In an earlier post, I talked about making a Prezime as an alternative to a traditional resume. I thought that this would be a good time to revisit that option and give you a complete Prezime template. All that’s missing is your information. Check it out and give Prezimes a chance.
Alright, so what’s a Curriculum Vitae and why would you need one?
Well, you know your resume should (at most) be a one page synopsis of your work history and education. Since it’s only one page long you can imagine that you’re not going to be really in-depth with the things you did in school. Now, let me put in right here that MOST employers only want a resume! If they don’t ask for a curriculum vitae don’t give them one…trust me…it’s annoying.
Now, if a curriculum vitae is requested what should you do with it? Well, it’s a good place for you to go into detail about what you did in school. Did you have teaching and/or research assistant experience? (Note: Research Assistant does not mean you did a research paper, it means you were part of ongoing research by a professor for an academic journal.) Were you published? Did you present at any large conferences? Did you receive any academic honors or awards? Were you a part of an academic community? By elaborating on these things you can show that even though you may not have a hearty work history, you know what you are doing and you are qualified for the job at hand.
You could even do an e-portfolio to really impress employers, but more on that later.
Alright, now I’m sure you all know what a resume is. In fact, some of you may have had to write a resume when you applied for admission or for some of your classes. How many of you used a template from Microsoft? Be honest. Now, how many people do you think use that template on a daily basis?
Let me first say that there is nothing wrong with the templates you find on Microsoft. They are efficient and put the information a future employer would like to see in a format they are familiar with. Familiar. Do you pay attention to things you’re already familiar with? Do you want an employer to simply skim over your resume because he/she already knows where the information is? I don’t!
So here is an alternative. It’s called a Prezime. Instead of the traditional one page resume, you take all of the same information and put it into a Prezi Presentation. It adds color, animation, and a bit of flair to introduce you to your next possible employer.
WARNING: Know your audience. A Prezime is not perfect for all occasions. If you want to be a teacher, great! Try a Prezime. If you want to be a lawyer, you might want to stick with tradition. As long as you are cognizant of the position you are applying for, you should be good to go!