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Job and Internship Search Preparation

Saint Louis University Career Services has many resources available for you to use during your job search process, both online and in person.

Handshake: SLU's Job and Internship Database

Handshake is your comprehensive resource for all things Career Services. Find job and internship postings, information about career fairs and other events, sign up for on-campus interviews, view sample resumes and cover letters and more.

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Resumes and Cover Letters

Career Services can support you in the development of your job or internship application materials. These services include document critiques, sample documents and electronic document storage via Handshake.

In-person document critiques can be done Monday through Friday from 1-2 p.m. in our office. You can also upload your documents to Handshake and have them reviewed online.  Resumes, cover letters, and other documents can take up to three business days to be reviewed by Career Services.

A resume is a summary of your qualifications for employment and is often required when you apply for a job. It typically outlines the type of position you are seeking and highlights your education, experience, skills and other relevant information. A cover letter provides prospective employers with an introduction to you and how your skills, education and experience fit their open position.

The primary purpose of a resume and cover letter is to get you an interview. The goal of the interview is to be offered the position.

Upload Your Resume for a Resume Review

Resumes are generally reviewed within 24-72 hours. Allow extra time for review if you submit a resume before a University holiday or the weekend.

Resume and Cover Letter Handouts

Internships

As you explore your various career options, an internship can help you:

  • Apply knowledge you've learned in the classroom in a professional setting
  • Find out if a career field is right for you (or not)
  • Make connections with people doing the kind of work you want to do
  • Get real-world experience that will impress employers more than major or GPA

Schedule an Appointment with a Career Counselor

Networking

Did you know that only 20% of jobs are ever advertised? The remaining 80% represent the "hidden job market." This is where networking comes in. Usually, companies will look to people within the organization or to individuals who come recommended to them from people within the organization. This type of recruitment is very cost efficient for companies.

Networking is important for everyone, regardless of occupation or career path and involves establishing, building and maintaining professional relationships.

Advantages of Networking and How to Get Started (PDF)

Interviewing

Successful job applicants take the time to research a desired position, practice answering different types of questions, plan an appropriate wardrobe and are prepared to follow up quickly with a thank you note.

Steps to Acing a Great Interview (PDF)

Enhance your Skills with InterviewStream 

Employers Visiting Campus

Employers and other organizations visit campus throughout the academic year. The most common ways employers connect with students on campus are through career fairs and events, on-campus interviewing, and information tables and sessions. Check Handshake for more information on our career fairs and when employers are on campus.

Organizations representing a diverse range of career opportunities schedule on-campus interviews at SLU. Students will have an opportunity to schedule an on-campus interview for full-time, internship and summer opportunities. Off-campus interviews for jobs and internships may be scheduled at any time throughout the year.

All on-campus interviews are held the SLU Career Services office in Griesedieck Hall, lower-level, suite 130 unless otherwise noted. You must register in Handshake to take part.

Contact Career Services at 314-977-2828 or career_services@slu.edu if you have any questions.

On-Campus "No Show Policy"

If a student is scheduled for an interview and does not "decline interview", "cancel sign-up", or "withdraw application" via Handshake, or notify Career Services at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time as to why they cannot attend an interview, they will be considered a "No Show" and will immediately be suspended from on-campus interviewing and blocked from the Handshake database. The student must write a letter of apology to the company and submit a copy to Career Services. Once confirmation is received that the letter has been sent, the suspension will be lifted and the block removed.

Students who are invited for an interview and do not sign up or elect to decline the interview through Handshake will follow the above protocol.

Should a second offense take place, students will be required to meet with the Director of Career Services. Disciplinary action will be discussed at that time.

Multiple Interviews Policy

In an effort for Career Services to maintain good standing with our employers, once a student has accepted an internship or full-time job offer, they may not interview for other positions through Handshake. 

A violation of this policy may result in immediate suspension from On-Campus Interviewing and the use of Handshake.

Reneging on Offers Policy

If informed by an employer that a student has reneged on an accepted offer, the student will immediately be suspended from on-campus interviewing and blocked from the Handshake database.  The student must meet with a career services staff person to discuss the rationale and consequences of their decision.  If deemed necessary, the student will be required to write a letter of apology to the company and submit a copy to Career Services.  Once confirmation is received that the letter has been sent, the suspension will be lifted and block removed. 

Should a second offense take place, the student will be permanently blocked from participating in On-Campus Interviewing and permanently blocked form use of Handshake. 

Reciprocity Assistance 

If you are looking for an internship or job outside of St. Louis, you may be eligible to use the career-related services of other colleges and universities through our reciprocity assistance program.

For example, if you are job hunting in Chicago, SLU Career Services may be able to put you in touch with a university there that can help. In turn, SLU Career Services can offer assistance to students from that university who may be job hunting in St. Louis.

Services offered through other schools may be limited, as institutions offer different levels of reciprocity and access. SLU Career Services cannot guarantee assistance from any other school.

Applying for Reciprocity Career Services

Career Services will contact the schools for you with a request of reciprocity. As we hear back from the schools, we will email you their contact information. It will be up to you to make contact with them and start the process. Contact career services with any other questions.

Reciprocity Request Form

If you are a non-SLU student requesting access to SLU's Career Services, contact our office by sending the name and email address of your career center's director to career_services@slu.edu.

Reciprocal Services for Students Who Attend A Jesuit College or University

If you attend or are an alumnus of a Jesuit college or university, the following services may be available to you through SLU so long as you are a current undergraduate or graduate student or it has been less than three years since you graduated.

  • Three month full access to our job/internship database, Handshake, with the exception of on-campus recruiting activities
  • Resume critique service.
  • Walk-in hours from 1-2 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Access to career fairs at no charge
  • Complimentary 30 to 45 minute counseling/job search session. Subsequent sessions at a charge of $75 for career counseling, $25 per career assessment (includes appointment for interpretation).
Reciprocal Services for Students Who Do Not Attend a Jesuit College or University

If you did not attend or are not an alumnus of a Jesuit college or university, the following services may be available to you through SLU so long as you are a current undergraduate or graduate student or it has been less than one year since you graduated.

  • One month "browse-only" access to our online job database, Handshake
  • Career counseling appointment for a $100 fee and career assessments for $25 each
  • Access to career fairs for a $10 charge