Virtual Career Support
Our team is available for virtual pre-scheduled individual and group appointments via Zoom video conference or phone call to discuss your job search, graduate school planning, major and career decision-making, and other career-related needs.
Have a quick, career-related question and do not want to schedule a full appointment? Stop by our office at 158 LSU Student Union on weekdays between 8:30 a.m.—4 p.m. for a quick, in-person answer about our services and events or to get help finding information you need. Drop-Ins for Spring 2021 will end on May 7, but one-on-one appointments may be scheduled after this date.
Find more information regarding appointments on our Appointments Page.
In addition to appointments, we've compiled our online resources below to assist you in your next steps.
Virtual Events & Programming
Making connections with employers through career events and programs is now more accessible and flexible than ever. With the continuation of virtual events this semester, your career goals can be tackled from anywhere!
Benefits of Virtual Events:
- More employers - Employers can attend who have not been able to attend in the past due to travel costs; meaning more connections for students!
- Ease of access - You don't have to leave your home or rush to events between classes. Just throw on some business casual attire, find a comfy chair and clear background, and login to connect with your future career.
Are you looking for a full-time job, part-time job, or internship?
The most critical thing a student can do in this time of nationwide, virtual interaction is to have an updated Handshake profile with résumé that is set to public.
You are 5 times more likely to get messaged by an employer if you have an updated and public Handshake profile because:
- Employers can find you by searching for skills listed in your Handshake public profile that fit their hiring needs. Learn how to make your profile public, and how to quickly build your profile from your résumé.
- Employers can review your public résumé and email you directly to schedule an interview. Learn how to make your résumé public.
- Handshake can better recommend jobs for you based on your completed profile information. Check out The 3 Must-Haves on Your Handshake Profile.
Once you've got your Handshake profile up-to-date, take the following steps toward your job search:
- Start searching for jobs in Handshake and submitting applications.
- Find a company you love, but don't see a job posted? Reach out to the contacts listed on the company Handshake profile to let them know you're interested and see about any future opportunities to watch for.
- Review our tips on job searching, preparing your resume, and the eight most critical career competencies.
Received a virtual interview offer? Consider these tips in preparing for your interview:
Virtual Interviewing: 101, a helpful video from Candid Careers
The Student Career Guide has a number of pages on this topic: see page 50 for video and phone interviews, page 38 for tips on building your LinkedIn profile, and page 40 for tips on emailing following an interview.
Graduate School Decision Making
- Review basics on grad school decision-making, including how to select a program, considering financial costs, and the application timeline.
- Start writing your personal statement with these Winning Personal Statement tips.
Major and Career Decision-Making Resources
Understanding your interests, skills, values, and personality is a critical first step to finding a major and career that are a good fit for you. With scheduling just around the corner, determining a potential change of major may also be on your mind. We encourage you to explore the following resources:
- Take one of our online career assessments for identifying your interests, abilities, work values, and personality preferences.
- Explore majors at LSU, grouped by interest areas.
- Review pages 6-12 of our Student Career Guide which covers choosing your major, researching careers, and identifying your workplace values.
- Watch real professionals discuss their careers and what they love about them at Candid Careers.
- Review the resource What Can I Do With This Major? which organizes careers related to each major.
- View detailed career descriptions in O*NET.
- View career growth trends and salary data in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Make money, find a community, and develop career skills through a student employment opportunity on or off campus!