Freshman
  • Adjust to campus life
  • Explore majors
  • Build rapport with faculty
  • Establish a solid GPA
  • Join a student organization
  • Attend professional development events
  • Consider study abroad programs
  • Practice professional behavior
  • Create a resume/make an appointment with a career advisor to review
  • Ask your network about part time/summer job leads
  • Shadow professionals in a field of interest to you
  • Polish your online presence
Sophomore
  • Participate in the CoB Career KickStart
  • Identify skills and interests
  • Continue to work on your resume and build a reference list
  • Activate your Handshake account
  • Create a LinkedIn profile
  • Attend JMU Career and Internship Fairs
  • Attend career related events
  • Research employers
  • Apply for externship/internship
  • Join a CoB student organization
  • Apply for a CoB Career Trek
  • Apply for a study abroad program
Junior
  • Apply for internships
  • Practice with mock interviews and InterviewStream
  • Attend JMU Career and Internship Fairs
  • Seek leadership roles on campus (e.g., student organizations)
  • Join a professional organization related to your interests
  • Consider graduate school
  • Develop a job search strategy
  • Network and conduct informational interviews with business professionals and JMU alumni
  • Participate in case competitions
Senior
  • Update your resume
  • Practice with mock interviews and InterviewStream
  • Apply for full-time positions
  • Follow up on job leads
  • Network with business professionals and JMU alumni
  • Use the on-campus recruiting program (OCR)
  • Connect with the JMU Alumni Relations office
  • Apply to graduate school
  • Negotiate salary
JMU Career and Academic Planning logo
  • Choosing/Changing Majors
  • Resource Center
  • Job Search/Graduate School
  • Career Counseling
  • On-Campus Interviewing
  • Handshake Questions
  • Employer Relations

Student Success Center
Room 3210
(540) 568-6555
cap@jmu.edu
https://www.jmu.edu/cap

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