Job Search Preparation

Career Services Center provides the following services and resources to JSU students and alumni to help choose a major, develop a personal career plan, learn job search skills and find employment. To discover more, click one of the categories below.

Choosing a Major/Career
Learn more details about approaching a career and/or deciding upon your major.
Preparing for Graduate School
Tools to help you in your preparation for graduate school
Job Search Preparation
Prepare for your job search with these helpful resources.
Finding Jobs & Internships
Search for temporary and full-time employment to enhance your educational experience.

The Career Services Center offers a variety of tools and resources to assist you in preparing for your job search. Those resources include providing assistance with resume and cover letter writing and interview preparation.


Your resume should be a tailored document that highlights your education, work experience and skills. it should provide a summary of your qualifications for a job, internship, scholarship, assistantship, co-op, or other position. Think of it as a personal brochure that markets you!


Networking is simply gathering information from and making contacts through the people you already know. Recruiting experts agree that a very small percentage of jobs are found by going through classified sections of the newspaper. In fact, around 80 percent of jobs are found through networking.


Before applying for a position within an organization, you should first do some research to find out essential information about it. You should do this to discover the employer's needs and make sure your qualifications are a good fit for the organization. You also need to have as much information about the organization as possible before going into an interview, because the interviewer may ask you pointed questions to assess how much you know about the company.


Interviews allow employers to assess you as a complete person, rather than just your qualifications on the printed page. Employers want to gauge whether or not you would be a good "fit" for their organization. This is also an opportunity for you to find out the same thing about the employer. Most employers consider the interview to be the most important part of the hiring decision. Access the Career Guide to see how you can begin preparing for your interviews. Also, log-on to Interview Stream, a software tool developed to enhance your job interviewing skills and develop an edge over the competition.


While your skills and experiences are essential to finding a job or internship, looking professional is an important part of landing a position. Having just the right suit will not get you a job, but looking disheveled and unprofessional can surely prevent you from receiving an offer.