Resumes: Develop your message, tell your story

By Cyndi D. Lynch

Graduate Student Professional Development, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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    Jialiang Yu

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    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.

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    Vijai Thottahil Jayadevan

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    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.

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    Gang Yang

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    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?

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