When students begin college, they have they have many things to think about, such as books, financial aid and what they plan to do with their education. In many cases writing a resume is the last thing on a student’s mind.
“Most students are very focused on their studies while attending college,” student employment coordinator Linda Anderson said.
Since June 2012 Longview Employment Services has offered a program called Optimal Resume. It is a free, online tool offered to students to help them build their resume and be more prepared for the workforce.
Longview student Jeff Gudde said he believes it’s a good service.
“Many students have yet to enter the workforce or they haven’t worked at the professional level versus most returning students who have. So for those who haven’t, it’s a great way for students entering the workforce to understand and apply what is expected of their resumes, and how best to seize the opportunities that they desire,” Gudde said.
Optimal Resume offers seven resources on the website: resume builder, cover letter, portfolio, website builder, assessment and interview. The website gives students the option to work with an interview coach online who will offer tips to help the interviewee succeed during the interview.
“The great part of Optimal Resume is the individual can access many different tools to build their resume and then send it electronically for review,” Anderson said.
Not only can you use Optimal Resume online, but resume reviews are held monthly along with classes to teach you how to use the website. The reviews are often held in the cafeteria and the classes are held in the Community Education building, next door to Learning Recourses on the top floor.
Dana Mathews, a student at Longview, said she was not aware that the service was offered, but believes that it would be a helpful tool, especially to college students who will be joining the workforce soon.
Employment Services also will hold a job fair will be held September 19 in the Campus Center. If students have any questions, they are always encouraged to visit Student Employment Services located in the campus center in room 251.
“The goal is job satisfaction because it is a long time between paychecks if you do not like what you do,” Anderson said.