An excellent resume and cover letter gets you interviews, bad paperwork gets you ignored. Take the extra effort to get that interview. Here's how:
Task 1: Watch the two 4-minute videos on resume writing
Task 2: Login to the Optimal Resume tutorial, samples, and templates. Easy Steps for registration (pdf).
If you have already created a resume using Optimal Resume, then please review/update it using the examples provided and send it to the Career Center as a Word document for feedback. Then submit it to your professor.
If you did not use Optimal Resume to write your original resume, please re-work it using this program because it provides quality examples customized for Willamette students that have received excellent reviews from employers.
Task 3: Once you complete your resume and have it reviewed, upload it to JobCat so you can submit it for any job you find there. Submit your resume to your professor as instructed and make it available to your advisor and career counselor.
How do we grade resume quality? We use these rubrics for resume and cover letter feedback:
Personal Web page Portfolio
Task 1: Create a professional website on Optimal Resume. Follow the Easy Web Page Steps (pdf). Once this is created you can keep adding documents such as
- samples of writing – final papers/exams/projects/research
- videos you did or are in
- presentations – either videos or PowerPoints
- past performance evaluations
- unofficial transcripts (list of courses you took)
- Photos (just a few) showing you interacting at work sites, volunteering, study abroad
- anything that demonstrates your skills, knowledge, experience
Guess what...? Web pages (like Optimal Resume) and LinkedIn profiles are becoming the new standard for applying for jobs. You need to have one ready.Submit your Optimal Resume website url so your professor, boss or Career Center staff person can review it. It can be paster in to your resume at the top with your name and contact information - just draw it to the attention of your professor or advisor.