Business Career Connections (BCC)
Graduate with your career in mind
We offer career coaching, networking, job opportunities, and professional development training to all students and alumni for life. We also provide a suite of tools and resources to help you in your job search, no matter your experience or expertise. Our goal is to give you the tools and resources to navigate your career.
The career process is ongoing, even if you’re still figuring out what you want to do or are happily employed. Our mission is to make sure you graduate with the knowledge on how to navigate your career success long after graduation. We’ve outlined our services and the resources we have available to help guide you along that path, wherever you may be.
We highly recommend meeting us in person through any number of events from attending a career workshop to setting up an individual appointment with us. Our services include:
- Workshops - Learn the basics of resumes, LinkedIn, and how to search for jobs before you set up an appointment
- Individual appointments - Explore what your career path looks like, improve your resume and cover letter, or schedule a mock interview
- Career events - Attend BCC events and Career Fairs, hone your networking skills, and meet hiring managers from top companies
- Job emails - Look for emails with job/internship opportunities specific to your degree
Call us at 303-315-8901 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an in-person or phone appointment with one of our career advisors. We do not accept walk-in appointments, so plan ahead.
Handshake is our career platform that gives you access to all of our job and internship postings. You will also use Handshake to register for all career events including career fairs and workshops.
The average person makes 5-7 changes throughout their career. A career change could be a pivot between industries or transitioning to an entirely new field or specialty. Follow these steps to better understand what kinds of jobs and industries suit you best.
Step 1: Register for a Career Essentials Workshop in Handshake. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the basics of resumes, LinkedIn profiles, how to target companies and roles, networking, and professional etiquette. It’s a great way to start the conversation around your career.
Step 2: Explore our career guides. They list what skills employers are looking for, certifications and licenses, clubs and events to consider, job titles, and types of employers.
Step 3: Start getting some inspiration for employers you'd want to work for. Review the largest employers in Colorado, Fortune 100's best companies to work for, and the global Fortune 500 companies.
Your resume is your first impression with an employer. Recruiters are looking for very specific things on resumes. Make sure yours stays at the top of the pile with these steps.
Step 1: Review Resume Fundamentals which outline the purpose of a resume, formatting, length, keywords, and detailed instructions on each component.
Step 2: Watch this video on our best tips on writing a resume.
Step 3: Download the sample resume for your degree and put your resume in the proper format. If you already have a resume and need help putting it in the proper format, these brief videos will walk you through the process of re-formatting your current resume.
Step 4: Reflect on your resume and start strengthening it. This Resume Ready Resource Guide breaks down the skills and certifications by degree so you can start actively build the skillset you need to land a job in your chosen field. These skills are some of the keywords that give you an advantage over other candidates. When you strengthen you, you strengthen your resume. Watch this video for more information on Resumes That Get Results.
Step 5: Compile your list of references, see this sample.
Step 6: Set up an appointment with us to review your resume, discuss gaps, and strengthen your resume for your chosen career path and/or company. Email email@example.com or call us at 303-315-8901 to schedule your appointment.
Doing your research gives you a leg up on the competition. If you have an idea of the roles that you prefer, you can then narrow down the companies that you want to work for. A corporate recruiter wrote down why people struggle to find jobs. He gives great advice and insight into the recruiting process and how companies make decisions from resume to offer letter.
Step 1: Identify companies you want to work for. The following documents highlight companies and associations within Colorado specific to majors and industries.
Step 2: Check out reviews of companies you're interested in from Glassdoor to truly understand the work environment. While the reviews can give you a good idea of the culture, a lot of times the reviews reflect the opinions of disgruntled employees. We recommend looking for common themes and trends.
Step 3: Use the 3+3 Job Prep Worksheet to help you identify and organize the jobs and companies you're interested in. The worksheet has you identify position highlights, requirements that are necessary for the job, and your strengths related to the job. You’ll need this information for career fairs, cover letters, and interviews.
Step 4: Register for a Career Fair Prep Workshop in Handshake and read through this Career Fair Fundamentals Guide. Employer events, class speakers, and career fairs give you plenty of opportunities to meet people and build your network.
Step 5: Sign up for career fairs and employer spotlights in Handshake.
- Colorado Business Career Fair – over 140 employers attend to meet students across all of Colorado’s major business schools every fall semester
- CU Denver Business Career Fair – an invitation-only fair for around 25 leading companies held every spring semester at the Business School
- Employer Spotlights – we host several events throughout the year as networking opportunities to allow employers to sit on panels to discuss trends in their industries
Internships are a great way to gain experience and learn more about what kinds of working environments you thrive in. Follow the steps below to successfully land an internship.
Step 1:Register in Handshake for either a 30-minute Internship Workshop offered by the Experiential Learning Center or attend a BCC Career Essentials Workshop.
Step 2: Search for internships on Handshake, set up information interviews by connecting to professionals on LinkedIn or through alumni, review companies you’ve identified, explore associations related to your major. See “job/internship search” for more ideas on finding the right internship.
Step 3: Tailor your resume and cover letter to the job description. Apply for internships until you receive an offer and accept it.
Step 4: Consider enrolling your internship for academic credit. If you find your own for-credit internship, make sure that it is approved by the Experiential Learning Center. Non-credit internships do not have to be approved.
For-credit internships require at least 150 hours ‘on the job’ for three credits with a minimum of 10 weeks in the spring and fall semesters and 6 weeks in the summer semester. Review the Undergraduate Internship Guide or the Graduate Internship Guide to learn who your faculty sponsors should be and eligibility.
- Report your internship in Handshake.
Career Center > Experiences > Request an Experience
You must fill in every required field! Otherwise, Handshake will not save the information your report. Make sure you have the following information:
- site supervisor
- faculty sponsor
- start and end dates
- address of where you will be working
- job description from your internship employer
- a minimum of 4 learning objectives
- Meet with your internship advisor in the Experiential Learning Center.
- Two approvals are required after meeting with the ELC.
- Enroll in the internship course by the census date.
We have a number of resources available to anyone navigating the job application process. We recommend utilizing the following process to make sure you're finding the right jobs and internships and setting yourself up for success.
Step 1: Find jobs through career fairs, Handshake, LinkedIn, and online job boards. You can also go on company websites that you’re specifically targeting to see what jobs are available. Use Handshake to find different job and internship opportunities.
Step 3: Watch this video that highlights best practices when writing cover letters.
Step 4: Submit your resume and cover letter online. Keep applying for jobs until you’ve received and accepted an offer. Be sure to follow the instructions for your application.
Interviews can be intimidating. However, if you know what to expect and how to prepare, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable and put your best foot forward. From understanding the most common interview questions to scheduling a mock interview, you’ll be a lot more confident if you take advantage of these resources.
Step 1: Read through Interview Fundamentals which outlines how to prepare, what the process looks like, different types of interviews, and interview questions. Make sure you have gone over the Top 10 Interview Questions and have answers prepared for each question. Make sure you know what the ‘Essential 3+3’ is, which you outlined in your 3+3 Job Prep Worksheet!
Step 2: Watch this video to find out our biggest tips for nailing the interview.
Step 4: Review Glassdoor to see if your employer has interview questions online, so you can better prepare.
Step 5: Schedule a mock interview with the BCC by setting up an appointment through firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 303-315-8901. We also have access to Big Interview, an online video interview practice tool. You’ll need to register for an account and enter 1475 as the Organization Code.
Step 6: Follow up after the interview with these Thank You Email Templates.
Once you’ve landed the job you’ll have questions around the offer letter and how to negotiate your salary, benefits, and other compensation. We recommend the following tools or scheduling an individual appointment by emailing email@example.com or calling 303-315-8901.
- LinkedIn Salary Tool – explore how salaries vary by industry, company size, education level, and field of study
- Glassdoor Salary Review – see what employees anonymously report as their salaries at various companies
- Compensation Worksheet – use this document to compare the full picture of compensation across companies
To learn more about compensation negotiation please watch this video: Negotiate Your Best Salary.
We recommend a few steps to help you navigate the special circumstances around landing an internship or job offer as an international student. The following resources are available to you throughout your time here at the Business School.
Step 1: Register for an International Student Career Workshop in Handshake. We’ll discuss strategies for finding an internship or job in the United States. This workshop will cover the basics of CPT, OPT, US work culture, resume format and content basics, LinkedIn profiles, career fair strategies for international students, and professional etiquette.
Step 2: Register for a Career Essentials Workshop in Handshake. In this workshop, we'll discuss resumes, LinkedIn profiles, how to target companies and roles, networking, and business etiquette.
*You must attend both of these workshops before scheduling an appointment with us! No exceptions. Please review the Career Action Plan for International Students for more information.
Step 3: Set up an appointment with a career advisor to review your resume and LinkedIn profile by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 4: Review GoinGlobal, a job board with job and internship listings from around the world. This tool also provides industry profiles, country-specific career and employment information, work permits/visa regulations, and employment trends.
Step 5: Review information on employment and internships through the CU Denver International Student and Scholar Services website. You can also email questions to email@example.com.
Step 6: If you’re interested in the STEM OPT, please review the US government STEM OPT information on eligibility, application process, and requirements.