Your resume represents you when you aren’t there. It is your professional “snapshot”. Your resume determines if you get an interview, and interview determines if you get a job. Take the time to do your resume right! Creating a resume is a process; don’t expect a perfect resume on your first try.
We can help! Attend our workshops for the basics on resume and cover letter writing. Get ideas from the hundreds of different sample resumes available in our career library. Have a staff member critique your resume for content, formatting and accuracy, no appointment necessary!
What is a Resume?
- Your resume is a summary of your education and experiences. It should be focused on what is relevant to your industry.
- Chronological resumes have educational and employment history organized by date. This resume works well for students who have related experiences within their field.
- Functional resumes focus on skill sets gained through a variety of activities, such as educational course work, clubs and organizations, as well as internships and volunteer work. This resume format works best for students lacking relevant work experience or changing careers.
- Combination resumes are a combination of the chronological resume and functional resume. It focuses on skill sets, but also lists employment history. These types of resumes are most commonly used for someone who wants to change their career path entirely or have limited experience.
- Send your resume with a cover letter, in response to a specific position.
- Keep it current! List your most recent accomplishments so the interviewer knows what you are capable of doing now.
- Proofread, proofread, proofread; ensure there are no grammatical errors.
- Don’t be modest! This is your chance to shine, you are competing for this position!
Drop-in Resume Critique
Once you have completed a draft of your resume, you should ask at least one other person to review it before submitting it to a prospective employer. Our peer advisors are available during drop-in hours to critique a hard copy of your resume. Please plan to attend a Resume workshop before coming in for your critique.
What is a Cover Letter?
Cover Letters introduce you and your resume to prospective employers. The content of a cover letter can be broken down into three basic parts:
- Introduction: Why are you contacting this person? How did you learn about the job? Who are you? What do you know about their organization (research)?
- Body: How can you benefit them? Tell how you are an ideal match for the job. Expand on relevant education, skills, and experience to offer additional details not found on your resume.
- Conclusion: Focus on the next step: the interview! Thank the reader for their time and consideration. Request an interview to further discuss your qualifications.
General Tips for Professional Correspondence:
- Your correspondence should be professional (content and format)
- Ensure there are no mistakes (typos, misspellings, factual errors)
- Always limit correspondence to one page
- Be sure to sign any correspondence
We offer UCF students online resources, available 24/7, to help plan for their career.
Explore Self, Majors and Careers
Create an account, UCF group license is Z7FGVYFU. Take free assessments to determine your values, interests, personality and skills. Match your preferences to career possibilities. Look at the career database which includes career profiles, job descriptions, educational requirements and career outlook information.
Princeton Review Career Autobiography
This site allows you to view information about thousands of careers, including, facts and figures, related majors, graduate programs, present and future information, and quality of life, two year, five years and ten years in.
The O*NET system serves as the nation’s primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations. The O*NET database houses this data and O*NET OnLine provides easy access to that information.
Learn about yourself with assessments and connect your academic plans with career goals. This site offers an interest inventory to profile work interests and help match them to career options; work values sorter to learn more about what you value regarding work tasks and work place environments; and a basic skills survey to help you learn more about 10 key skill areas to determine which skills need more development to achieve career goals.
To access this site: click on “Students, Adults and Postsecondary Sign In”, then click on “Jump in Access”.
What Can I Do with This Major?
Helps connect majors with careers. Includes common career areas, typical employers and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities. Also includes a list of websites that provide information about majors and careers.
Provides references to a variety of career planning and employment seeking tools.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Produced by the US Department of Labor, this resource overviews specific work tasks, employment environments, educational qualifications, job outlook, and salary ranges for a wide variety of occupations.
Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Provides practical information on jobs and careers. Articles cover a wide variety of career and work-related topics such as new and emerging occupations, training opportunities, salary trends, and results of new studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Career Research Guide
UCF Library link. To access off campus, you must first activate your library card. Provides references to a variety of career planning and employment seeking tools.
New resource with hundreds of articles about “how to become” almost any career. Includes over 200 careers to research.
Explore different careers! Job shadowing is the best option to explore the variety of career opportunities. Check out this website for some great interviews of different careers.
Orlando Business Journal
UCF has partnered with Orlando Business Journal to make their publication available online. Access OBJ through myUCF (Available only to current students). Instructions can be found by clicking on the link above.
Updated annually, this resource includes country-specific career and employment resources for over 80 locations and over 40 city career guides. You may access more than 600,000 worldwide job/internship listings and over 450,000 corporate profiles.
Please note: If you are accessing GoinGlobal off-campus, it must be accessed through KnightLink. Click HERE to create an account in KnightLink first.
Comprehensive search engine to research companies, people and industries.
Please note: If you are accessing this web page from an off-campus location, you will need to access the UCF library site and click on Articles and Databases (available only to current students).
Gives an inside look at salaries, reviews and interview questions for over 70,000 employers.
Glassdoor has exclusively created a video tutorial for the college program! The tutorial shows students how to navigate through the latest jobs, and also research our company reviews, salary data, interview questions, and benefits sections!
Check out the student version!
Prepare for the Job Search
Optimal Interview is an interactive tool that students can use to enhance their interviewing skills. Through videotaped experience students can build a customized virtual interview with the option to receive professional coaching and example responses representing various educational areas and professional levels.
Ready Prep Interview
A tool to use when preparing for an interview. Search for the position you are interviewing for. The questions are listed in the order of importance based on the skills and qualities needed to do the job.
The internet’s most popular job salary calculator. This resource offers free salary comparisons and cost of living indexes to help students make informed decision about compensation packages.
NACE Salary Calculator Center
The hub for compensation data, with salary data for more than 1,000 occupations in 560 regions of the United States.
Apply for a Job
Students can research information on over 120,000 employers as well as upload resumes, apply for job and internship opportunities, and schedule interviews through this online resource. Handshake has thousands of jobs available at any given time.
CareerSource Central Florida
Work with a Career Services consultant to help you with:
- Resume and cover letter writing
- Registering and searching for jobs in the state’s largest online database, Employ Florida Marketplace
- On-the-Job training/internships
- Professional development workshops
View their calendar of hiring events: CareerSource events calendar
Network of close to 100 “one-stop centers” throughout Florida to provide comprehensive job search assistance for all industries and skill levels.
Job opportunities posted by employers in alliance with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.
Access to Central Florida’s full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal jobs.
Customized job searches based on career field and geographical location.
Search jobs, company reviews and salaries by company name or job title.
Includes access from thousands of websites, major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages.
Search for job opportunities across the United States on Simply Hired. Browse by job category, city, state, employer and more.
UCF, one of the largest university in the country, is a metropolitan research university with an enrollment of more than 60,000 students. In addition to faculty positions, a wide variety of non-faculty positions are available and range from entry level through managerial in the areas of finance, administration, computer services, academic support, law enforcement, and facilities maintenance.
The ability to search over 57,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries. Search thousands of volunteer opportunities in your community. Includes Nonprofit Career Center with hundreds of job and internship listings.
Provides information on Federal Government job opportunities.
STEMN.com – Aerospace Job Portal
Research international organizations and employers!
Attend Graduate School
Offers information and direct links to a wide variety of graduate schools and programs.
Official test preparation materials for the GRE.
Provides information for preparation of graduate school entrance exams including sample tests and tutorials.