Job Search Toolkit

Learn about Handshake

Handshake is the powerful, user-friendly online career management system for students and alumni of Missouri State University. It links you to employers, enables you to find and apply for jobs and internships, provides a method for you to sign up for career events, and much more! Handshake is free for students and alumni of Missouri State University.

Career events and programs

Develop your career readiness by participating in career events and programs such as Résumé Madness, Mock Interview Day, Etiquette Dinner, and career fairs such as Agriculture Career Fair, Arts & Letters Career Studio+Expo, Health Professions Career Fair, Accounting Day, College of Business Career Fair, CNAS STEM Career EXPO, and Career Expo/Education Career Fair.

How to search for internships and jobs

Learn the steps for an effective internship or job search.

Résumés and curricula vitae

Get advice for developing and tailoring your résumés and curricula vitae. See examples of résumés, and read tips for strengthening your documents.


Learn about interviewing, including how to prepare, the types of interviews, tips, and more.


Find out what networking involves, why it is crucial for an effective job search, and how to develop professional contacts.

Letters and other correspondence

Read about job-search correspondence, including job-search letters, thank-you letters, and email etiquette.

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.

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.