The University of Texas at Dallas

Career Preparation

The University Career Center offers a variety of services and resources to help prepare students for every stage of their career development journey.

Resumes & Cover Letters

The primary purpose of a resume is to help you to get an interview. It is important to remember that not all resumes are the same and your resume should be customized and targeted to the position, calling attention to the most relevant accomplishments from your education and professional experience.

In addition to regular workshops covering best practices for developing resumes and cover letters, our team has developed a robust Resume Guide. The guide includes tips, tricks and examples from across a variety of disciplines.

Resume Guide (PDF)

Cover Letter Guide (PDF)

If you’re in need of more tailored assistance we have additional one-on-one services. You can book an appointment with your career consultant through Handshake, or submit your documents to our virtual drop-off inbox. If submitting virtually, please attach your documents in an editable MS Word format and send to resumeeditor@utdallas.edu. Please allow 2-3 business days to receive feedback.

Networking

Networking is one of the most effective job search techniques that you can use. Many positions are never advertised, and networking is the best way to learn about these opportunities. Networking involves utilizing friends, relatives and acquaintances to learn about employment opportunities. Making acquaintance with people who can give you information about your career field and who to talk to within that field is a big part of the process. Make it your business to know as many people as possible. Regardless of the stage of your career, the process of building a large number of contacts is invaluable when changing employment.

Networking Tips

  • Keep asking personal contacts for additional names of people to see
  • Attend events that have networking potential such as trade shows, job fairs, guest lectures and professional conferences
  • Collect business cards from anyone you speak with who has contacts in your field
  • Always remember that you are primarily interested in obtaining information about potential employers
  • When you make a contact you are not looking for a job interview but only an informational meeting; if your contact thinks that you only want to set up an appointment to sell yourself then they may not be willing to meet with you
  • Have your questions prepared in advance and be able to illustrate that you are sincerely interested in obtaining information
  • Do your research and be knowledgeable about the industry prior to your meeting
  • Be confident and present yourself as a person who is capable and thoroughly interested in the field
  • Send out well prepared thank you letters after each meeting with a personal contact
  • Keep a record of your contacts

Elevator Pitch

This is your opportunity to concisely and succinctly communicate who you are while effectively ensuring that you voice your most important points regardless of how short the interaction may be. It is also highly important to emphasize your value proposition, answering the question, what’s in it for the employer? Here is an example:

Hi, my name is Jared Peterson and I am currently pursuing an Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. I am interested in a career in Biomechanics in the BioMedical field. In my college experience I am involved in chairing the BioMedical Student Organization as well as serving as treasurer for our Student Government Chapter. I have developed skills in effective communication, teamwork and collaboration building, and gained insights into industry knowledge from participating in student-led employer industry panels. Could you tell me more about your team’s innovative research for new human performance applications?

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the #1 professional online networking site where 90% of recruiters and employers turn to this online platform to recruit and source their top candidates for hire. That is why it is paramount you make sure your LinkedIn profile stands out for all the right reasons. To learn about some of the best practices in creating a stellar LinkedIn profile and navigating this professional networking site to its fullest potential, we encourage you to attend one of our LinkedIn workshops. An up to date listing of all of our events can be found on Handshake.

Professional Correspondence

Being able to display upmost professionalism and impeccable communication skills goes a long way from casual networking scenarios to conversing in a formal career expo setting with an established employer. After all, you only get one chance to make an amazing first impression. Here is a list of some of the most common ways to correspond with potential employers:

  • Cover Letters
  • Thank you letters
  • Letter of Interest/Inquiry letters
  • Decision letters
  • Personal statements

Interviewing

Interviewing is a major step in the screening process for employment and for acceptance into a graduate or professional school. To make sure your interviewing skills are what they should be, we suggest you attend one of our seminars, schedule an appointment, or utilize our virtual mock interview platform, InterviewStream.

InterviewStream

InterviewStream helps prepare you for real-world job interviews, through customizable virtual mock interviews. Be sure to use your university email address when creating an account. Get started here

Dress to Impress

It is important to always dress in an appropriate and professional manner when attending interviews, networking events or in any other professional setting. If you do not already own professional clothes, we recommend you start by reaching out the UT Dallas CometCloset. Their mission is to ensure students can walk into an interview feeling confident inside and out.

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Use Handshake to search jobs & internships, book appointments, register for events and more.

Students: You already have an account. Log in using your NetID & Password.

Alumni: Log in or create an account using your personal email address. Must provide NetID during account setup.

Employers: Connect with UTD through Handshake to post jobs, events, and interviews.