Optimal Resume

This site is meant to help you go through resume process with helpful tools and resources, but remember that you should still have your resume reviewed by a Career Services Career Coach.

What is Optimal?

Optimal Resume is a web-based application that assists students with creating, presenting, and managing resumes. Resumes are an essential element of the job search process. This software gives students access to the knowledge and tools they will need to take the next step in their careers. To ensure your resume is in great shape, please schedule an appointment with Career Services by calling 850.474.2254 or scheduling an appointment online. You can also view the Career Development Guide online by clicking the logo below. The Career Development Guide is another useful tool to assist you with building your resume.

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Top Ten Resume Tips

1. Your experience should be in a bulleted format. Save the paragraphs for books since they overwhelm most employers.

2. Never use “I” or “me” on your resume as it’s truly about the employer.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Only put relevant information tailored to the specific employer on your resume. Participating in the Knitting Club during the eighth grade does not capture others’ attention.

6.  The resume is not the same as an autobiography, nor is it a place to put inspirational quotes. Make it concise and focused. 

7. Use a formal style in crafting your resume. Eliminate acronyms and limit abbreviations (e.g., do not abbreviate Bachelor of Science as B.S. or American Cancer Society as ACS.)  

8. Vary your tasks, experiences, and/or power verbs even for similar jobs. Word repetition gets old fast.

9. Prauper punctuation and spelling! still matter even when ur, professors; are not looking. They’re, their, and there are not homonyms. Be smarter than MS Word because employers won’t trust you to write for them if they see a document teeming over with errors; they assume your resume is your best effort.