It’s commonly said that each time you apply for a job you should tailor a resume to specifically meet the requirements of that job. But who has time to writing a new resume every time they apply for a new job? The secret is in having a "blueprint resume," a sort of master resume where you keep all the raw material from which to draw and hone situation-specific details. This assignment is the first step toward creating a blueprint resume—I call it the Big List.
Make a Big List by filling in whatever you can from the following categories. Don’t worry about formatting at this point; just get the raw materials down.
For every school you’ve ever attended, list the following things:
For every job you’ve ever had, list the following things:
For each of the following, be sure to include the dates and locations and any other pertinent information.
List any hard skills you have and to what extent you have them:
List everything you've ever published, if any—no publication too small.
This last part is perhaps the most important. I want you think up every reason you can why you would be a good employee. Perhaps you work well with others; perhaps you are really smart. Whatever it is, put some thought into it and be creative, and then get it all out onto a piece of paper so you won’t forget. It might help to do it as a freewriting exercise (set yourself a time limit and then just start writing), or you might do well to imagine you’re in a job interview. Or you might even dink around on the internet googling “job interview advice” or “great job skills” and see what comes up.
This assignment should be uploaded to Canvas by classtime on the day listed on the schedule.