Career Advising Appointments

Our advising appointments are tailored to your needs. We examine your particular situation and use the hour-long appointment to help you in your career development or work search. All course and program planning questions, for both prospective and current students, must be directed to the appropriate faculty/department advisor

We offer four types of advising appointments:

Career Advising

Using an action-based model of career management, our career advisors can help you understand how transitions and unplanned events impact your career, suggest methods to discover and test your career options, and help you make sense of career information so you can formulate career decisions.

If you are searching for work, our career advisors can help you identify and overcome obstacles, learn new work search strategies, and sharpen your existing work search skills.

Although we cannot tell you the specific career or occupation that's best for you, we can suggest actions and resources that will move you towards your preferred future.

LinkedIn Profile Critique
Our advisors provide feedback on your LinkedIn profile, suggest ways you can improve it, and show you features and tools of LinkedIn that can improve your career research and work search.
Mock Interview

Our advisors will develop and simulate a targeted interview, then provide you with valuable feedback on how to improve your interview skills.

Career advisors for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows provide mock interviews for those looking for work both in and outside of academia.

Resume, CV, Cover Letter, and Application Critiques

Our advisors will provide advice on how to make your existing resumé, CV, cover letter, or application more effective, focusing on content, wording, format, and presentation.

We also offer critiques of personal statements for graduate school applications and autobiographical statements for school board applications.

Appointment availability differs depending on the time of year and the type of advisor you need to see. (To provide you with uninterrupted service, all advising appointments are through Google Meet or by phone.)

Advising Appointment Fees

Current U of A students and recent alumni
For current U of A students and alumni who have graduated within the last 8 months:
  • No charge
  • Failure to attend an appointment without proper cancellation notice will be recorded as a no-show. If you miss two appointments, you will be required to pay for any future appointments.
  • 24 hours notice is required to cancel or reschedule appointments
Staff, alumni, and other
For staff, alumni, and others who are not current U of A students:
  • $60/appointment
Current Postdoctoral Fellows
For current Postdoctoral Fellows:
  • $30/appointment

Prepare for your appointment

Depending on the type of advising appointment you book, you will need to provide us with specific materials at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment. Email your materials to

  • Career Advising - your resume
  • LinkedIn Profile Critique - a link to your LinkedIn profile
  • Mock Interview - your resume/CV, cover letter, and a description of the job or type of work for which you are being interviewed
  • Resume, CV, Cover Letter, and Application Form Critiques - a copy of the document(s) we will be reviewing


Career & Professional Development