|As a preview of what we could do with a short exercise on use of the
Interenet for job seekers, we looked at the "C. V. Doctor" Clinic at Chronicle.com/jobs.
This site has sample resumes with added comments on suggested alterations.
It had a handy format because a superscripted footnote number in the resume
was clickable and led directly to a relevant suggestion or guideline.
Comments made while we looked at this included the way experience is grouped,
and that fact that certain things are considered not appropriate for professional
jobs. (For instance, do not list presentations unless it is for a
competitive panel; once one obtains a PhD, the details of the work towards
a degree can be streamlined or re-edited.) We also found out employers
are not looking for a broad resume, but one which is short, gets to the
point, tells what you have done and what job you seek.The direct link to
the site is: http://chronicle.com/jobs/99/09/99091701c.htm
As alternative to the short resume, we looked at Dr. Gates's complete c.v. in two separate files, constructed to conform to the outlining format for the promotion guidelines at JSU, and making use of the "ordered list" commands to make automatic outline points appropriately numbered and lettered using the OL tags.
There are a number of sites for job hunting that are listed off the "Internet Links" of the JSU Home Page< http://www.jsu.edu/websites.html#jobs >. (Reminder: scroll to the bottom sub-section of the document.)
Janet Penland took us to hotjobs.com and we explored some of this site's features, which included searching within a geographic region. She demonstrated by searching for jobs near New Orleans. After a location is chosen, a job category can be designated.
Leon led us to the large site, Monster.com had some features that were relatively easy to find, such as comparisions between locations that were set up to calculate a cost of living variation. A databank of past articles was readily available (although at first it looked like advertisements for specific jobs). The articles included features such as "Jobs for English Majors." The consensus of the class was that Monster was set up to bias Internet-technology jobs. There are available from this site, as there are from an number of others, aspects of relocating and tips for the job seeker. Monster.com is a great place to find jobs, but only if a person has patience and time.
Several of the class used the exercise to examine sites specific to their own interests. Jimmy Whited led us to StudentAffairs.com, which had a thorough description of each job posted and various other features to connect the interests of specialists in this field. One thing we noticed here that should be at all sites was that the user could easily send an e-mail directly to the person posting the job.
Pam Hodges led us to AthleticTrainer.com which is a site that is specific to the athletic trainer's profession. The posting of available jobs at this site was not too advantageous for prospective job seekers, but we suspect that this site is in development.
Both of the above sites allow direct e-mail contact with a person posting the job.
Daniel McCabe showed us several important resources, all of which are linked from his post to the class discussion board. We spent some time at the Alabama State Employment Service. One feature of the site is that one can search for jobs with a defined radius of a named city. Because this is linked to a federal data base, when we punch in 100 miles from Jacksonville, some jobs come up that are located in Georgia. This site was my, Leon Lindsey's, personal favorite and most helpful.
Once we completed the class exercise we posted a message to the dicussion board that made the links to specific job sites available in a quick to read format.
Tips we have for composing and editing a resume. Most students in the class submitted a resume to the instructor for comments. The layout needs to be clean, simple, with ample white space and headings clearly announcing the subcategories. State an objective that matches the specific job you are seeking. There is no need to write in complete sentences. ("Served as" is sufficient; "I served as" becomes wordy). Give the e-mail of references if it is appropriate to the company's expectations.
We were very impressed that later in the week (on the last day of class), Jimmy showed us how he had posted his resume at a site which allows personal home pages. He described the time it took to work at getting just the right look he wanted from a template provided. He set his resume up in hypertext, and it is available at: . It was, as he said, very time consuming and very hard. I think it was time well spent. From this we decided that any person's resume is apt to be in flux (sometimes changing for a specific position), so we elected not to post these at the class web site. Even students not anticipating immediate employment could do well to construct a resume and keep it up to date.