Due Date: Monday, September 24, 2012
Submission Name: index.html, resume.html, styles.css (These three files should be uploaded to your Virginia Tech Filebox home directory and publicly viewable on the web. For instance, my site would be located at http://filebox.vt.edu/users/qwarnick/)
WARNING: You cannot use MS Word’s “Save as HTML” function for this assignment.
For this assignment, you will create (at least) two pages: a “landing page” for your personal website/portfolio and an online version of your résumé. You will use basic CSS to style your pages, and you may choose to include images on your pages. You will also write a brief memo reflecting on your experiences completing this project.
The first component of this assignment asks you to think about the first impression you want to make when people visit your website. Your landing page (a.k.a. “homepage”) should be something that you continually update and maintain over the course of the semester as you learn more about HTML, but right now you only need to include basic information about yourself so you can use the “index.html” file as a springboard for users (such as myself) who want to see your online projects. Think of your landing page as a “Visitor’s Center,” a place where people can begin to understand just who you are. You may want to include a picture of yourself, links to your social media profiles, or other information that you consider relevant to your professional online identity.
The résumé component of this assignment should be where you concentrate the lion’s share of your effort between now and the due date. While the style and format of your online version do not have to mirror the printed version, the content and architecture of this page should follow the “standard” expectations for information that most people have when they view someone’s résumé. The genre of the résumé has become fairly standardized over the past few decades, and when prospective employers view your site, they will expect to see certain information arranged in a logical order that allows them to quickly determine if your credentials and experience match their employment needs.
Remember: the purpose of a résumé is to get you a job interview. So, when designing your résumé, try to think like a business owner or human resources manager and come up with a list of information you would want to know about someone you’re about to hire. Making such a list falls under the category of “audience analysis,” a skill that all good professional writing majors have been practicing in other courses.
Memo of Transmittal
Your grade on this assignment will be determined by your performance on the following criteria:
- Audience: Have you effectively addressed the needs and expectations of both primary and secondary audiences of your site?
- Ethos: Does your site project a professional identity that is appropriate for your intended line of work? Have you included enough information about yourself to show who you are and presented it in such a manner that you set yourself apart from your “competition”?
- Content: Is your résumé structured logically and does it support the information needs of your audience(s)?
- Design: Does your site feature a consistent visual design with respect to colors, typography, spacing, and images? Is the design unique, yet professional?
- Markup: Do your HTML and CSS files adhere to the “best practices” that we have discussed in class? Are your files well organized and carefully commented? Do your files validate?
- Memo of Transmittal: How well does your memo explain and justify the decisions you made in completing this assignment? Is the memo structured logically? Does the memo adhere to the conventions of standard written English?