Resumes: Develop your message, tell your story

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    Sarada Krithivasan

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    I liked this presentation a lot. I felt the presenter covered important topics such as:

    a) tailoring your resume to the job we are applying for

    b) Presenting your resume in such a way so that the more important information gets conveyed within 1 minute

    c) The difference between a resume and a CV

    The whole explanation of understanding how a reviewer scans through my resume was also eye-opening. 

    A general comment is that more sample resumes could have been shown.

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    Ziyu Gong

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    The most important things I learned in this lecture is the fact at do not just list the duties of your job or events, post your personal experiences, your impact you make in this specific experiences or events. Sice sometimes the interviewers are more interested in what you learned from that process not what you did you do. Another important thing would be to adapt your resume to each company according to their individual job requirements. I actually just sent the same version of my resume to different companies in the past without making any changes. So, I need to make sure I do not do that anymore.

    I still have problems in finding situations such that how to treat the ‘bragging issue’ of your resume. I mean a lot of people do put things on the resume that do not actually entirely true in order to make them themselves somewhat more competitive. How to find the balance between the ‘bragging content’ and ‘real content

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    Naman Nandan

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    The talk initially provides an overview about the various elements of a portfolio that one must develop from a personal perspective as well as from the viewpoint of an employer. The various insights about how an employer views a resume were very useful and helped form concrete ideas about how to structure a resume. Specifically, organizing any work or research experience into parts namely Challenges faced, Action taken, Results obtained and Skills learned was useful, because it helps clearly convey one’s accomplishments to the person reading the resume.

     

    Subtle aspects that were brought up during that talk such as, reader’s focus on the top one third of the resume, use of action verbs at the beginning of a sentence, careful use of font, font size and bold on a resume were also very useful in pushing the quality of a resume a notch higher. Moreover, the suggestion of putting oneself in the employer’s position while reviewing a resume was interesting because, this helps one view their own resume from a new perspective and make improvements in a manner that conveys information better.

     

    Finally, going through a number of sample resumes was beneficial in understanding how to write a resume well and also see the suggestions provided during the talk in action.

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    Dingjie Liu

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    In this lecture, issues about resumes and job search are discussed. As a graduation, we have known that the resumes and CVs are documents of self-introduction. But we may know few differences between them.
    In this lecture, the speraker firstly tells us what should a resume take account for: Showing Professional Identity. That means how to introduce yourself in terms of academy and profession. In this part, many items are provided.
    Then, turns to job search. The speaker gives up an example of a computational scientist at a National Laboratory. By this example, the speaker explains the points of required skills and desired skills carefully, and what the job asks people do. And then, the speaker said that we should evaluate the job that suit ourselves or not, and how. Beginning with a job carelessly will have a damage for a life.
    Besides, the speaker tells us about the properties of resumes. What is its format? What contents and items should a resume contain? How the resumes are reviewed by employers? Finally a detailed resume instance is provided. In terms of education, research experiences, objectives and achievements, the speaker explains very clearly about them.

    I think it could be better if some other resumes could be provided. We know that the resumes have many different styles.

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    Garrett McMindes

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    The presentation provided an insight into how to create a good resume. The two topics that I found most impactful about the presentation were examining how a resume looks from the perspective of the manager looking to hire, and the example of resumes that were then examined. The manager's perspective is one we as students don't normally get to hear, but it is important as applicants to fit a need that manager has. I thought the speaker did a particularly good job examining the resumes. Many of the talks on resumes that I have heard cover these topics as abstractions. However by examining the physical examples, the ideas are much more intuitive and ingrained leaving the presentation.

    One thing I would change would be to refine the slide deck more. The information is all good, however the slides end up being crowded with text, and do a poor job of highlighting key points.

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    Sabarish Vettakkorumakankav Sridhar

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    In this presentation, there is detailed discussion about things to put on a resume, how to prepare and present and market yourself as well.

    In the first few slides, the presentation explains what kind of ecosystem is provided to aid the student in improving their communication skills. 

    The presenter then talks about being prepared to answer "tell me about yourself question". She differentiates the different types of roles which you could apply for and how to answer this question effectively

    The speaker then talks about how to write an effective resume. She gives an example by showing a small part of her resume and how she quantified the professional development program by mentioning the number of students who has taken the program

    The presentation then goes on to discuss about trying to identify the company language and make sure that what you put on your resume is what the company is looking for. She takes the example of a resume and shows how it included the willing to travel clause because that was something which was required by the job description

    Another point was what Professor Klimeck mentions in the middle of the presentation. A resume is to market yourself and your qualification and what you studied need to be well emphasized.

    Overall an excellent presentation with many interesting points .

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    Anonymous

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    Name: Zijian Zhu

    Purdue ID: 0025178030

    This presentation shows how to improve resume in four main areas: professional identity, reading a job description , resume writing and resume examples. And speaker aslo points out the difference between a CV and a resume. But i am still not figure out.

    • Professional identity: including some items such as contact information, objective statement, different projects, website, skills and so on. The most important thing is what things you want an interviewer to remember.
    • Reading a job description: the speaker suggest that we should read a job description carefully and identify the specific skills,so we can adjust our resume to reach the job requirement.
    • Resume writing : The speaker points out the importance of formatting and sentence stucture in the resume.
    • Resume examples: The speaker provides us kinds of examples with different flaws, and i find that some of them are appeared in my resume. And even a professional resume writer can aslo make mistakes.

     As a computer engineer student, i am interesed in software engineer job. So it is better to provide some details about these kinds of resumes/

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    Srinath Lalpet

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    As a graduate student who is currently developing a resume, I found this presentation to be extremely helpful. The speaker focused on the importance of consistent formatting in a resume. A resume reviewer probably will not spend more than a minute reviewing one resume, so it is our best interest to make the resume as clear and cogent as possible. The information in the resume should also be tailored to the specific job requirements. The job search analysis template is a good starting point for introspection.

    The speaker spoke in a clear and consistent tone which was easy to follow. Her confident tone made me feel that she was a person who knew what she was talking about, which made me want to follow her advice. To improve this presentation, I would suggest the use of some bad resumes which highlight some of the mistakes commonly made by students. I feel that learning from mistakes would be a more effective way of getting a point across.

     

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    Shabnam Ghotbi

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    She is narrating her talk in to four main points. The first and most important one is giving the resume an orientation. the resume should contain some items including contact information, objective statement , professional experiences, website , special skills and so on. A resume can be up to 4 pages unlike vitae that can be an unlimited number of pages so it's very important to exclude unnecessary points while referring to the critical items. I think this presentation needs more related examples in order to convey the main goals. 

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    Yeshani Wijesekara

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    This video is structure has four key topics. Professional identity, reading a job description, writing a resume so the viewers will be more enticed to hire you, and finally examples of resume.

    The speaker, Cindy Lynch, talks a little bit about what to include in the portfolio, which is your professional identity. But the main focus of this video is developing the resume

    I like how she talks about how we can convey the skills and experiences we already have, so that it will fit a given job description. In other words, saying it in a way that the person viewing the resume can easily relate my experience to what they are looking for.

    It was interesting to learn that It’s okay to have 1 – 3 pages in a resume if you have publications.  Something I didn’t know was that only the first third of the resume gets read by the reviewer and that only about 30 -45 seconds are spent on reading the resume.

    Just like in the video about building a portfolio, she talks about utilizing the CARS method here as well, to convey information – especially in the objective statement.

    After she goes through elements to include in the resume and the format, she also runs through some example resumes she has put together.

    This again, was a very informational video. I also learnt that the GSPD helps students develop skill they might need. This is a great video to watch before a career fair!

     

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    Tyler Dean Rodriguez

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        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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    Rasika Kalwit

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    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.

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    Taegyu Kim

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    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)

     

     

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    Sofía Nicole Cerdas

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    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.

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    Man Chung Chim

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    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.

     

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    Yuxiao QIN

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    The most important thing I learnt from this lecture is:

    • The CV should be company oriented. There should never be an universal CV, but rather you should develop a CV each for your targeted company. You should express what is your strength and experience that will specifically serve for this position;
    • Put down the most important info on the top 1/3 of your CV. That will probably be the only thing the recruiters will read if you are not developing things well;
    • Avoid only narrating what you've done. But show what's your strength/ability that can be reflected from the things you've done, that will serve well the position you are applying to;
    • Always highlighting things you want to present. As an example, when describing your education, you might always want to highlight "PhD in EE" instead of "North Atlantic Univeristy"... So use orders, bold fonts and whatever to highlight the correct thing;
    • It might not be a bad idea to put "expertise" in the very front, even before education. But this must be job oriented. 
    • Develop a nice and neat format. 

    Overall it is a very nice presentation, gives a lot of useful ideas. Strongly advised to go through. 

     

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    Jialiang Yu

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    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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