Employment Search

Emory University students report finding full-time jobs and internships through a variety of methods: Handshake, targeted job boards, career fairs, on-campus interviews, networking and so on. The Career Center has several resources to help you find work and career counselors are here to support you in your search.

Emory students report finding full-time employment after graduation in a variety of ways:

  • Through Handshake
  • On CareerShift
  • Targeted Job Boards
  • Converting Internships into Full-Time Employment
  • Career Fairs
  • On-Campus Interviews
  • Networking with Alumni and Other Networks
  • Professional Associations, Conferences & Meetups
  • Other Job Boards

Before you begin your search, it is essential to reflect upon your skills, backgrounds and goals for your position. It is easier to begin a search when you have a target in mind (example: Marketing position in Charlotte, NC). This helps to put parameters around your search and helps your support system help you in your search. It is very difficult to help someone find “any job” due to the volume of jobs that are out there, so it is essential to reflect on what you want and what you have to offer so you can articulate this to employers and your networks.

It is also important to be active in your job search and to be aware of hiring timelines for your industry. For example, many media and nonprofit organizations are just-in-time hiring organizations and typically do not post more than 1-2 months before the position would start. Investment banks and some consulting firms post full-time and internship positions early in the fall semester with start dates the following summer (sometimes application deadlines fall even before classes start!) and if you miss that application window, you missed the opportunity to be considered for the cycle until it reopens next year.

Consider engaging in the following job search methods to help you focus your search:

  1. On-Campus Recruiting: employers who come to campus for career fairs, information sessions or other events are clearly indicating an interest in hiring Emory students. Take advantage of these opportunities and come prepared with a well-written resume and do a little research on what the organization does so you can have a richer conversation. 
  1. Industry: perhaps you are unsure of the specific role you would like to find, but perhaps you know you want to work in a larger area like healthcare, consulting, sustainability, nonprofit, etc. Utilize Vault industry guides to help you learn more about the field and to get advice on how to break in. It’s accessible through Handshake -> Career Center -> Resources. Talk with your career counselor to identify common keywords and job titles in your industry to help you better search.
  1. Geographic: in addition to filtering job boards based on locations, you can identify employers by trying to:
    • Visit the Chamber of Commerce website. Many times they list local employers.
    • Connect with a professional association. You may be able to identify potential employers by looking over their membership list. You could also learn of job openings before they are posted if you network effectively.
    • Visit local news sites. Many times they will put out lists such as “Best Places to Work”.
    • Utilize AtoZdatabases to identify employers in a geographic area.
    • Use CareerShift: It pulls jobs posted within the last 30 days, includes company contact information and it’s a great way to organize the jobs to which you are applying. 
  1. Networking: networking is one of the number one ways students find positions after graduation. You can network with Emory Alumni and other professionals using LinkedIn, social media, professional associations, MeetUps and reaching out for informational interviews. Many job postings are not posted or someone is being strongly being considered for the position due to networking. Read through our networking section for tips.
  1. Values Based: perhaps you care a lot about sustainability, philanthropy or diversity and inclusion. There are several sites who will list the top employers leading in the field and you can Google to find more than the ones listed below to generate your own list of potential employers.
    • Diversity
      1. Forbes
      2. DiversityInc.
    • Philanthropy
      1. Fortune
      2. Tip: search for a “giving back”, “philanthropy” or “community” section on employer websites to see how they engage their local communities to see if your values align.
    • Green & Sustainability
      1. Rubicon

Get Organized

It is important for you to keep track of your applications. Below is an example spreadsheet you could use to stay organized and take notes of where you are in the process. Click here to download our Job Search Spreadsheet.

Job Search Spreadsheet

10 Job Search Tips

  1. Have a strong resume. Get it critiqued by a career counselor BEFORE you start sending out your applications. We have seen hundreds of resumes and have heard directly from employers what they want to see. Take advantage of this resource.

  2. Conduct a mock interview. You can do this directly with your career counselor. Many times it’s the interview that keeps candidates from getting the job.

  3. Apply to several positions. It’s important to balance quality and quantity. The less you apply to, the less you will be considered for. With that said, do not apply to 100 positions with the same resume. You should slightly tweak and tailor your resume to each job to which you are applying.

  4. Learn about hiring timelines. Some recruit almost a full year in advance, others just a few weeks or months in advance. It's best to start looking early.

  5. Meet people doing the work you want to do. They may be able to help you identify job opportunities or other organizations in the field.

  6. Google yourself and clean up your social media sites. Your image online can be a determining factor in whether or not you are deemed a fit for an organization.

  7. Attend events where you can have in-person contact with potential employers. You will likely be given preference in future applications and will stand out positively.

  8. Communicate professionally. This means a professional email signatures, proper salutations and correct grammar usage in emails or any other forms of communication.

  9. Dress for the position. Want to work in consulting or banking? You should wear a suit. Interested in tech startups or small businesses? Likely you will dress more casually for interviews and at work.

  10. Be persistent. Do NOT stop applying for jobs until you have a job offer in hand. You will miss many opportunities if you stop applying and are waiting to hear back on other applications.


Handshake is Emory's online career management system helping students connect with hiring organizations for a wide variety of employment opportunities.

The Career Center’s On Campus Interviewing (OCI) program is also managed through this site, as well as a calendar feature that includes the most current information on upcoming career related programs and events.

Be sure to review the resources under the Career Center tab. This site links to other targeted job boards and helpful resources as you research where you want to work, prepare for interviews or to access salary information.

CareerShift is a complement to Handshake and provides students access to every internship, full-time job, and research position posted in the US (and half the world) in the last 30 days, back to the original posting source.  CareerShift also provides company information and key contact details, including professional history info for many Emory alums.  CareerShift is a separate platform from Handshake, so students must register for free access.

Many companies come to Emory each year to recruit undergrads on campus, whether through on-campus interviews, special workshops, info sessions, or career fairs. You can search Handshake to find companies and organizations that will be interviewing students on campus by clicking on “On Campus Interviews” under the Jobs tab. See employers hosting information sessions and other events under the “Events” tab.

There are two career fairs offered each spring and fall. These typically occur within the first two weeks of the semester beginning. All career fair dates are posted in Handshake before the beginning of the semester.

To prepare for the Career Fair:

  1. Make sure your Handshake profile is up-to-date, including your class year and GPA. You must make your profile viewable to Community or Employers in order to participate in virtual career fairs.
  2. Polish your resume 
  3. Practice your introduction
  4. Review & understand how to use Handshake's virtual career fair platform
  5. You may start scheduling one-on-ones and group sessions once student registration opens. CONTINUE TO CHECK HANDSHAKE DAILY BECAUSE ADDITIONAL SESSIONS AND SLOTS MAY OPEN.

Please note the following:

  • For virtual career fairs, you may be unable to speak with some employers because they are only seeking to connect with students in certain class years, juniors and seniors for example
  • Click here to learn more about virtual career fairs and how to sign up for sessions during the career fair on Handshake

Here is a helpful video to help you practice introducing yourself to employers at the fair:

There is no direct path to entrepreneurship, and often times the path isn’t clearly defined. The Career Center is dedicated to supporting the entrepreneurial interests of student’s whose post-graduation plan may not be a “job”. The Jason Siperstein Entrepreneurial Business Plan Competition (Sipertein Challenge) is an annual competition that allows all undergraduate students from across Emory University to compete as entrepreneurs pitching a business plan to potential investors.

Greater consideration will be given to business plans that place an emphasis on social enterprise and the creation of social value. Social enterprise ventures may include non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid model business plans.

If you are selected as a finalist, you will be asked to present on-campus on Monday, March 25th, 2019. All finalist teams must arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the first presentation for the welcome and briefing. Business casual or professional dress is recommended.


1st Place: $2,000

2nd Place: $500

Rules and Guidelines

  • Teams are limited to three members.
  • Each team must have at least one upperclassman (junior or senior).
  • Greater consideration will be given to business plans that place an emphasis on social enterprise and the creation of social value. Social enterprise ventures may include non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid model business plans.
  • If you are selected as a finalist, you will be asked to present on Monday, March 25th, 2019.
  • All finalist teams must arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the first presentation for the introduction of judges and briefing.
  • Business casual or professional dress is recommended.
  • Teams will be limited to 10 minutes to present their plan, followed by approximately 5 minutes of questions from the judges.
  • Presentation formats may vary; handouts and/or PowerPoints are fine. If using a PowerPoint, it must be emailed to Kendra Owens (kowens8@emory.edu) by 12:00PM one business day prior to the event.
  • Judges will have hard copies of the executive summaries you have submitted prior to the competition. If you made changes, bring 5 copies of the new summary for the judges.
  • You may bring up to 3 friends to the presentation for "moral support."

Important Dates

  • Individual/Team Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 24th at 11:59PM
  • 1st Round of Judging:  February 25th through February 27th
  • Finalists Announced: by Friday, March 1st by 5:00PM
  • Finalists Workshop (Required): Tuesday, March 5th at 5:00PM
  • Finalists Presentations/Judging: Monday, March 25th at 6:00PM

Note: This year the 1st place winner will gain automatic entry to the final round at the Entrepreneurship Summit to be held on April 4th and 5th, 2019.

Judging Criteria

Criteria for selecting the winning team will be based on the following eight items:

  1. Demonstration of emphasis on social entrepreneurship and/or the creation of social value
  2. Executive summary
  3. Clarity/potential of the market opportunity
  4. Ability to implement the plan
  5. Financing plan/rationality
  6. Strength of the team argument that their product/service will meet demand
  7. Overall evaluation of potential reward to risk
  8. Application of theory to practice

Resources for Developing a Business Plan

Contact and Hours of Operation

Address: 200 Dowman Drive B. Jones Center, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Phone: 404-727-6211
Email: careercenter@emory.edu
Regular Office Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Campus Closures / Holiday ScheduleThe Emory Career Center will be closed per the Emory University holiday schedule. In the case of inclement weather, Emory University will announce any additional closures through CEPAR (Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response).

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