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Posted 22 Nov 2013

How to Create a Less Boring Resume/CV Using HTML and the gomap jQuery Plugin

, 23 Nov 2013 CPOL
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Create your resume/CV with HTML, including a Google map of where you've worked

Ode to a Resume

I will describe the motivation behind this mini-project (converting my resume from doc / pdf file into an HTML file) with this doggerel:

I sent them a .docx, but from the response I got, you might think I broke their coccyx.
I tried a PDF, and from the crickets it induced, I wondered if they were deaf.
So, I thought: I'll try HTML, what the ... hammer, what the chain ... oh, well.

Especially if you claim knowledge of web technologies, why not show it off by writing your resume/CV in HTML, including links to corroborate your claims, and even a map that shows where you have worked?

I did so; now I can send a single HTML file that the prospective employer can open. No other files are needed - the needed jQuery and Google maps library are referenced from their CDNs, and the gomap jQuery plugin library is embedded directly into the file. The size of the emailable file is a svelte 36 KB. The proof / example is attached to this tip - download it and 2-click to see what I mean.

Here's what it looks like (with only the very top/north edge of the map displaying):

Now It's Your Turn

Admittedly, my file is rather plain/bland; it could use a makeover. Feel free to prettify it, and/or add some "bells and whistles."


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About the Author

B. Clay Shannon
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United States United States
I am in the process of morphing from a software developer into a portrayer of Mark Twain. My monologue (or one-man play, entitled "The Adventures of Mark Twain: As Told By Himself" and set in 1896) features Twain giving an overview of his life up till then. The performance includes the relating of interesting experiences and humorous anecdotes from Twain's boyhood and youth, his time as a riverboat pilot, his wild and woolly adventures in the Territory of Nevada and California, and experiences as a writer and world traveler, including recollections of meetings with many of the famous and powerful of the 19th century - royalty, business magnates, fellow authors, as well as intimate glimpses into his home life (his parents, siblings, wife, and children).

Peripatetic and picaresque, I have lived in eight states; specifically, besides my native California (where I was born and where I now again reside) in chronological order: New York, Montana, Alaska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Idaho, and Missouri.

I am also a writer of both fiction (for which I use a nom de plume, "Blackbird Crow Raven", as a nod to my Native American heritage - I am "½ Cowboy, ½ Indian") and nonfiction, including a two-volume social and cultural history of the U.S. which covers important events from 1620-2006:

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