Current students and recent graduates (up to 2 years from your graduation date) are encouraged to schedule appointments with JMU Career Advisors to discuss careers, jobs, internships, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, graduate school, and any career-related topics - at least once every semester!

Did you know that scheduling a career advising appointment once a semester is one of the "5 Ways to be #CareerReady"?

Types of Career Advising Appointments

Resume Review: First Time

Appointment for students who have a first draft of their resume and have not had it reviewed before. If you do not have a resume currently, please visit our Resume Advice page to get started.

Resume Review: Follow-up

Appointment for students who have a second draft of their resume and have taken action based on feedback from a first time resume review.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Review

Appointment for students who have a draft of their CV and would like to have it reviewed. 

Cover Letter Review

Appointment for students who have a draft of a cover letter and would like to have it reviewed. Please bring a job or internship posting of interest to the appointment, so we can discuss how to tailor your cover letter to the position.


Appointment for students who are preparing for an interview and need help with topics including interview preparation, practice interview questions, and feedback on their BigInterview session. Please indicate in the appointment notes how we can best help you.

Internship Search

Appointment for students who are conducting an internship search and need help with tools and strategies.

Job Search

Appointment for students who are conducting a job search and need help with tools and strategies.

Graduate/Professional School

Appointment for students who are interested in learning more about the graduate school process (including resources, timelines, and application materials).

Career Exploration

Appointment for students who are choosing career paths or would like to take a career interest assessment.


Appointment for students who are looking to learn more about or better their profiles on Handshake or LinkedIn. 

Step-By-Step Instructions

If the "Make an Appointment on Handshake" link above does not prompt you to log in, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Type "jmu.joinhandshake.com" into any web browser
  • Step 2: Select "Career Center" (on the top right corner on desktop view, or in the hamburger menu on the top right corner on mobile device view)
  • Step 3: Select "Appointments" and choose "Schedule a New Appointment"
  • Step 4: Select your current class year
  • Step 5: Select the career topic that you'd like to discuss, the career advisor that you'd like to meet, and the time that works best for you
Technical Support and Additional Instructions

If you have technical difficulties with scheduling on Handshake, or finding a time, call us at 540-568-6555 or email us at career@jmu.edu. We're happy to help!

If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, you can do so online through Handshake at https://jmu.joinhandshake.com/appointments or by emailing career@jmu.edu.

In the case of inclement weather, staff members will be in touch with students to discuss whether appointments will still occur on a given day.

Convenient Ways to Meet Your Career Advisor

In-person appointments: These will be conducted in our office space, located in Suite 3250 on the 3rd floor of the Student Success Center (SSC). Please check in at the front desk when you arrive.

Phone appointments: If you did not include your phone number when you originally booked the appointment, please update your meeting on Handshake by visiting https://jmu.joinhandshake.com/appointments. You can add your phone number where it says, "Add Comment." A staff member will call you at this number at the time of your appointment.

Video/virtual appointments: You will need a computer with a webcam, or a phone/tablet with a camera, and you may need to download a browser plugin for Zoom (or the Zoom app on your phone/tablet). For career advising appointments, you can find the link for your appointment by logging into Handshake and visiting https://jmu.joinhandshake.com/appointments. Click on the appointment, and scroll to the "Where" section on the left-hand side. Click on this web address to start Zoom. If you have technical difficulties, you can send a message with your phone number to the University Career Center staff member by clicking "Add Comment" in your appointment in Handshake. Then the appointment can be switched to a phone appointment.

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