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

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.