OptimalRésumé

OptimalRésumé is a web-based application that assists you with creating a résumé. To ensure your résumé is in great shape, please schedule an appointment with Career Development and Community Engagement by calling 850.474.2254 or scheduling an appointment online.


What is OptimalRésumé?

OptimalRésumé is a web-based application that assists you with creating a résumé. To ensure your résumé is in great shape, please schedule an appointment with Career Development and Community Engagement by calling 850.474.2254 or scheduling an appointment online.

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Top Ten Résumé Tips

  • Your experience should be in a bulleted format. Save the paragraphs for books since they overwhelm most employers.
  • Never use “I” or “me” on your résumé as it’s truly about the employer.
  • Don’t expect an employer to read between the lines. Writing vague bullet points will give the employer a vague perspective of you. Be specific and use numbers to describe your experiences. Tell employers how often and how much you are doing something.
  • Get rid of the fluff! Fuzzy key words and phrases should be avoided (e.g., “excellent communication skills” and “very hard worker”). These lack meaning, and millions of others are using the exact same words.
  • Only put relevant information tailored to the specific employer on your résumé. Participating in the Knitting Club during the eighth grade does not capture others’ attention.
  • The résumé is not the same as an autobiography, nor is it a place to put inspirational quotes. Make it concise and focused.
  • Use a formal style in crafting your résumé. Eliminate acronyms and limit abbreviations (e.g., do not abbreviate Bachelor of Science as B.S. or American Cancer Society as ACS.)
  • Vary your tasks, experiences, and/or power verbs even for similar jobs. Word repetition gets old fast.
  • Proper punctuation and spelling always matter. Be smarter than spell check because employers won’t trust you to write for them if they see a document teeming over with errors; they assume your résumé is your best effort.
  • Save the colored text, special effects, funky design layouts, and templates for your art projects, not your résumé.