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RESUME & PORTFOLIO Production Creating tools that communicate your skills, experience and future
WHO ARE YOU? What are your skills? What are you interested in? How do you want to contribute? What are you passionate about?
WHO ARE YOU? What kind of organization/people do you want to spend 75% of every weekday working with? Do your personal/professional values align with the organizational mission? HOW do you want to work? Variety, predictability, autonomy, collaboration?
What do YOU have to offer? Skills Useful abilities and competencies that you can contribute to the organizations workload: e.g. software proficiency, tri-lingual, design, research, communication, rendering, drawing, planning, organization. . . Qualities Personal characteristics that contribute to the fabric and culture of a community working together: e.g. honest, open, funny, diligent, detail oriented, creative, flexible, loyal, fast learner. . .
The Art of the Résumé Crafting a résumé can be like sculpting a statue. You start with a rough block. Then you begin to steadily chip away at it, shaping and polishing your words again and again until the résumé emerges, a perfect, elegant document that communicates your essential skills and experience. Nail the Job: Every Tool You’ll Need to Land Your Dream Job
What is a Résumé? A brief overview of your education and relevant activities to demonstrate skills and accomplishments A document tailored to each position Promotional, concise, and error-free Your first, and maybe only, impression on an employer
Do Not Think of Your Résumé as a History Assignment!
What’s the Purpose of a Resume? ► A tool to help you get an interview! It guides the interviewer to what is most important about you and how your skills are relevant to the position and the needs of the employer It is used to select candidates for interviews
Sections of a Résumé Contact Information (required) Objective (optional) Skills (optional) Education (required) Relevant Coursework (optional) Experience (required) Activities (optional) References (separate sheet) What experience and skills do you want to emphasize? Which categories best display this information?
Contact Information (Required) Full name Mailing address (include city, state, ZIP code) Telephone number E-mail address Robert Smith 1924 Hilyard St. #4, Eugene, OR 97405 ○ (541) 343-8190 ○ firstname.lastname@example.org Oops!
Education (Required) Degree (B.A., B.S., B.Arch., etc.) Major(s) University, City, State Date you expect to graduate Omit high school You might also include: Minor(s) Certificate(s) GPA Additional degrees (e.g. A.A.) Study Abroad Academic preparation
Education Examples: GOOD M.ARCH , University of Oregon , Eugene, OR, June 2009 Minor, Business Administration, GPA 3.5/4.0, Dean’s List (2 terms) LEED Certified, Summer 2008 Study Abroad , Summer Studio Kyoto Japan, Summer 2007 NOT GOOD University of Oregon , Eugene, Oregon, Sept 1998 – 2000, 2004 - 2009 Studying Architecture and business. Courses include Basic design, economics, Structures
Experience (Required) ► One of the most important sections! Experience can include: Paid work experience Volunteer work Internships Leadership roles in social/community/sports groups Course group projects, research labs, etc.
Tips for Describing Experiences Focus on accomplishments and transferable skills , not routine duties Use descriptive phrases with informative data, NOT full sentences No “I” Bullets are helpful Begin phrases with Action Verbs Use consistent tense
Tips for Describing Experiences Use vocabulary of your field/industry Use numbers when possible $9800, 7 clients, 45% Use superlatives when you can First, best, fastest, largest Write long on your first draft, edit later Keep a Master Resume
Experience Example English Tutor, The English Connection, Eugene, OR (6/2005-9/2005) Developed and implemented lesson plans for ESL adult students Managed classroom of 10-15 adults from diverse backgrounds Integrated cross-cultural learning into lesson plans
Experience Example Construction Crew Assistant, Build Great Homes , Eugene, OR, Summers 2000-2002 Coordinated with crew of 4 to build homes Adapted quickly to changing work orders Maintained tools worth over $950 Re-hired each summer based on excellent performance
Link Yourself to the Position The more clearly you can demonstrate the match between your skills and the employer’s needs through your resume, the more effective you will be at obtaining an interview.
Additional Sections Objective/Summary Academic Highlights Activities Interests Community Service
Objective (Optional) First item on resume after identifying information Helps direct the reader Make it specific! Emphasize what you have to offer them instead of what they can do for you
Skills (Optional) Tailor skill headings to your personal strengths Language proficiency, computer, media, research, international, etc. Be specific Languages: Fluent in Spanish Software: CAD, Revit, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and HTML
Relevant Coursework (Optional) Include only if it is relevant to job you are applying to and not basic for degrees earned Can include in separate section after Education or in Education section EXAMPLE; ACADEMIC STUDIOS Studio Topic/Project – short description of design problem to be solved
Résumé Formatting Tips One page Font and margin considerations Use underlining , bold type , and italics to highlight important information Neat, clean, and easy to read Free from spelling errors
Résumé Critique: Does your resume… Emphasize your 3-5 top skills? Prioritize your information in order of interest to your reader? Look visually attractive with a consistent format throughout? Appear organized and present most important data first? Omit personal pronouns? Use legible font size and style? Compel the employer to want to find out more about you? Tell the truth? ► Resumes are subjective, there are few rules- follow what makes sense to you!
You should be able to speak confidently about anything you include on your résumé
Portfolio Is a compilation of materials Is a way to make examples of skills (expertise) concrete Is a way to make documentation of progress made Is a collection of information that amplifies a resume
PRODUCT Archive of accomplishments Tool for self advocacy Visual documentation Anchor for interviews
PROCESS Builds self awareness Clarifies interests, skills Clarifies career direction
Creating a Portfolio Step One: gathering & sorting artifacts Step Two: reflect, analyze, organize Step Three: design and assemble to suit both your application and reflect where you are headed.
Considerations Artifiacts Organization Presentation Time-line & budget Technical limitations
Presentation Choreograph smooth concise presentation Illustrate accomplishments directly related to job Provide visual support to verbal answer
Summary of Design Principles Create a package there must be some identifying image or style that carries throughout every piece, Keep in mind that professional designers are always “stealing” other ideas, looking around for inspiration Find something you like and redesign it to be YOURS! Be creative but do it well
Type and Life Concordant Occurs when you use only one type family without much variety in style, size, weight and so on The arrangement tends to appear quiet and rather sedate or formal Conflicting Occurs when you combine typefaces that are similar in style, size, weight, and so on. They are disturbing because they are not the same (concordant) and not different (contrasting) Contrasting Occurs when you combine separate typefaces and elements that are clearly distinct from each other The visually appealing designs that attract your attention typically have a lot of contrast
Categories of Type Oldstyle Modern Slab Serif Sans Serif Script Decorative To use type effectively, you have to be conscious - you must notice detail and notice what stands out to you and WHY
Type Contrasts S ize, big type vs. small type - make it obvious WEIGHT, the weight refers to the thickness of the strokes -emphasize it STRUC ture, how it is built F orm, the shape of the letter D I R E C T I O N, the way your type is going - slant, up, down, etc. Color , warm colors (reds, orange) demand our attention, cool colors (blues, greens) recede from our eye
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