Note: If you have trouble getting this to work, come see me. Bring your resume on a thumb drive with you.
Note that this assignment looks daunting, but it really is not. Get a hard copy of the following instructions, take them to the dinner table with you, and read them carefully. Many of the things you read will make no sense at all the first time. Put the sheet away, and think about it, then bring it back out tomorrow, and read it again carefully. It will make more sense the second time around. Ask me any questions you may have in class, THEN go try it out. The information I have listed in the sample resume are suggestions only. You may cut out anything that you do not want included – for example if your GPA is rather low, then cut it out. If you have something special you have done, add it.
What you are actually doing here is to put an HTML version of your resume on your University computer account, which only you have access to (I can’t do it for you.) Later, if you like, I willl add a “Link” from http://civilgrads.tamu.edu with your name to your resume located in your account. Thus, when an employer goes to Civilgrads and sees your name, they click on it and it will transfer them to your account, where your account serves up your resume to them. That way you have complete control over what your resume says without me having to mess with it. If you modify or add to your resume next week, the next time someone clicks on your name they get the new version. When you graduate, the University deletes your account. Shortly after graduation I go in and check all the links, and when I find yours is dead, I know you are employed, and I remove your name from Civilgrads.
The purpose of this exercise is not so much to get your resume on the web, but to make sure that when you go to work you will be able to set up a web page for your company on the web, or display their corporate brochure, or list of their current jobs, etc. It won’t necessarily be professional, but it will be a web presence and that is critical. The only difference is that rather than using your university account, you will look in the phone book and rent web space from a commercial ISP (Independent Service Provider) for about $20.00 a month, and upload it there. Will your employer (Shell Oil) probably do this themselves? Yep. When you start your own company will Shell do it for you? Nope.
Please note that many of you may already have a job waiting for you, and may not want to put your resume on the web. That is fine. Just make it up so I will know you can do it, and don’t ask me to link it to Civilgrads. Then it will not display to anyone on the web, except to me. Of utmost importance: Put your date of graduation on your resume. No one will ever call you if they don’t see this.
I) How to set up web access for your account:
- Log into http://oalinfo.tamu.edu using your NETID and your password.
- Click on account services.
- Click on the SETUP MY WEBPAGE and “Enable”. This will set up a public subdirectory and set the necessary directory permissions to give everyone read-access only to the files in your “public” subdirectory only.
- Before you log off, hit “View My Account” and make sure it says Web Space: http://people.tamu.edu/~yourID is Enabled.
- Then go to http://oal.tamu.edu/Other_Services/Personal_Web_Page.php and click on Creating a Web Page.
- Instructions on creating your web page are listed there.
- For help. call 845-9300.
II) The following shows the file you will build and put on your website. Edit it to fit your situation
Today you can simply make up your resume in Word and tell it to “Save As A Web Page, or Save as HTML.” Just that simple. I would also HIGHLY recommend that you add a picture of yourself, unless you have rings in your lips and green hair. It adds a lot to a resume if they can see you.
III) How to see your homepage:
To see your home page, enter the URL (Uniform Resource Locator):
IV.) How to add your resume to Civilgrads:
If you would like to have your name added to this resume list, I would be happy to add you. To see what the site looks like, go to: http://civilgrads.tamu.edu
If you want to add your name please email me with the following information, ALL IN A SINGLE EMAIL!
1) I need your name
2) I need up to TWO areas in which you would like to put your name (General and Environmental, or General and Structural, or … )
3) I need your URL (i.e. something like http://people.tamu.edu/~tomgirl) Note that this name will ONLY BE VALID if your resume file is named index.html. Otherwise you MUST list your URL as http://people.tamu.edu/~tomgirl/nameofmyfile.extensionused, or whatever its name is.
4) I need your expected date of graduation.
I will be happy to add a link from Civilgrads to your name and information. It will remain on civilgrads until you ask that it be removed, or until you leave Texas A&M and they close your computer account. At that time you should probably get a free web account from Google or someone and move your resume there. See https://lowery.engr.tamu.edu/2021/07/19/general-information-on-getting-a-job/ section 1.B for information on how to do this.