Our Process

Our model is founded on the premise that career development is a lifelong, cyclical process. Although this is a self-initiated process, graduate students will also draw essential support and resources from their department, faculty advisor, and mentors as well as from the Graduate School and Graduate Career Services. Our office uses a three-stage model – Career Exploration ▪ Application Process ▪ Search and Interviews – to help organize and plan graduate student career development.

We guide students through a theory-based process designed to help them make intentional, forward-looking academic and work-related decisions and reach their career goals. We encourage you to explore all the information, resources, and tools provided in each area of our model. No matter where you are in the process, Graduate Career Services is here to assist you. Download our Career Planning & Development Guidebook


  • Goals and Strategies
  • Assessments
  • Explore Options
  • Informational Interviewing


  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Academic Portfolio
  • References/Recommendations
  • LinkedIn
  • Reputation Building
  • Templates & Examples


  • Confirm Best Fit
  • Focus Your Search
  • Networking
  • Job Boards
  • Interviews
  • Job Offer Negotiation