Jo Doran, Ph.D., M.F.A.

Assistant Professor & ESL Coordinator, Northern Michigan University

Resume Assignment – 493

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)(100 points)

A resume is the most common of the two documents. That said, those of you working with the Graduate School Project should consider writing a CV. If you have a current resume or CV, I will still require that you work on this piece and revise it, based on my feedback.

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While I give you individual and field-dependent freedom in creating your resume, I will grade your resume on the following:

  • Parallelism
  • Format
  • Alignment
  • Use of White Space
  • Show-Not-Tell and Development
  • Use of a letterhead (that matches your cover letter)
  • Proper use of punctuation (no periods; no complete sentences)
  • Correct use of present/past tense
  • Correct spelling
  • Strong evidence of research on the job and company

Your assignment is to create a resume based on a job application, your graduate school enrollment, or for personal use during job searches, now and in the future. If you create a resume for a job application, the resume must be specific to that job position. If you create a resume for graduate school enrollment, the resume should mirror the application requirements. If you create a resume for personal use, you may create a generic resume for job fairs or a resume that is tailored more to a specific job you have in mind.