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Career Resources

Career Resources

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Handshake is your #1 way to find internships and jobs and connect with employers seeking to hire Lake Forest College students. Create your Handshake profile, explore career planning guides, register for events, and get noticed by recruiters. You can filter and search through job roles based on your interests and discover new career possibilities.

Focus 2 guides students through a career and education decision making model to help you select majors at Lake Forest College, make informed career decisions, and take action. New users can click here to create an account (use access code “forester”) and existing users should click here to login. 

Vault is now Firsthand. Firsthand offers a modern and personalized experience to access the same great resources such as award-winning career guides, job-search tips, and full-length profiles of leading companies, all available to Lake Forest students through a special subscription. Students can click "Get Started" on the website to begin, and then select "Log in with your Network ID" to log in with your Lake Forest College single-sign on.

Looking for an international job or internship? Going Global is the place for information on international employers and employers sponsoring H1B visas. Are you off campus or having trouble logging in? Log in to Handshake and visit the GoinGlobal resource.

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StandOut is a platform allows you to record responses to interview questions, review and evaluate your answers, and practice by re-recording new responses. Visit to log in with your Lake Forest College credentials, then follow the steps to create your StandOut account. See the StandOut resource on Handshake for more information.

Career Exploration Resources

Learn about yourself and your career/academic options.

  • Focus 2: An online career, major, and education planning system. New users can click here to create an account (use access code “forester”) and existing users should click here to login. 
  • What Can I Do With This Major?: This website will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
  • O*Net: Browse detailed descriptions of various career fields and plan your next move.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH): Learn detailed information such as educational qualifications, job outlook, and salary range for a career field of interest.

Resume and Cover Letter Resources

Our team of career advisors can help you make sure your resume and cover letter stands out.

  • Check out our Resume and Cover Letter Resources page on Handshake, which include Building a Resume,  Resume Action Verbs List, Common Resume Mistakes, How to Put Together a Great Cover Letter and many examples of strong resumes from across the Career Pathways!

Networking and Job Search Resources

Whether you’re looking for an internship or job, these resources can help.

Interview Resources

Use your skills and experience to get the job.

Career Preparation Guides

Log in to Handshake to download these guides and more:

 Navigating Job Offers

Before you accept a job offer, you should gather information about salary averages:

  • NACE Salary Calculator Center - the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) provides this salary survey data resource
  • Glassdoor - search salaries and compensation for various companies
  • - provides salary averages for your field and in your geographic area of interest