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Take Charge of the Career Development Process

The career development process is a combination of self-discovery (clarifying your interests and values) and gaining experience and exploring opportunities (internships and leadership roles), and constant reflection on successes and failures (conversations with mentors and journaling).  No matter what step in the process you find yourself, AHS Career Services is here to support you through making the best career decision for you.

We are here to help

Career Coaching

AHS Career Services offers scheduled virtual appointments available through Zoom or by phone to assist you with career related skills and functions. Making a career coaching appointment with us is a few clicks away through Handshake @ Illinois

Resume/Personal Statement Review

Did you know that you can receive quick feedback on your resume, cover letter or other application materials online? Submit your professional document to us via email and we will return your document

  1. Email your materials to AHS Career Services, careers@ahs.illinois.edu
  2. In the subject line use: "Resume Review Request" "Personal Statement Review Request" or "Cover Letter Review Request"

Your materials should be reviewed within 24 hours of submission. You may follow up with an optional Zoom consultation to review your documents virtually. Log onto Handshake @ Illinois and select the respective service that you are requesting: "AHS: Resume Review (Online)" or "AHS: Cover Letter Review (Online)." 

Design Your Life Story

Career Exploration

Knowing whether you’ve made the right field of study choice is complicated. Speaking to someone at The Career Center regarding your major exploration can help you get on the right path. Need help identifying and articulating your relevant experience? Schedule an appointment with AHS Career Services personnel by through your Handshake @ Illinois account to build your resume and chart your career plan.

Are you a recent graduate of any one of the AHS majors? Contact AHS Career Services to schedule an appointment.

Check out Exploring Pathways in Career Success (EPICS) to begin navigating the career exploration process.

Want to know more about your industry? Check the First Research Database for monthly updates to learn more about industry trends, forecasts and executive insights to make a final career decision or prepare for your next interview.

Resume & Cover Letter Development

Given that the average amount of time that a recruiter spends reviewing each candidate’s resume is approximately 6 seconds, a stellar resume improves your chances to get your foot in the door. Take advantage of this window of opportunity to market what you have to offer. Use our helpful resources below:

  • Use Vault to view a library of sample resumes – follow the link and login with your Net ID email address to download and search various resume styles by major.
  • Bolster your Resume by getting involved on campus and taking on leadership roles! Check out the list of AHS affiliated student organizations to find your fit. Be sure to talk with us or your Academic Advisor to sort through your time management options.
  • Reflect on your experience to bolster your resume with language that reaches recruiters. Don’t discount your experience! Check out The Way You Say It website to learn how to connect the jobs you’ve had in the past to your future career.
  • Get Feedback Fast – Already came for a visit and need finishing touches on your resume? Send us a copy in MS Word format to careers@ahs.illinois.edu.

Leadership and Engagement

Leadership Opportunities

Employers and graduate schools are looking for well rounded individuals to bring into their professional environments. Grow your leadership experience either by joining an RSO in the Involved @ Illinois database, RSOs commonly affiliated with AHS majors, or engaging in the developmental trainings and programs provided by the Illinois Leadership Center.

Study Abroad & Community Service 

Make your mark on your community and the world and by participating in community service through the Office of Volunteering programs and studying abroad with common AHS experiences abroad.

Talk with your advisor and a career services specialist, before and after, to figure out how these experiences fit into your career development plan.

Take Charge of your Job Search

The job search process can be a tough task, so be sure to use all of the tools available to you. Below are a listing of various job searching tools that are free to use. Each tool has different features to meet everyone’s preference. Need a tutorial? Contact AHS Career Services with any questions.

Handshake @ Illinois

Handshake @ Illinois is the online career portal that connects you to job opportunities including: job internships, networking events, interviews, and career fair information. You can also find recruiting and career exploration events hosted by AHS Career Services in this tool.

Financial Aid Virtual Job Board

There are many student employment opportunities on campus. The Virtual Job Board hosted by the Office of Financial Aid is a great place to start. Some of the positions require eligibility for federal work-study, but not all.  Also, student jobs are filled by word-of-mouth. If you are seeking a campus job, be sure to ask your faculty members, academic advisors, TAs, and others about any positions they may know of. Think about departments that hire large numbers of students and check their websites to see how you can apply for their positions.


Set up a free account or just search for jobs and read organization reviews from former employees and people that have interviewed prior.

LinkedIn Jobs

Leverage your LinkedIn profile to focus your job search with LinkedIn Jobs. See who is in your network as you apply for job openings in your field. Be sure to join the Applied Health Sciences LinkedIn Group to grow your network and learn about various opportunities.

View Career Options for AHS Majors