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Planning Your Resume Discussion Board

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IDS4890Planning Your Resume

Creating a resume is no easy task! It can be very difficult to articulate what you have to offer to prospective employers. This is why it is crucial that you imagine what it is like to make a decision based on this type of document. 

Last week you read a stack of sample resumes -- some careful and effective and some carelessly constructed and ineffective. It is time to start putting planning and building a resume to submit for this class. 

For this post, research resume advice using resources from the class LibGuide  (Links to an external site.)page, FIU Handshake (Links to an external site.), and any other source you personally find helpful and then post a list of resume writing three DOs and three DON’Ts -- advice from different sources that you personally find worth following. What did you learn that you can apply to your own resume building efforts?

Your post should begin with a statement about your research for this activity. 

Example:

I read the entire Career Transitions database “Write a Resume” section, paying special attention to the build a resume tool that explained why different sections of the resume were important and I browsed the “Related Articles and Videos” section to find tips, advice, and videos related to resumes. I also went to a blog that my sister recommended, Classy Career Girl, and found tips especially targeted to women my age. The items on my Dos and Don’ts lists were inspired by or paraphrased from both the Career Transitions database and the Classy Career Girl blog.

And then provide your list of three DOs and three DON’Ts. That’s six items all together. You can paraphrase a source (restating the original author’s points but using your own words, or you can quote a source (putting the author’s exact words in quotation marks) or you can use the source as inspiration for an idea of your own. In all three instances, for each item on your list, paste the URL for the source. That way, your readers can go to the source themselves and read the advice in its original context, if they want to. 

Example:

DO use action verbs. But which ones? “Omit the dull and overused words like ‘Responsible for’, ‘Made’, ‘Participated’ with stronger replacements like ‘spearheaded,’ ‘created,’ ‘managed,’ or ‘delivered.’” From the Classy Career Girl blog post “Building a Resume: What Your Professor Didn’t Teach You (Links to an external site.)” 

Steps for Discussion Board Week 6 post 

Step 1

Remember you research photo collage from Week 2. Well, it’s time to show what you know about finding information. Do your resume advice research. In addition to LibGuide page and FIU Handshake, you may want to check out a blog or other online source like one of these:

Step 2

Make your list of three DOs and three DON’Ts for building a resume. 

Step 3

Write a list-introduction paragraph that you’ll put in front of your list to let the reader know a bit about your research journey and choices. 

Step 4

Be sure that for each item on your three DOs and three DON’Ts for building a resume list that you provide the URL to the original source. Let your readers follow in your footsteps if they want, going back to the source where you found the advice.

Your initial post must be at least 200 words long.

Always read the point distribution and word count specification for discussion board posts -- this distribution may be different for later Discussion board post assignments.

Here’s how you’ll be assessed on this assignment:

  • Content: Did you follow all parts of the instructions, including the minimum word count? Is your submission thorough and complete?  (10 points)
  • Quality: Does your post seem to indicate effort? Does it seem like you proofread? If the instructions ask you to make connections, do you? (4 points)
  • Peer Responses: Do you make quality comments on your peers' posts, paying attention to instructions about commenting? (6 points)

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