What you will accomplish :
In this project-based course*, you will create an essential component of today's job or internship search: the resume. With the help of a professional career counsellor and recruiter, you'll review resume best practises and explore current trends, and you'll exchange structured feedback with your peers as you work to polish your own resume. When you finish the course, you'll have an eye-catching resume that highlights your professional strengths.
What you'll need to get started :
This course is primarily intended for young professionals or college students who are writing their first resume or who want to give an old resume a new and polished professional look. Regardless of their career stage or professional background, all job seekers will benefit from the course material and project. All you'll need is word processing software to create a resume on a computer; there are free tools available.
1. (A) Introduction to the Course & Resumes
- Define course goals. Introduction about purpose of a resume, and when it might be used, and criteria for the peer-review rubric.
(B) The Foundation of your Resume: A Self-Inventory
- A top-to-bottom look at the typical sections of a resume. Different sections you might have on a resume, definition of transferable skills and how to pull those out of past experiences.
2. Writing Content for your Resume
- How to write an action-statement, what makes a strong verb, how to maximize use of numbers and other characters, and common pitfalls of writing the content.
3. Piecing it all Together: Organization, Structure, Format
- How to organize the sections on the document, foundations of strong structure and clear formatting.
4. (A) Know your Industry
- Different types of jobs are going to look for different headings, or different orders of sections for the optimal response from an employer. Define “Buzz Words” and show how to identify them in a job posting, and then implement them on the resume.
(B) Best-Practices for your Resume from an Employer
- Interview with an employer about how they approach a stack of resumes, what stands out in a good way, and what can leave a negative impression.
(C) Frequently Asked Questions
- Common questions about resumes job-seekers might have, that may not have fit into our modules.