Tap into Career Technology
Updated: Aug 9, 2019
We have some of the latest and greatest technology in the career center and have invested thousands of dollars in new, innovative technology, apps and digital platforms to connect Lehigh students to jobs, internships, career coaching, and mentors. Do you using the resources at your fingertips?
Have you spotted the yellow hand chair around campus? Lehigh is one of over 500 schools nationwide that have joined the handshake movement, a new approach to career services from a startup in San Francisco. The platform is an innovative way to to connect students to career center resources, 250,000+ employers, and even help students learn from each other. Click "Handshake" from the main menu page for a tutorial of its features.
Build a profile
To develop your profile click on your name from the top menu and choose “My Profile”.
Did you know when you complete your profile and set your setting to public that employers can search and sort for you (in the same way you sort through job postings)? Many students have received messages or emails from employers who wanted to encourage them to apply for one of their openings or directly offered them an interview for positions within their company.
Pro Tip: You can also search through what experiences other students at Lehigh have on their profiles with the students button in the top menu.
We are posting an average of 100 new opportunities every day, come check out the jobs, internships and work study opportunities. One Handshake advantage is the jobs/internships posted here are from employers who specifically want to hire Lehigh students. CCPD also screens and verifies each employer – you can rest assured these are legitimate companies offering professional experiences.
Pro Tip: Check out some other great job boards on LinkedIn, Indeed, Zip Recruiter, and Idealist.
This is the most overlooked section of the platform, yet easily the most helpful for every student. On the resource page we have tiles on every major career topic including Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviewing, LinkedIn, Digital Portfolios and Job/Internship Searching to name a few. This page offers the basic career education we want every Lehigh student to learn.
Within each tile you can review attached quick guides, extensive packets and worksheets, read related articles and explore the resources links. These tiles should answer most of your questions and get you started on critical career steps.
Pro Tip: The explore Careers tile has a very cool link to a website “What Can I do with this major” where you can see employers, job options and other resources filtered by academic major.
Career Lab (walk in hours)
Walk in to the Career Center for help with all your career questions and tasks. Our team of Career Coach and Career Interns assist students 1-on-1 and in small groups. Bring a laptop so you can stay and work on the next steps or suggestions for your career goals.
Monday - Friday, 10 am - 3 pm, Maginnes, Suite 500
After you review the resource page and use the Career Lab hours, sophomore - Seniors are welcome to work with a career coach 1-on-1! You pick the topic, day and time, plus handshake will remind you before your appointment! A Career Coach can help customize the information you need related to your resume or job search and give you helpful information based on your unique career goals or ideas.
Pro Tip: Be aware of our No Show/Cancellation Policy – please give 24 hours notice for any appointment cancellations and arrive on time for your appointments. 3 violations of this policy will result in limited functions on handshake.
Here we list every employer visit, career workshop or event on handshake with details and registration options. Once you join an event you will also receive notifications of event changes and be able to view the list of other students who have RSVPed.
Protip: RSVP for the Career Expo to short cut the check in line and have a name tag waiting.
Each semester we post all the details about the next upcoming career expo. Here you can see the employers who are registered, sort companies by your major or industry interest, RSVP, review bus details and much more.
Pro tip: Complete a career expo cheat sheet from the resource page to organize your employer research and 30 second pitch before the event.
Handshake is also available via an ISO app: app.joinhandshake.com
Lehigh Connects, Alum to student mentor program
Open to all majors, this is a way to connect to over 1,000+ Lehigh alum who are interested in helping you explore, learn and prepare for careers.
Browse the network and use the filters to search for an ideal mentor.
Choose connection options: long term mentorship, meeting request or send a message.
Use the resources, quick guides to help organize questions to ask the mentors.
Gather advice for your job or internship search but don’t ask for jobs. Not all mentors can hire, but all mentors are here to provide valuable information, insight and advice for your job or internship search.
Use your computer to practice and record an interview. Choose from industry specific questions or custom sets. This tool is available 24/7! Send the recording to a friend or mentor for feedback. Instructions are attached in the interview tile on handshake.
Freshman: Exploring Career options? Check out the Q&A videos and featured professions for a wide range of career paths.
Sophomores/Juniors: Tap into the Internship boards. You can also review internship rankings and reviews.
Seniors: Review the pages on Company Research and Company Rankings. This is an ideal way to do company research and get a sense of the culture at an organization. Take your job search to the Vault Job Board – Search thousands of new jobs and internships posted daily.
More than 50,000 Lehigh alum are captured on the Career Insights page where you can filter profiles, review profiles and send messages to industry professionals. This is an ideal way to add networking steps to job or internship search, let you explore career options and ask questions based on your career interests.
Your resume will always be an important part of a job or internship search, but a digital portfolio allows your skills, education and experiences come to life. Especially for arts, communication, technical, creative and many other fields, a 1 dimensional resume simply doesn’t do justice to your work. Platforms like wordpress, wix, Squarespace, Github and others allow you to provide examples of your work and talents. Career Coaches can help you organize your portfolio and prepare your website as a way to market yourself to employers.
"Trust YOUR process. Your collegiate experience is unique, so stop comparing yourself to others and just work hard to make your dreams come true." -Zara, Class of '18, Health Care Systems Engineering
Read real stories and advice from Lehigh students and alumni. In their own words, follow how they are building career paths, and taking steps they took to figure things out and pushing for success.
Submit your own story and picture to post by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you are ready to apply to jobs or internships or still trying to figure out what you want life after graduation to look like, career technology can help. On your time, on your phone or laptop, and on your campus - the Career Center and its related technology can help you but it’s your responsibility to access the resources available.