Preparing for Your Appointment

To maximize your appointment, Career Development & Community Engagement (CDCE) has created some guidance on how to best prepare for your meeting with our career coaches.


Before coming to our office for a resume appointment, please complete as many of the following steps as possible.

  • Review the Career Development Guide (pages 14-18).
  • Bring a list of past employment positions and associated duties, campus involvement, volunteer work, military experience, etc.
  • Consider building a resume in Optimal Resume to familiarize yourself with the various sections of your resume. Bring this with you to the appointment to receive feedback.

Career Development Guide

Optimal Resume

Career/Major Coaching

Prepare for your career or major coaching appointment by reviewing the following steps.

  • Review the Career Development Guide (pages 2-7).
  • Browse and MyCareerShines for information on various careers.
  • Take a look at the UWF Academic Catalog and identify majors that pique your interest.
  • Talk to your academic advisor about specific requirements you have and have not met.

Career Development Guide

MyPlan website


UWF Academic Catalog

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning appointments can involve internships, cooperative education, service learning, and volunteer opportunities.

  • Review the Career Development Guide (pages 8-9).
  • Understand possible areas of interest and industries you would like to explore with an experiential learning opportunity.
  • Consider the distance you are willing to travel for the internship or volunteer experience.
  • Research your major/department website for any internship/CoOp requirements. Also, conjure up some local/national employers interested in gaining an internship.
  • Speak with advisor to see if you have space in your coursework to complete an internship if you are doing it for academic credit.
  • Update your resume using Optimal Resume.

Career Development Guide

Optimal Resume

Mock Interviews

Mock interviews require the most preparation, but are so valuable in the job search process. Before you can participate in a mock interview, you must complete these steps.

  • Review the interview materials in the Career Development Guide (pages 26-29).
  • Email your preferred job description and resume to the person you are meeting with (or and reference Mock Interview Appointment). These documents must be received at least 24 hours prior to your mock interview appointment.
  • Dress for success! Come to your mock interview appointment in professional attire (page 28), just as you would a real job interview.
  • Bring your resume.
  • If you would like to be recorded, bring a USB thumb drive or blank disc.
  • Strongly encouraged: For extra practice, complete a virtual mock interview using Optimal Interview. Follow the instructions to complete a mock interview using Optimal Interview.

Career Development Guide


Instructions to Complete a Mock Interview

Job Search Strategies & Graduate School

Before coming into our office for a job search or graduate school appointment, complete as many of the following steps as possible.

Job Search Strategies

  • Review the Career Development Guide (pages 3 & 24-25).
  • Know yourself: what you want, where you want it to be, VIPS, etc.
  • Update your resume, or create one using Optimal Resume.
  • Familiarize yourself with common interview questions and begin practicing your responses using Optimal Interview.

Graduate School

  • Review the Career Development Guide (pages 22-23).
  • Identify a few colleges or universities that interest you.
  • Begin a draft of your CV (curriculum vitae).
  • Draft a personal statement or letter of intent using the resources listed in the Career Development Guide.

Career Development Guide

Optimal Resume

Optimal Interview