In a society where food is microwaved and conversations are reduced to a text, it is sometimes difficult to impress upon students the need to slow down and pay attention to detail. All too often it is human nature to want to instant gratification. The problem is when students rush they are not focusing on detail.
One way to hone in on proofreading and scanning documents for careless errors is to look at individual resumes. Students should understand that the resume is a living document, which constantly evolves. With this in mind, it is imperative for students to grasp how dire it is to proofread such a document and even have others look at it as well before submitting it to a future employer. It should be stressed that most hiring managers receive so many resumes that they actually look for errors in order to say no. The resume is a way for individuals to showcase their experience and market themselves in a professional manner.
Using a teacher-compiled packet of eight to ten random resumes where the name and contact information have been blocked out, students can visualize and compare documents. The instructor can use this time to facilitate a class discussion on each resume. Students should be asked to explain what they like and what they dislike while justifying their responses.
The primary objective of the resume activity is for students to see that there is more than one way to create a professional resume, but no matter the style, attention to detail is imperative.