Job Search

Follow the links below to guide you through all of the pieces you will need for a successful job search.  Career Coaches are here to help you every step of the way.  Be sure to collect your Viking Score points as you complete each activity.

Senior Roadmap | 6 Viking Score points
A comprehensive checklist of what you need to do now to increase your chances of getting a job prior to graduation.

Career Goal Activity  | 20 Viking Score points
Career goals provide a roadmap for your professional journey, helping you stay motivated, make informed decisions, and ultimately achieve success and fulfillment in your chosen career path.

Research Employers and Graduate/Professional School Programs | 4 Viking Score points
Researching employers or graduate/professional school programs is a crucial step in making informed career decisions. It helps you assess whether a particular company or school program is the right fit for you and whether it offers the opportunities and environment you desire. This research empowers you to make more informed choices about your career path and job prospects.

Identify Your Career Readiness Skills
identifying your career readiness skills is a fundamental step in career planning and development. It empowers you to make informed decisions, stand out in the job or grad school market, and pursue a career that aligns with your strengths and aspirations.

Handshake Profile | 2 Viking Score points
Handshake allows students to schedule appointments with CORE, find career development resources, connect with employers, locate internship, part-time, and full-time positions, and register for career events.  Having a complete profile makes it easier for relevant opportunities to be highlighted for you.

LinkedIn Profile | 2 Viking Score points
Having a complete LinkedIn profile is essential for building a strong online professional presence, expanding your network, and advancing your career. It helps you make a positive impression on potential employers, connect with like-minded professionals, and access a wide range of career opportunities and resources.

Update your Resumes & Cover Letters then have a Resume Review | 4 Viking Score points
A resume is a vital tool in the job search process. It enables you to present your qualifications effectively, make a strong first impression, and advance through the hiring process. Additionally, it serves as a reference point for both you and employers, aiding in interviews and career planning.

Interview Prep or Practice/Mock Interview | 6 Viking Score points
The secret to interviewing is preparation and practice. While all jobs and all interviewers are not the same, there are certain questions that are usually asked of candidates during an interview. Even if you consider yourself an expert communicator, interviewing takes skill and preparation.

Prepare an Elevator Pitch
To make a positive first impression when meeting new people, in person or virtually, having a solid elevator pitch at the ready will help you, along with a warm smile, direct eye contact, a firm handshake or confident wave.

Interviewing Attire | 4 Viking Score points
In a professional environment, you will be evaluated on your professionalism. This includes how you present yourself. Employers and organizations can assume that how you present yourself for an interview is a reflection of your best self. Likewise, dressing professionally may boost your confidence, giving you an extra leg up on the other candidates.

Develop your Networking Skills
Networking is a valuable activity that can bring numerous benefits to your personal and professional life. It can open doors to opportunities, provide knowledge and support, and help you achieve your goals. Cultivating and maintaining a strong network is an essential part of career and personal development.

Target List of Employers/Graduate School Programs | 4 Viking Score points
A target list is a list of organizations where you would like to work or graduate programs you would like to attend.  These may be companies and schools that tend to offer jobs and programs that fit your interests, organizations that have the company culture you desire, and/or organizations with a mission you believe in. They are employers you would love to work for, given the opportunity.

References and Letters of Recommendation | 4 Viking Score points
A reference is someone who can talk about your skills, experience, abilities, and work ethic. A potential employer may call them and ask questions about you. Letters of recommendation are written evaluations of an individual’s performance whether at work or in the classroom. This information is an integral part of the world of education, health care, social services and many other industries. You can gather letters of recommendation from instructors, advisers, supervisors or anyone who has witnessed your abilities.

Summer and Fall Paid Professional Opportunities for Collegiate Instrumentalists and Vocalists

With our strong commitment to creating professional paid opportunities for your college students, we are excited to share upcoming opportunity for students from NATO countries!

The American Pops Orchestra – 75th Anniversary of NATO
The American Pops Orchestra is seeking …

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The Iowa Quad City Law Enforcement Camp Registration OPEN

The 2024 Iowa Quad City Law Enforcement Camp will be held July 8-12, 2024, from 9:00AM – 3:00PM (Mon – Thurs) and 9:00AM – Noon (Fri).

The Iowa Quad City Law Enforcement Camp is hosted each summer by the Davenport …

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Stop by CORE and Share Your Success!

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Lisa Slater Marketing & Events Coordinator
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SENIORS: Where are YOU Headed After Graduation?

Congratulations On Your Graduation!

CORE collects and reports data for each graduating class at Augustana College.

Curious about previous class outcomes? Find them here.

NOTE: When answering the survey, think about your plans after graduation. If you are currently employed …

By Laura Kestner-Ricketts
Laura Kestner-Ricketts Executive Director, Career and Professional Development
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Exciting internship opportunities at USA Jobs

Gain valuable experience in our Engineering and Construction Division at various locations including Rock Island, IL, Peoria, IL, Davenport, IA, and Johnston, IA. 🌆🛠️ Full-time in the summer and part-time during the school year. Apply now through the Pathways Internship program!

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Career Resources

As a person with a disability, you may hesitate to look for work. You can be unsure whether or not …

Resume Writing: Robots vs. Humans

When it  comes to resume writing, there are some key differences between a person and ChatGPT. While a person can provide …

Labor Market InsightsIn partnership withLightcast logo

Explore occupations by career categories and pathways and use real time labor market data to power your decision making.

First, choose an industry of interest, then filter for occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

Skill Building Courses

Diverse Talent in Recruiting and Hiring

Taught by Christie Lindor
Workplace diversity and inclusion is a key priority area for organizations large and small. Hiring managers need to be able…

Leadership through Feedback

Taught by Madecraft
If you’re not providing timely and effective feedback, you are not being the best leader that you can be. In…

Disability Readiness for Leaders and Managers

Taught by Tarena Shanaberger
As a manager, you play a key role in ensuring that everyone, including people with disabilities, can contribute fully to…

Building Your Cybersecurity Talent Pipeline

Taught by Tia Hopkins
Cyberattacks are becoming more frequent, infrastructures are becoming more complex, and hiring and retaining cybersecurity resources is becoming increasingly difficult.…

HR Recruiting Communication Strategies to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Taught by David Oates
The Great Reshuffle has changed everything about HR communications. In this course, Accredited Public Relations (APR) specialist David Oates shows…

Effective Sponsorship Across Difference (for Sponsors)

Taught by Vernā Myers
An organization’s ability to attract and keep great talent depends on its ability to cultivate diverse people on every level…

Adopting the Habits of Elite Performers

Taught by Pete Mockaitis | How to Be Awesome at Your Job
A mentor is more than just someone who tells you that you’ve done a good job. You need a mentor…

Become a Better Coach for Your Team

Taught by Madecraft
The best leaders and managers are also incredible coaches. Coaching is all about elevating each team member to be the…

Finding and Retaining High Potentials

Taught by Bonnie Hagemann
Our fast-paced economy leads to fierce competition to find, retain, and grow the smartest and most creative team members, the…

Virtual Performance Reviews and Feedback

Taught by Alisa Cohn
As a manager, your most important job is helping your direct reports create great results within their roles and thrive…

Coaching New Managers

Taught by Jenny Blake
Of all the changes, promotions, and advancements you may receive at work, few are as impactful as the change from…

Coaching New Hires

Taught by Jenny Blake
Welcoming a new team member can involve excitement and nerves—on both sides. This course helps managers find ways to help…

Considering Transferable Skills in Talent Acquisition and Retention

Taught by Don Phin
If you’re an employee, identifying and utilizing your transferable skills can lead to career opportunities and growth. If you’re an…

Performance Management: Conducting Performance Reviews

Taught by Todd Dewett
Performance reviews can have a huge impact on your employee’s future. In this short course, the second installment in the…

Delivering Employee Feedback

Taught by Todd Dewett
As a manager, you’re charged with helping your employees stretch and grow their skills. This is largely accomplished via the…

Attracting, Hiring, and Working with Gen Z

Taught by Sophie Wade
The youngest and most digitally literate generation is now entering the workforce: Generation Z, also known as post-millennials. Gen Z…

Hiring and Managing UX Professionals

Taught by Cory Lebson
UX professionals help shape your product into something your users will love. You need people with the creative skills to…

Evaluating Your Growth as a Leader

Taught by Todd Dewett
Everyone knows that their progress will be reviewed with a regular performance evaluation. In addition, they might receive bits of…

Taking the Fear out of Feedback

Taught by Pete Mockaitis | How to Be Awesome at Your Job
What’s the best way to give and receive effective feedback? How do you hold feedback conversations without all the angst…

Coach Your Team to Learn, Stretch, and Grow

Taught by Ruth Gotian
Setting the bar high for curiosity and innovation is critical if you want your team to succeed. But how do…

Contact & Location


Olin Center
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Career Service Hours

Day of the week
Office is Open Drop-Ins
Monday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Drop-in topics include:

  • Resume & Cover Letter Review
  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing
  • Viking Score Overview
  • LinkedIn Headshot Photo
  • Career Resources Overview