In addition to the in-office services available, Career Development and Community Engagement (CDCE) offers a variety of online resources to assist you in your job search. Whether you need help with career exploration, creating a professional résumé, or cover letter, or even if you need to practice interviewing, you have access to these tools whenever and wherever you are.
Create a Résumé
OptimalRésumé not only helps you to build your résumé, but will also allow you to upload one you have already created, to be reviewed. If you wish to have an existing résumé reviewed online, upload it to OptimalRésumé and a staff member will review it and provide feedback to you.Optimal Resume
Practice an Interview
OptimalInterview allows you to practice your skills in simulated interview situations using a webcam or tablet. You will be able to test your responses to several different interview situations virtually. You can even share your recorded responses with CDCE for review.Optimal Interview
Attend a Career Event
You'll have an opportunity to connect with potential employers, explore multiple paths and make a great first impression by attending any of the many career events available to UWF students and alumni. Handshake connects you to these career event and professional development opportunities.Career Events
Research a Career
MyCareerShines is a comprehensive education and career planning system that will help you succeed in the increasingly competitive global economy. You will learn about yourself, discover the many options and opportunities for your future, and gain access to the information and tools to achieve your goals.Go to MyCareerShines
A résumé summarizes your professional history, skills, and qualifications, including education. Your résumé is one of the most important initial job search tools.
The main goal of the résumé is to get you to the interview stage. The résumé should be easy to read and relevant to each position for which you are applying. When you start creating/editing your résumé, review the job descriptions for the job. Employers spend approximately 5-12 seconds reviewing an individual’s résumé, so you should make it easy for them to understand.
To showcase your skills in the best possible light, you should choose a résumé format that fits you. Some examples of résumé formats that you might consider include the following:
- Curriculum Vitae
Creating a résumé can be very challenging and time consuming. OptimalRésumé is a resource that can help you create your résumé.
Cover letters, which are required for most professional positions, are a great way to provide relevant details and evidence about the skills and background you can bring to a position. This letter addressing your experiences supports your résumé in demonstrating that you meet the necessary qualifications for the job.
We recommend using the S.T.A.R. technique to explain relevant experiences; the S.T.A.R. technique is very simple to use yet affords you the opportunity to be thorough while also providing an interesting framework in which to convey your skills and background. S.T.A.R. stands for “Situation,” “Task,” “Action,” and “Results.” Personal action steps and resulting situations are often forgotten when conveying experiences from the past, but these are often the most important things to include! Schedule an appointment with CDCE to assist you with crafting your cover letter.
Once you are at the interview stage of the job search, you have a great opportunity to share who you are as a professional to the employers.
Keep in mind though that preparation is going to be vital to your success in the interview process. Some things you can do to help improve your performance in an interview include the following:
- Prepare a one-minute commercial to introduce yourself
- Review common interview questions
- Research the company and the job description
- Simulate an actual interview by scheduling a mock interview with CDCE
- Practice a virtual interview through Optimal Interview
Portfolios are an excellent way to showcase your hard work to employers, and these can be useful to students in a wide variety of majors. Remember to save your group projects as those can serve as stepping stones to landing a job. A great website to help you in portfolio creation is OptimalRésumé.