Student Employment Resources

Job Site Reviews - site that reviews and ranks job search websites - site connecting college students and employers across Nebraska - finds job listings from other major job sites, company sites and associations - search for entry level jobs and internships - niche site, find a career in a certain field or in a certain part of the country - one of the biggest online job sites - job site focused on Central Nebraska - a leader in career development resources - the #1 employment site for the food and beverage manufacturing industry - a leading job board for internships and entry level positions - find job applications for every major U.S. company - claims to be the world’s first Internet recruitment service - entry level jobs that are posted on LinkedIn - finds jobs from a database of 22,000 company websites enter your qualifications and the site searches for compatible jobs - every day the site looks at one employer and their entry level jobs - finds job listings from major sites and company sites, free resume listing - access to jobs that match your profile ideal if you’re looking for corporate job listings - the official job site for the U.S. government - non-profit whose mission is to connect individuals in the military, veterans, and their families with federal, state, and local government programs as well as non-profit organizations in their local communities - an inside look at jobs and companies posted anonymously by employees

Résumés & Cover Letters

Click here for a detailed packet of information that includes sample résumés, a list of action verbs, and information about cover letters and references.

Résumés for America is an online résumé builder that helps you to create an effective and professional resume by providing expert tips, writing examples, and helpful suggestions. The software also comes with a cover letter builder, thank you letter builder, and more.

Students who are registering for the first time or returning students who are logging in, visit the free resume builder now and sign in with your UNK email address.

Upon completing your résumé, email it to or drop it off at our office so we can provide feedback.


A résumé is your marketing tool, and advertisement of your qualifications and abilities. It is a concise document - a snapshot - of your relevant education, experience, and skills. It is often the first item that a potential employer sees, and is used to screen applicants competing for a position. Obviously, you want your résumé to screen you in, leading you to the next step in the job search process. With that in mind, construct your résumé so it supports your career objective, i.e., it presents evidence showing that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the job. Once you have a clear view of your target job, or at least your target industry, you can develop a résumé that highlights the appropriate skills and experiences. Visit Academic and Career Services if you need help defining your career objective.

Types of Résumés

  • Chronological - an account of whom you've worked for and what you've accomplished in each position,listed in reverse chronological order. It is the style most commonly used by new college graduates and by individuals changing jobs within a given career field.
  • Functional - places the emphasis on what you've accomplished and de-emphasizes where you did it. This allows the candidate to organize experiences, gathered from a variety of arenas, according to specific functions or skills.
  • Combination - merge the elements of each of the other styles. They will include an overview or summary of qualifications at the beginning, in which they stress their skills and characteristics appropriate for the position, but they revert to the reverse chronological style for the remainder of the document.

Additional Online Resource: Purdue Online Writing Lab: Résumé Workshop

Résumé Advice for Veterans


Before you write the cover letter, ask yourself these four questions:

  1. Who, specifically, should receive the cover letter? Target your recipients carefully.
  2. What is the best way to locate the right contacts? Research the industry/field/company.
  3. How can I motivate the reader to interview me? Address the employer's needs and your strengths.
  4. What points do I want to emphasize? Develop self-awareness and express confidence and enthusiasm.

The answers to these questions will focus your efforts and strengthen your case. You must next address the tone and presentation of the letter:

  • Use a positive and outgoing writing style.
  • Project energy and confidence.
  • Avoid negative and apologetic statements.
  • Adopt a business-like, but cordial, tone.

In general, picture the likely reader and adjust the style and tone of your letter accordingly. Become familiar with the prevalent style in your field. If the recipient is apt to be conservative, write a conservative cover letter. If your reader appreciates creativity, use a creative approach. Be cautious in making assumptions though.

The words you use are important in conveying both message and tone. Accomplishments are best expressed through action verbs (communicated, clarified, facilitated). Select self-descriptive words to express personal characteristics (enthusiastic, creative, dependable). Use words sparingly, and try to limit the length of the letter to one page.


Academic & Career Services is excited to present The Big Interview, an interactive site to help you ace your next job interview. The site includes 7 core learning modules, tips on how to answer difficult questions, and as long as you have Internet access and a webcam you're able to record practice interviews! It's easy to sign up, easy to use...and it's free!

Interviewing is perhaps the most important aspect of your job search. On this page we’ve outlined a 5-step process to successful interviewing and at the bottom of the page, take a look at links to handouts with more detailed information about specific aspects of interviewing.

5 Steps to a Successful Job Interview

    • Research the company and be able to connect your skills and goals to their needs
    (Visit “Researching Occupations” in the “Exploring Majors & Careers” section of our website)
  • Review frequently asked interview questions
  • Develop questions for the interviewer
  • Know what to wear
  • Have a typed list of 3-5 professional references

    • Strong eye contact and hand shake
    • Be prepared to engage in small talk to break the ice
    • Stick with positives, complaining about anything can be the “kiss of death” in an interview
    • Be aware of your nonverbal communication; facial expressions, posture, etc.

  2. DEMONSTRATE YOUR POTENTIAL - What Employers are Looking For
    • Can you do the job? Employers want to see how your skills and experiences have prepared you for the position you are interviewing for. Use the STAR technique (see “Interview Ready” handout below) to back up your skills with experiences
    • Will you do the job? Employers want to see that you are motivated to work for them and contribute to their well-being. Do your homework; research the company and its mission, and have clear career goals that fit in with the company
    • Will you fit in? Employers want to know if you will accept the organization’s way of doing things and if you’ll get along with your co-workers. They might ask about your ideal work environment or how you deal with conflict.

    • Ask the interviewer appropriate questions, show you have researched the organization
    • Re-state why you feel you are the best candidate and your interest in the position
    • Offer your references if they haven’t asked for them
    • Thank the interviewer for his/her time - maintain eye contact and give a firm handshake
    • Ask who is going to follow up with you and the timeline for their decision making process

    • Keep a record of the interview - detailed information about who you met with and your insights so that you can follow-up with them
    • Send a thank-you letter - confirm your interest in the job, show appreciation, and highlight your skills – if interviewed by more than 1 person, make sure to personalize each note
    • Anticipate a second interview - plan ahead to demonstrate how you will fit within the organization
    • Prepare to respond to an offer - carefully review the job, company, and geographic location
    • Call if you have not heard anything and the deadline has passed

Important Handouts

Interview Ready - Comprehensive look at all aspects of job interviewing, including the STAR technique

Common Interview Questions

Interview Attire

Interviewing to Win - PowerPoint outlining what to do before, during and after the interview

Researching a Company

Preparing for 2nd or 3rd Interviews

Top 10 Interview Mistakes

Students networking at an eventNetworking is an important skill in a tight job market. Many people who take a new position did not respond to an opening posted on the Internet and much of all hiring occurs through the hidden job market. The hidden job market includes all the jobs that are filled before they are posted anywhere. Networking helps you find those hidden jobs.

Identify your networks:

  • Family
  • Friends and classmates
  • Academic circle (professors)
  • Organizations
  • Employers

If you find that your list is short, join an organization, volunteer, and get involved.

Make contact
Prepare your elevator speech and be ready to use it.
Connect on LinkedIn.

Stay in Touch
Foster relationships, occasionally e-mail, etc.

Students networking at Career Fair


View information on the most recent Career Fair

Whether you’re looking for full-time employment, an internship, or would simply like to network with employers, Career Fairs are a vital part of any student’s job search so it’s important to prepare. View a detailed description of what to do before, during and after a career fair, in order to have a successful experience.

Check with Dustin Favinger ( for additional details and employer registration.


Learning in the real world.
Theoretical knowledge is only half of your education at UNK. The other half is applying what you learn to the real world and learning from experience. Internships are among the many powerful ways in which a UNK education extends classroom learning into real-world experiences in the workplace. In fact, most UNK students list at least one internship experience on their résumé by the time they graduate.

Where do UNK students find internships?
Business students intern at some of the best companies in the state and nation; education majors intern at schools across Nebraska; social work students intern at area hospitals and counseling centers; criminal justice students intern with law enforcement, corrections agencies, and law firms; advertising majors intern at leading agencies in Omaha, Chicago, and other places small and large… the list is nearly endless.

How do they find these internships?
Many programs at UNK list internships as a requirement and have the connections, internship coordinators and other resources to help you find an internship. The Office of Career Services also provides experienced counselors who may be able to help you plan your internship. While the summer of your junior year is the best time to gain work experience as an intern, we encourage you to visit the Office of Career Services as early as your freshman year so that you get a head start on internship and career planning.

For more information, schedule a campus visit.

Internships link the classroom to the work place, allowing the student to test his/her abilities in a selected field. The College of Business & Technology has developed many partnerships with companies that provide internship experiences.

Business, Family Studies & Interior Design Internships
Janice Woods, Director

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Economics
  • Family Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Management & Information Systems
  • Supply Chain Management

Technology Internships
Brenda Jochum, Director

  • Construction Management
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Information Networking and Telecommunications