Complete a Foundational Resume

A resume is not just a list of your job-related credentials and experiences. Instead, you should look at a resume as a marketing tool that provides employers with a snapshot of your work experience as it relates to a specific job. Creating a foundational resume means putting together a college-level resume. From this point forward, you can use the resume to add professional skills, credentials and experiences. To complete the requirement, you will use the Optimal Resume building system, which students access through MC's Handshake portal.

When is this requirement usually completed?

For traditional students, the creation of a Foundational Resume is part of the First Year Seminar (FYS 110) curriculum. Transfer and nontraditional students may make an appointment with the Career Center to complete this requirement outside of FYS.

Who approves this requirement?

Career Center staff will offer clear guidelines on how to start, complete, and submit your foundational resume through Handshake. Following submission, your resume will be evaluated for quality by the Center’s staff. To receive credit, your resume must be labeled active in Handshake.

Where can I get more information?

In your FYS class and/or at the Career Center, you will receive step-by-step instructions on how to complete the foundational resume assignment. Please talk to your FYS professor or make an appointment with the Career Center to seek one-on-one guidance. Find more resources about the Foundational Resume on MC's Handshake site. Faculty should consult the Maryville College Works: Faculty Information page on the Tartan.