Handshake is FREE for all students and gives you full access to features including your resume in employer resume packets, applying for On-Campus Interviews, access to information on over 5,000 employers who recruit at OU, OptimalResume, the Handshake Job Board, and more!

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Resume Guide

A good resume is a vital part of your job search. Resumes are helpful in applying for part-time jobs, internships, co-ops, scholarships, and graduate school as well as full time positions.

Click here for guidelines that will help you prepare a well-written, effective resume.

Below are sample resumes to help you get started. Remember to meet with a Career Services Adviser once you have developed your resume.

* All Resume Sample Templates can be found on OptimalResume

Click here for instructions on using OptimalResume.


Job Search Guides

Follow up letters and a good resume are a vital part of your job search. Resumes and Cover Letters are helpful in applying for part-time jobs, internships, scholarships, and graduate school as well as full-time positions. Learn how to effectively write these documents.

Click here to view the Technical Resume & Letter Writing Guide. Printable Version

Click here to view the Job Search Guide. Printable Version


Specialized Advice

Career Services offers specialized advice to business majors in the following areas:

Check out this list of organizations that have recruited Business majors from OU.

CAREER PLAN The following plans are designed to keep you on a path in preparation for post graduation success.
- Sophomore Year
- Junior Year
- Senior Year

The demand for Green Careers is rising throughout the United States. These jobs are focused on sustainability and environmental protection and preservation. Green businesses are concentrating on creating an environment where conserving energy, using renewable energy sources, conserving water, and reducing waste are a part of everyday business.

Volunteer and service opportunities attract individuals who want to make a difference. Career Services provides you with helpful links to various volunteer or service organizations that have contacted our office.

The federal government hires all majors from entry to the exeuctive level. They are seeing a huge reduction in their current employment due to the retirement of the Babyboomers, therefore they are looking for new, young people to come in and begin careers.

Career Services has recorded versions of all our workshops. Students can access these on either iTunesU or our YouTube channel.

In a competitive job market, international students must be aware of the obstacles they face when seeking employment and how to overcome these obstacles.


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Study Abroad

The exposure to adverse situations and new environments that study abroad provides, not only enables students to be more flexible and adapt to new surroundings, but it helps to develop knowledge, skills and abilities that are desirable in any professional setting. Thus, it is essential that you leverage your study abroad experience in your job search via your cover letter, resume and most certainly in your interviews.

Click here to learn more about leveraging study abroad in your job search.

If you are interested in studying abroad, please click here.


Job Listings

The Handshake Job Board contains current full-time and internship job openings. New listings are added daily.

Career Services has a large list of specialized job search websites that can help you find a job in your field.


Career Paths

The information on the employment, education, and internship paths of each major was collected through a variety of methods including: in-class student surveys, contact with academic departments, and following up with students and employers up to 6 months after graduation.


Helpful Services

Career Services offers several online resources to assist you in preparing for career exploration and career development.

Search, select and store job listings from all job boards and all company job postings.

OPTIMALRESUME provides a comprehensive, web-based tool for you to create, present, and manage your resumes.

Practice your interviewing skills with this interactive video-based mock interview tool.

GoinGlobal contains more than 10,000 resources for finding employment in the US and abroad.

USA City Guides contain career and employment resources for the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the USA.

The University of Oklahoma's Passport Career tool provides job/internship search strategies, guidance and resources for 75+ countries (250+ cities).


Alumni Mentor Network

The OU Alumni Mentoring Network is comprised of alumni and employers representing diverse career fields, who have offered to share their career experiences with students.

Click here to find out more on participating in the OU Alumni Mentoring Network.


Useful Links

With the unemployment rate at 8.9%, and the real unemployment rate at 15.6%, there are even more people fighting for the jobs that are out there. This is why we've been working with OneWire, an online Career Management Tool that creates precise career connections between individuals and opportunities.

Unlike old-fashioned job boards that rely on keyword matching, OneWire uses a two-step process to ensure that you are matched only with those opportunities that precisely meet your goals and experiences.

1. Create Your Profile. Using our proprietary classification system, quickly and easily create a faceted, detailed profile that includes your education, interests, and work experiences.
2. Get Matched. OneWire's patent-pending algorithms use the structured data in your profile to accurately match you with opportunities at finance firms.