- Where is your office located? Our office is located in suite 299 on the second floor of the Mike Ilitch School of Business. The address is 2771 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.
- What are your hours? We offer scheduled appointments Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have quick questions that can be answered in 10- or 15-minutes, we encourage you to meet with us in-person during walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- How do I make an appointment? You can schedule an appointment by logging into Handshake, clicking "Career Center" in the upper right-hand corner and then "Appointments" on the next page.
We have walk-in advising on Tuesdays. No appointment necessary, just drop by, first-come, first-served.
Resumes and cover letters
- Can you help with my resume and/or cover letter? Absolutely. Bring in a copy of your current resume as a starting point. From there, we'll work on getting your resume or cover letter updated based on feedback we receive from employers on what they'd like to see.
See the resume packet (pdf) for examples and writing tips.
For examples and writing tips, review cover letter packet (pdf).
- What is Handshake.com? Handshake is a one-stop shop for career needs to find jobs, internships, events calendar and other helpful information. Current Ilitch School students have an account created for them automatically and just need to activate it.
- I submitted my resume to Handshake but it wasn't approved. Why? When your resume is not approved, we send you an email. Be sure to review the email completely for suggested edits that, if followed, will get your resume approved upon the next submission. Common errors include spelling, grammar, and formatting. We will continue to provide feedback on your resume until it is approved. Review the resume packet (pdf) for helpful guidelines.
- Is there a limit to the number of times I can request a resume review? There is no limit on the number of times we are able to meet with you to customize your resume and work to increase your chances of being favorably received.
Jobs & internships
- Can I do a mock interview with you? Yes! Set up a mock interview with a career advisor by calling 313-577-4781. If you've been invited to an interview, please call us right away to schedule a mock interview to secure an appointment. Provide us with the job description and we will customize the mock interview to the job or internship that you are applying for. We will give you feedback and strategies for answering questions. Keep an eye out for our monthly Mentor Monday sessions (mock interviews/advice from business school alumni) and employer-led Mock Interview Day.
- How do I find an internship? Internships are all listed on Handshake. Log in and search for jobs or internships by your major. If you find it confusing, make an appointment and we will help you navigate the site. New opportunities are frequently added, so be sure to check back often.
- Will an internship really make a difference? The value of an internship can't be overstated. More and more companies are hiring from their internship programs. This is also the best way to get real insight into a career or company prior to applying for a permanent position. Special insider tip: Employers often recruit in the first six to eight weeks of fall semester for internships that start during the next summer.
- Is it necessary to attend employer events if they are not hiring on-the-spot? Employers tell us repeatedly that if the first time they're meeting you is at the Career Fair or even an interview, it's often too late. The best way to make your resume stand out when applying to a job is to build a relationship with the recruiter or someone that works in that company. Once they get to know you, they'll put in a good word. Not only will you learn about these companies, but you'll never have a more convenient networking opportunity so they can start to get to know you.
- What is networking? Networking is getting to know recruiters, mentors, employees, staff or anybody else that may be able to help you land that dream job. Employers come to campus multiple times per week during the fall and winter terms with the goal of meeting students to get to know you and what unique skills you'd bring to the table.
- What is a recruiting cycle? A lot of companies only recruit for internships and full-time jobs in the fall. These jobs and internships usually start the following summer or even the next fall. As an example, a sophomore should be looking at junior level internships, and so on. It's not impossible to get a job off cycle, but you'll make it a lot easier on yourself if you're thinking ahead and ready to apply starting in September.
- Will you help me connect with a company that does not attend the Career Fair? If the company you want to work for does not recruit here, be proactive and creative with your search. Make an appointment with a Career Advisor by calling 313-577-4781. We can help you come up with a strategy to best target your efforts with those companies.
- What should I wear? For most employer events business casual is fine. Business casual is that happy medium between jeans and a suit. Think dress slacks or a skirt. A button-down shirt/tie or blouse, and dress shoes. Avoid jeans, leggings and sweats. For big events like the Career Fair and especially interviews, business professional is mandatory. Business professional means to wear a suit.
- What should I wear if I do not have a suit? The Professional Dress Closet in the Career Planning and Placement Office has professional attire in a variety of styles ands sizes that Ilitch School students may borrow (just returnl dry-cleaned). For more details or to make an appointment, email email@example.com year-round.