The Career Guide Handbook is the complete career-readiness tool for undergraduates, graduates, alumni and others. It will equip you with the “soft skills” that employers value and that are instrumental for a sustainable career. Students can schedule appointments with a career counselor via Handshake to receive expert advice regarding: resume preparation, cover letters, internships, interview skills, professional etiquette, tips for building your network and more.

Whether you are a freshman, senior or graduate student, you can master the career strategies that will help you secure your dream job. Launch your career today!

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View the entire career guide (pdf, 88 pages) or view and download specific sections listed to the right.

  • Overview of SDSU Career Services
  • Launching Your College Career Planning

Download Section 01 - Getting Started (PDF)

  • How to be Career-ready
  • Career Readiness Self-Ranking
  • Four-Year Career Plan
  • What is an Internship?
  • Job and Internship Search Strategies
  • Transferrable Skills

Download Section 02 - Preparing for Career Exploration (PDF)

  • Resume Preparation
  • Resume Writing
  • Creating a CV
  • Cover Letters
  • References & Business Cards
  • What Happens in the Job Interview
  • Thank-You Letters and Letters of Recommendation

Download Section 03 Success with Employers (PDF)

  • Professional Etiquette
  • Social Media and Linkedin
  • Career Fairs
  • Building Your Network

Download Section 04 Protecting your Brand (PDF)

  • Informational Interviews
  • Net Worth and Self-Wealth

Download Section 05 Tools for your Interview (PDF)

  • Graduate School
  • International Experience
  • Job Search for International Students
  • Salary Negotiation
  • Evaluating A Job Offer

Download Section 06 Additional Information (PDF)

  • Aztec Mentor Program
  • SDSU Alumni Lifetime membership

Download Section 07 Life after SDSU (PDF)