This quiz/tutorial is designed to help individuals seeking employment in the human resources field to learn key essentials for creating a winning resume. The author, Kim Isaacs, is a nationally certified resume writer. This is a very robust yet commercial site sponsored by Monster.com that provides one stop shopping for anything you wanted to know about resume writing but didn?t know who to ask.
It is easy to navigate with links organized in two key areas: The Resume and Resources. Subcategories under resumes included tips on components in a resume, role of cover letters and more, resume dilemmas (those little annoying questions that beg you to answer but are questionable as to whether you should), some dos and don?ts. Two particularly interesting options: the sample link that showed examples of traditional resumes for popular job choices; and the before and after resume makeovers.
The section on resources covered a lot of ground but one really good domain that was linked to this site dealt with diversity insights. Another key feature where I spent most of my time was on resume quizzes which were broken down by career options e.g. tech professionals to health care.
Type of Material:
Covers the range of pure resource and referral to tests and quizzes that help in
construction of resume for job search.
This would be best assigned as reference material for students to assist them in preparing their resumes.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The major goal is to educate the user about how to construct an effective resume.
Target Student Population:
This tutorial could benefit anyone who is undertaking a job search. However,
it would be helpful for any student searching for his or her first professional position in the human resources field. There are also links through this site to resume quizzes for other fields such as high tech, retail, healthcare and legal as well as one for general employment.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
This quiz provides 10 questions from which the respondent chooses ?what he/she would do? based on 3 options. Once the question is answered, the student receives feedback as to whether or not that was the best choice and why. In this case, the questions are geared towards the human resources field and help the student to recognize what recruiters are looking for in that field. This site, as part of the overall monster.com site, provides links to other sites beneficial to the job seeker including a section on general career advice, a resume building center, and to job searches on monster. These include very useful information on interviewing, salaries, tips for building resumes, information on how to deal with ?problems? on the resume (e.g. lack of experience) and do?s and don?ts on resumes. It also provides information on writing cover letters and provides examples of sample resumes. The site also provides links to various job profiles so that the job seeker can collect more information on careers in which they may be interested. There are 5 other quizzes provided on the site. Four are geared to specific fields: high-tech, legal, retail, healthcare while the last is a quiz geared towards general employment.
The quiz contained only 10 questions ? it would be helpful if there were more. While the site provides links that take you to areas of further depth and sufficiency, the individual would need to be self directed, intuitive, and investigative to gain the full potential at this site.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
While there is a lot that this module can offer to the student in terms of guidance in the job search process, this is more of a tool that the professor would pass along to students rather than a project/assignment to be adopted in class. It provides a great supplement to those teaching job search skills.
Again, this is not something that would likely be used as an assignment in class. Rather it is material to which the instructors of graduating students can refer their students to assist them in their resume writing and job searches.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The module is very easy to use and its interactive nature provides interesting feedback. By providing access to so many other career/resume writing links this site provides students with a good place to begin the job search.