The Basics of Optimal Resume

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A broad overview of creating a resume, cover letter, portfolio and website with OptimalResume.com's software.

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The Basics of Optimal Resume

  1. 1. Building Resumes and Cover Letters with Optimal Resume<br />
  2. 2. I need a resume. Now what?<br /><ul><li>Sections?
  3. 3. Formatting?
  4. 4. What do I write?</li></li></ul><li>Optimal Resume can help<br />A suite of online software that contains, among other things, a resume builder<br />
  5. 5. How can it help?<br />Easy to use<br />You can access anywhere, anytime<br />Samples and advice along the way<br />
  6. 6. How do I access it?<br />[Institution] has already purchased it for you!<br />You can use the software for free<br />
  7. 7. The specifics<br />Visit [institution].optimalresume.com<br />Create an account or log in<br />
  8. 8. Begin creating your resume<br />When you log in, you’re in the Document Center, and you can create many types of documents<br />Click “Create New Resume”<br />
  9. 9. 3 ways to proceed<br />You’ll name your resume, then…<br />
  10. 10. Browse section sets<br />Your resume will be divided into sections<br />Browse section sets by experience level and industry/resume type<br />You can add any set you like to your resume<br />Experience Level<br />Industry/Resume Type<br />Sections<br />
  11. 11. Browse samples<br />See completed resume samples, categorized by job family and experience level<br />If you see a sample you like, you can directly edit it with your information<br />
  12. 12. Begin editing<br />Whether you selected section sets or are using a sample, you can edit your resume in 3 steps<br />Click on any section<br />Add, format and save content<br />Use the tools for styling and content assistance<br />
  13. 13. Click on any section<br />When you can click on a section, it will turn orange when you mouse over it<br />
  14. 14. Add, format and save content<br />Add content in the text box and use the tools on the top right and in the tools section of the right toolbar for content assistance<br /><ul><li>Format content using tools like bold and italics
  15. 15. When finished, click the Save button</li></li></ul><li>Style your resume<br />Clicking Style Resume will bring up the styling palette, where you can choose from pre-styles or customize almost every aspect of your resume<br />
  16. 16. Now you need a letter<br />If you can build an Optimal Resume, you can build an Optimal Letter<br />Select “Create NewLetter” in the Document Center<br />
  17. 17. Choose a letter type<br />Once you name your letter, you can browse samples based on letter type (you also have the option to start from scratch)<br />Select the type ofletter you want to write and view samples<br />
  18. 18. Begin editing your letter<br />Editing a letter is very similar to editing a resume. Follow the 3 same steps.<br />Click on any section<br />Add, format and save content<br />Use the tools for styling and content assistance<br />
  19. 19. Fill in the recipient information<br /><ul><li>Click in the area highlighted in orange to edit the recipient information</li></li></ul><li>Edit your letter<br /><ul><li>Click in the body of the letter to edit
  20. 20. The text editor tools are just like the ones you used for Resume Builder</li></li></ul><li>Go the extra mile<br />Create a portfolio<br />A gallery of your work <br />
  21. 21. Portfolio Overview<br />Portfolios contain projects, which contain files and/or links to websites<br /><ul><li>You can use multiple file types in each project, including sound, video, photos and text files</li></li></ul><li>Pull it all together<br />Create a website<br />Include your:<br />Resume<br />Letter<br />Portfolio<br />Anything elseyou create!<br />

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