by Samantha Hartlen
This is part one of a four-part series sharing insight into a resume review project at the Career Centre. I will be submitting posts in real-time sharing details of each phase.
Step 1: Planning the Project
What is the resume review project?
The purpose is to discover trends in student resumes by reviewing a sample of resumes submitted into the CLN so we can improve our resume curriculum and resources for students.
Why this project?
Resume support is consistently the most frequent request the centre receives. Investigating the current trends will help us in creating more focused and tailored support, responding to students’ strengths and challenges. The results will be shared widely throughout the centre, and will be used for training and curriculum and resource development. This is also an opportunity to use existing data in a meaningful way.
In order to get a wide sample of student resumes, job postings were randomly selected from 5 areas and all applications for each job that was selected were pulled. The 5 areas are: full-time engineering & computer science, full-time business, full-time arts & science, part-time on campus, and part-time off campus. There are a total of 374 resumes to be reviewed. These 5 areas helped ensure a variety of different types of resumes are reviewed, and will also allow us to see overall resume trends, and specific trends within different types of positions.
After analyzing the data we will answer the following questions:
- Where are students consistently doing well?
- Where are students consistently having challenges?
- Does this differ by type of position?
- How many students from the sample have used our services? Is there a significant change in the trends for that group?
All staff in the Career Centre are invited to participate. Each person will receive approximately 20 anonymized resumes, accompanying job descriptions, and resume rubrics. After participating in a 1-hour training, each staff will use the rubric to score the resumes. Each resume evaluation should take no more than 5 minutes. Once all rubrics are collected, the data will be analyzed.
The next post will share the rubric developed and outline the training for the staff participating.
Samantha Hartlen is Coordinator of Career Education and a member of the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Committee