Welcome to the UGA Career Center

The Career Center provides a wide variety of services to UGA students and alumni, including Major & Career Exploration, Resume & Cover Letter Critiques, Job & Internship Searching, and much more. Follow the links below to explore our services and resources.

Explore Majors/Careers

4 Year Career Development Plan

This plan provides suggestions for your time at UGA. The timing and priority of each task can be dependent on your career goals. If you need help deciding where to start or what to do next, attend Career Center Drop-In Hours every weekday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. to meet with a Career Center team member.

Exploring Majors at UGA

We believe that in order to figure out what you want to do in life, you need to know who you are first. That’s why the Career Center takes a comprehensive approach in helping you choose a major. We think that it’s important for you to be aware of your personality, interests, values, and skills in order to find the major that best fits you.

Career Assessments

The Career Center has a number of assessments that can aid you in choosing your major, planning your course of study, and determining your career path. They can help you assess your interests, personality, values, and skills while also demonstrating links between majors and careers.

"What Can I Do with a Major In...?"

The UGA Career Center's "What Can I Do with a Major In ... ?" pages address questions such as "What does my major prepare me for?" and "Where have UGA graduates with a particular major found employment?"

UGA Mentor Program

The UGA Mentor Program provides students with the opportunity to connect with experienced UGA alumni. You can explore various majors, roles, and industries via connecting with alumni via a 30-minute informational interview and/or 16-week mentoring relationship. There's a better way to network. Join mentor.uga.edu.

UGA Career Outcomes

The UGA Career Outcomes Initiative provides insight into the employment and continuing education status of UGA graduates within an average of 6 months of their graduation date. Learn more about where our graduates go, and what they do, after graduation!

Resumes/Cover Letters

Career Readiness Skills

Employers and graduate programs want students and recent graduates who know how to articulate and use their talents, strengths, and skills. Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.

Resume Breakdown

Apply these practical guidelines for creating a resume in a simple format for tailoring your experiences toward specific opportunities.

Marketing Your Part-Time Work

Create bullet points to describe your work experiences by using these suggestions as a starting point for tone, structure, and potential content.

Marketing Your Other Experience

Use these suggestions to describe some of your experiences from beyond the workplace, including student-related activities, on-campus jobs, and opportunities offered by the UGA Career Center.

Strong Action Verbs

On your resume, choose words that represent the skills and qualities that employers and graduate schools often say they want candidates to demonstrate. Remember to add in numbers, dollars, and percentages when possible.

Resume Examples

Explore fully-articulated examples that showcase different majors, class years, accomplishments, or industries. The basic resume sample provides general recommendations for resume content and formatting.

Steps to Cover Letter Success

A cover letter is a great way to show how your experiences, characteristics, and skills align with a job or internship opportunity. We can help you learn the foundational elements for a successful cover letter and share frequently asked questions answered by one of UGA's top employers.

Cover Letter & Reference Examples

A cover letter and reference page are typical application materials for the job and graduate school search. Get started on your cover letter and reference page materials using these examples to apply tips on formatting, structure, and content.

Tailored Job Search Materials

Tailored (or targeted) application materials are those that help differentiate your candidacy by highlighting specific skill sets that support those identified in the job description.

Email Correspondence Examples

Use these examples to help with job search and graduate school-related emails. Examples include networking inquiries, application and career fair follow-ups, thank you notes, and accepting/declining an offer.

Job/Internship Search

5 Ways to Get Experience

When searching for resume-building experiences, consider options outside of full- and part-time jobs and internships. There are many other ways to gain experience that will build your resume and gain the interest of employers and graduate schools.

Navigating Your Job and Internship Search

Find UGA Career Center or other relevant online resources to search for jobs and internships. Identify networking methods that benefit the search for employment opportunities.

Part-Time Employment at UGA

Having a job while attending UGA is a great way to build the important skills employers want to see on your resume. Learn more about how you can translate these skills onto your resume.

Top 5 Job Search Resources

Expand your search by using our most recommended methods for finding employment opportunities. This brief list includes both general and specialized resources.

Handshake Student User Guide

Handshake, UGA’s job and internship platform, connects students to thousands of jobs, internships, employers, and events using simple and powerful search tools and alerts.

International Student Employment FAQ

If you are an international student at the University of Georgia, we can help you find answers to common questions about international student employment.

Social Media Tips & Online Resources

According to the 2018 Career Builder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process. Check out the Career Center's tips to help you ensure your social media is appropriate and professional.

Researching Employers

Researching a company, organization, or graduate school is integral in any search. By gaining more information about the structure and culture, you can better assess if the environment suits you and your career aspirations.

How to Get Career Fair Ready

Career fairs are an easy way for students and alumni to meet recruiters, find internships and jobs, and gather company information. Let us help you to prepare and leave a great first impression.

Introducing Yourself to an Employer

An elevator pitch can be used to introduce yourself at a career fair or networking event with employers. Let us help you develop and practice your pitch.

Avoiding Job Scams

You should always be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position. Let us assist you in finding resources and techniiques that can help you avoid job scams.

Intern for a Day Program

The UGA Career Center’s Intern For A Day Program is a volunteer "job shadowing" opportunity for students to spend 1 day observing and often working with professionals, investigating a career field and experiencing a typical day or week on the job.

Networking

Build Your Network

According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Yale University report, 70% of today’s jobs are obtained through networking. Networking does not require that you know lots of people—only that you want to know more people than you do now. Though it may seem intimidating, all you need is preparation, time, and effort.

How to Leverage LinkedIn

Learn the basics of personal branding on LinkedIn, strategies for networking and career research, and tips for proactive networking and optimization of your LinkedIn profile.

Diversity & Inclusion Resources

The Career Center is committed to serving all students at UGA. We are excited to provide resources for any UGA student who values diversity and inclusion.

Find a UGA Mentor

Networking with experienced UGA alumni can help you get ahead in life and career, but where do you even start? The UGA Mentor Program narrows down the world of possibilities to meaningful connections.

Informational Interviews 101

An informational interview is an opportunity to spend time with a professional in a career field of interest. These interviews may also be useful in a graduate school search as you explore and narrow down your options.

Interview Preparation

How to Dress for Success

Learn the difference between Business Professional and Business Casual attire. Use the provided tips and visuals to help determine how to dress appropriately for professional activities.

Ultimate Guide to Interviews

An interview gives the opportunity for both the employer and candidate to evaluate each other. The employer has an opportunity to make a more in-depth assessment of the candidate; the candidate has a chance to interact with organization representatives.

Sample Interview Questions

You can schedule a mock interview with your career consultant to practice your responses to any type of interview question.

Acing the Interview

Learn the STAR technique to ace your next behavioral-based interview. Example questions and answers show the effectiveness of using STAR to showcase your skills and experiences.

Tips for Phone and Video Interviews

Employers often use telephone and video interviews to screen and narrow a pool of applicants just like they would with an in-person interview; therefore, you should adequately prepare for a phone or video interview, even though it may seem like a casual conversation.

Negotiation 101

Salary negotiation can be an intimidating process, but the Career Center is here to help.

Big Interview

When preparing for a job or graduate school interview, it's not enough to only read advice - you need to put that advice into practice! Use Big Interview to get hands-on practice with mock interviews tailored to your specific industry, job and experience level.

Graduate School Preparation

Steps to Graduate & Professional School

Applying to graduate school is no easy task. It requires careful planning and consideration to make a sound financial and academic decision.

Applying to Graduate & Professional School

Get started on the graduate and professional school application process using our nine steps. From researching schools to requesting letters of recommendation, explore instructions and resources to help keep you on track.

Personal Statements: Do's and Don’ts

The personal statement is your opportunity to sell yourself in your application process. Let us help you show yourself in the most positive way possible.

Personal Statement Examples

Use these examples as you begin writing your personal statement. Check out writing samples on how to make your introductions more interesting, best describe your experiences, and conclude your ideas.

Click/tap below to review the Career Center's "Student" and "Interview No-Show/Cancellation" Policies

Handshake Account Usage Policy

Access to Handshake is provided exclusively to currently enrolled UGA students and alumni. Individual account holders are prohibited from sharing their access to the system with other individuals (UGA or external). UGA students or alumni who violate this policy are, at the discretion of the UGA Career Center, subject to lose their access to Handshake including their interviewing privileges at the UGA Career Center.

Fradulent Job & Internship Posting Warning & Disclaimer

The university does not endorse or recommend employers, and a posting does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. The university explicitly makes no representations or guarantees about job listings or the accuracy of the information provided by the employer. The university is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment without limitation. It is the responsibility of students to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting private, off-campus employment and to thoroughly research the facts and reputation of each organization to which they are applying. Students should be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.

 

Interview No-Show/Cancellation Policy

The UGA Career Center has a strict no show and cancellation policy for on campus and virtual interviews. If a student cancels a scheduled interview less than 24 hours before the scheduled interview time, or if the student does not show up for a scheduled interview, the student’s Handshake account will be blocked. This policy will be enforced no matter what the reason (sickness, family emergency, car trouble, exam schedule, work conflict, etc.).

In order to have his/her Handshake account unblocked, the student must write an apology/explanation letter and email that to the employer within 48 hours of the missed interview. In addition, Holly Getchell, Director of Employer Relations, must be copied on that email. It is the student’s responsibility to look up the employer’s contact information. They can do so by coming to the Career Center front desk and looking in the on campus interview binder that holds employer contact information. This information will not be provided over the phone or via email. If a student fails to do the aforementioned tasks, his/her Handshake account will remain blocked.

Students unable to keep an appointment for a campus interview must cancel the interview through Handshake by 12:00 noon, two working days prior to the scheduled interview time. Students who fail to cancel their interviews in time and students who fail to appear for scheduled interviews may lose their interviewing privileges through the Career Center.

Student/Alumni Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker

Choosing and attaining meaningful post-graduation employment is an important challenge for college students/alumni. To aid this process, your career center and employers develop connections and programs, such as on-campus recruiting, resume referral services, and job fairs, in which you and your fellow students/alumni are active participants. In order for this process to be successful, everyone involved must work together. These principles provide guidelines for that process in order to guarantee:

  • That students/alumni can openly, freely, and objectively select employment opportunities, making these choices based on their assessment of the best use of their abilities, their personal goals, and other pertinent facts;
  • A recruitment process that is fair and equitable to students/alumni and employers alike;
  • Support for informed and responsible decision making by students/alumni.

Students/Alumni: Here's What You Can Reasonably Expect From Your Career Center

1. Confidentiality.  Career Center staff members are expected to exercise sound judgment and fairness in maintaining the confidentiality of student information, regardless of the source, including written records, reports, and computer data bases. Disclosure of student information outside the college/university should only be made with your prior consent unless health and safety considerations necessitate the distribution of such information.

2. Freedom of choice.  You're entitled to be assisted by the Career Center staff in developing a career plan and making career decisions without having staff members' biases or personal values imposed upon you.

3. Access to all services and events.  Career centers may charge students/alumni for registering or taking part in certain services or events. Such fees should be sufficiently nominal so as not to hinder you from participating.

4. Access to career information.  All students/alumni, regardless of personal or educational background, should be provided by Career Center staff members with equal and full access to information on career opportunities and types of employing organizations. Career Center staff members are also expected to inform you how and where to obtain information which may influence your decisions about an employing organization.

5. Testing information.  Career Center staff members should inform you of the availability of testing, the purpose of the tests, and the disclosure policies regarding test results.

Students/Alumni: Here's What You Can Reasonably Expect From Employers

1. Confidentiality.  Employers are expected to maintain the confidentiality of student information, regardless of the source, including personal knowledge, written records/reports, and computer databases. An employer shouldn't disclose information about you to another organization without your prior written consent, unless necessitated by health and/or safety considerations.

2. Accurate information.  Employers are expected to provide accurate information about their organizations and employment opportunities. This includes, but is not limited to, positions available, responsibilities, career advancement opportunities, and benefits.

3. Freedom from undue pressure.  Employers are expected to provide you with a reasonable amount of time to make a decision about accepting an employment offer.  They are also expected to provide you with a reasonable process for making your decision. An unreasonable process, for example, is one in which the student is told that the offer is good for a set amount of time; unbeknownst to the student, the same offer has been made to others-and the student who accepts first gets the job. In addition, it is improper for employers to pressure you to revoke your acceptance of another job offer.

4. Timely communication.  Employers are expected to inform you of your status in the hiring process and communicate hiring decisions within the agreed-upon time frame.

5. Fair treatment.  If an employer is required by changing conditions to revoke a job offer that you've accepted, you're entitled to a fair and equitable course of action. That can include, but is not limited to, financial assistance and outplacement service.

6. Testing information.  Employers should inform you in advance of any testing, the purpose of the tests, and their policies regarding disclosure of test results.

7. Nondiscrimination.  Employers are expected to avoid discrimination in their recruitment activities and to follow equal employment opportunity and affirmative action principles.

Students/Alumni: Your Role in this Process

1.  Assume ownership and responsibility for your career development and job search process.  The process of career development - from career exploration to the job search process - is a partnership in which you must take an active role.  Using your Career Center to find a job is like using your gym to get in shape.  You can't just snap your fingers and you're physically fit...you have to exercise- lift weights, run laps, and work out.  Likewise, you need to "work out" at your Career Center.  Your Career Center workout may consist of registering for Handshake, meeting with your Career Consultant, and attending programs on resume writing, networking, and the job search.  By partnering with the Career Center, you'll be able to enhance your career development skills and, ultimately, become more successful in your job search.

2. Provide accurate information about your academic work and records, including courses taken, grades, positions held, and duties performed.  You can, however, refuse to provide an employer with specific information about any job offers you may have received from other employers. You do not have to name the organizations that have made you offers, nor do you have to provide specific information about what salaries you've discussed with those organizations. Instead, you can give broad responses to such questions, naming types of employers-"I've interviewed with employers in the retail industry"-and offering salary ranges rather than specific dollar amounts-"The salary offers I've received have been in the $25,000 to $30,000 range." Incidentally, it's in your best interest to research salaries and to let employers know that you have done so.

3. Be honest.  Conduct your job search with honesty and integrity. Do not lie or stretch the truth on your resume, applications, or during any part of the interview process.

4. Interview genuinely.  Interview only with employers you're sincerely interested in working for and whose eligibility requirements you meet. "Practice" interviewing is misleading to employers-wasting both their time and money-and prevents sincerely interested candidates from using those interview slots.

5. Adhere to schedules.  Appear for all interviews, on campus and elsewhere, unless unforeseeable events prevent you from doing so. And, if you can't make the interview because of an unforeseeable event, notify your career center and the employer at the earliest possible moment.

6. Don't keep employers hanging.  Communicate your acceptance or refusal of a job offer to employers as promptly as possible, so they can notify other candidates that they are still being considered or that the position is filled.

7. Accept a job offer in good faith.  When you accept an offer, you should have every intention of honoring that commitment. Accepting an offer only as a precautionary measure is misleading to the employer and may restrict opportunities for others who are genuinely interested in that employer.

8. Withdraw from recruiting when your job search is completed.  If you accept an offer or decide that full-time graduate or professional studies are for you, notify your career center and withdraw from the on-campus recruiting process immediately. And, let employers that are actively considering you for a job know that you are now out of the running.
     By informing everyone that you've got a job or are headed to graduate school, you not only get the chance to brag but also to help your friends who are trying to get on interview schedules or who are being considered for positions.

9. Claim fair reimbursement.  If an employer has agreed to reimburse you for expenses you incur in its recruitment process, your request should be only for reasonable and legitimate expenses.

10. Obtain the career information you need to make an informed choice about your future.  It's up to you to acquire the information about career opportunities, organizations, and any other information that might influence your decisions about an employing organization.

11.  Follow student event policy.  To help ensure a pleasant and productive environment for all participants, the following guidelines have been established:  1) Career Fairs are open to UGA students and alumni only.  2) Respect all participants (employers, job seekers, and staff).  3)  Appropriate attire is required and is determined by event.  Some events require Professional or Business Attire.  4) For safety reasons, the doorways to the event (inside and out) and the surrounding areas must be kept clear at all times.  5) Participants are expected to cooperate with all reasonable requests made by members of the staff and all reasonable requests of any person acting in an official capacity as a representative of the participating institutions.  6) If questions or concerns arise during the event, please contact a member of the Career Center staff for assistance.

12.  Follow the Handshake usage policy.  Access to Handshake is provided exclusively to currently enrolled UGA students and alumni. Individual account holders are prohibited from sharing their access to the system with other individuals (UGA or external).  UGA students or alumni who violate this policy are, at the discretion of the UGA Career Center, subject to lose their access to Handshake, including their interviewing privileges at the UGA Career Center. Other policy violations, such as not showing up for a scheduled campus interview and/or RSVP event, could lead students' to lose their access to Handshake.

13.  Request accommodations if necessary - Career Center Disability Access Policy.  The Career Center is committed to providing access for all people with disabilities and will provide accommodations if notified in advance. To request accommodations please contact us at (706) 542-3375.

14.  Be aware of fraudulent job postings - Career Center Fraudulent Jobs Policy.  The University of Georgia's (UGA) Career Center does not endorse any employer and urges students/alumni to use good judgment in all of their interactions with employers. The UGA Career Center suggests that students/alumni request business references for unknown organizations before interviewing with them off campus. The UGA Career Center advises students/alumni to interview in public places only. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the validity of an employer's job posting, interview practices, or any other interaction you may have with an employer please contact UGA's Career Center at 706-542-3375.  If you are actively seeking employment, don't fall for one of the many forms of employment scams.  See below tips on how to avoid employment scams and/or click here - http://www.career.uga.edu/multimedia/bbb.pdf - for additional information from The Better Business Bureau that can help educate you on how to protect yourself from fraudulent job postings or staffing agencies.  Typically, you can identify an employment scam because:  1) You must give your credit card or bank account numbers, or copies of personal documents - but you get nothing in writing.  2) You must send payment by wire service or courier.  3) You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account - often for depositing checks or transferring money.  4) You receive an unexpectedly large check.

15.  Read, respond, and act on student e-mail notices - The UGA Career Center uses e-mail to notify students/alumni about newly posted positions, upcoming deadlines, or last minute changes to interview schedules. Employers will primarily use your email for notifications, so it's critical to check your e-mail on a regular basis!

16.  Monitor Your Online Identity.  Social networking profiles (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter) are public and can be viewed by employers.  Therefore, it is important for you to review your social networking profiles and delete anything questionable.  Edit anything that may be used for discrimination or may be viewed as inappropriate, controversial, or scandalous.  Google yourself or use multiple search engines to find out what employers might see when searching for your name, email address, screen name, and phone number.  If you find information you feel could be detrimental to your candidacy or career, see about getting it removed- and make sure you have an answer ready to counter or explain "digital dirt."

17.  Develop a professional e-mail address and voice mail message.  When corresponding with employers, it is important to present a professional image.  Email addresses such as BrewDawg"at" email.com or sassy "at" email.edu may have personal meaning to you, but to employers, they represent someone who lacks professionalism. Your telephone voice mail message should also reflect professionalism.  Make sure that the greeting has a businesslike tone.  Avoid having music playing in the background or using inappropriate language.


The UGA Career Center has a strict no show and cancellation policy for on campus and virtual interviews. If a student cancels a scheduled interview less than 24 hours before the scheduled interview time, or if the student does not show up for a scheduled interview, the student’s Handshake account will be blocked. This policy will be enforced no matter what the reason (sickness, family emergency, car trouble, exam schedule, work conflict, etc.).

In order to have his/her Handshake account unblocked, the student must write an apology/explanation letter and email that to the employer within 48 hours of the missed interview. In addition, Holly Getchell, Director of Employer Relations, must be copied on that email. It is the student’s responsibility to look up the employer’s contact information. They can do so by coming to the Career Center front desk and looking in the on campus interview binder that holds employer contact information. This information will not be provided over the phone or via email. If a student fails to do the aforementioned tasks, his/her Handshake account will remain blocked.

Students unable to keep an appointment for a campus interview must cancel the interview through Handshake by 12:00 noon, two working days prior to the scheduled interview time. Students who fail to cancel their interviews in time and students who fail to appear for scheduled interviews may lose their interviewing privileges through the Career Center.