SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: online portfolio
RE: SIGIA-L: online portfolio
Date: Wed Dec 12 2001 - 15:43:32 EST
dave heller wrote:
> On a related note, traditionally a simple way to show me your stuff is in
re-inventing the resume. If you think about it, the resume itself is an
> important piece of IA.
I feel you have hit on something very important here. At my last two jobs I
did quite a bit of resume reviewing, interviewing, etc. One thing that
really amazed me was the number of folks seeking IA jobs who sent in poorly
formatted and structured resumes. How could I trust them to IA a large
scale website if I didn't see they could IA the info on an 8-1/2 x 11 piece
of paper? And we have to remember that it isn't enough to just say what we
did on a project or what we were responsible for, we also need to identify
and explain the results of our work.
As for online portfolios, I have this comment: If you're an IA but not a
designer, for heavens sake team up with one to present your work in a
top-notch manner. Whether we like to admit it or not, books do get judged
by their covers.
> Show me that you can break the mold in your resume and cover letter and I
will definitely appreciate the effort and it will at the same time show me
> thought processes.
I think this should classify under the heading "it depends". When I was
looking for employment this past summer, I got creative with my cover
letter and resume only if I knew who it was going to (such as a creative
firm as opposed to a corporate environment). It's all part of the "know
your audience" process. A creative, break-the-mold resume won't go very far
in a company that uses a web-based resume submission process that feeds
into a database. In such a case one best apply some succinct IA methods and
structure that resume with key words that were in the job description so it
shows up in search results.
The bottom line -- when presenting yourself, practice what you preach.
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