COVID-19 Advisory

Information and updates regarding COVID-19Updated: August 3, 2020


We're open and serving you virtually

Your health and safety is our number-one priority, so during the COVID-19 containment period, we are ready to assist you virtually with your career-related needs. Our operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Schedule virtual appointments with us through Handshake

You also may contact us for appointments and general information at 417-836-5636 or by emailing Messages are checked throughout the day and will be routed to the appropriate person. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to assisting you.  

Need an appointment?

Appointments are offered Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., except when campus offices are closed for holidays. Availability may be limited prior to and during career events such as the Career Expo and Mock Interview Day. Appointments may be phone, email, Zoom, or Skype.

Student demand for appointments is high. If you need the appointment for a class assignment, please schedule as soon as possible, because this high demand may limit the availability of appointment options. Because of this high demand, we request that you cancel any appointment that you cannot attend. Students who consistently fail to show up for an appointment may not be allowed to self-schedule appointments for up to one semester.

Ways to make an appointment

You can schedule an appointment with one of our Career Resources Specialists or Graduate Students in one of three ways:


  1. Log into Handshake. Click the Career Center drop-down menu and select Appointments. If you are using the mobile app, select School and then Appointments.
  2. Choose a Category based upon your needs, and then select an Appointment Type.
  3. The next screen will show you days and times that are available based upon the category and appointment type. You also may select a specific staff member and an appointment medium (phone, email, Zoom, or Skype). Select the day and time you wish to request.
  4. The next screen shows details for your appointment and a pre-appointment survey. All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. You will receive email notification from Handshake when your appointment has been approved. You also will receive email reminders of your appointment.


If you are unable to make an appointment online or to select an option that fits your schedule, call our office at 417-836-5636.


The preferred method for Skype calls is with Skype for Business through your Office 365. New to Skype for Business? These instructions will walk you through how to set it up.

Due to COVID-19, in-person appointments have been suspended.

Types of appointments

When you schedule an appointment, please specify the category and type of appointment you need. Each option includes a brief definition. In Help Requested, include information on your specific needs. Categories for appointments include the following:

  • Career Assessments
  • Career Documents & LinkedIn
  • Explore Majors & Careers
  • Graduate School Preparation
  • Interview Preparation
  • Job/Internship Search
  • Specialized Programs

What to bring to your appointment

If you are having job search or graduate school application materials (e.g. resume, cover letter, personal statement, etc.) reviewed, please bring a hard copy of the document(s). With all types of appointments, we suggest you bring something with which to take notes.

Arriving at your appointment

Please arrive on time for your appointment so you get the most benefit from the meeting. If you have not arrived within 15 minutes, your appointment will be cancelled and designated as a “No show.”

If you need more time than is allotted for the appointment, you may schedule another appointment. There is no limit to the number of appointments you may have.

Once you arrive at the office’s front desk, check in at the kiosk by entering your BearPass ID (M#) or your public email address. On the next check-in page, select one of the following options:

Option 1: Previously scheduled appointment (includes relevant information about the appointment). Select this option if you are checking in for the specific appointment that appears.

Option 2: Drop-in. Select this option if you do not have a previously scheduled appointment. If you select this option, the next screen will prompt you to select the type of assistance you need (e.g. resume critique). Once you select the appropriate category and appointment type, you will receive a message informing you of having checked in successfully.

Once you have checked in, you may take a seat until the Career Center staff member comes to greet you.

After your appointment

After your appointment, you will receive a post-appointment survey. We value your feedback and appreciate your taking the time to complete the survey.

Virtual Resume Reviews

Get your resume reviewed

Because of COVID-19, drop-in hours have been suspended. However, you can still have your resume reviewed by uploading it to Handshake. Or you may make a phone, Zoom, Skype, or email appointment for us to review your resume. Appointments may be made through Handshake or by calling our office at 417-836-5636. If you call, please leave a message, and someone will return your call.

During your appointment, you may also—

  • Get tips and advice for writing résumés and cover letters; learn how to tailor your résumé for a specific situation.
  • Have your résumé and cover letter reviewed before you send them to an employer or submit them for a class assignment.
  • Learn more about the Career Center's programs, services, and resources.
Drop-in hours
Day Times
Mon. 12:00–4:45 p.m.
Tues. 12:00–4:45 p.m.
Wed. 12:00–4:45 p.m.
Thurs. 12:00–4:45 p.m.
Fri. 12:00–4:45 p.m.
Sat. Closed
Sun. Closed

Bring your resume for review during drop-in hours

When bringing your resume for an in-person review during drop-in hours, please provide a hard-copy printout of your resume rather than a resume on your laptop.

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Mission statement

To provide comprehensive career development services to students along their path to life-long success and to foster partnerships among students, employers, faculty, and staff.

Vision statement

To empower all Missouri State Bears for lifelong career success.

Core values


We provide an inclusive, supportive, and compassionate environment that respects and incorporates the thoughts, beliefs, and experiences of others.


We intentionally collaborate with internal and external partners to create connections that assist our stakeholders in achieving common goals and outcomes.

Student success

We contribute to student retention and completion by creating opportunities that support career development, career readiness, and lifelong learning through engaging students and alumni in career services, resources, and education.


We are committed to professional education, growth, and innovation to effectively serve and advise our stakeholders regarding career-related needs in an ever-changing world of work.


We demonstrate integrity through the responsible use of resources, making data-driven decisions and upholding ethical standards in supporting career development among students.