In addition to our in-office services available, Career Development & Community Engagement (CDCE) has several online resources for writing professional resumes, cover letters, interviewing and career exploration you can access whenever and wherever you are.
Create a Resume
If you have no idea where to start with your resume, don't panic! CDCE offers you, free of charge, OptimalResume for all your resume building needs. This web-based tool takes you step by step through your resume giving you examples and instructions to help create your best work. You can submit your resume to CDCE for review when you are ready for feedback.Optimal Resume
Practice an Interview
This interview application allows you to practice your skills in true to life interview situations. 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 can have all of our career fairs at your fingertips! You’ll gain immediate access to employer listings, event maps, and more! The app connects you to every career event and professional development opportunity on campus.
Research a Career
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A resume summarizes your professional history, skills, and qualifications, including education. Your resume is one of the most important initial job search tools.
The main goal of the resume is to get you to the interview stage. The resume should be easy to read and relevant to each position for which you are applying. When you start creating/editing your resume, review the job descriptions for each job. Employers spend approximately 5-12 seconds reviewing an individual’s resume, so you should make it easy for them to understand.
To showcase your skills in the best possible light, you should choose a resume format that fits you. Some examples of resume formats that you might consider include the following:
- Curriculum Vitae
Creating a resume can be very challenging and time consuming. Optimal Resume is a resource that can help you create your resume.
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 resume 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 Optimal Resume.