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One of the most common assignments across the US involves teaching students to write resumes for future employment. Often these assignments include lessons on cover letters, interviews, elevator pitches, and/or digital portfolios. The project linked here focuses primarily on understanding the resume as a rhetorical document, one that can be crafted for a particular audience by first performing research on the potential employer, the industry, and the field at large.

Supplemental Exercises and Activities for the Resume Project

These three exercises help students develop a better understanding of how to research the job market, a particular industry, and a specific ad they think they’d like to apply for. Many of these can also be used to help students think through purpose and audience, design, writing and editing, research, or genre learning objectives.

Job Market Research

Job Ad Selection Analysis

Job Ad Keyword Activity

Once they’ve conducted job market research, the next three exercises provide them with some resources and tips on how to begin crafting their own resumes by looking at others.

Resume Tutorial Hunt

Swipe File

Who Reads Resumes?

For a general overview of resume design, consider reviewing the following slide presentation and adapting it for your students

Designing Resumes Powerpoint

One of the most challenging things for students new to resume writing is finding the right action verb to describe their professional experience. The following .pdf is adapted from Bloom’s Taxonomy (and is incredibly helpful for writing student learning outcomes) and can help your students find the verbs they need.

Bloom’s Taxonomy: Action Verbs

Finally, once they’ve created the resume, students need to consider the next steps in the hiring process. These could include drafting a cover letter, preparing their online process to be better curated for potential employers, and how to speak confidently in an interview.

Cover Letter Tips

Employers Snoop

Professional Profile

Establishing a Web Presence

Job Interview Videos

Elevator Pitch Examples  

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