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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

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Before you start to create your resume it's important to figure out who your target audience is. It's like any other design project. In this case your target audience would be your prospective employer and it might be a self-promotional piece. A place where people can find out about you and what you're doing, because it will help your career. Historically the resume has just been a printed document. Something you put on linen paper, but today there are many, many ways to distribute or get your resume out there to the prospective employer or to that target audience. A very common method these days that's easy for the HR people is to simply paste your resume inside the body of an email.
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  1. 9m 10s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 57s
    3. Creating a custom font list
      3m 23s
  2. 23m 7s
    1. Overview
      1m 52s
    2. Distributing your resume
      3m 29s
    3. Resume formats
      6m 43s
    4. Comparing good and bad resumes
      11m 3s
  3. 38m 0s
    1. Striving for fluidity, not rigidity
      5m 12s
    2. Font types, web-safe fonts, and font measurements
      10m 44s
    3. Principles of typography
      10m 35s
    4. Online resources and applications
      11m 29s
  4. 1h 26m
    1. Setting up the web site folder
      2m 46s
    2. Defining the web site
      3m 43s
    3. Setting up a custom workspace
      5m 26s
    4. Creating a new web page with resume content
      4m 56s
    5. Marking up header tags
      3m 53s
    6. Inserting tags for unordered lists
      3m 43s
    7. Inserting tags for definition lists
      3m 12s
    8. Formatting URLs
      5m 23s
    9. Creating and linking an external style sheet
      5m 9s
    10. Styling the body tag
      15m 31s
    11. Styling the header tags
      8m 6s
    12. Styling the paragraph tags
      4m 3s
    13. Styling an unordered list
      3m 48s
    14. Styling a definition list
      6m 1s
    15. Creating a custom class style
      4m 20s
    16. Creating a custom ID style
      3m 32s
    17. Applying a print-specific CSS layout
      2m 54s
  5. 52m 24s
    1. Creating a new document in Fireworks
      6m 15s
    2. Creating a background tile in Fireworks using Gradient Fill and Texture Fill
      5m 59s
    3. Slicing background tiles in Fireworks
      2m 37s
    4. Optimizing and exporting background tiles in Fireworks
      6m 12s
    5. Creating background tiles using online applications
      6m 5s
    6. Creating a page-like resume
      3m 50s
    7. Deleting unneeded CSS styles for this resume version
      1m 56s
    8. Adding a Wrapper div
      3m 33s
    9. Styling the Wrapper div
      8m 52s
    10. Controlling the vertical spacing
      1m 24s
    11. Zeroing out margins and creating a faux drop shadow
      5m 41s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. Setting up the HTML and CSS documents
      2m 15s
    2. Deleting unneeded CSS styles for the pro version
      1m 12s
    3. Creating the Header div
      3m 37s
    4. Creating the Content div
      2m 25s
    5. Creating the Sidebar div
      2m 20s
    6. Styling the Wrapper and Sidebar divs
      4m 56s
    7. Styling the Content div
      3m 7s
    8. Styling the Header div
      3m 33s
    9. Nesting a div tag inside the Sidebar div and styling the sidebar content
      6m 21s
    10. Inserting images to create rounded page edges
      4m 12s
    11. Styling images
      3m 59s
    12. Clearing floats
      3m 55s
    13. Creating font-size style for the Body tag
      2m 13s
    14. Fine-tuning resume styles
      4m 38s
    15. Adding a border to the Content div
      2m 38s
    16. Linking to a PDF
      4m 58s
    17. Organizing styles in the CSS panel and inserting comments in the style sheet
      4m 42s
    18. Creating and styling a print style sheet
      8m 56s
  7. 1m 33s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 33s

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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training
4h 40m Intermediate Sep 24, 2009

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In Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training, interactive design professor and enthusiastic educator Laurie Burruss teaches how to produce an online resume—and create a first web site in the process. Laurie suggests structure and information needed to create a winning resume, and shows how to design the pages with simple typographic principles and effective layouts. She explains how to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and control the design and structure of HTML documents through hands-on development. Exercise files with additional supporting materials accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating a simple text document for use inside Dreamweaver
  • Formatting HTML tags with semantic or meaningful markup such as unordered and definition lists
  • Externally linking a Cascading Style Sheet to a web page
  • Creating and applying unique styles to XHTML documents using HTML tags, compound selectors, custom classes, and IDs
  • Creating tiling background images in Fireworks
  • Using the DIV tag in combination with CSS to create effective layouts that organize content
  • Applying principles of web typography
Subject:
Web
Author:
Laurie Burruss

Distributing your resume

Before you start to create your resume it's important to figure out who your target audience is. It's like any other design project. In this case your target audience would be your prospective employer and it might be a self-promotional piece. A place where people can find out about you and what you're doing, because it will help your career. Historically the resume has just been a printed document. Something you put on linen paper, but today there are many, many ways to distribute or get your resume out there to the prospective employer or to that target audience. A very common method these days that's easy for the HR people is to simply paste your resume inside the body of an email.

They don't want to read an attachment. They don't want to open up any PDFs or docs or take the time. Remember HR people are very, very busy, busy people and sometimes will get anywhere from 100 to 200 applications per day. When you're looking for a job, make sure you follow the exact instructions of HR. Many, many jobs these days are asking for the resume in the body of the message. A second way is to actually have online presence. There's two ways that you can do this. There are actually Web hosting companies that will host your online resume and take care of all the management of that and try to connect you to employers and also protect you from getting spam through email.

Another way is to actually create your online resume, which we are going to do in this course, and post it as a part of your website. But remember this is not enough. You also need to be able to print that resume from the browser. Often the user will just hit the Print button inside the browser that they are currently using. You want to know that if they do that that the resume will hold up with its integrity, and look okay and fit on an 8 .5x11 inch piece of paper, and that you don't lose images, and that you don't have too many colors, and that it looks good and professional.

And then it's always important to have the paper documen. That hasn't gone away either. Usually somewhere in the process, someone will say, "I need the paper document." There's a number of ways also to create this. The most common way is to use Microsoft Word and create a doc, but you can also create a PDF of your Microsoft Word. This allows you to do the historical method, which is to have a printed document and to choose the kind of paper you want to print it on, or you can actually create links on your website to these documents into these PDF files. And a last but very important and growing way of connecting with prospective employers is through networking.

Using some of the online networking applications is very important. One that I really like is indeed.com. It's a little bit like Google for jobs. It's very simple to use and it's a great way to find out what prospective employers are looking for and to get job descriptions based on company, on size, on price, or salary, and on location. Another very well known online application is monster.com. Many, many people post their resumes up here, find jobs. It's like Craigslist for jobs. And then finally there's a plethora of peer-to-peer applications for networking.

Things like LinkedIn or Plaxo. Some people even their Facebook page as a way of connecting with each other, but the important thing to remember is that if you want to have presence these days and you want to get your name out there and have the prospective employers see you, you've got to take a multipronged approach and you've got to figure out a way to deliver your resume in a number of different ways. It's highly recommended that you be facile, agile, and adaptable, and not lock yourself into just the print idea of creating your resume.

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