Prompt 2

User Design, is all about making what you are writing whether it is a resume, cover letter, and makes other things easier to comprehend, find what you want within the document you are reading, and adjusting the writing style of your document so that the specific reader can easily understand what you are trying to get across.  This can be applied to almost any type of document a person is writing, but where millennials are concerned, I think it is best to use this when writing a resume.  As far as the previously listed criteria goes, when writing a resume, include absolutely no slang, or contractions, be as clear and proper as possible, because chances are very good, that your employer is much older than you and could have some reservations about you being able to act in professional manner, able to communicate what you have done, and what your skill sets, are, so make your resume flow, and easy to understand.  This document should be informative, to show the employer, that you  can do a job.  This also includes formatting, make the document very organized, using bold, italics, and double spacing to break up different jobs, education and skills, so it makes it easier for the employer to locate what they want to see.  Although formatted differently this should apply to a cover letter as well, although there should be more personality in that document, but again it should be easy to read, navigate, and understand.  A great way to know how to write one’s cover letter or resume, without knowing the person who will be reading it is to know the business you are writing to.  Look at the businesses’ mission statement, what their goals are, what type of products they make, if they are environmentally conscious, what they do not like at a personal or professional level, and what other businesses they have had dealings with.  This will help you in your writing approach, to make sure you touch on some points that they are looking for whether it is that you play sports if you are applying to a sports agency, or whatever the case may be, adjusting your tone within your writing to cater to a specific reader will give you an edge.  Something that is either skipped or not taken very seriously when writing they companies is thinking about what you are going to write before you write it.  It is all right to just start writing, but you may get done quicker if you think what you are going to write about rather than just winging it, this helps put a scope and direction in mind, so that you do not stray from what you are really trying to say, or go on a tangent, than have to come back to what your scope was.  This will help your writing stay precise, to the point, and organized.  Perhaps above all else you must believe in what you are writing.  Employers are very good at spotting B.S. even if it is in written form, so try to show unique parts of your personality in every aspect of the interview process from resume, interview, and hopefully to employment.  If you do not believe in what you are writing why should the employer.  Companies get many resumes that seem to be identical in every way, and it is up to the applicant to set themselves apart, and user centered-design can help with that.  If it helps with nothing else the applicant will at least look or appeared to be organized, and that in itself is valued at every company.

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