Skip navigation

Students and Alumni

Seeing Eagles Soar.

Students and Alumni

Making the most of Career Services for your path! From college to career, our office is here. 

Our goal is to ensure you are career-ready upon graduation. We can help you achieve this, and so much more! Unsure of where to start, read on to learn about how you work with Career Services to find success in your chosen career path. We encourage you to connect with us in your first year to discuss your career plans and aspirations, but it is never too late to focus on your future!

If you need assistance along the way, we are here to help. Schedule an appointment HERE!

·       Research career or major options, using FOCUS2 (a career interest inventory) and What Can I Do With This Major to help learn about options for your interests and abilities. (Focus2 requires a free code which is available in Handshake under Career Center > Resources).

·       Visit our Online Resources for additional resources and helpful tools that can be used to research options.

·       Resume and cover letter formatting can be industry-specific, be familiar with the best ways to format and deliver information to potential employers.

·       Use the resume and cover letter examples in the Career Guide to get started.

 ·          Job searching is industry-specific. Be aware of the optimal way to find employment in a chosen field.

·          Attend campus networking events and job fairs. See what opportunities are available on our home page, at Virtual Events

·          Access jobs, internships, and career fairs in Handshake.

·          Other useful job search tools you can use are LinkedIn and Career Shift. (code is available in Handshake, under Resources)

·          For a part-time job, contact Job Location and Development.

·          We do not place students in jobs, we only provide information about job availability. It is up to the student to apply and follow up with the position. We offer referrals and are not responsible for any problems incurred as a result of such job referral.

·       Interviewing can be an intimidating process, becoming more confident with the process, and answers to commonly asked questions can help.

·       Practice interviewing by completing mock interviews, which can be done online in Big Interview.


Handshake logo
Employers use Handshake to post jobs, review resumes, connect with students, and seek qualified candidates to fill job and intern opportunities.

ON CAMPUS access to Handshake HERE! Use your ID# email address to log in. (Ex. and your SOAR password.

OFF CAMPUS access to Handshake HERE! Use your name campus email to log in. (Ex. and your SOAR password.

DO NOT create a new account. Degree seeking, registered students, already have profiles in Handshake.
Complete, or update, your Handshake profile.
Upload a resume to Handshake. (this will auto populate your profile with that information).                Submit your resume for a critique with Career Services for review.
Make sure employers are able to see you by setting your privacy to Employers, or Community (follow steps in the 'View and change your profile' button below).

The links at the top of your Handshake page help you navigate easily throughout all the resources!
Jobs – You can create and save multiple searches, and even create email alerts for the job searches you create.
Events – All events, through Career Services, are listed here.
Q&A – You can search for FAQs, and ask questions about all things career related.
Students – You can search and see other student’s profiles to discover how to best market yourself.
Messages – Here you will see system messages, such as job opportunities that match your profile.
Career Center – This tab provides you access to, events and contact information for Career Services. You will also find Resources with links to a digital version of our Career Guide, and links to our online resources. A link to the First Destination survey will be viewable for graduating seniors focusing on where you are going, and what you are doing next. The Surveys tab is where we could post surveys for your opinions and needs.

Edit your profile by clicking on your initials in the top right corner of your profile and use the menu:
Documents - allows you to edit, upload, and delete documents as necessary.
Applications/My Interviews - track applications or interviews through the system.                                        Notifications - set what you want to receive notifications for, and how. Don't miss a thing!
Settings & Privacy - make your profile searchable and visible to employers, and other students.


Do you know our services are FREE for alumni?

Interest inventories
Individual career coaching
Resume development
Cover letter writing
Interview preparation/Mock interviews
Job seeking assistance
Access all our online resources, in the menu on the left

*Alumni access, to log into or create your Handshake profile, click HERE! 


Southern Miss Career Services is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and follows principles for professional conduct. For more information, visit

If students do not show up for an on-campus interview, they will be classified as a no-show . Failure to keep interview appointments deprives other individuals of interviews, wastes the recruiter's time, and creates an unfavorable image of Southern Miss students and alumni.

If a student is unable to attend an interview, they are required to CALL our office at least two working days prior to the interview. This allows time to fill the available slot with someone from the wait list. If selected for an interview, failure to schedule the interview or decline the offer within 48 hours (2 business days) will result in your Handshake account being inactivated.

If a student misses an on-campus interview for any reason, access to their Handshake account will immediately be blocked, and they will have 10 working days from the date of the interview to write a letter of apology to the employer.  The letter, along with a pre-addressed, stamped envelope must be brought to the Career Services reception desk in McLemore Hall, Room 125. If students fail to submit the letter as directed, their Handshake profile will be blocked and any upcoming interviews will be canceled until they meet with either the director or assistant director of Career Services.  They must bring the letter of apology to that appointment.  Two no-shows on their record will terminate their on-campus interviewing privileges for one year.

The University of Southern Mississippi offers students equal access to all educational and programmatic activities that the university sponsors.  Students and employees participating in any University-sponsored program – including exchange programs, study abroad, cooperative learning experiences, field placement internships or student teaching – retain all rights and privileges in these off-campus experiences.   Similarly, they also are responsible for all university codes of conduct, including consensual relationships, alcohol use, etc. 

Employees and students who believe they are being treated differently in these settings because of age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability status may contact the USM Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity for assistance. This office may be contacted in the following ways:

Email the director at:  affirmativeactionFREEMississippi  

Call the office at: 601-266-6118

Visit our website at:  

Stop by the office at: 310 McLemore Hall on the Hattiesburg campus


Contact Us

Career Services
McLemore Hall 125

Hattiesburg Campus

Campus Map


Contact Us

Career Services
Hardy Hall 240

Gulf Park Campus

Campus Map