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Resources for Students

The Center for Career Development (CCD) has compiled these resources and articles to guide you in pursuing your career goals. These are not meant to be conclusive, but instead are a spring board for you to begin navigating your career journey from college to graduation, and throughout your life.  Click on a topic to get started:


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10 Best Practices for LinkedIn
LinkedIn: What Is It?
How to (Finally) Make Social Part of Your Job Search Strategy
5 Reasons Why You Need to Be on LinkedIn
How to Build a Great Student LinkedIn Profile
4 Key Elements of a Killer LinkedIn Summary
What You Should Be Doing on LinkedIn Every Month, Week, and Day
Find Your Career Passion: How LinkedIn Can Help
Conducting Employer Research on LinkedIn
Top 10 Online Job Hunting Tips
3 Smart Ways to Attract Recruiters to Your LinkedIn Profile
Q & A: LinkedIn Etiquette


How To Work A Room: The Art of Building & Maintaining Mutually Beneficial Relationships
30 Brilliant Networking Conversation Starters
Networking Tips for Introverts
6 People Who Will Do Amazing Things for Your Career
How to Network on LinkedIn
Check Out the CCD Pinterest Board for More Tips and Articles About Networking & Building a Professional Network


American vs. European Dining: Examples of Resting and Finished
A Properly Appointed Table
Dining Etiquette and the Second Job Interview
The New Rules Of Business Etiquette
29 Rules Of Etiquette For Your Next Business Lunch
Check Out the CCD Pinterest Board for More Tips and Articles About Business Etiquette  


12 Tiny Changes That Make Your Resume Easy for Recruiters to Skim
Resume Summary Statement Worksheet (Free Download)
The Science of Information Design and How to Apply It to Your Resume
How To Write the Perfect Cover Letter
10 Things Your Interviewer Wants You to Know
8 Simple Rules For Following Up In Your Job Search
How Long Should I Wait to Follow Up After an Interview?
Elevator Speech


Check Out the CCD Pinterest Board for More Tips and Articles About Entrepreneurship, Small Businesses & Startups

Project Based Student Employment Opportunities

Hire Owl

Looking for a great way to make money and gain work experience on a schedule that works with your classes?  Checkout HireOwl. They can provide you with  a wide variety of paid part-time job opportunities, short-term projects, and internships.  Signing up is easy!  Fill out a short profile and start receiving personalized HireOwl job alerts directly to your inbox. 


When Most Entrepreneurs Are in Their Prime (Infographic)
Want to Start a Business Fresh Out of College? Try Freelancing First.
Entrepreneurship 101: A Guide for New College Grads Looking to Fly Solo

Small Businesses
6 Unexpected Benefits of Working for a Small Business
Advantages of Working for a Small Company

The Difference Between A Startup And A Small Business
What To Know Before You Apply To A Startup
Startup or Corporate: Which is Better for Your Career?
8 Reasons To Choose A Startup Over A Corporate Job  

Professional Attire 

career gear

 Career Gear is a national non-profit organization that builds strong families and communities by empowering low-income men to overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. We promote the economic independence of low-income men by providing financial literacy training, a network of support, professional attire, career development tools, job-readiness and essential life-skills training that help men enter the workforce, stay employed and become role models and mentors to their families and communities.

The Houston affiliate was formed in 2004 after realizing that men were receiving little to no resources to secure interview appropriate attire and job readiness training as they prepared for upcoming job fairs and interviews. 

Career Gear Houston Serves low-income men who are:   

  •  job ready, actively looking for employment 
  •  have an interview scheduled or attending a job fair 
  • are graduating in 30 days from college, technical school or a job skills training program 
  • are within first 30 days of new employment 

In order to learn more about Career Gear Houston or to request services, please schedule an appointment with Andrew Tessmer via RICElink to go over the program procedures with you and provide you with a mandatory referral.  

Dress for Success
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  Since 1998, Dress for Success Houston has provided business attire, a much-needed boost of confidence, and job retention and career advancement services to more than 30,000 women in the Houston community. 
Who does Dress for Success Houston serve? Low-income, job-ready women who:
Have an interview scheduled.
Are attending a job fair.
Are within 30 days of graduation from college, technical, or trade school.
Are within 90 days of new employment.
OIF and OEF Veterans, and retiring veterans within 24 months of separation.   Military ID, VA ID, or DD214 required. 
In order to learn more about Dress for Success Houston or to request services, please schedule an appointment with Andrew Tessmer via RICElink to go over the program procedures with you and provide you with a mandatory referral. 

 Check Out the CCD Pinterest Board for More Tips and Ideas About Dressing for the Occasion 


Job Accommodation Network · A free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: (1) providing individualized worksite accommodation solutions, (2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation and (3) educating callers about self-employment options.

United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy · This site provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy and practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities. The Office of Disability Employment Policy offers job-related programs, events and grants.


Portfolium  · Your last class project or presentation could be exactly what top employers are looking for. Don't get lost in a sea of generic resumes.  Set yourself apart by using Portfolium to showcase and submit your best: presentations, videos, writing samples, images, designs, prototypes, code, and more!

Interfolio · A well-established electronic dossier file service in Washington, DC affiliated with ETS. Rice students and alumni who have utilized Interfolio have reported positive results. Interfolio is not affiliated with the Center for Career Development or Rice University, so students are encouraged to carefully read the Interfolio user agreement, which is subject to change. A dossier service is a way for you to collect, store, distribute and track letters of recommendation and other important academic or professional documents. This is often helpful when preparing for applications to graduate school or if you are considering a career in academia. You may choose to manage your own files, or you can establish an account with one of the electronic dossier file services available on the market.



Glassdoor · Glassdoor helps you find a job and company you love, providing valuable information and resources such as employee reviews, salaries and benefits, candidate interview questions, and millions of job listings.
MyWorldAbroad · International career resource for students geared towards helping students build global career skills and access international opportunities.
NACE Salary Calculator · Students can enter education, industry, and geographical information to receive relevant salary data.
Occupational Outlook Handbook · Browse through occupations by job title and find more about the training and education required, future employment projections and more.
O*Net Online · Find information on occupations by career cluster, industry, job family, area of interest, values, STEM discipline and more.
Salary.com · Salary.com can help potential employees make decisions regarding compensation and to learn what to expect when assessing salaries regionally.
Weddle’s Association Directory · Locate and learn more about professional associations and societies by occupation or industry. The Ladders ·  Stay up to date on the skills, education, experience and compensation of your peers to keep a pulse on your career market.