Binghamton University's Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development has announced the launch of a new online résumé review platform, VMock, that offers students access to 24/7 résumé assistance.
Students can effortlessly upload their résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) to VMock for instant feedback and insights on how to strengthen the document so that it reads well and looks professional.
VMock assesses components like action verbs, format and how well five core competencies (analytical, communication, leadership, teamwork and initiative) are reflected in the document. Using a scoring system, VMock analyzes the strength of a document and places it in either a green, yellow or red zone, then provides recommendations to achieve green zone status. After adjustments are made, students are encouraged to meet with Fleishman Center staff for individualized feedback and to finalize their document so they can move to the next level in their career action plans.
When senior industrial systems engineering major, Rabi Ibrahim, was introduced to VMock she was "immediately blown away," she said. "My favorite part was the overall résumé score that gives you a percentage on how well you've followed the recommended guidelines. VMock is essentially an efficient and easy-to-use online resume consultant."
Fleishman Center staff conduct over 7,200 one-on-one career consulting sessions on an annual basis, of which over 30 percent involve résumé or CV reviews.
Many initial appointments Fleishman Center staff have with students involve basic résumé editing, such as layout, format and use of action verbs, which will be caught by the VMock platform. Individual consulting sessions can now focus on more advanced résumé conversations and/or move to other topics such as conducting a job or internship search, tailoring a cover letter or preparing for an upcoming interview.
"By offering this new self-service resource, our staff will be able to use individual sessions to have more meaningful conversations with students, such as tailoring the résumé to specific careers and industries, exploring career options, conducting a targeted search, networking and more," said Denise Lorenzetti, director of the Fleishman Center.
"VMock has been incredibly helpful," said Erica Miner, a graduate student in public administration. "I was able to easily improve my résumé by adding quantification into my bullet points. After making some small edits, my résumé more accurately portrays the scope of the work I have been doing."
To use VMock, students can login vmock.com/Binghamton and login with their pods username and password. After choosing their school and major program, they simply upload a résumé or CV in PDF format and click 'show feedback' for instant suggestions. Students can then edit their documents to incorporate the recommendations from VMock. FAQs and additional information on how to use VMock can be found online.
If you have any questions about VMock, contact the Fleishman Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.