Revised Blog Post

Process Narrative: I enjoyed my original post, but I felt that the tone was slightly too colloquial to properly convey the meaning. I re-read the articles I originally utilized, as well as posts from my fellow students in revising this piece. In editing this, I examined it from an outsider’s perspective, someone who is not close enough to me to make jumps from one idea to another just by reading my writing.

I enhanced my thesis point, adding specific examples and easing the transitions in the piece as well. I strengthened my introduction, which in my original draft was not as clear and precise as it is in the revised edition of the blog post. I also felt I softened the advice a little, so it’s not as demanding and harsh in tone, by mentioning that it’s not necessary to completely avoid funny conversations, but rather that they should keep it to a more private venue, so that employers don’t have to see an unprofessional side of you.

Original Blog Post

Revised Version:

SHOULD YOU USE A NON-TRADITIONAL RESUME?

While traditional resumes are still very important, more companies are starting to consider more nontraditional forms as well, especially those such as social media as supplemental materials.  However, the issue I find most prevalent in nontraditional forms of resumes is that people tend to forget that even though the method may not be similar to that of their fellow applicants, people tend to get carried away in the creativity portion, while forgetting the professional purpose of the project.

Remember to keep your social media and any other pages that might be open to the public free of photos you would have hesitations about employers viewing, and monitor your friends’ posts on your wall carefully. The worst thing that you could do is to give mixed signals to your employers by providing a clean and polished resume and appearance at the interview, but having photos posted on your social media pages of you partying with alcohol and something that you can’t quite pass off as a cigarette. While your friends may make funny comments, raunchy jokes and lewd or crass photos might be better placed in the private conversation sector of your page.

Furthermore, if you plan on creating something such as a video resume or a graphic, make sure that it remains classy and business-like.  Don’t get carried away with neon colors or a cluttered layout. Graphic resumes can be a fantastic way of helping you stand out in the crowd but keep them sleek and clean. Photos are graphics are meant to enhance your point, not detract attention from the purpose.

Use your LinkedIn profile- this is the place to expand your resume into something a little more robust or add on projects and accomplishments your resume may not have room for.  The projects portion of LinkedIn allows you to link certain websites or files that provide samples of your skills for future employers to view when glancing over profiles; this gives them an idea of what to expect, and sets you apart from other applicant who have not used this function.

Video resumes are very nifty, but apart from ensuring it remains professional, also keep in mind that because it is very short, it will most likely be supplemented by some form of traditional resume.  Be careful not to overload video resumes with extraneous details, a basic timeline with your contact information and goals should be sufficient. Your Linked-in or paper resume will fill in the details for the major points.

Works Cited

“The Anti-Resume: Is Non-traditional the New Answer?” |Vault Blogs|Vault.com. Web. 13 Sept. 2014.

“Does a Non-Traditional Resume Limit Your Odds? [INFOGRAPHIC].” Mashable. Web. 13 Sept. 2014.

“Examples of the Different Types of Nontraditional Resumes.”About. Careers. Web. 13 Sept. 2014.

 

 

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