Be Employer Ready

Your success in landing a job, internship, or job shadowing experience begins with a strong résumé and interview practice with a professional. In order to have full access to Handshake and apply to jobs, we require students to complete a résumé review and a mock interview in the Davidson Career Advisor Network (DCAN) system to become employer ready.

When Will You Complete the Process?

  • Students wishing to apply to positions in Handshake need to complete résumé approvals and DCAN activities twice during their time at Davidson. The first time is during the first or sophomore year, and then a second time during the junior or senior year.
  • Current sophomores and seniors who completed these steps the previous year will not need to go through the process again during the current year.

Step 1: Résumé Approval

  • Review the Center for Career Development Résumé Writing Guide, and use our templates to create or update your own résumé.
  • Visit the Center during the regular walk-in hours of 10 a.m.-noon, Monday through Thursday or 1:30-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or schedule an appointment with a career adviser for approval of résumés.
  • If you are currently studying abroad or need approval during fall, winter, spring or summer breaks, you can submit a résumé or CV to the Center for Career Development at for an adviser to review.

Résumé approval will provide you with the initial ability to apply to positions in Handshake. You will then have 30 days to complete the DCAN process below. Failure to complete this step within 30 days will result in a lock on your account and will freeze your ability to apply to future positions in Handshake until this step is completed.  

Step 2: Complete a Career Conversation, Mock Interview or Resume Critique in DCAN

  • Register for DCAN
  • Once registered, log-in to your DCAN account and click "Career Conversation," "Mock Interview" or "Resume Critique" in the "Services" section. Select a career adviser for your activity who matches your career interests. There are over 800 Davidson alumni and parents listed as career advisers in DCAN and have offered to help students prepare for their careers.  
  • Contact the career adviser through the DCAN system, upload your résumé with a personal message explaining that you are interested in connecting with them, and suggest some dates and times that will work for you.  Please give them at least one week of advance notice in your requests for your activity. Do not do this at the last minute before wishing to have your block lifted.  
  • Your completion of both steps of this process will be tracked through Handshake and DCAN. The Center for Career Development will send you a confirmation email after you have completed the process.

Career Conversations:  If you have selected this option, you should prepare to ask questions of the adviser to learn helpful career advice for their work.  We suggest that you have enough questions to drive the conversation for the first few minutes, but that you also treat it as a conversation.  Some examples may include:  

  1. How did you choose to work as a ___________?  
  2. How does your career relate to your major or your Davidson education in general?
  3. What advice would you have for me if I wanted to work in your field?
  4. What is the toughest problem you have ever been asked to solve in your job?  

Mock Interviews: If you are planning to do a mock interview, please include some suggested questions in your message. Here are some examples:

  1. Please walk me through the most relevant portions of your resume?
  2. Talk me through your decision to choose Davidson and how you selected your major
  3. What classes have come easiest to you and which have been the most challenging? Why?
  4. Tell me about a time that you had to demonstrate leadership skills in a challenging situation
  5. Walk me through a favorite or class project that made an impact on you.
    • Was a team involved? If so, what was your role? What was the most challenging part of this project?
    • What were the results?
    • What feedback/grade did you receive and why?
  6. Tell me how you've structured your job/internship search.
    • What types of roles are most interesting and why?
    • What types of companies and cultures are most interesting and why?
    • What is the most important thing to you in your job search (i.e. location, pay, culture, industry, type of role, etc.)

Review the Center for Career Development Interview Preparation Guide and other interview preparation resources before your mock interview.

Resume Critiques: This is a great way to get feedback from someone in a particular industry about your resume.  These conversations generally are led by the the adviser.  Make sure to get specific feedback on some of your bullet points as much as possible.  

Note for students studying abroad:

If you are currently studying abroad, you must still complete the DCAN activity if you have access to a phone. Contact the Center for Career Development at if this is a problem.