Job & Internship Search

Handshake is the #1 college-to-career network in the nation. This software platform is utilized by the Career Services & Professional Development Center and is available to all W students and alumni to aid in their search for careers.

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Not sure where to start on your LinkedIn profile? Review the Profile Checklist to insure you have checked all the boxes for best results using the platform.

LinkedIn Profile Checklist (.pdf)


A vital component to any job search is networking, which is more than cheesy introductions, handshakes and small talk. Various research studies on this topic indicate that 40-80% of people get jobs through their contacts (i.e. networking). Below is a list of various networking tactics:

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Spread the Word

As soon as you know you will be on the job market, get the word out! Tell your friends, family members, neighbors, classmates, professors, teammates, previous bosses, and others what skills you have and how you are hoping to use them in a job setting.

Ask your contacts to keep their eyes and ears open for opportunities that might be a good fit for you - at their company, in their industry, or anywhere.

Social Networking

Employers DO use internet search engines and social networking sites to check up on potential hires.

  • Use your site as a marketing tool. Highlight your resume, accomplishments, and professional skills.
  • Be cautious about content you put on social networking sites such as Instagram and Facebook.
  • Check social networking sites for profiles of employers that interest you.

Social Networking Tips

  • Google yourself. Look into removing anything potentially damaging to your character.
  • Change your privacy settings. Make sure you know exactly who can view your profile, your wall, your applications, etc.
  • Carefully consider how much/what type of information you include on your Profile (Status Updates, Quotations, About Me, Religious/Political Views, etc.). Remove anything that is remotely inappropriate.
  • Photos you upload should never cast yourself in a negative light or compromising position. Untag yourself if someone uploads a questionable photo of you.
  • It's not just about you! What your friends include on their profiles can be linked to you as well.