Career Planning & Development is happy to collaborate with faculty across campus. If you have questions or thoughts, please contact us.

If you’re interested in being a faculty sponsor for a Drury student doing an internship, you can download the handbook here.


Whether you graduated last year or a decade ago, you’re part of the Drury family. As such, we are happy to share with you both online and in-person resources. You may be looking to change to a dream job, or to change careers altogether. Whatever your aim, our resources are here for you.

For a handy reference to the type of help Career Planning & Development offers, download this handout.

Alumni Resources

Job Search Guidance

Job Search Guidance

The job search itself can be pretty overwhelming; we want to help you feel in control. CP&D has created a Job Search Guide book full of helpful information and resources that covers:

  • The job search process
  • Cover letters and resumes
  • LinkedIn profiles and networking
  • Managing your online image
  • Interview tips and commonly asked question


Handshake is an online career services and job search platform offered to students and alumni by Career Planning & Development. You can use it to search for full-time, part-time, internship and on-campus employment opportunities.

In addition, you can use Handshake to book appointments with Compass Center staff. 


Career Planning & Development is available to assist you with your interview preparation needs. If you are looking for interview FAQs, interview attire, top interview questions or behavior based questions click on our Job Search Guide. Our staff is also available for mock interviews virtually and in-person. Please call and schedule an appointment today!

Big Interview is an online system that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence! It is free for Drury alumni, just use organization code 3443 when registering. Big Interview offers a variety of tools including: 

  • Virtual mock interviews for all experience levels and hundreds of industries
  • A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them
  • The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback
  • A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for crafting answers to behavioral questions

Virtual interviews can be tricky, this video shares tips to help!


Networking is simply the act of forming and maintaining professional relationships. Did you know that approximately 70% of jobs are found through networking?

It’s a truism that networking is crucial to a successful career. However, the idea of networking can be nebulous and often intimidating. To help you get started, we’ve put together a handout and a video to give you an overview of basic networking ideas. Contact us if you want to discuss networking further!

Networking: 12 Basic Tips

Graduate School Prep

Now that you’ve graduated and perhaps worked for a bit, you might be considering returning to school to earn a graduate degree. The resources in our specially designed handbook are meant to help you outline what the decisions you’re making are and why, as well as research and understand the impact graduate school may or may not have on your future career.

Career Changes/Exploration: MyPlan & Picture Your Career Guidebook is a free resource for Drury students and alumni that’s designed to help you reaffirm that you’re on the correct pathway, or point a direction if you’re unsure. Through MyPlan, you can take assessments to help you determine your interests, skills, values, and personality as they relate to the workforce and your future career.

The MyPlan handout and the videos below discuss registration, the assessments you can take, and how to use that information when you’ve completed the assessments. For further, fun information on your personality type as indicated by the MyPlan Career Personality Test, check out 16 Personalities. Our office is also happy to discuss your results with you if you would like!

See instructional videos further below. 

Picture Your Career Guide

Are you ready to make some big career moves? Using visual thinking techniques, this workbook will help you discover your strengths, develop your vision, design a path forward, and deliver your talent. Packed with dozens of interactive exercises from Dr. Kate Brooks & Grace Foy of Vanderbilt University’s Career Center, generously shared with NACE members like Drury University’s Career Planning & Development (Creative Commons License), this guidebook will help you:

  • Develop your vision and discover possible career trajectories
  • Discover your talents and understand how they help you in the workplace
  • Get organized and set goals for your future
  • Complete inner work such as managing emotions and anxiety
  • Explore possibilities in your career field
  • Conduct a job search with practical tips on networking, interviewing, and resumes

MyPlan: Registration

MyPlan: Career Values Assessment

MyPlan: Career Skills Profiler

MyPlan: Career Personality Test

MyPlan: Career Interest Inventory

MyPlan: Using Your Results

Alumni Resource Guide 2020

View our timely Alumni Resource Guide for tips and information on securing employment!


Your student is preparing to step out onto their career path, and you are a valuable resource as a coach, cheerleader, proofreader, and even a networking connection. Career Planning & Development is here to offer support as your student needs it, but we want to extend our support to you as well.

To help you be the best possible strength to your student, we’ve gathered resources and information that you can access from anywhere, including information on resumes, cover letters, and job searching, as well as networking. Further, we are happy to offer you the Career Planning Course for Parents PDF, created by the National Association of Colleges and Employers to help you know best how to assist your student.

As always, we are happy to be available to your student. Encourage them to contact us so we can help you help them, and read this handout so you know what we have to offer.


Whether you’re looking for your next amazing intern or a dynamic new addition to your full-time team, use our resources below to help you find a quality Drury candidate. You can post jobs and internships, set up on-campus recruiting interviews or tables, browse student resumes, learn about internships, and register for job fairs. 

See our resource sections below for specific topics, including how to post jobs and internships for DU students and alumni to view! 

Employer Policy:

Career Services at Drury University provides recruiting services to employers who offer employment opportunities to students/alumni that are deemed to be legitimate by our office. We reserve the right to refuse services to employers that do not adhere to our policies, or any other rules/guidelines of Drury University. Due to the importance of vetting potential employers and job postings, Third-Party recruiters will only receive approval to post positions electronically and on-campus after agreeing to the conditions listed below.

  1. Third-party recruiters must disclose the name of the company/organization they are recruiting for and position title to Career Services. Employers must also include contact information if Career Service deems it necessary to verify that the position is a valid job opportunity. Our office will keep this information confidential.
  2. Third-party recruiters must disclose the name of the company/organization they are recruiting for to the student/alumni before any credentials are released.
  3. Employers must recruit all qualified students, regardless of their race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  4. Commission-only positions may be posted on Handshake, but employers will not be allowed to search the resume database. Positions must be listed as such on the job announcement.
  5. Positions that are located at an individual’s place of residence will not be posted.
  6. Positions that require students/alumni to purchase products as a condition of employment will not be posted.
  7. Absolutely no positions will be posted where a fee is paid to the employer by the student/alumni.

Employers Resources


Handshake is an online job/internship search platform offered to students and alumni. As an employer, you can post positions here for free that you would like Drury students and alumni to see. All you have to do is register and post! 

Handshake offers employers:

  • A tool to manage all of your job recruitment needs through the exclusive Handshake campus network.
  • A mobile experience – update your job postings, view applicants, search for candidates and reach out directly
  • A chance to be seen by ideal candidates – job seekers may select to view jobs based on their interests.

New users of Handshake

Ready to create an account with Handshake?

Follow these steps to get started:

  1. If you received an invite from Drury University Career Planning & Development, follow the link to begin the account creation process.
  2. If you’re signing up without an invite, visit Handshake’s new registration page.
  3. Select the Employer account type from the options presented.
  4. Complete the information requested and select Sign Up.

After you set up your account and confirm your email address, you will be prompted either to join your existing company profile (if you already use Handshake with other Universities) or to create a new company profile.

If your Company already has an Account/”Pending Approval to Join Company”: All new Employer Users need to be approved by existing staff members in order to join a company profile on Handshake. Any existing staff members already connected to the company profile will be notified that a new user has requested access.

Once CP&D staff has approved your profile you will be able to post jobs, request on-campus interviews, register for fairs, etc.

For full instructions on the set up process please visit the following resource guides:

Internship Information

Internships can be a mutually beneficial experience for both the employer and students. To learn more about the benefits and requirements, see our site supervisor handbook and view the video below about interns from Drury University.

Job Fairs

Drury sponsors an Annual Job/Internship Fair in February along with 4 area colleges (Missouri State University, Evangel University, Southwest Baptist University and College of the Ozarks) at the Springfield EXPO Center. Approximately 1,000 students and alumni attend the fair with over 200 employers and graduate schools. Employer registration is handled through MSU. The 2021 fair will be held virtually, broken up by major/industry categories. Click here for information about registering. Thank you for your interest in recruiting Drury students! We hope to see you at the fair!

Drury also hosts Soak Up Springfield each September. This is an event that will introduce over 400 incoming first-year students as well as returning students, faculty and staff to various businesses and nonprofits in the Springfield area.  Drury has a student body of over 1,500 students and we would like to invite your organization to promote what you have to offer to hundreds of our students, many of which are brand new to the area. All money raised from this event will go to support community engagement efforts and leadership development programming.

On Campus Recruiting

On Campus Recruiting (OCR) is a great way to reach Drury students. To learn about the options available, watch the OCR video below.