Job Search Planning

Your job search starts with having a clear understanding of your values, interests, personality traits, and skills. In the Career Center, we call this your VIPS. Understanding your VIPS helps you create a focused plan of action and develop effective resumes and cover letters.

Next, it is important to research potential jobs, careers, and industries and make connections to learn more about potential paths. Having a clear focus will greatly inform your search and help you stay competitive in the job market. Making the jump from college to work is challenging. The Career Center team is here to help you throughout the process.


Networking plays a critical role in a successful job and internship search, but is often overlooked.

Short-Term Opportunities and Gap Year

Many students choose to participate in one or two-year service experiences after graduation. These opportunities enrich your skills and knowledge while contributing to communities locally, nationally and globally.

Resources for Teaching English Abroad

Teaching English is an excellent way to simultaneously gain work experience and see the world. We hope this guide will provide you with some useful information about teaching English abroad. Please note that the information provided is to be used as a starting point, and students should conduct their own thorough research before pursuing any of these opportunities. Lewis & Clark is not affiliated with, nor do they endorse, any of these programs.

Helpful Job Search Resources

Looking for additional resources to support you in your search. Find both national and international resources to support you.

Basic Search Strategies

Finding a job takes time, so give yourself the necessary time. You will want to use multiple strategies for your search including web-based databases, job fairs, and career events, and various networking opportunities. Approximately 80% of hires are found through networking or making connections. Keep this in mind as you allocate time to your job search.

Below are some helpful resources and links to get you started:


The Career Center offers access to internships, jobs, and fellowships through our online platform, Handshake. Log in with your L&C username and password, complete your profile and start getting personalized job and internship recommendations. 

LinkedIn Jobs

Create a profile highlighting your skills and experiences and leverage the world’s largest professional network to build relationships and connect with opportunity. Use LinkedIn Jobs to harness the power of your network to uncover insights such as whom you know at a company, providing you an edge in your job search.



Glassdoor is a free social network for job-searching and career development. What makes Glassdoor interesting and unique is that they provide specialized information about companies such as salaries, company reviews, interview questions and more - usually provided by people working for the company, people have interacted with said company and the companies themselves. The information is one-of-a-kind and it can be really helpful when making decisions concerning what companies to apply to.

Employment Agencies

Some people may use an employment agency to help with the job search process. An employment agency is a firm hired by a company to help with its staffing needs. Employment agencies find people to fill all kinds of jobs, from temporary to full-time, in a number of career fields. 

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 Resumes and CVs

You have 20 seconds to grab the attention of an employer with your resume. It is important to clearly and concisely demonstrate your unique knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae) is what gives a potential employer a quick, concise, and information-rich picture of your skills and experience as they apply to the particular position for which you are applying.

New to creating effective resumes? Here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Begin with a Master Document outlining all of your experiences and skills. This document can be as long as you need to capture all of your experiences.
  2. Think about accomplishment and contributions, not just job responsibilities. Write action statements that reflect what you did, how you did and why it was important for each experience.
  3. Edit and refine your Master Document to one page to target specific positions. For most undergraduates or recent college graduates, a resume will be one page (two at the very most). In the U.S., a CV tends to be longer, covers more categories and is more appropriate when applying for academic positions. Internationally, sometimes the terms resume and CV are used interchangeably. Make sure to read your job, fellowship, or internship description carefully to see what length of document they are requesting.
  4. Review your documents more than once with help from Career Center. Remember: Your resume is the best reflection of you and your skills so spend some time re-editing and getting critical feedback!

Resources/Books available in the Career Center Library:

  • Vault Guide to Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing
  • Resumes for College Students & Recent Graduates
  • From College to Career – Entry-Level Resumes for Any Major (Asher)
  • How to Prepare Your Curriculum Vitae (Jackson, Geckeis)

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Cover Letters

Your cover letter is usually your first official introduction to an employer. Unlike your resume, your cover letter is written in a narrative style. This is your chance to showcase your writing skills, personality, and enthusiasm while highlighting the specific skills and experience that make YOU the right choice for the job. Employers will look for all of these things in your cover letter and use it as a key part of their overall assessment of you.

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Depending on your major and interest areas, it may be helpful to have a portfolio to showcase some of your work. A professional portfolio is a career tool that can communicate and demonstrate an applicant’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies with documented evidence of performance. Just as with a resume, there is no one right way to create a career portfolio. There are basic elements that should be included in every portfolio, such as a bio. But portfolios are also a reflection of an individual; therefore, portfolios should be tailored to the individual career goals of each person. Below are a variety of resources to help you develop a portfolio. You can schedule an appointment at the Career Center to review your portfolio with a professional staff member.

Marquette University Career Services Center - Portfolios

Florida State University Career Center - Sample Portfolios

Rochester Institute of Technology - Portfolio Prep

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While your resume and cover letter can get you in the door, they’re only designed to get you to the next step – the job interview. This is where hiring decisions are made so preparing for your interview is critically important. While you cannot anticipate every question you will be asked, you can prepare for many of them.

For many applicants, the interview is the most stressful part of the entire job search process. But it’s also your opportunity to shine and stand apart from the crowd. Practice is key so schedule a Mock Interview with a Career Counselor to work out the kinks!

Need help?

Resources/Books available in the Career Center Library:

  • Vault Guide to Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing
  • Knock ‘Em Dead (Yate)
  • Sweaty Palms (Medley)
  • The Career Center’s Interview Information Guide

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