Create a professional resume or CV and "About Me" in three formats: print, professional network, and multimedia or creative media.
Discussion of the Prompt
The goal of the Resume Project Across Media will be to develop content for a professional resume and portfolio for a specific job, internship, or grad school application and to present the information in multiple formats: print (using Adobe InDesign), professional network (like LinkedIn, Behance, Slated) with an "About Me" story, and one additional form chosen from among multiple alternatives (ePub for the iPad or smartphone, video (using Adobe After Effects, Adobe Spark, Animoto, Wordpress portfolio, or an alternative type of print or digital media; PowerPoint, Prezi, or slide presentations are not good options). In addition to keeping a project log during this project, you'll participate in peer review and submit a reflective document with the final project that addresses questions about how the three versions of the resume/portfolio change across media as well as any other technical and design details useful for understanding and evaluating the project as a whole.
1. Print-Based Resume: This should be a printable resume that tailors your experience and qualifications to a specific job or internship ad you might apply for now or in the future. You could also create a resume suitable for a graduate school application. Your resume should be well written, following guidelines and suggestions in Writing 2e, with specific information regarding your experience and qualifications for the position. The design and layout should be suitably professional (kairotic) and should help emphasize important information for the reader. As you produce your print resume, you'll receive (and offer) peer review, brainstorm possible items for the resume, and apply design principles that will help you revise it. Although everyone may already have some form of resume, you're expected to compose a new and better version for this course, which may require you to rethink everything you've ever been told about resumes (!). I would like you to use Adobe InDesign to create your print-based resume after studying these two tutorials: "Designing a Creative Resume" (https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/how-to/creative-resume-design.html) and "Snazz Up Your Resume" (Adobe.TV).
2. Professional Network Profile Including an "About Me" Story: Starting with your print resume, you should develop a professional social network profile and "About Me" story that does more than merely reproduce the printed document (as a PDF, for example) but that is tailored to the screen and takes strategic advantage of linking to provide readers additional important information about you. The design should be again suitably professional and can include samples of your work (from courses, previous jobs, volunteer work, etc.). Some networks or portfolio options include LinkedIn, Behance, Slated, or Pinterest. In each case, these sites also include an "About Me" section where you should tell your "story." Please review these articles at 99u for examples and advice: "How To Write an "About Me" Page That Gets You Hired" and "How To Break The Mold & Reinvent Your Resumé"
3. Alternative/Creative/Multimedia: Drawing inspiration from examples shared in the course blogs, develop your resume or CV for a third platform or interface, such as ePub for the iPad or smartphone, rich media PDF, video (using Adobe After Effects), Adobe Spark, Animoto, Wordpress portfolio, or an alternative type of print or digital media; PowerPoint, Prezi, or slide presentations are not good options).The design of this resume may be creative or daring, but it should still be professionally suited to the kind of position you may be looking for. You may be able to submit this resume in Box or as an URL or attachment to a blog post (such as a link to a YouTube video).
Here are some creative samples of creative/multimedia resumes for inspiration:
10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From
Mashable's "4 Digital Alternatives to the Traditional Resume" by Sharilyn Lauby
Hagan Blount's "4 Clever Ways to Use an Infographic Resume to Get Hired"
Spark Resume: https://spark.adobe.com/gallery/education/example/meet-kate-krieger/
Creative Resumes: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=creative%20resumes
Pinterest Living Resume: https://www.pinterest.com/rachaelgking/the-living-resume/
YouTube CV: https://youtu.be/7xUguYh5Qs0
How to Create a Successful Video CV: https://youtu.be/KxLKPQO3z1I
Google Maps CV: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?hl=en&msa=0&z&ie=UTF8&mid=1ik5G4I2ozJr3Hl3rfuj5wfyS8oM
4. Submission Notes: At the end of the semester, you should include submission notes with your final drafts of each deliverable. Your submission notes should summarize your work on this project, describe how your resume changes across media, report any technical challenges you faced, and explain in what ways it's well suited to the rhetorical situation of your present or future search for a job, internship, or graduate school.
Directions for Submitting Deliverables
The course calendar provides specific directions for submitting deliverables for this project on the day each is due. Generally speaking, all drafts will be submitted as blog posts with submission notes (which may include URLs to off-site resources) and attachments in PDF format (if relevant, and for print-based materials). Submit the final drafts of your Resume Project Across Media (all your deliverables, including your submission notes as a separate document) via our shared Box folder Resume Project Across Media Deliverables. You should not submit documents for review in Word or RTF format since the documents will display unpredictably on different computers or displays. (In Word or InDesign, it's easy to choose Save As or Export as PDF). Your Submission Notes (Step 4) should summarize your work on this project, describe how your resume changes across media, report any technical challenges you faced, and explain in what ways it's well suited to the rhetorical situation of your present or future search for a job, internship, or graduate school. There can be multiple attachments (in PDF format, for example) and you can embed links to outside sites in your submission notes. Submit this project no later than midnight, Friday, July 8.
Your resume project will count for 30% of your course grade, or 300 points. On this project, the deliverables 1-3 each count as 30%. Your submission notes count as 10%. You must complete all intermediary steps (peer review, brainstorming, design analysis, etc.) in order to receive a passing grade on the project. Your resumes in all three formats will be evaluated in terms of content (relevance and specificity of the information, quality of the writing), design/layout (presentation, suitability to the media/interface), and kairos (suitability of the resume to the occasion of your search).
Due Dates for Drafts and Complete Resume Project
The completed and revised project is due on Friday, July 8 by 11:59 pm. There will be intermediate due dates for drafts of each deliverable spaced out during the process, with each draft ready for peer review on the day(s) specified on the course calendar.
Due Dates for Steps 1-3 (including drafts for peer review)
- Step 1: Print Resume (draft): Monday, June 27 by midnight
- Step 2: Print Resume (revision): Wednesday, June 29 by midnight
- Step 3: Professional Network Profile Including an "About Me" Story (draft): Thursday, June 30 by midnight
- Step 4: Alternative/Creative Media Resume (draft): Wednesday, July 6 by midnight
Please do not post any personal information (like phone numbers and personal addresses) with your online resume. You may include your email address if you want to be contacted that way. If you want your online resume to be "live," you can, if you choose, include additional contact information.
A Few Additional Examples of Alternative Media Resumes
Check back here; we'll add more as we go along . . .
Crysta Timmerman's Video Resume
10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From
Themeforest Resume Site Templates (for ideas; most require a small fee to use if you like them; for Wordpress sites)