universities, outplacement firms,                                  experiences           public libraries and workforce bo...
Getting StartedCreating a New Assessment                                                                       To begin w...
Skills InventoryColumns    The columns refer to experiences - certain times, events, or situations    in which you have a...
Accomplishment SheetGetting Started                                                                            After you ...
Proficiency ListGetting Started                                                                            After you name...
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Optimal Assessment Help

  1. 1. universities, outplacement firms, experiences public libraries and workforce boards OptimalVideoResume™ across the country Cutting-edge technology that creates OptimalLetter™ high-impact video résumés Optimal Assessment Help Next generation online letter builder makes it easy for job seekers to quickly ResumeGPS™ Users opt in and make their résumés create and store almost any kind of letter Optimal 2.0 edition searchable by hiring organizations; individuals may be invited toTable of Contents collects OptimalEfolio™ Attractive online portfolio that videoconference/interview online OptimalWebsite™ and displays an individual’s multimedia Getting Started creations and compositions Best-of-breed web résumés with full- Creating a New Assessment 2 page online portfolio, skills profile, OptimalInterview™ 3 Types of Assessments 2 video résumé and letter, and social Lets the job seeker practice and Naming Your Assessment 2 media sidebar develop interviewing skills with real- Skills Inventory life multimedia scenarios Columns 3Implementation: Implementation of the OptimalResume™ system is straightforward. Initial graphics for Rows 3 provided by OptimalResume.com and are made to match the client’s existing website.the website areEditing 3Default content for examples and help text is provided by OptimalResume.com. Arranging 3And of course, OptimalResume.com provides comprehensive training and support throughout the process. Accomplishment Sheet Getting Started 4 Editing 4 www.optimalresume.com Arranging 4 Contact us for more information or to schedule your free trial today. Email: sales@optimalresume.com • Phone: (877) 998-7654 Proficiency List Getting Started 5 Format 5 Proficiency Level 5 Comments 5 Arranging 5
  2. 2. Getting StartedCreating a New Assessment To begin working on your new letter, click the Create New Letter button. On the following page, you’ll see that there are three types of assessments to choose from.3 Types of Assessments 1. Skills Inventory – This is a tool that allows you to find all of your marketable skills from a list of common professional skills. The skills inventory is a broad assessment of your abilities that is not targeted to any specific job or career. 2. Accomplishment Sheet – An accomplishment sheet allows you to select from a list of careers and discover which skills you can contribute to a specific job. Unlike the skills inventory, an accomplishment sheet is targeted to a specific job. 3. Proficiency List – This assessment shows how proficient you are at skills for a par- ticular job. Like the accomplishment sheet, you will select a specific job to create an assessment for. However, you will also be able to show how much experience you have with a particular skill, and what level of proficiency you have (novice, intermediate, advanced, etc.)Naming your Assessment Once you choose your assessment type, you’ll be asked to name your assessment. Names can include any combination of letters, numbers, and spaces.2 www.optimalresume.com • 877.998.7654 • support@optimalresume.com
  3. 3. Skills InventoryColumns The columns refer to experiences - certain times, events, or situations in which you have applied skills in your assessment. These could include classes, work experience, or clubs and activities you belong to. To create a new experience that isn’t on the list, click the Add More button and enter a name. New experiences will be added to the rightmost column on the page.Rows The rows refer to skills – things that you use throughout your various experiences. For example, a person can discuss how she used critical thinking in her favorite class, then discuss how she used it while taking part in volunteer work. There are many skills to choose from on the list, but you also have the option to add another skill to the list by clicking the Add More button. You can also delete skills by highlighting the checkbox next to a skill, then clicking Delete Selected at the bottom of the page.Editing To elaborate on a skill for a particular experience, click Add in the corresponding cell. Doing so will bring up a text editor where you can enter information about that skill and experience. When you’re done writing, click Save to save your data.Arranging You can use the green arrows in the skills and abilities rows to drag and drop a skill or ability to a desired location. Adjust the order of experiences by using the blue left and right arrows in the column headers. Clicking the left or right arrow will move an experience to its immediate left or right.3 www.optimalresume.com • 877.998.7654 • support@optimalresume.com
  4. 4. Accomplishment SheetGetting Started After you name your new project, the first step in creating your accomplishment sheet is to select the job you want to focus on. The O*Net database provides hundreds of jobs to choose from. You can sort jobs by Job Family, High Growth Industry, or by Stem Discipline. Job Families are groups of jobs with similar functions. Clicking the High Growth Industry tab lets you see a list of popular industries to work in, and jobs in those fields. Once you’ve found a job that fits your needs, click Select and Continue to open the accomplishment sheet.Editing an Accomplishment Sheet The accomplishment grid lists the different skills and abilities used in the particular job you selected. Skills are listed in the rows, while the columns refer to experiences in which you have applied your skills. To elaborate on a skill for a particular experience, click Add in the corresponding cell. Doing so will bring up a text editor where you can enter information about that skill and experience. When you’re done writing, click Save to save your data. If you think of a skill that you believe should be included on the list, click the Add Skill button to create your own skill for the grid. You can also delete skills by highlighting the checkbox next to a skill, then clicking Delete Selected at the bottom of the page.Arranging You can use the green arrows in the skills and abilities rows to drag and drop a skill or ability to a desired location. Adjust the order of experiences by using the blue left and right arrows in the column headers. Clicking the left or right arrow will move an experience to its immediate left or right.4 www.optimalresume.com • 877.998.7654 • support@optimalresume.com
  5. 5. Proficiency ListGetting Started After you name your new project, the first step in creating your proficiency list is to select the job you want to focus on. The O*Net database provides hundreds of jobs to choose from. You can sort jobs by Job Family, High Growth Industry, or by Stem Discipline. Job Families are groups of jobs with similar functions. Clicking the High Growth Industry tab lets you see a list of popular industries to work in, and jobs in those fields. Once you’ve found a job that fits your needs, click Select and Continue to open the list.Format The rows on the left refer to skills that are common in the job you have selected. To the right of the skills column are columns for Proficiency Levels and Comments. The Proficiency Levels column allows you to enter a specific level of proficiency for a skill. For example, under the skill “Use of Adobe Photoshop”, you can enter Intermediate – 2 years of experience as your proficiency level.Proficiency Level Comments When you click to add a proficiency level, Under the Comments column, you can there are two main fields to consider. elaborate on skills beyond your level of First, you will need to select your general proficiency. For example, you can comment proficiency level from the first drop-down on how you acquired a particular skill menu, such as Beginner, Advanced, etc. through coursework and professional Second, you can enter a more specific internships. To insert a comment, click the measure of proficiency such as years of Add button in the desired cell. Doing so experience, or hours per week, under the will open a new text field where you can second drop-down menu. enter information you want displayed in the comments section. To close the editor and save your changes, click the Save button.Arranging You can use the green arrows in the skills and abilities rows to drag and drop a skill or ability to a desired location.5 www.optimalresume.com • 877.998.7654 • support@optimalresume.com

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