Before You Apply: Resumes, Portfolios, & Your Online Persona

Part of the Get Hired and Go: The Complete Guide to Getting a Job and Doing It Right Video Series



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Job hunting is about selling yourself—but to make a sale, you have to advertise. From traditional paper resumes to new-media methods of self-promotion, this video explores the best ways for applicants to showcase their talents, accomplishments, and potential value to employers. An in-depth discussion of resume strategy highlights objectives, structure, formatting (both hard-copy and electronic), and proofreading, followed by read-aloud examples that help clarify what employers do and don’t like to see.

Next comes a detailed look at creating work sample presentations, from basic notebook and photo-album layouts to digital and online portfolios. Visual demos show what might work in industries such as marketing, construction, and culinary arts. Finally, viewers are reminded that social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn are powerful promotional tools, if used wisely and professionally. 

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1. Writing a Resume A resume is an indispensable way to present yourself in the best possible light to a prospective employer. For those with limited work experience, highlight academic and volunteer achievements. Home and work experiences are worth examining.

2. Resume Basics The purpose of a resume is to land a job interview. The resume is the first impression an employer has of an applicant. Resume tips are provided. Make sure to have a letter perfect resume.
3. Formatting and Writing a Resume Job applicants learn several ways to format resumes.
4. How to Structure a Resume Learn how to structure resume categories and what information to include in the categories. Learn how to write concisely and powerfully. Tips on what personal information to include and exclude are provided.
5. Submitting a Resume Learn a number of ways to submit a resume and cover letter, including USPS and email. A week after submission, follow-up with a phone call to a potential employer.
6. Portfolios and Work Samples A portfolio provides a broader look of a job applicant. It can be tailored to target specific employers or companies. Portfolios and work samples can take many forms, some of which are shown here.
7. How to Use a Portfolio Portfolios can be customized for each job interview based on what skills and abilities an employer needs for a particular position. A great portfolio is a confidence builder.
8. Social Networks and Your Online Persona Social media can be a potential source of problems, especially in the job market. Employers often look on social networking sites to learn more about their applicants. Privacy on the Internet is never guaranteed.

Grade: 9-12

Before You Apply: Resumes, Portfolios, & Your Online Persona (DVD)
© 2011
Time: 28 Minutes

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