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Resume Assistance

When it comes to applying for jobs, your resume is key. It is the compilation of your professional life skills and experience on paper, and is used in many ways; from handing out in-person at a career fair to emailing a contact in your network, or to submitting into a mysterious online database, your resume is your life on paper and your ticket to an interview. That said, writing a resume is personal and may feel difficult and overwhelming.

Typically, an online submittal of a resume to a company may go through several rounds of screening before being seen by a person; often there are automated screens used for qualifications and keywords, so it is important to keep these in mind when creating your resume. Once a resume is viewed by an actual recruiter or employer, the person may spend no more than 15 seconds reviewing your resume to see if your resume seems like a good “fit” on paper when deciding to extend an offer to interview.

Need help creating a professional resume?  Career Services offers one-on-one assistance to individuals seeking to build dynamic, effective, and professional resumes and cover letters. 

To schedule an appointment with a Career Services staff member, click HERE.

Additionally, Career Services offers a free online resume building tool: Optimal Resume.

Optimal Resume

Optimal Resume is an easy to use online software which allows you to quickly and effortlessly create essential professional documents, as well as investigate interviewing strategies. You can also send your completed resume directly to your campuses Career Services staff for review and comments.

  • New users, click HERE to register using your SJC student email.
  • Existing users, click the link HERE.

Step-by-Step Optimal Resume Guide