Duke's New Online Resume, CV, and Cover Letter Builder

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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center

You can now get assistance with application documents  24/7!

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In an effort to best serve students’ needs for resume and cover letter development, the Duke Career Center is introducing a new tool this year.  OptimalResume can provide you with resume and cover letter templates, tips and suggestions, and each document outlines best practices in developing your format and content.

Three steps to the document builder—give it a try now.

To get started on document creation:

  • Select NEW USER in the top right corner
  • Sign in with your Duke netID.
    Complete the Contact/Login Information and Education Information Sections of your profile.  **Use proper capitalization and spelling, as these fields will auto-populate into your documents for you. Consider the most appropriate name you would like on your resume—legal name?  Preferred Name? 
  • Save and Continue.

You are ready to create a new resume, letter or interview!

  • Name your document–because you’ll have multiple versions, name it using date or industry focus (e.g. Nonprofit 10.19)
  • I recommend you Browse Samples and try using one of the population-specific resumes by industry.

Samples are labeled by the audiences for which they are intended. 

  • Undergraduates options are standard, technical, or public policy specific resume format.
  • Graduate student options are academic CV, doctoral non-academic resume, a master’s resume for non-engineers, and an engineering master’s resume.

Open the sample you want to use, then edit it to include your information by selecting sections and inputting your details. Each section has recommendations for how to best write active bullet points, how to format your information, and other best practices.

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If you have questions on creating a document, there are tutorial videos built in to the system which you can view by choosing View under Recorded Trainings at the bottom of the page. 

If you still need assistance after you’ve used Optimal Resume, please refer to the Career Center Events to find Drop-in Advising hours convenient for your schedule and come visit us.