Why are we doing a resume/CV in a science class? Well, I’m glad you asked! Resumes & CVs are an essential tool for obtaining jobs, funding, internships, and career positions. This activity will reward you for taking the time to work a little bit more on this very important communication piece. My goal as an instructor is to support your success in both the science content and a few of the skills that organizations, institutions, and employers are constantly looking for.
First, go to https://www.marypoffenroth.com/cv-resume-tips (Links to an external site.) watch the video I made and read the blog post. There is also an additional link there if you need some additional basic advice. If you have never written a resume, also check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/6/23/ (链接到外部网站。)
Then, I want you to write down 3 things you found helpful to improve your current resume or CV. If you do not have one, this is the perfect opportunity for you to create one! You will not be graded on the quality of your experience or the richness of your resume for this assignment. What I want from you is to address the questions below and do a little work on your resume. I started officially working when I was 16 (although my first job was at 14 picking blueberries on a farm – but that is another story :)) – and still to this day update my CV/Resume every year.
In order to receive full credit on this assignment please have everything (your answers and your CV/Resume) in ONE file. Have your questions answered at the top and then your resume/CV begin on the next page. Upload as ONE document. Do not place answers into the comments box
1. What was one specific thing from the video you could implement into your CV/Resume?
2. What was two other specific things from the blog post or linked basics article that you could implement into your CV/Resume?
3. Implement those changes and upload a copy of your CV/Resume along with your answers to #1 & #2 above.
What if I am in a deeply creative field like design, TV/Film/Radio, animation, etc. that uses a portfolio/demo reel over a resume/CV as standard practice?
The above recommendations will apply to most majors in our course. However, for those of you who will be submitted portfolios/demo reels in lieu of a formal CV, you may submit your professional portfolio in lieu of a resume/CV.
What if I don’t have anything yet?
If you have no work/volunteer experience yet, I highly encourage you to start now. Graduating without experience will put you at a deficit to other applicants. For now, go ahead and start structuring your resume and use class experience pertaining to your major in lieu of work experience.
Are you going to check my work history or references?
No. This is assignment is purely in service of your success. As in life, you will get out of it what you put into it.