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By Cyndi D. Lynch
Graduate Student Professional Development, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
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Tyler Dean Rodriguez
06 Apr 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The speaker is okay. She seems disinterested, but I wouldn’t blame her since it’s a boring subject. At the beginning, she talks about what is important on a resume. She says that actions and results are more important than skills on a resume. She also discusses a ‘CV’ but I don’t even know what a CV is and I am not sure it is common knowledge. I googled it, but students in the classroom may not have that some option. She stresses that is important to know 3-5 things that everyone should know about you after a short meeting with them. I thought this was good advice, and I’ll probably try to make a list for myself.
Next she goes into the job search we do ourselves. She helps tie together the job search and the creation of a resume or CV. It is important to check out job descriptions and try to explain on your resume why you are qualified for that job. She also says that the most compelling information should be at the higher end of the resume. This information usually goes hand in hand with what the job description says. After this, she goes into detail about how exactly a resume should be formatted. In addition, she specifies what should and shouldn’t go on a resume. I thought it was helpful to know that some companies don’t even want objective statements at the top of a resume. She gives an example of an objective statement that was acceptable to a company. What to bold and what not to bold is important because it can help you stress the things that you want the employers to see on the resume. Bolding to much can be counterproductive.
To drive home the points more, she gives some us some examples of resumes and asks the students to review them and critique them. There are some resumes with problems and she points out exactly which mistakes they made. This helps us to know how to make a resume correctly and to avoid mistakes. She ends by showing us an example of a resume written by a professional resume writer. Even on this resume, some errors can be found.
Overall the speaker seemed competent in her job. Her advice is worth taking. She did a good going through examples and helping us all analyze what works on a resume and what could be changed or left out. I think her presentation was short and to the point. Some might not like that style, but I thought it worked. She didn’t overstate or repeats everything, which almost every other speaker does.
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09 Dec 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
A resume is a good starting point to reach out to the industry with the intention of job seeking. A resume should be concise and it’s first one third portion should have more emphasis on the points you want highlight. For a job seeker, it’s always better to research a job position well before applying for the job. Your resume should be specific to the job profile and company background. The presenter brings out important points such as a resume should be visually very clear, resume file should be appropriately named and it should portray your professional identity in an efficient way. It should be always kept in mind that you want to highlight your strengths, skillset and experiences so that you can grab attention of any employer within first few seconds. Overall it is a very nice presentation; it had a nice flow of information and can be followed by a person with any background. I wish the presenter had given examples of certain job positions and resumes tailored to the specifications of the job profile to give better idea about making a job specific resume.
07 Dec 2016
In this lecture, she talks about how to write my resume better.
She talks about some important concepts and explanation for resume such as CARS, professional identity, importance of job description, resume writing.
While I listening to this lecture, I learned two things that I have missed.
- Resume should be adjusted to the orientation of a target organization.
- Important contents for a target organization should be descripted at first (let say .. 1/3 of top)
From my perspective, I already recognize other things. But the above points I missed and in the future I would miss.
For example, I applied some organization when I submit my resume to the internship company. I wrote my resume with my experience description without understanding what these companies want and are interested in.
The good point that I thought is that it shows concrete descriptions of each resume parts.
However, I think there are several parts that should be improved.
- Do not copy&paste all contents. If you want, you should attach some summaries or highlight what you want to say.
For example, you showed a job description. This is a real one, so persuasive I guess.
However, important points are not summarized or highlighted. Any body reads it. Invest your time on such parts.
- You also talked about professional identity. However, personally, I am interested in a faculty job. I wanted you to write some detailed list that I should consider. But that point was not described well. (Only two points which are not concrete at all)
Sofía Nicole Cerdas
06 Dec 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The presentation explains how to craft your resume as an impactful calling card that will set you apart from the hundreds of other submissions for a given position. The presenter begins by remarking the importance of selling your resume and telling your story concisely, and how school and coursework, while important, is only one step in this process.
She identifies four main areas to discuss in the presentation:professional identity, reading a job description, resume writing, and resume examples. Professional identity is emphasized as a solid understanding of the data that will go into the resume itself; she makes a useful analogy to research and thesis work, remarking on the importance of having a concise collection of information about yourself before you begin trying to present it to others. She suggests identifying what points about yourself you want an interviewer to remember, and to adjust these depending on the kind of position you're interviewing for. Reading a job description is described as important because it allows you to consolidate this information about yourself into a series of bullet points and personalize your resume for a given job; you can identify the duties and skills required, make claims as to which you can fulfill, and provide evidence for your claims concisely. She continues by giving tips on how to write a resume; how to target it to the job description by using the two points seen before, as well as the importance of formatting and how to avoid excessive amounts of it to truly draw the eye to those points that are most relevant. Finally, something I personally found very useful was the discussion of sample resumes, especially those with flaws; it points out which things to avoid much better than an abstract rule, and serves as a good conclusion to tie the presentation together and give the student a solid understanding of what to do.
My one critique to the presentation is that, in my opinion, the introduction feels a little disjointed; once the presentation reaches the main body, it has a logical line of progression, but the beginning of the lecture makes it a little hard to follow exactly where it's going with too many separate ideas and examples until a few minutes in.
Man Chung Chim
10 Nov 2016
The presentation has pointed out the difference between a CV and resume, and that a resume can be in functional form instead of the commonly used chronological form. It has also pointed out the importance of how to design your resume such that the important message can be conveyed when the reviewer is just spending less than a minute reading the resume.
Other important points mentioned in the presentation includes the formatting and sentence structure used in the resume, and that a resume should be designed to addressing each particular company the applicant intent to apply instead of using a general formatting and content.
The presentation ends with giving a few examples of resume, but in my opinions, it might be better to include resume of various formats and intended for various industries/job positions. I have heard there is company giving a resume word limit of 5 words, and the result were really innovative ways to present ideas.
29 Aug 2016
The most important thing I learnt from this lecture is:
Overall it is a very nice presentation, gives a lot of useful ideas. Strongly advised to go through.
01 May 2016
A resume is the first step of job seeking. A resume should be concise and includes the most important experience of a person. For a job seeker, he should know what the criterions are for a specific job. For a technical position, you should write your project in technical format to present your work and your skill. For a transactional one, the organizational skills and leadership are more important. A good job seeker will prepare more than one resume to deal with various conditions and requirements in the job fair. This is what I did. You should know what skill a position values and what kind of experience they value most. A good resume is a resume with modification more than ten times. This is what I think about the resume and a small part of my career plan.
Vijai Thottahil Jayadevan
29 Apr 2016
One of the greatest take away from this presentation is the importance of presenting the most important information that you think could help you, right at the top (top 1/3 of the first page). The person reviewing your resume may have less than a minute to spend on your resume. For the first time I think I saw the process from the eyes of the reviewer and the pressure he is under while going through high volumes of resumes. And also the presentation mad me realize that the aesthetics (proper formatting) is far more important that I thought it was. I was of the opinion that the content is all that matters and a mediocre formatting might do the job. The idea of creating a professional identity by combining different factors is an interesting idea. Some of the ideas like tailoring the resumes for the job you are applying to, naming your resume appropriately while emailing etc. are things that most people are aware of, nevertheless highlighting them is important.
The resume samples shown did not look great in terms of formatting used. I have seen resumes that are aesthetically much more pleasing than the ones shown. Showing one good sample would great. To make it more effective, discussing more resumes in class would be beneficial. Or may be pick a bad one and work on it during the lecture improving it by the end of it. And the video ends abruptly which indicates the entire lecture is not covered.
06 Dec 2015
As a student who is looking for a job this seminar is quite helpful. In my opinion the best point in this seminar is how it stresses the importance of building one's resume around job description. This is probably overlooked by a lot of people including me. I used to think resume is one for each person. Making one resume for each job position is like shooting arrows right to the target and will certainly increase the "hit rate". It also shows many "what one should not do" points when making resume. From this seminar I found out some mistake I made such as highlighting wrong information (bolding university name instead of what degree I got or will get), put too much trivial information on the first 1/3 of the resume, etc. The seminar provides a helpful guide to write and review resume.
Since it is made for Purdue student I think one point can be improved. Resume writing is a complicated topic so all points cannot be covered in one lecture. Perhaps an advertisement about Center for Career Opportunities can be put at the end of the lecture so people will know where to go when they have more questions. One thing I am confused is the video ends around 50 minutes. Since ECE694 sessions are around an hour and 15 minutes, does it mean the last 1/3 was not recorded?