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We serve business-interested students of all majors from freshman year through graduation. At the Lear Center, students find staff, programming, services, and resources dedicated to ‘Student Success’ and ‘Employer Engagement’.


The Lear Center provides hands-on guidance to help you decide what you want to do and how your education and experiences will get you there. Explore your future with the links below, but remember: Your major is just one of the factors that shapes your future career—your interests, skills, values, and personality all play a vital part in finding the best career possible.


Services are offered during the academic year to help you create a standout resume. Prepare to communicate with this 3-step resume building process, then prepare to make your move by utilizing other resources such as Practice Interviews or Advanced Interview Workshops. Remember to always check Handshake for accurate dates and times.

Note: There are no workshops or walk-in advising hours during Ready, Set, Connect!, Career Gallery week, holiday breaks or finals week.

Resume Building

Step 1. Resume Workshops

Attend a resume workshop in the Place every week for the first step in building a new resume. No previous resume knowledge is required. All majors are welcome! Please bring a hard copy of your resume if you have one or a laptop to make changes during the workshop.

Spring Semester 2017
Every other Wednesday beginning 1/11/17: 12-12:45pm
Every other Tuesday beginning 1/31/17: 10-10:45am

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Step 2. Walk-In Advising

After attending a workshop, or if your resume has been built, stop in during walk-in hours to see an advisor and continue development on your resume.

Spring Semester 2017
Monday & Thursday: 9am-12pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 1-4pm
Friday: 12-2pm

Step 3. Resume Drop Off

Polish up your resume with the resume drop off service. Drop off your resume at the Lear Center front desk during regular business hours to have a final set of eyes review your professional documents. Critiqued resumes may be picked up within 48-72 hours of drop off. Please note that resumes must be in the final stages of development in order to be accepted for a Resume Drop Off.

Career Planning and Preparation Series

The Lear Corporation Career Services Center brings career resources to the River Trail Neighborhood. Held every other Wednesday from 3 to 4pm at McDonel Hall Kiva, is a series of workshops on varying topics – from exploring careers to interviewing strategies and everything in between. See the list of dates and topics below.

Spring Semester 2017
January 18: Exploring Careers and On-campus Resources
February 1: Resume & Cover Letters
February 15: Job Search Strategies
March 1: Interview Strategies
March 15: LinkedIn, Facebook, and Social Network Presence

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Advanced Interview Workshops

Need some help with interview techniques and strategy? Join our interview workshop every week to learn about the STARL method as well as other great interviewing techniques to get through it! Workshops are located in the Place, beginning January 12 and ending February 23, 2017.

Spring Semester 2017
Thursdays: 1-2pm

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Practice Interviews

Practice your interview skills with one of our esteemed employers. Interviews are offered throughout the fall and spring semesters and can be searched and reserved through Handshake.

Handshake > Jobs > Search > Keyword “Practice Interviews”

Job Search Strategies

Meet with one of our career advisors to develop a strategy for your internship, part-time, or full-time job search. Contact the Lear Center for advising times.


The Department of Labor estimates that up to 80% of positions are filled without an employer advertising! If you are relying on job postings as your primary job search strategy, you’re only seeing approximately 20% of what is out there.

Networking takes place whenever you:

  • Meet with faculty or staff —especially a career advisor
  • Attend an employer info session or career event (visit “Events” in MySpartanCareer)
  • Meet guest speakers or engage with your peers in class or through a student organization
  • Talk with family, friends, and other acquaintances about their work
  • Post messages on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other websites
  • Volunteer for a community service event

To get started on your networking, check out Spartan Links on LinkedIn. It’s a group that connects MSU students to alumni working in their area of interest. For more information, visit Career Services Network.


Connect with your future by attending career fairs, interviewing for positions, and negotiating job offers.

Career Fairs

There are many career fairs offered throughout the academic year and all are open to students in any major. Check the list and attend fairs that fit your personal interests. Don’t forget to prepare ahead of time with resources from the Lear Career Services Center and Career Services Network.


Great, you’ve got an interview! Now what? First, make sure that you prepare appropriately. Afterward, take the next steps to make yourself stand apart from the other candidates. Take a look at the resources below to make your interviewing experience successful.

Negotiating Job Offers

If you are stuck in between offers and do not know how to continue, we can help! Join a Lear Center team member in offer exploration to help navigate your final offer decision for internship or full-time opportunities. Contact the Lear Center to set up an appointment.

International Students

To help meet the particular needs of international students, MSU’s Career Services Network has partnered with MSU’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) to provide centralized online resources. OISS can explain your U.S. work authorization options, assist you with the proper documentation in many instances, and give you tips on how to talk to employers about your immigration status. The Career Services Network offers resources and programs to build your resume writing and interviewing skills, one-on-one career advising, career workshops and fairs, and connections to jobs and internships.

Check out the links below to access information specifically for international students’ job search:

Eli Broad College of Business

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