Learning Design Challenge #27: Preparing a Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Learning Design Challenge #27: Preparing a Resume or Curriculum Vitae


In my professional life, I get a fair number of requests to serve as a reference for people seeking employment. These requests often come with a current resume or CV attached.

Over the years, it’s become increasingly apparent that resumes and CV’s actually represent useful and important learning environments, subject to the same opportunities and constraints as any learning environment.

These documents are created to address a critical learning opportunity — a chance for someone to learn more about us as professionals.

So, what’s the ideal learning environment model (LEM) for a resume or CV? What’s the best way to communicate who you are, what your’re really capable of doing, and why you are a perfect fit for a particular job?

Here are some questions to consider.

  1. What is your desired learner experience for this learning experience?
  2. What’s the best way to contextualize the learner form the beginning, so that s/he remembers why your information matters?
  3. How does your learning environment differentiate you from other applicants for the position?
  4. Is there more than one possible outcome that matters?

Design Constraints

Time to Design: <15 min
Context: Hybrid
Number of Building Blocks Allowed: 5
Hashtag: #DailyLEM27
Design Challenge Guidelines


Writing the Curriculum Vitae
How to Write a Masterpiece of a Resume

Suggested Solutions


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