Resume Writing and Reviews
A Note from the Career Management Team
One of the most important documents you can have is your résumé. This document captures skills and experiences you developed over time. Our advice is to start your first year on campus. When you find that awesome internship or the perfect job, you will be ready! Remember, we are here to help you every step of the way.
VMock SMART Résumé Platform
Jacksonville University partners with VMock Inc. to help you create a powerful resume and accelerate your career journey.
VMock, a 24-7 online resume review tool, leverages technologies like data-science, machine learning, and natural language processing to provide instant personalized feedback on your resume based on criteria gathered from employers and global best practices – from anywhere, at any time of the day.
Simply create an account with your JU e-mail, upload your resume, and VMock will:
- Give you an aggregate resume score to assess the strength of your resume benchmarked against your own Jacksonville University peer group
- Provide you with resume guidelines based on your school template to ensure that you do not miss the fine details and establish a great first impression
- Assess how well you have marketed your core competencies to showcase the right skill set reflected in academics, experience, achievements etc.
- Give you line-by-line suggestions to improve your resume content in view of your course and level of experience
VMock is designed to work with resume from many different fields across various industries. Once you receive the detailed feedback, make relevant changes to the resume and re-upload it to see the increased score and associated improvements.
Check out the VMock Video to learn more, and get started!
Résumé Review Process
Virtual Review- Submit your résumé via email. Résumé must be a Word Document, and the email subject line must read "Résumé Review" (include your professor's name if it is for a class assignment). You will receive a reply within two business days.
In-Person Review- For a more in-depth review and discussion on elements of your résumé, call our office at (904) 256-7054 or schedule an appointment in Starfish to set up a time. Bring a printed copy of your résumé to your appointment - or have a digital version ready for online appointments. Appointments take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Résumé Writing Tips
Before you begin drafting your resume, start by asking yourself some critical thinking questions to get some ideas for the content of your resume. The Resume Content Page will help you lay a solid foundation for your resume. Next, take a look at some resume examples to assist you in developing a resume structure.
It's time to select a format that works best for you. Refer to the Transferable Skills Inventory and Action Verb Sheet to help bring your resume to the next level. You can also refer to CRC resume guidelines for any questions you may have.
You should have several people review your resume and provide constructive feedback. It may take you 3-4 drafts before you are confident with your final version. We, at Career Management, are always here to review your resume. Call our office to schedule an in person appointment, or email your resume as a Word document with "Resume Review" in the email subject line for a virtual resume review.