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Once you’ve identified some potential applications of your degree and are ready to start pursuing opportunities to enhance it (jobs, internships, and study abroad options, for example), you’ll need to ensure you’re prepared with the planning, professional training, and tools to help you be successful. Below are some resources to aid in that preparation.

Cover Letter Assistance

MSU’s Career Services Network outlines some basic cover letter concepts on their website that can help you get started on writing the document that acts as your introduction to potential employers. Their page includes:

  • Tips on Letter Formatting
  • Things to Avoid
  • Sample Cover Letter

The Career Handbook produced by the Career Services Network also has a nice guide on composing cover letters.

You can always make an appointment with JMC’s Career Consultant to discuss your cover letter strategy, too.


Handshake is Michigan State University’s web-based system designed to help current MSU students and recent grads:

  • Search and apply for on-and off-campus jobs and internships
  • View, apply, and sign up for on-campus interviews
  • Manage career searches
  • Get information about events and workshops
  • Post a resume for employers to see

Log in today with your MSU NetID and password (same as your MSU email account) to start preparing for the job market.

Resume Assistance

MSU’s Career Services Network has some helpful advice on assembling a resume. Their webpage includes tips on:

  • Types of Resumes
  • Formatting Essentials
  • Action Verbs
  • References
  • Top 10 Things to Avoid
  • Sample Resumes
  • Portfolios

The Career Passport Booklet also has a great section on resume writing, and you can always make an appointment with JMC’s Career Consultant to discuss your resume strategy as well.

Student Action Plans

It’s never too early to start planning for life after college. Check out the Career Services Network’s tips on assembling and maintaining a Student Action Plan to guide you toward your career goals every year you’re at MSU.