Below you will find resources for all things career-related! Job search, tip sheets, major selection, specific student populations, and more! While these resources are here to assist you in your career search, please make an appointment with a Career Counselor for more tailored assistance.
What is Handshake?
Handshake is the online career management platform for Murray State Career Services.
In addition to being the place where you can search and apply for internships, Co-op, part-time, and full-time jobs, you can also use Handshake to:
- Upload a resume and complete your online career profile
- Allow your online career profile and resume to be viewable by employers
- Keep track of your appointments with Career Services in one location
- View upcoming local and on-campus career events
- Research contact information for local and national employers
- Search for and apply to open positions
Resume Approval Policy
- We HIGHLY recommend getting your resume reviewed by a staff member before it's used in applications. This process may take up to 48 hours.
- Submit your resume to eResume for feedback within 48 business hours
- Drop in during Walk-In Hours (Mon - Fri | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
- Call 270.809.3735 or schedule an appointment online at Handshake.
- Recommended Handshake Resume Guidelines
CareerShift allows you to search all job boards and company job postings in one place. With CareerShift, you can utilize the following resources:
- My Jobs – to search for jobs and save them to your CareerShift account.
- My Contacts– to search for companies and contacts, then save and manage your networking list.
- My Documents – to upload and store resumes and cover letters.
- My Campaigns – to automatically create unlimited job search campaigns with your saved contacts and documents.
- My Calendar– to set email alerts and get organized for follow up tasks.
Student Access Information
- Go to CareerShift and click sign up.
- Fill out required information, using your murraystate.edu email.
- Select a security question and answer.
- Answer the human verifier question.
- Check user agreement.
- You will be brought to your CareerShift account.
Alumni Access Information
With Candid Career, you have thousands of videos at your fingertips! Learn about different careers directly from those who are in them!
- Choosing a Major
- Four Year Career Plan
- Networking & Informational Interviewing
- Student Leadership Interviewing
- Brag Pack (assess transferable skills, work values & personal qualities)
- Federal Job Search
- How to Work a Career Fair
- LGBT Job Search Tips
- Marketing Education Abroad Experience
- Part-time Job Search Tips
- Salary Negotiation
- Veterans Job Search Tips
- Build Your LinkedIn Profile
- Build Your Online Brand
- Cover Letter Writing
- Curriculum Vita (CV) Writing
- Resume Writing
- Business Protocol & Etiquette
- Dress for Success
- Graduate School Application Process & Guidance
- Personal Statement Writing
2 EASY Ways to Get Your Résumé Checked Out!
- Submit your 1 -2 page resume as a Microsoft Word document to email@example.com to receive feedback within 48 business hours
- Stop by during our walk-in hours on Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Career Handbook[BROKEN LINK]
- Cover Letter Tip Sheet
- Curriculum Vita (CV) Tip Sheet
- Reference Page Tips
- Resume Tip Sheet
- Resume and Cover Letter Writing Tips Presentation
- LiveCareer Cover Letter Tips
- Accounting Major Resume
- Biology Major Resume
- Communication Disorders Major Resume
- Education Major Resume Sample
- Engineering Graphics Design Major Sample
- Marketing Major Resume Sample
- Nursing Major Resume Sample
- Nutrition Major Resume Sample
- Occupational Safety and Health Major Resume Sample
- Undecided Freshman Resume Sample
- Youth and Non-Profit Major Resume Sample
* Samples are available to give you design and content ideas but are NOT the only way to design a resume for the associated major. Use these samples to gain ideas in structuring your resume. Do not duplicate.
- LiveinLou (Jobs in Louisville, KY)
- AICPA (Accounting)
- Glassdoor (Glassdoor is a free career resource where students have unlimited access to Salaries, Company Reviews and Interview Questions.)
- Institute of Management Accountants
- Kentucky Jobs
- Ladders ($100K and up)
- Talent (includes international job search)
- Handshake (Murray State University Specific)
- Cost of Living Calculator
Education (K-12 and Higher Education)
- American Association of Community Colleges
- American Association of Physics Teachers
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- Footprints (ESL jobs)
- Higher Ed Jobs
- KY REAP
- KY Dept of Education
- School Spring
- Top School Jobs
- US Dept of Education
- Charles B Rangel International Affairs Program (foreign service opportunities)
- Federal Jobs (Pathways: students & recent grads)
- Go Government (federal job application tips)
- Kentucky State Jobs
- Public Service Career Tips
Healthcare, Science, Technology and Engineering
- BioSpace Career Fairs
- Explore Health Careers
- All 50 Medical
- National Institutes of Health
- Tech Career Fairs
- Telecom Careers
- Travel Nursing
Students with Disabilities
- Human Rights Campaign (LGBT civil rights organization)
- Out for Work (LGBT career resource)
- Transgender Law Center (LGBT civil rights organization)
- Insight Into Diversity
- Veteran's Guide to Getting a Job
- Military to Civilian Occupation Translator
- Military (Skills Translator)
- Feds Hire Vets (USAJobs.gov resource)
- Hire Veterans
- Military (Job Search)
- U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment & Training Service
- Veterans Enterprise
- Veterans' Guide to Getting Hired
- Veterans Recruiting
Career Services is available to help you prepare for the following interview opportunities:
- on-campus leadership positions
- seasonal, part- and full-time jobs
- internships and co-ops
- professional / graduate school
- on-campus interviews (available through Handshake)
To be best prepared, we recommend the following resources:
- Interview Tip Sheet
- Interview Tips Presentation
- Student Leadership Interviewing Tip Sheet
- Dress for Success Tip Sheet
- Mock Interviews
To schedule a mock interview, call 270.809.3735 or schedule the appointment on Handshake. Be prepared to share the company/organization name and the job title you are seeking. You will come to the interview dressed professionally with a resume. If your mock interview is for a class assignment, please share that when scheduling your appointment.
Career Services tries to screen employers and the positions posted to our website, but it is imperative that you, as a job seeker, exercise common sense and caution. Read position descriptions carefully!
If a position or job offer seems too good to be true, if you feel uncomfortable with some of the information requested, or if something just doesn't seem right – proceed with extreme caution. Even if the original position description seems valid, if you receive follow-up e-mails, phone calls or job offers that make you feel uncomfortable, proceed cautiously.
WARNING SIGNS OF FRAUDULENT POSTINGS
- You are asked to give credit card, bank account or PayPal account numbers
- You are asked to send a payment by wire service or courier
- You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account—often for depositing checks or transferring money
- You receive an unexpectedly large check
- You are asked to transfer money, including via e-Bay, PayPal or Western Union
- You are asked for personal information, such as your Social Security Number
- You are requested to send a photocopy of your ID, i.e., driver's license to "verify identity"
- You are asked to complete a background check before you can be considered for a position
- The posting appears to come from a legitimate company or organization, but the contact's e-mail address doesn't match the company's website domain (i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org rather than email@example.com) or the company’s website domain is misspelled (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The job posting doesn't mention the responsibilities of the job; rather, it focuses on the amount of money you will make
Additionally, you may receive a job offer in response to your application to a legitimate-appearing position description that is actually a marketing e-mail to sell you job search "help." Some other tips:
- Be wary of postings for Mystery Shoppers, work at home, or virtual Administrative Assistants or Bookkeepers. Some opportunities are legitimate; many others are not.
- Gather as much information as possible about positions for independent contractors or franchise opportunities, especially those that are not explicitly advertised as such. Some opportunities are legitimate business opportunities, but opportunities in which some people who don't succeed lose money. Others are scams.
- Beware of positions that require a financial investment or upfront fees.
- If you are an entry-level candidate with little experience, be wary of an offer with a salary that is way out of range.
- Multiple misspellings in a job notice are often a sign of trouble.
- If the position listing is for an international opportunity, does it include travel expenses? Upfront program fees? Research the organization and compare its program/benefits with other similar opportunities.
- Verify that a URL listed in the ad goes to the internet domain of the company that listed it. If it does not, it could be a scam.
- When using job boards, read their privacy policies carefully. Also, read how easy it is for employers to post jobs by going through the site's employer links.
IF YOU ENCOUNTER SUSPICIOUS POSTINGS via our website or Handshake:
- Report your experience to Career Services at email@example.com or 270.809.3735. You also can visit The Internet Crime Complaint Center.
- Contact the police and report the fraud or scam.
- End all communication with the employer.
- Depending on what personal information was disclosed, monitor or close your accounts. Depending on the situation, you may need to notify the three credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax and Transunion.
- If you sent money to a fraud employer, contact your bank or credit card company immediately to close your account and dispute the charges.
- If the incident occurred entirely over the internet, file an incident report with the FCC at 1.877.FTC.HELP (1.877.382.4357); or at Cyber Crime.
MORE RESOURCES FOR SAFE ONLINE JOB SEARCHING
- Job-Hunting/Job Scams from the Federal Trade Commission
- World Privacy Forum: Job Seekers' Guide to Resumes: Twelve Resume Posting Truths
- Consumer Tips: Critical Tips For Job Seekers to Avoid Job Scams
- 5 Safety Tips for Online Job Seekers
- Monster: A Safe Job Search
If you have questions or concerns about job postings, a position for which you’ve applied, a task you’ve been asked to complete as part of the application process or a job offer, please contact Career Services to discuss it.
Adapted from Case Western Reserve University, October 2015
Office Hours & Appointments
Fall and Spring
Monday — Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday — Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Summer: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Walk-In Appointments Available: Resumes, Cover Letters and Basic Questions