Telling Your Story 

As the author of your own life’s journey, creating an impactful personal narrative and articulating it in writing (i.e. Resume, Cover Letter, Personal Statement) and/or orally (i.e. Networking, Interviewing) is an important skill for Emory college students.  The content of your lived experience will be unique and built from your personality, interests, skills, values and informed from your academic and extracurricular experiences.  Employers want to know: What are your life experiences, and how have they shaped you? So, you need to prepare to share compelling stories that will help you in making the connection relevant for your audience and market your extraordinary Emory edge that demonstrates the value you offer, who you are, and who you’re becoming.

Career Readiness / Career Competencies

Career Readiness is defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employer as “The attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare College graduates for a successful transition into the workplace”. (

Emory College graduates looking to be competitive in the employment market should be able to clearly articulate the value of their Liberal Arts education and demonstrate how they obtained the following competencies hiring organizations value:

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual can obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.


Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual can work within a team structure and can negotiate and manage conflict.


Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and can learn from his/her mistakes.


Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; can express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.


Digital Technology: Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.


Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual can assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.


Global/Intercultural Fluency: Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.


Career Management: Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual can navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.


Researching Employers

Taking the time to research Industries and the specific organizations contained within is a very wise, pro-active step in any job or internship search. First, it saves you from having to rely on job boards for identifying possible companies and organizations you’d want to work for. With as many as 30-45% of all available jobs remaining hidden – that is, not being advertised on any job board – it’s critical to build target lists within the occupational/industry sectors you wish to pursue.

Additionally, many factors help determine your future happiness when finding the right organization to work for.  Through online research, as well as networking with current or former employees, you can gain valuable perspective about company culture and current conditions that either attract you towards or repel you from a prospective employer. 

The tools are at your fingertips!

The library holds subscriptions to the following online resources to help you learn all you can about an employer to enhance your applications and cover letters and prepare for interviews. These are also useful when identifying a target list of companies within a particular industry:

  • LexisNexis Academic Universe: Full-text access to news, business, medical, educational and legal sources.

  • Factiva: Factiva lets you quickly search nearly 8,000 publications in 22 languages, including the world's most prestigious publications, local sources and the Reuters and Dow Jones newswires. In addition, is the exclusive archive of The Wall Street Journal. You also can search the content of more than 9,000 Web sites.

  • Hoover’s Online: Hoover's Company Capsules & Profiles includes brief information on 15,000 companies, including an overview of company operations, addresses, phone and fax numbers, names of key officers, a list of top competitors, sales and employment figures, and stock symbols.

  • VAULTprovides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work within an industry, company, or profession—and how to position yourself to launch and build the career of your dreams. Vault is best known for its influential rankings, ratings, and reviews on thousands of top employers and hundreds of internship programs. Vault’s rankings and ratings are regularly featured and cited by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Money, and countless other news outlets. Vault also offer essential advice on resumes, cover letters, interviews, networking, and more. Our advice is geared toward everyone from students and recent grads to experienced professionals and business owners. In addition, we offer detailed information on more than 840 professions and nearly 5,000 companies in more than 120 industries. This includes education requirements, skill requirements, salaries, advancement prospects, and more. 

  • AtoZ databases: Create a custom targeted list of more than 30 million US organizations based on geography, industry, size, etc.

  • S&P Net Advantage: Identify key financial and competitive analysis of 7,000 public companies

    • Books of Lists Collection:  The main campus library contains a series of Books of Lists for several major metropolitan areas around the U.S. (like the ATL Book of Lists mentioned above).  A great way to build a target list of organizations to research if you’re headed for life in big city U.S.A. 

    • Job Bank Guides:  These books contain listings of companies in all major industries within a specific metropolitan area. Contact information, benefits and company profiles are among the types of information provided. Some newer editions are available on-line and included in library catalog.

Research Employee Reviews and Company Culture

  • CareerBliss: A career community dedicated to helping you find happiness in the workplace and therefore in life." This site offers jobs, review of employers by employees, salary information for those same employers by those same employees, and the BlissFinder, their survey of your work situation designed to help you find what makes you happy (or unhappy) about your current job.

  • Also collects surveys from current or former employees of various organizations and makes the available to you for free. The catch: in order to view the full info, you must submit a survey (either salary or review) of your own. Founded by Robert Hohman (formerly of and Rich Barton (founder of Expedia). As with all sites of this type, students should take the reviews with a grain of salt and compare them with comments/reviews on other sites.

Print Resources

  • Woodruff Library Business Reference Section: The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Book of Lists


A popular series of INDUSTRY GUIDES, located underneath the GUIDES tab on VAULT’s homepage, provide an excellent overview of many industries and related career roles – all downloadable in the form of easy-to-read PDFs.  Be sure to access these through The Career Center’s website, which allows you to first create a free account (paid for by Emory subscription), providing these guides free to currently enrolled Emory students using a current Emory email address.

Wet Feet

Wet Feet's products are used by job seekers all over the world. In addition to their Insider Guides and Career Profiles, they produce WetFeet magazine, which features career advice tailored to undergraduate students.

Woodruff Library

Located across campus, the main library houses Books of Lists from many major U.S. cities in its Business Career Reference Section, located on the 2nd floor. These can be used to research industry sectors and the organizations within them in that geographic locale.

Net Advantage

S&P Net Advantage allows you to locate current and archived in-depth industry overviews for 52+ industries.


The US Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop Industry Information page contains a set of resources to explore industry trends within the United States, including industries that are among the fastest-growing, house the largest numbers of jobs, are marked by rising or declining employment, are highest-paying, and more. 

Book of Lists

The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Book of Lists, contained in the Career Center’s own resource library in B. Jones Center, will help students seeking jobs and internships in the Atlanta area to examine target industry sectors in the Atlanta Metro Area, providing a further breakdown of specific companies and organizations within each. (Not available for checkout – but copies can be made using the library copier).

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