Career planning is an evolving process. Below are several resources to help you along, no matter what stage of the career process you’re in.
Resumes and Cover Letters and Interviews
Building Your Resume and Cover Letter
“I don’t like that man, I must get to know him better.” –Abraham Lincoln
If only all employers were as optimistic as our 16th president! But in today’s competitive job market, first impressions are of utmost importance. You can strengthen your impression on future employers by having a standout resume and cover letter.
- Overview of Resumes and Cover Letters
- Resume Handout, via JHU Career Center
- Cover Letter Handout, via JHU Career Center
- Resume tips from the Carey School of Business
Looking for a little one-on-one help? Undergraduate alumni can make appointments with a Career Center counselor up to five years after graduation. If you are in the area or would like to participate in a phone appointment, call 410-516-8056.
JHU Career Offices
Many of Johns Hopkins' nine schools have career services available to alumni. For more information, contact your school's career services office:
Preparing for an Interview
Congratulations! You’ve landed the interview! Now what?
This interview guide, written for nursing students, is full of interview tips that apply to any job field.
Monster.com is a useful website for job searching, but it also has job-seeking resources, like the “100 Potential Interview Questions” list.
There’s more to networking than joining LinkedIn or listing “JHU Alumni” on your Facebook page. Networking is about creating connections – connections that can one day help you get a job or move ahead in a career. Whether you’re the ultimate schmoozer or shy as a mouse, the resources below can help you to make the most of your networking endeavors.
Network Your Way to the Job or Internship You Want
Connect is the Hopkins exclusive networking site open to all Hopkins alumni with limited options for current students. Set up your profile to gain access to thousands of alumni in every job field. Connect also provides a portal for alumni to access some of the valuable online resources from the Hopkins Libraries, previously only accessible to students.
LinkedIn: The Professional Social Network
Career Center Resources for Alumni
The JHU Career Center now provides career counseling to alumni. Career counseling is a service that helps individuals go through the process of career exploration, making a career change, balancing personal and professional goals, as well as providing ongoing support through the job search application process. Career counseling appointments for alumni take place over the phone and are generally 30 minutes in length.
This service is specifically for alumni who graduated in the last five years out of full time programs in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. The new dedicated career counselor for this service is Chelsea Haring. Chelsea works remotely from the career center in order to provide appointments up until 8pm eastern time. To learn more about this service or to make an appointment, please visit the Career Center website.
Work With What You Have
Take a moment to consider what contacts you already have. Did you get to know older, now-graduated, students in your major? What about the professor or TA you worked with who moved to a new city? Do you still have the contacts from your summer internships? Send a friendly email to reconnect with these individuals, briefly update them about your education or career progress, and start building your own network!