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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. If you have discovered a great resource not listed here, feel free to share it with us. 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
Importance of Business Etiquette
The New Rules Of Business Etiquette
29 Rules Of Etiquette For Your Next Business Lunch
What Is Business Etiquette and Why Is It Important?
The Utensil Etiquette Your Parents Never Taught You
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
Your Elevator Speech
Developing Your “Elevator Speech”
Elevator Speech — 30 Seconds to Interview!
Fantastic Formulas for Composing Elevator Speeches  


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

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
5 Tips for Becoming an Entrepreneur After College

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

What’s A Startup? First Principles.
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  


How to Build a Work Wardrobe From Scratch (Infographic)
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.


3 Ways to Find a Job (Job Search Strategies)

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.


Apparel Executives · A database of jobs in the fashion industry.

Career Guide to Industries · Gain an overview about industries such as the nature of the industry, occupations available within it, advancement opportunities, and the training required.

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.

Hoover's Directory · This site provides information about industries, companies and key decision makers. Hoover's provides this up-to-date information for sales, marketing, business development and other professionals who need intelligence on U.S. and global companies, industries and the people who lead them.

Hoover's Online UK · Use this site to gather information about industries, companies and key decision makers in the UK.

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.

Ph.D. Career Guide · Explore options available to Ph.D. students and information necessary to decide which career path would be most rewarding given a particular set of professional interests and career goals.

Princeton Review College Rankings · If you are considering going to graduate or professional school, you can begin your research on these academic institutions at this site to find information such as rankings, student faculty ratio, and average test scores.

Rice University Libraries · Visit Fondren Library or the Business Information Center (BIC) for books on industries and fields, such as full versions of the Vault Guide series, and for databases available online to further your Employment Research.

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.