Now that you have successfully added your fist essay to your portfolio, it is time to add another page! In this module, you’ll add a resumé to your portfolio, thereby demonstrating your history as an education professional. While creating a resumé may include some technical challenges (alignment, layout, etc.), we know you will quickly learn how to navigate these challenges with the support of your housemates and instructors.

In the Module 5 video, Spencer is going to help Sarah introduce the resumé Mission associated with this module and describe some of our expectations for that Mission. Feel free to turn on the video’s captions to help you catch all the important information.

You may choose to take care of your Tech Check during this module. You need to complete your Tech Check before the end of Module 10.

Activities in this module are due by June 19th (at or before 11:59pm Eastern Time). We encourage you to begin early in the week – it is not possible to complete the entire module at the last minute.


Why a resumé?

Regardless of your situation, there is something to be gained from adding a resumé to your portfolio. [Read more about it here]

Who is my resumé for?

Even though all portfolios have something to gain from including a resumé, your particular resumé should be designed to correspond with your particular goals. [Read more about it here]

Are there any additional sources for help?

The Web – There are a lot of people out there offering a lot of resumé advice: We can’t possibly cover all of it here, so do your best to find a reliable source (such as Lifehacker) and learn from them.

MSU Career Services Network – This MSU website has everything from quick tips and tricks to sample resumés to other pieces of advice (including why you should keep a portfolio!). If you’re looking to add some Spartan savvy to your professional presence, this is a good place to check.

Professional presentation – This video in the Web Design for Professional Portfolios series will give you some overall advice on how to make sure that your capstone portfolio looks professional to visitors.

What are some exemplary resumés?

If you’re looking for inspiration for this Mission, check out the links below. Each of these links represents an example of this Mission from a previous semester that was done well and that you should feel free to emulate. However, that doesn’t mean that these examples are perfect, so please don’t copy them.

Please also keep in mind that we tweak our Mission requirements from semester to semester. These portfolios, while exemplary, might not reflect our current requirements or emphasize the same things that we focus on this semester. When in doubt, check the Mission descriptions or ask us!

  • Paul Mazurek – Uses interesting colors and keeps things short but detailed.
  • Katie Krcmarik – Columns are evenly spaced and used effectively to share information side-by-side.
  • Sara Galbreath – Uses interesting colors and keeps things short.
  • Emily Beski-Threm – Uses images effectively but without taking up too much space.
  • Jeff Layman – Creative image-based résumé.

How much personal information should I share?

You deal with a lot of personal information with your resumé, and it’s worth thinking about how you want to handle that. [Read about our take on the issue here]

How can I meet my instructor?

For further support this week, you may wish to visit with one of the instructors. You can attend a scheduled office hours to ask any questions you have. You may also use office hours to complete your Tech Check.

Reminder: Should I turn in partial work or wait until I am done?

In this class, it is better to get something for a Mission posted on time (like a draft of an essay) and to improve upon it as we go than to wait for everything to be perfect. There will be time to revise and improve later. [Read more about it here.]

🔗Mission 1

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Overview—Your resumé

This Mission provides you the opportunity to create a resumé that reflects your professional identity in a new way. Presenting your resumé in an online format allows portfolio visitors to engage with your history and skills in a more nuanced way and also allows you to shape their experience in a more authentic way, as you decide what to highlight, the aesthetic of your design, etc.

As you complete this Mission, keep in mind that you should have a well-developed resumé at the end of this Mission to share with others and that you should be ready to talk about the decisions you made. However, we expect that you will make changes throughout the semester. Complete this Mission by taking each of the following concrete steps:

Consider your audience and purpose

  • Think about how your resumé might be different because of the audience and purpose that you’ve identified for your portfolio.
  • Plan some specific unique features for your resumé based on this reflection.

Reflect on your professional experience

  • Spend some time reflecting on the degrees you’ve earned, the jobs you’ve held, the things you’ve accomplished, and the skills you’ve developed since beginning your education and career.
  • Decide which of all of these will best help you accomplish your portfolio’s purpose.
  • Think of the best way to express each of these and to connect them together.

Consider the standards of excellence for this module

As you design your page, please use the following standards of excellence to guide your work. These represent the particular criteria that your instructors will be looking for and giving feedback on in this Mission. These standards form the basis of our full grading rubric, on which we base our end of the semester assessment of portfolios.

  • Adaptation to Web: Is your resumé concise, and does it take advantages of the affordances of the Internet? (Remember, you can have more detail and traditional formatting on a PDF version. Make sure you are using the opportunities afforded by presenting it online, too.)
  • Formatting consistency: Do you use bullet points, headers, language, and other features effectively and consistently?
  • Text consistency: Do you use spelling, grammar, word choice (including acronyms), and punctuation correctly?
  • Resumé organization: Is your resumé effectively organized and in a logical order?
  • Availability and accessibility: Is your resumé available and accessible? This may include adding a downloadable version (such as a PDF) or providing access to your resumé in other formats (such as a Google Doc). Whatever option you choose, is the format functioning properly, integrated nicely with your design, and usable by readers?

Common issues

  • Remember that people outside your program or workplace might not understand all the terms and acronyms you use. It’s always a good idea to “spell out” an acronym the first time you use it, and you should also consider defining terms that aren’t commonly used.
  • Consider moving the link to your downloadable resumé to the top of the page. It’s more likely to be noticed that way.
  • Please also note that our intent with this Mission is not to have you duplicate your full, downloadable resumé on your portfolio page. Avoid complete replication by focusing on the highlights.
  • Consider not including personal information like phone numbers or addresses (for you or your references).
  • Please do not distribute the printable version of your resumé as a Word doc; a PDF is much more accessible (and less likely to have virus-related problems!)

🔗Mission 2

Post in Piazza

For this module, please post the following to Piazza:

  • A link to the resumé you created for Module 5 and
  • One healthy paragraph on: (a) what you like about your design of your resumé, and (b) what you would like some feedback on for your resumé.

Important – Powerup Due

We have recommended that your first Powerup be finished this week, so please consider doing that now if you haven’t already. Follow the directions below to post about your Powerup.

Posting your Powerups in Piazza

If you have completed a new Powerup then post about it in Piazza by doing the following:

  • Go to your house in Piazza
  • If this is your first Powerup, find the post called “Powerup #1!”, if this is your second Powerup find “Powerup #2!”, and if this is your third (or fourth, or fifth…) find “Powerup #3!”.
  • Post a reply to the post with the following
    • The Web address of your Powerup.
    • A paragraph explaining why you chose to complete this particular Powerup.
    • If this is your second or third Powerup, please include how you see it relating to previous Powerups and the overall shape and development of your portfolio.
    • Anything you’d like your housemates to pay particular attention to.

Just as for our regular weekly postings, give feedback to two others. Give preference to those who have little or no feedback yet (of course, this is all subject to the Bonuses and Bummers Policy).

How to post in Piazza (in brief)

If you need a hand posting to Piazza, use the “Class Discussion” links on the right hand side of the page to go directly to your house’s discussion space on Piazza, find the correct discussion for this module, read the directions carefully, and post. More detailed instructions are available here.


Grading rubric for this module

Each Mission in this course is important for developing your abilities to design and implement your portfolio. Recall that there are 100 total points assigned in this course; the specific Mission(s) in this module will count towards your grade as follows:

  • (1 point) – Initial Post – Posting about your Mission as described in Piazza. Up to one point will be awarded based upon the completeness of your initial Piazza post.
  • (1 point) – Providing Feedback – Up to one point will be awarded based upon the quality and completeness of your feedback to two of your peers. [Keep in mind our “Bonuses and Bummers” policy.]
  • (2 points) – Tech Check – Carry out your Tech Check before the end of Module 10. To learn more, see our Tech Check information.

Advice and help about course grades

  • Learn how to check grades in the course by reading this helpful guide.
  • Check grades early and often! This will help you understand your progress in the course and will help us correct any errors as soon as possible.
  • Pay attention to how each module is graded. We provide details about the grading rubric for each module.
  • Understand the late work policy. If you know you’re going to be late, contact us ahead of time and ask for a (reasonable) extension. Otherwise, work is accepted up to 48 hours late with 1/2 credit. The full policy is detailed in the syllabus.
  • The full grading policy is detailed in the syllabus.


Powerups information

In addition to the weekly modules and components that we walk you through, each portfolio is required to have a number of Powerups. These Powerups are features, technologies, or pages that you add to your portfolio based upon what best suits you and your audience.

Keep in mind that you will have to add three Powerups to your portfolio before the course is over. We recommend the following timing to stay on track with Powerups. While there are no points or late penalty associated with this timing, it is in your best interest to try to stick to it in order to stay on pace to successfully complete the course.

  • First Powerup – Complete by the end of Module 5
  • Second Powerup – Complete by the end of Module 8
  • Third Powerup – Complete by the end of Module 11

More details about Powerups, including a list of all possible Powerups and full details on the timing of Powerups, is available here.

Recommended Powerups

If you’ve completed this Mission early or if the theme of this module is particularly important for your portfolio, we encourage you to start thinking about Powerups that are related to this module’s work. We think the following ones fit particularly well with what you’re currently working on:

  • Professional Online Image – This Powerup will walk you through creating a profile on the social network LinkedIn, which can act as an online resumé.
  • Cover Letter – If you are actively looking for a job, you should strongly consider completing this Powerup, which will walk you through writing a cover letter that you can submit with your resumé as you apply for new positions.
  • Professional Transcript – This Powerup will walk you through making a comprehensive document to collect and display the credentials you’ve collected through training days, choice learning, and other opportunities.