not see the document. It will be better for remote video watcher to have the same material provided in the lecture room. The presenter organized the seminar in perfect way and explained a lot of resume writing mistakes commonly done by students. I could relate to some of the mistakes I made on my own resumes but now I can edit it better. I feel this lecture provides more information than other two resume writing seminars in this series.

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    Ran Xu

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Generally, this lecture provides with a lot of resume writing strategies including, but not limited to, the followings,

    (1) Differences between a resume and a cover letter

    (2) How to make your resume stand out

    (3) Important things to remember and easily-made mistakes

    The lecturer has the following strength,

    (1) Good logic for expressing his ideas with clear statements, strong reasons and evidences.

    (2) Good speed and tone.

    (3) Good example to make his speech more interesting.

    However, the lecturer has the following weaknesses,

    (1) The lecture just gives a bored speech, without any assisted visual materials like slides or scripts.

    (2) The speaker, starting from 26 minutes, begins to analyze a particular resume. However, it is hard to be understand by an online user without that handout sheet.

    (3) The speaker, starting from 56 minutes, begins to look at the book. The online users like me also cannot see the contents on that book.

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    Weifeng Xiong

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    This seminar discuss the basic things about resume. The speaker start from show the basic different between a resume and a vita, and  introduce 5 elementary things regarding the resume. Among these, I start to pay attention on the objectives in the resume. The objective is a very significant entry of a resume, it cannot be too vague, it must shows what you are passion about and what type of position you want. In addition, we need to take care of the tone of the objectives to avoid inappropriate explanations.

    The speaker shows a sample resume (it would be better if it is available for the online video) as well, and discuss the advantages and how can we improve it. There are a lot of valuable recommendation during the discussion. I learnt that we shouldn't put any information that could be used or interpreted as something the employer could discriminate against.

    Overall, this a well organized and informative seminar, the presenter did a great job.

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    Yuxiao QIN

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    The instructor talked about five things for a resume. 

    1. Write an explicit objective statement. If not, simply don't write it. Do not write something like "trying to find a challenging position". Be specific. 
    2. You need to highlight your professional skills that is company-oriented. Do not write something like "intern in McDonald" when you're trying apply for an IT company. All your professional skills should reflect what you can do for the company you're trying to go.
    3. Do not assume anything on your CV. Provide full info. Do not use abbreviations. When writing your GPA put down the scale, like 3.0/4.0. Do not give any chance of misunderstanding or lack of info. 
    4. Make your CV readable. Both in the sense of fonts, and your format. Leave enough space between lines and make your CV neat and tidy. Don't try to squeeze. 
    5. Determine if your CV will be chronological or functional listed. The point is to highlight what you want to present at the top of the CV. 

    It is also good to know that Purdue has a CCO and a purdue career wiki to help students finding jobs in a variety of ways. 

    The instructor also gave an example of CV and showed us how to improve it in small details. For example:

    • Highlight your names at top;
    • Don't leave too many addresses on your CV. A phone number and email address should be enough;
    • Be consistent with dates and formats throughout the CV;
    • Try to leave unrelated things out of the 1-page CV;
    • ... ...

    This is a nice lecture. It would be better if there's a copy of the materials presented in this lecture available here. It will help viewers learn with the video. 

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