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Welcome to Handshake!
Handshake is the place to go for all of your job and internship needs. Employers have posted several full-time and part-time jobs as well as internship opportunities for you. In addition, Handshake has several informational resources to help you make the most of your job and internship search. Please take a moment to set up an account to explore all the possibilities.
Strong Interest Inventory (self-assessment)
Want to find the right career for you? One that aligns with your interests and personality? This self assessment not only helps you learn more about yourself, but will give you an idea of the right career path for you.
Online Resume Resources
A resume is the first essential component to the job search process. It’s not only a snap shot of your academic and professional experiences, but its also your ticket to an interview. Employers are now inundated with resumes from candidates. Learn how to make your resume standout so it gets noticed.
Job Search Letters (explanation and samples)
During the job/internship search process, it will be necessary to utilize several different types of professional letters. Employers do actually read the letters so it is extremely important that they are error-free. It is strongly recommended that you have more than one person proofread your materials. Below are explanations and samples of each type of letter.
A cover letter is an introduction to your resume and the first document an employer reads. It is a way to assess your writing skills while you clearly and concisely explain the position in which you are interested and how you’re the right person for the job. To view sample cover letters, click on:
Prospecting Letter (also called Letter of Interest of Letter of Inquiry)
A prospecting letter is sent to an employer to see if they are hiring but have not advertised a specific position. This is done most often when a prospective employee has a significant interest in a certain company. The content of the letter should include the reason(s) why you are so attracted to the organization and how you are the right fit for them.
Offer Rejection Letters
If you have been offered a position and choose to not accept it, be sure to let the employer know in a courteous manner. Writing a letter to let them know that you will not be accepting their position is the professional thing to do. Never say anything negative about the employer or the organization. Just be brief and to the point.
Once you verbally accept a job offer, it is a good idea to write a letter of acceptance and send it to the employer. This shows you are professional and have a commitment to the challenge. In the letter you should politely accept the offer and outline the details discussed such as salary, benefits and first day of employment.
Thank You Letters
Incorporating thank you letters into the interview process is always a positive thing. The purpose of this type of letter is to thank the interviewer for her/his time, to reiterate your interest in the position, to include anything you forgot to mention in the interview, and to remind the employer why you are the qualified individual for the position. A great many people don’t take the time to write thank you notes, but those who do usually get the jobs!
The interview is arguably the most important part of the job search process. Its not just a reiteration of the information on your resume. Rather, an employer is looking to see if you will be the right fit for their organization. Do you know what to wear? Which questions they will ask? How to research the place of potential employment beforehand? Knowing the answer to these and other questions can ease the anxiety of the interviewing stage.