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1) Activate your Handshake account
  • On Handshake, students can:
    • Find internships and jobs that fit students' academic and career interests
    • Register for career fairs and workshop
    • Make an appointment with a JMU Career Advisor
  • To activate your Handshake account, click on the (1) button or visit
2) Schedule a career advising appointment at least once a year
  • Meet with a Career Advisor to receive 1-on-1 attention and a personalized action plan to
    • Choose the best-fitting career path(s)
    • Create resume, cover letter, Handshake and LinkedIn profile
    • Search for jobs, internships, or graduate schools
  • To schedule an appointment, click on the (2) button or visit
3) Attend University Career Fairs every semester
  • Career fairs are the best settings for all students (across all majors and class years) to practice introducing themselves, their backgrounds, and skills
  • With practice, students will be more comfortable and effective with networking
  • At each career fair, spend 30 minutes talking to 5 organizations
  • To view info about career fairs at JMU, click on the (3) button or visit
4) Connect classes to potential career paths
  • Coursework is a student’s best asset for any internships, jobs, or graduate programs they seek
  • To highlight coursework, students must articulate the knowledge, skills, or perspectives they gain from specific courses and relate it to their career ideas
  • To learn more about career options for each major at JMU, check out our "Career Guide" by clicking on the (4) button
5) Pursue internships, work-related, and volunteer experiences

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