online professional identity
In the traditional resume one of the first things noticed is the header at the top. I choose to include the header this way because it includes all of my contact information without taking up too much space in the resume. The next decision I made was to have a line divider between the different areas of the resume. This decision was made because it shows the reader where one section begins and another ends without having a bunch of white space. Then the last big decision I made was to make everything on the resume left aligned except for the dates. I feel like the most important information should not be broken up with the dates which they occurred.
For the scannable resume I pretty much used the same traditional resume with a few changes. One noticeable change was that I took out the line dividers. With scannable resumes there should only be font included. Another decision I made was to change the bullets to asterisks because they are more appropriate and allow for easier reading. Another decision that was made is the type of font used. I used Arial which is a Sans Serif font because I feel that this type of font is cleaner due to the lack of serifs.
For the video resume I did a few things that I believe fit perfectly with the purpose. I choose to use some ‘classical’ background music to grab the viewers attention, but not distract them from the message in the video. In the video I choose to rely heavily on text to do the talking for me. Since I’m looking to secure a job in the Technical Writing field I felt like using text to ‘speak’ for me was appropriate since the majority of my work is spent communicating through text. The final decision I decided to make was to make the video resume with photos that symbolized what the text was saying instead of the video just being another talking head.
The experience map was an experience in itself. The first major decision that I made for the experience map was what I decided to use to make the actual map. I decided to use Google Maps because I had no idea that it was possible to make your own map. The second decision that was made for the map was changing the colors of the ‘lines.’ I changed the colors of the lines to match the ‘pins’ they lead to in hopes that it would make the make the map clearer to read. The final decision that I made was with the descriptions of the pins. In the descriptions I included information about when I arrived at that specific pin and what I learned, or courses that I completed at that pin.
While working on my Linkedin profile I started to see the importance of some parts of the profile and how other parts did not seem necessary. One section I decided to work on was the skills and expertise section because if filled in people could find your profile by looking for people who have these skills, which could be important if an employer was looking for a specific skill. Another section I filled out was education so potential employers would be aware of the degree and education I received. The final decision I made was to include my past employment. I decided to do this because I consider myself to be very hardworking and by including past employment it shows others that I have been employed and I’m able to hold down a job.