Frequently asked questions
Below are common questions asked of Career Services:
- Why should I have an active Handshake account with Career Services?
- How do I activate my Handshake account?
- Where do I find a listing of available job opportunities?
- How do Employers see my resume?
- What types of workshops does Career Services Offer?
- Can I use Career Services if I have already graduated?
- How do I participate in College Work-Study?
- What services does Career Services offer?
- Can someone write my resume for me?
- As an Employer, how do I post a job?
- What is the difference between an internship and a co-op job?
- What are the Work-Study start and end dates?
1. Why should I have an active Handshake account with Career Services?
Activating your account on Handshake enables students & alumni to:
- Expand your online job search – Filter, view and apply directly to employers
- Receive info about hot jobs and hiring events – Receive personalized career recommendations in your inbox, based on your interests and network, to discover new opportunities.
- Be considered for interviews – Submit a resume for interviewing consideration
- Put your best self forward – Create a dynamic profile, post a resume and submit it to interested employers,
NOTE: This is a free and confidential service to WSU Students and Alumni.
2. How do I activate my Handshake account?
All active WSU students have a Handshake account. Activate your account by logging into it once.
How to activate your Handshake Account
- Go to https://wayne.joinhandshake.com/
- Enter your Wayne State email address (example: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Click on the blue Wayne State University Sign On box
- Enter your WSU Academica ID (example: ab1234) and password
- Create your professional page
3. Where do I find a list of job opportunities?
Full-Time Jobs - Handshake.
Off-Campus Part-time Jobs - on Handshake
On-Campus Student Employment - on Handshake
Internship opportunities - on Handshake under the Jobs and Internship link
Go to Handshake.
4. How do Employers see my resume?
If you would like your resume to be seen by employers, activate your Handshake account and upload your resume to your profile. If you mark your resume as public, employers will be able to see your resume as they search for candidates.
It is extremely important to keep your resume up to date. If you need assistance with your resume please see a counselor during Online counseling hours.
Go to Handshake.
5. What types of workshops does Career Services offer?
Each semester, Career Services hosts a variety of career-related presentations and information sessions for students and alumni.
Topics have included:
- Career Decisions
- Interviewing Techniques
- Resume Writing Techniques
- Job Search Strategies
- Career Competencies that Employers Want
Check out Handshake and the University Calendar to search for specifics.
6. Can I use Career Services if I have already graduated?
Alumni are encouraged to utilize our services by creating a Handshake account and uploading a resume. Career Services receives employer job postings for new grads and alumni frequently. Alumni are welcome to utilize many of the same services that students participate in.
7. How do I participate in Federal Work-study?
To participate in Federal Work-Study, students must first apply to receive a Federal Work-Study award through Financial Aid. After receiving a Federal Work-Study award, students can reach out to the Student Employment Counselor with questions or visit Handshake to view listings of applicable jobs. Assistance is provided in matching students to their interests.
8. What services does Career Services offer?
- Career/employment counseling
- Career planning
- Federal work-study jobs
- Professional networking events (Career Fairs, Meet & Greets, Employer Presentations, etc.)
- Full-time professional employment resources
- Internships opportunities
- Campus student employment
- Career-related presentations and workshops
- Job postings
9. Can someone write my resume for me?
Career Services is available to assist students and alumni in creating a resume. If you do not have a resume or would like to have your current resume reviewed by a career counselor, please connect with our Online Counseling hours and a counselor will guide you on the proper path to creating a professional resume.
10. As an employer, how do I post a job?
Career Services is happy to help employers connect with Wayne State University students and alumni. We utilize Handshake as our main option for employers to post jobs. To begin posting your positions on Handshake, please visit the link below.
11. What is the difference between an internship and a co-op?
Career Services works with employers to offer students temporary paid work experiences that relate to a student's major or career goals.
Internships: Students or recent graduates undergo supervised work training in an environment which typically relates to their major or career goals.
Co-ops: Students participate in work opportunities related to their field of study. Companies create work plans for students and Career Services monitors the students' progress. Evaluations are completed by both the student and the employer. Students earn official acknowledgment on their university transcripts for participating in a co-op position.
Employers have communicated that neither experience outweighs the other. They have, though, expressed a high interest in hiring students who have had one of these experiences. Career Services highly suggests that students participate in an internship or co-op experience do so.
12. What are the Federal Work-Study start and end date?
Most current Federal Work-Study start and end dates.