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Career Corner
Optimal Resume on the Horizon

We are taking our career services to a new level for our students. As of January 2008 we have contracted with Optimal Resume to provide an online tool that will train our students to be more comprehensively prepared for the professional job search. Optimal Resume features a resume and cover letter builder, an online portfolio, skills assessment, and interview preparation. It is our hope its use will result in the following:

  1. It will engage more of our students in the process simply because the method will match the way our savvy, student Internet users learn and do business.
  2. It will provide customized and uniform access to the training modules critical for contemporary job search preparation.
  3. It will meet the increased demand for resume and interviewing assistance and involve students in a broader perspective of professional job seeking.
  4. Students using this state-of-the-art career education and training will be better able to compete professionally with larger university graduates who have these sophisticated systems.
  5. Students will get the opportunity to present themselves to an employer or graduate school in a unique and enhanced fashion through use of the e-portfolio.
  6. Career office personnel will be able work on career issues with students in more depth, following up on their use of Optimal Resume.

OptimalResume.com provides colleges and universities with comprehensive, online experiential learning software that helps students and alumni launch their professional lives. Optimal Resume delivers an unmatched set of university-branded learning modules that prepare students and alumni to engage employers with professional-quality documents and successful interview skills:

OptimalResumeTM -The flagship product is the gold standard in online resume technology that is now accepted at hundreds of universities across the country and across the globe.

OptimalLetterTM -The next generation online letter builder makes it easy for students and alumni to create almost any kind of letter with custom instructions and examples approved by their career services department.

OptimalEfolioTM- Helps students and alumni stand out in a competitive marketplace with an attractive online portfolio that demonstrates their unique skills and competencies to employers.

OptimalInterviewTM- Lets students and alumni practice interviewing skills with real-to-life, multimedia interview scenarios that were developed by seasoned employment professionals to prepare them for even the toughest of interviews.

OptimalAssessmentTM-An online self-assessment tool that helps students evaluate their skills and experiences in order to make important career decisions and execute their best resume, cover letter or interview.

Although we will need to charge a nominal, one-time fee, we are convinced the added value will far outweigh this cost. We want the best available to our students, and I think we've hit the mark with this one. Keep your student coming our way.

Bonnie Jerke, Director
Career Services, Stevens 325,
503-554-2330
careers@georgefox.edu
careers.georgefox.edu

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