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Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training

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Now that it's established that you want to get the word out about yourself and that you want to create a presence in a number of different distribution methods, it's time to think about how we create the resume and what formats that we should do to get that word out in all of those distribution methods. You want to be flexible, agile and able to describe yourself in any situation for any kind of distribution method. A place I like to start, but I didn't used to start, is with a simple text document. Just open up Notepad or TextEdit and put all of the content into a .txt file.
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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

Resume formats

Now that it's established that you want to get the word out about yourself and that you want to create a presence in a number of different distribution methods, it's time to think about how we create the resume and what formats that we should do to get that word out in all of those distribution methods. You want to be flexible, agile and able to describe yourself in any situation for any kind of distribution method. A place I like to start, but I didn't used to start, is with a simple text document. Just open up Notepad or TextEdit and put all of the content into a .txt file.

Notice there's no formatting. Just Returns where you want to create space between information. What's great about this is you can copy and paste this and put it into the body of an email. You can copy and paste this into your HTML document inside of Dreamweaver to create a website, or you can copy and paste this and put it inside of your Microsoft Word document. It allows for a lot of versatility. You'll always start with the text document, and then move to the right distribution method. It's important also these days to have that online presence.

So what we want to aim for is the one page website. What you see on the right is a one page resume that's created in HTML with cascading style sheets, and it appears in the browser Firefox. But what I have tried to do here is simulate the look and feel of the one page printed resume. So inside the browser I'm giving the user the feeling as though this is the printed page. Also I want to make sure that I can print it as well. This is a great way to get the word out. One of my favorite formats is PDF.

What's great about PDF is it's available to almost everybody universally on both Macintosh and Windows. Most people have the Adobe Acrobat Reader. It keeps your document from being editable and you can add security to the document, so that only the people you want to get into the document can. It also adds compression, making very small file sizes, and it usually prints great, because PDF love text and love to do great typography. So this makes it a wonderful format.

You can create a link on a website, or you can add it as an attachment in an email. It's a great distribution method. Now the old standby is Microsoft Word. This is where most of us have always started when we created our resume. But since we are thinking differently and about many different ways of communicating and making our presence felt, a Microsoft document is really the perfect one for print. This is the one we'd like to go down to Kinko's with our linen paper and print out and be able to send out through the mail.

Once we've established that we need a number of different formats for a number of distribution methods, it's a good thing to start thinking about the content, and how we want to format the content. I've created a resumetemplate.pdf. It's a great place to start. It's like a checklist of things and ideas and experiences and skills that you want to include as part of your content. Here you see the resumetemplate.pdf. It's a great place to start to get your ideas and to organize the information that you need inside your resume. Let's take a closer look.

I think if this is like a checklist or to-do list for the resume. As you can see, usually near the top you have your contact information. It's important that you give the basic contact information, but not home address. I think that it would be better to put a PO address, than to put your home address, and no home phone. Be careful of the kind of information you give out, especially if you're going to put your resume on the web. Then think about what your objective is or summary about what it is you're actually looking to do and where you want to go in your career. Highlights, qualifications, experiences. Make sure that the information you do put in is detailed, specific and really talks about what you've done and how you preformed at that company.

Be sure to include things about the company's name and where it is, the dates that you worked there and the kind of responsibilities or achievements or recognition that you gained there. Include some of your educational background, and this could be colleges, degrees, awards, honors and then also skills. So skills might be languages, they might be related to the computer, but do think about all of these things. At the bottom you'll see references available on request. These days this is considered unnecessary. Most HR officers or prospective employers are going to call up someone you worked for before.

So just have those on hand, but they don't need to be taking up important room in your resume, because the aim here is to get a whole picture of you that really illustrates the kind of person, the kind of skills, the kinds of experiences that you have in a one-page resume. So use this as a starting point to help you develop the content and start thinking about how you want to arrange and format that content. Once you have that content in your simple text document, you can start thinking about what kind of resume you want to do. It really helps to ask yourself a couple of questions. What job are you seeking, and where are you in your career path? Because if you do this, you'll create the right kind of resume.

You'll be creating resumes your whole life. It's not a static document. You'll be making them over and over again for different periods in your life, and for different types of jobs. Let's take a look first at the functional resume. The functional resume is really emphatic on skills and experience. It's a showcase for range of abilities and it's appropriate for career switch, or for someone who's been laid off for a while and then changing careers, or for someone who's been raising children and now wants to go back to work. It's also a great place if you're creating profiles and networks such as LinkedIn or monster.com or even on Plaxo.

It really highlights your skills and experiences. Now the second one I'd like to look at would be the chronological resume. This is the more standard typical resume that we are all familiar with. In this one it's more of a timeline where you start with your most recent experience, and then go back to older and older experience. It's a history of your work and educational experiences. Again, recent should be at the top, because what the HR officer, the future employer wants to see, is what you have been doing the last three to five years.

And be very specific again. Make sure that you include the name of the company, where it was located, the times, and some actual specific things or responsibilities that you had at that job. In both of these examples we're really targeting, trying to give the complete and whole picture in a one page resume. Because we know that as you work, you will be creating multiple resumes for different positions in different industries with crossover skills. As time goes on, you want to be, as I said, flexible, agile, and able to describe yourself in one page accurately, and wholly, and fully.

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