Monday, April 2, 2012

Redlined Resumes: international flavor

Today's Redlined Resume is from GS, who is not from the U.S. but has offered up his/her resume (or CV, curriculum vitae, as they say almost everywhere except for the U.S.) for our review.  While GS might not ever come to the U.S., my comments on this resume will be aimed as tuning it for an American audience.

GS has, like some other recent resumes we've seen, a nice cleanliness to it.  The text is a good size and very clean, and s/he includes information that implies that s/he has a website that showcases his/her work.  (If this is the case, then that website should be included at the bottom of the resume/CV, much like YH did last week.)  GS's website is clean and clear and shows that s/he has a range of job experience in design-related jobs, like the graphic design and screen-printing firms.

But what kind of experience?  That's what's lacking in GS's CV--just as it was in YH's resume last week, I'm missing the details to know if GS was just a lackey at these firms or if s/he did some real, meaty design work.  What did GS do at the screenprinting shop?  What kind of designs did s/he work on as a freelance graphic and architectural designer?  With a few details on what kind of projects s/he worked on, a firm would be intrigued to go to GS's website and see more.  The work and types of tasks that GS did will tell a firm more about whether s/he is a good fit for them.  In that vein, GS might need to jettison a few other details here, namely the information about his/her high school and possibly the scholarships.  That will free up space to give a potential firm some great details on how excellent a fit GS might be.

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1 comment:

  1. Nicely done! I like the series title, BTW—nice and catchy, and plays to both "redlines" in arch. drawings and to the "red lines" an editor/professor marks on a document. As to what to call resumes: in U.S. academia, one's resume is called a CV or vita, but (as you observe) that's about it. As far as I know, that's the only field in America that calls a resume by the same term used everywhere else in the world. :-)