Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Class on Monday, Jan 15th.... The Online Resume...It's alive!

A word resume is handy to print out and hand to prospective employers, but the online resume is where everyone is looking.  The online resume is a great way to show, your skills as a web developer, while providing pertinent information about you.  It's important to describe your skills, but showing is even better.

Today we started the exercise of generating on online resume for you to keep and expand upon.  The resume is a great way to practice your HTML/CSS/Javascript/JQuery skills.  We decided on the spot to follow a similar format to one of our NWC instructors Kris Childs resume, as follows:

Header of Name and contact information centered on the browser, Name larger more standout font and contact info a little more subtle.  Informative sections with title and more info that expands and collapses.  The collapsing sections starts out hidden (css display:none) and when the title of the section is click by the mouse the information expands with a flowing jQuery expand (slideToggle()).  Sections we came up with were Summary, Technical Skills, Experience, Education, and Extra Curricular.

The class was very productive and all of you were able to get a layout started with functioning onclick events on the sections.  This shows that things are starting to sink in and you are becoming web developers.  To be able to put this together in an hour shows great progress.  Let's continue building on this foundation make a resume that pops and you are proud of.  Start digging into CSS styles that are beyond what we have shown you, and jQuery transitions.  Use Mother Google and get some tips with research (GTS).  Please post links to your plunk's so we can see progress as you add functionality.

Remember resumes need to be clear and concise, and an online resume needs to be attractive and show skills.  Employers want to know you have a clue and you can communicate, and this goes a long way to a second look.

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