Student Career Resources

Interviewing Tools

Big Interview

A new digital platform that Luddy Bloomington students can use to learn and practice interview skills. With Big Interview you can get hands-on training with mock interviews that are tailored to your specific industry, job, and experience level.

Case interviewing

A case interview is a job interview with business content where you will interact with an interviewer to analyze and solve case studies of business problems. We have tips on how to prepare.

Luddy Career Services offers Case Mock Interviewing sessions during the school year.

Schedule a Case Mock Interview

Technical interviewing

To understand your technical skills, an employer may ask you to participate in a technical interview where your technical knowledge is easily analyzed. We can help you understand your technical skills

Luddy Career Services offers Technical Mock Interviewing sessions during the school year.

Schedule a Technical Mock Interview

Four-Year Career Guide

Embarking on your college journey is an adventure that promises not just academic growth but also significant personal and professional development. Our Career Services 4-Year Plan is designed to guide you step by step, ensuring that by the time you don your cap and gown, you're not just graduating with a degree, but you're career-ready and poised for success in the dynamic professional world. Let's embark on this journey together, laying a strong foundation for a prosperous and fulfilling career.

Login to yourIU Handshake account. Every IU student has a Handshake account—this is where you find upcoming career events, internships, and job opportunities. This is your FIRST STEP in preparing for your future career!

Assess your career competencies. According to NACE (the National Association of Colleges and Employers) there are eight Career Competencies that students should have to be career ready upon graduation. These skills are:
Communication, Career & Self-Development, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Equity and Inclusion, Professionalism, Teamwork, and Technology. By making efforts to achieve mastery in all eight areas throughout your college journey, you can better prepare for the transition from college to career. The NACE Competencies Self-Assessment worksheet may be found online. Evaluate yourself objectively. Reflect on areas in which you wish to grow. Formulate a professional development plan to develop your career competencies. Once completed, save this worksheet for reflection in the coming years! If you purposely focus on strengthening two competencies per year, you can feel confident in all areas by the completion of your degree!

Become involved in extracurricular activities for personal and professional development. Join and participate in activities outside of class, such as a student club or professional associations related to your career interests. You can find IU and Luddy student organizations through BeInvolved and the Luddy Student Life page.

Craft your college resume. As you become more involved at IU, it’s time to remove any high school accolades. Make it easy on yourself and add to your resume throughout this year! List any new clubs or organizations you join, any
committees you serve on, and an ongoing list of technical programs and languages you learn! You can add class projects too! Once you overhaul your resume, make an appointment with Luddy Career Services to have it reviewed and ready to upload to your Handshake profile. Let employers know you are taking steps toward your career goals!

Create a LinkedIn profile and begin to develop your personal brand. What kind of professional do you want to be? LinkedIn is a great place to explore how others brand themselves. To get started, Luddy Career Services offers free
headshots throughout the academic year for you to begin updating your LinkedIn profile. Check Handshake for upcoming headshot sessions. For assistance in setting up your LinkedIn profile, see the dedicated section in Luddy’s Career Search Guide and schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor.

Research opportunities for internships, job shadowing and the future of your chosen field. Set a goal for yourself of conducting at least two informational interviews this school year. That’s only one a semester—you can do it! Consider reaching out to professionals in the IU community (faculty, academic advisors, Luddy alumni, or Bloomington business leaders) as a starting place. Ask for 20 minutes of their time and bring questions about their roles and career path. This is an effective way to practice introducing yourself and gather valuable insights into the career(s) you want to explore.

Go to Luddy Career Services career fairs, workshops, and events! This is a wonderful way to build relationships with employers dedicated to hiring Luddy students. It also allows you to develop your personal competencies such as
interviewing techniques, perfecting your elevator pitch, communicating with purpose, and learn from engaged employers. Check out Handshake for upcoming Luddy events and fairs!

Ensure your selected major aligns with your interests, values, and abilities. If you are not enjoying your core classes—perhaps you need to reconsider your major. Now is a good time to explore your options. If necessary,
make an appointment with an Academic or Career Advisor.

Make an appointment with a Luddy Career Advisor to explore career resources and services, and to review your career goals. This is the year to begin thinking beyond the classroom. How will you be career ready in just a few short, busy years? Make an appointment through Handshake!

Update your resume. Welcome back! Ensure your resume is up-to-date and let a Luddy Career Services professional review it. And do not forget to upload your refreshed resume to your Handshake account! Pro tip: we recommend setting your Handshake profile visibility to employers so employers can share opportunities with you!

Begin to compile your portfolio of work. While you might need to further research what experience is typically valued in a portfolio in your field of study, now is the time to begin a cumulative file of various projects which highlight your competencies and creativeness. It is also helpful to reflect on what projects excited you most as you consider future employment opportunities.

Research companies and organizations. Research allows you to learn about opportunities available to you. Questions to explore: What companies hire entry-level positions? What are common job titles for your major? What employers interest you in the work they do? What are opportunities for growth within these organizations? What are the values of these organizations, and do they align with your personal values? Company culture and sense of belonging are crucial factors in finding your fit and having career success. Do these companies recruit at Luddy? What recruitment patterns do you notice?

Revisit the NACE Competencies Self-Assessment worksheet. Re-evaluate yourself objectively or ask someone who knows you well to evaluate you. This could be a peer, a faculty member with whom you have a good working relationship with, a supervisor, or a Luddy Career Services advisor. Once completed, reflect on how you have grown over the past year. Consider areas in which you wish to grow or see opportunities for personal growth. Update your professional development plan to further develop your career competencies. Once completed, save this worksheet for reflection in the coming years! If you purposely focus on strengthening two competencies per year, you can feel confident in all areas by the completion of your degree!

Explore ways to elevate your career competencies. Check out the numerous workshops and events offered through Luddy Career Services. All events, presentations and career fairs may be found in Luddy’s Handshake. Additionally, LinkedIn Learning is a free resource for all IU Bloomington students and can be a great compliment to your education on a resume. With a minimal time investment, you can earn certificates on LinkedIn Learning in areas such as Diversity and Inclusion, Program Management, Creating Inclusive Cultures, Effective Listening, How to Be Assertive, etc. Having trouble
selecting what courses to start? It might helpful to deep dive into your skillset and think about ways you could add value to an organization. What skills would you like to add to your resume? Knowing the NACE Career Competencies as stated above, what are areas of opportunities to grow?

Build your career network. Now is the time to intentionally begin growing your professional connections. Update your LinkedIn profile if needed and start adding connections. Connect with classmates, recruiters from organizations who hire in your career field, faculty, career services professionals, academic advisors, and Indiana University alums.

Search for an internship. Internships are available for Sophomores, as are many Leadership Programs. It never hurts to ask employers who come to IU’s campus for fairs and events!

Attend career fairs, workshops, and events hosted by Luddy Career Services! We offer events each semester, and we partner with employers too! Check out events and opportunities on Handshake.

Practice interviewing. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will be when an internship or job is on the line! Luddy Career Services offers a mock interviewing opportunity with employers at least once per semester. Our Career Advisors are also available for 1:1 mock interviewing by appointment. We offer support for behavioral, technical, and case interviews.

 

Update your resume. As you settle in for your third year, do not forget to update your resume, have it reviewed by Luddy Career Services, and upload it into your Handshake account! Pro tip: we recommend making your Handshake profile visible to employers!

Organize your portfolio. Decide how best to organize and showcase past or current projects. Be ready to reference examples during interviews.

Update your profiles. This is an opportunity to highlight your professional branding as the budding professional you are! Add core classes you have studied and include projects of interest that you completed to both your Handshake and LinkedIn profiles. Be an active contributor to discussions on LinkedIn.

Do a social media audit. Make sure your social media accounts are professional and appropriate for anyone who may be looking. This includes personal social media outlets like TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Recruiters will be researching you! Companies need to ensure you will represent them well in the workforce as you collaborate with clients and peers!

Begin to collect professional references or letters of recommendations for applications. Consider past supervisors or instructors. Perhaps in a past or current position you have a coworker who might be a good character reference. The hiring process can move quickly so it’s best to be prepared.

Go to Luddy Career Services career fairs, workshops, and events! Know that often employers offer internships and/or jobs as early as one year in advance. Be ready to share your resume and put your best foot forward at every workshop, event, or fair! Participate in mock interviews and career services events to practice your projecting your professional self!

Grow your professional network. Continue to build connections in your desired career field through recruiting events, networking opportunities, conferences, and LinkedIn.

Secure an internship! Internships are often gateways to careers! Internship opportunities are also valuable to explore potential career paths and to expand your competencies. Internships are also great resume builders and growth
opportunities!

Become a content creator on LinkedIn! Engage in discussions on LinkedIn. Create content on hot topics in your major or career focus area. Share a project or accomplishment of which you are proud. Showcase your work and be an advocate for your professional self! Be supportive of organizations, companies, or experts in your field.

Revisit the NACE Competencies Self-Assessment worksheet. Re-evaluate yourself objectively or ask someone who knows you well to evaluate you. This could be a peer, a faculty member with whom you have a good working relationship with, a supervisor, or a Luddy Career Services advisor. Once completed, reflect on how you have grown over the past year (and over the past two years). Consider areas in which you see opportunities for personal growth. Update your professional development plan to further develop your career competencies. Once completed, save this worksheet for reflection in the coming years! If you purposely focus on strengthening two competencies per year, you can feel confident in all areas by the completion of your degree!

Continue to grow your career competencies. Employers love people with initiative and professional polish! LinkedIn Learning is free to all IU Bloomington students and can help you grow competencies desirable to corporate recruiters.
These help prepare you for skills necessary for the working world and are valuable additions to your resume.

Continue involvement in extracurricular activities for personal and professional development. Participation in activities outside the classroom, such as a student club or professional associations related to your career, can help highlight your interests and leadership abilities. Again, you can find student organizations through BeInvolved and the Luddy website.

Decide if Graduate School is for you. This is the time to think about your career goals. Where do you want to be in your career in 5 or 10 years? Weigh the pros and cons of entering graduate school immediately after your undergraduate degree. Research companies you might want to work for and consider what job qualifications they include in their job descriptions. Compare those qualifications with your current knowledge, skills, and abilities. If you decide this is your path: begin researching graduate schools and make an appointment with a Career Advisor to further your research!

Update your resume and have it reviewed by Luddy Career Services. We can help you put the final polish on it. And don’t forget to upload it into your Handshake account!

Do another social media audit. Are your social media accounts professional and appropriate? This includes personal social media outlets like TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Also search your name in an incognito browser. Recruiters will be looking for insights into your character! Companies need to ensure you will represent them well in the workforce as you might collaborate with clients and peers.

Begin your job search. Finding desired employment can take time. Start early—the process takes time, and many opportunities close in September and October. Use your previous employer research to strategize— explore the job
titles that fit your skillset, the companies that complement your values, and the geographic locations that interest you. Remember, though, to be open to opportunities. Do not limit yourself unless you have a compelling reason to do so.

Revisit the NACE Competencies Self-Assessment worksheet. Re-evaluate yourself objectively one final time. Reflect on the areas in which you have grown throughout your collegiate experience. Hopefully, you see growth and feel more confident in yourself moving forward! Additionally, reflection on your growth now should be insightful in future interview questions. Interviews often include questions such as: what are your strengths?, how do you handle conflict?, and how do you see yourself as a leader? Through your career competencies reflections, you will be prepared to answer such questions in an informed and thoughtful manner.

Be confident in your skills! Job searches are competitive, but so are you! This search is what you have worked hard toward—have confidence in your personal and professional competencies. If you need last-minute reassurance
or support, make an appointment with a Luddy Career Services Advisor. We will partner with you as you prepare for upcoming interviews and decisions!

Leverage your experiences on LinkedIn. Update your LinkedIn profile. Share thoughts on current events in your field of study. Engage with other professionals in your desired field. Follow organizations or companies who have mutual interests or missions. Intentionally create your digital footprint.

If you secure a job offer, consider connecting with a Luddy Career Services Advisor to review the offer and benefits package, or discuss your negotiation strategy. When you commit, do not forget to report it to Luddy Career Services
via 12twenty! We want to celebrate your success with you!

If you are furthering your education, use the Fall Term to prepare for Graduate School. This is the time to complete all Graduate School assessments and applications. Be prepared to upload all necessary documents as you apply. For professional recommendations, which are often required, ask recommenders early in the semester. When you ask, share your education and career aspirations so recommenders can speak to your motivation, skills,
accomplishments, and readiness! Additionally, it is likely that you will need a personal statement as part of the application process—make an appointment with a Luddy Career advisor to ensure your statement accurately reflects
your professional education and career goals. Additionally, now is the time to ensure that you have financing in place for your educational journey.

Tips for Compiling a Portfolio

A portfolio is an online collection of your work examples. During the hiring process, corporate recruiters might ask for a portfolio as part of the hiring process. It may be extremely useful during salary negotiations, as well as for performance reviews once hired.

It is important therefore to seek out samplings of your best works which highlight your professional competencies, technical creativity, and professional growth.

So, you may be asking yourself what belongs in a portfolio, how should it be organized, and how should it be presented. Do not fear, we are here to help!

PROJECTS: Past and current projects are the best examples of your work. Be sure to include your most notable projects. Include specific context on the assignment or task, a quick summary of the process or steps involved in completing the project (identifying main skills used), and how long the project took.

Include skills (technical and others) that you grew or learned as a result of the project or task.

And lastly, remember to specify if the project was a team project or a solo effort. If you worked on this as a team, include your role specifically.

Limit use of links to other websites. Instead, screenshot anything that already exists online if it is not easily transferrable.

CERTIFICATES or DEGREES: Ensure your portfolio includes items which indicate professional and personal development. If you have earned a certificate or degree, include it!

If you have received unofficial training in a noteworthy area, and are competent in that skill or knowledge, include it as well. In this case, you could write a short paragraph indicating what competency was learned, how it was taught, and how you have utilized that skill in your work.

AWARDS: Awards are important to include in a portfolio as long as they are fairly recent, and work related. Use your discretion in this area. Depending on the situation, an attendance award could be beneficial. An award for creativity in a project also could be worth showcasing. A high school Math-A-Thon award would not likely be relevant in most instances.

Organization of a portfolio is key. Similar to a resume or curriculum vitae (CV), you want the order to flow from section to section. But many options exist! Some may prefer to organize your work chronologically but consider other ways that make sense to you. Be creative! A portfolio is an extension of you and should tell the story of your professional growth.

If you are needing a portfolio, and chances are in the informatics, computing, and engineering fields you do, the presentation of a portfolio is critical in showcasing your creativity. Be intentional in how you choose to present your work. Remember – this is a direct visual representation of your competencies and personality.

You must first consider how to present your portfolio. While some students might upload their portfolio onto a USB flash drive, consider creating a website which you can reference or link off of your resume or CV. This ensures instant shareability and access.

Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive are easy options. Common platforms also include PortfolioBox, Wix, WordPress or Weebly. These are all free to users as well.

Squarespace is another common portfolio tool although there are costs associated with using this tool.

No matter what platform you choose, ensure that your information is password protected and safe. Your portfolio should only be accessed by those you give permission to view. Also do a confidentiality check to ensure that you are sensitive to school or work-related proprieties. If necessary, generalize or black-out corporate/client names and information.

In addition to the documents listed above, consider saving and including in your portfolio, written correspondence (i.e., emails or course community boards) that highlight professional relationships you have built and speak to your work performance. For instance, perhaps a professor complemented your research methodology on your capstone project, or a peer gave you a shout out for leading the team effectively over the 8-week project. Clip those remarks and compile a reference section to include in your portfolio. Be sure to include a short paragraph on the context of the compliment. It might seem trivial but to a prospective employer or current boss, these are character indicators which emphasize that you are respected and valued, and that you are capable of building rapport with others. These are prime examples of your reputation and work ethic so showcase them!

Portfolios must continuously be updated. Often, this is easier to accomplish if you routinely set aside time, once per month for example, to do this. Put it in your calendar and set an automatic reminder!

Check your emails, work calendar, social media, etc. for committee work, projects, certificates or awards, performance reviews, or compliments that could be used as resume and/or portfolio material. Remember, your portfolio should highlight your work and your character!

4-step Portfolio Plan:

  1. Collect examples of your work history and accomplishments
  2. Organize these materials
  3. Select a presentation system
  4. Establish a plan to continually update

General Resources

Career Outcome Reporting (12twenty)
Ready to report your internship or fulltime position and be part of the IUB Luddy success story? Report your experiences in 12twenty.

Accessing Your Major GPA
Want to include your GPA on your resume? Here’s how to access it.

Accessing Your Unofficial Transcript
Want to access your unofficial transcript to view courses and see your unofficial GPA?  Find out on One.IU.edu

Staying connected to Luddy after IU
How to Set Up an Alumni Handshake Account: As a Luddy graduate, you are entitled to Luddy Career Services for life! If you find yourself job searching in the future or thinking about a new career path, we can help! But in order to request an appointment or see our job opportunities board, you must have an IUB Luddy Handshake account.

How to stay connected to IU
The best way to stay connected with IU is to join our Alumni Association. Immediately create a network of nearly 775,000 and growing.