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Leverage the full range of alumni career services provided by the USC Career Center and the USC Alumni Association.

USC Alumni career services are designed for you to access on-demand from anywhere in the world. We offer robust resume review and career management resources, online networking, career events, AI mock interview platforms, and targeted research information. These resources empower you to manage your career, create a competitive job search strategy, make connections, and identify potential employers and industry trends.

Welcome to Alumni Career Services

Whether you are exploring a new career path, seeking a new opportunity, or looking to tap into the Trojan Network, USC is committed to helping you achieve your professional goals. Our USC Alumni Career Services website features vital resources and essential information you need to succeed in today’s increasingly hyper-competitive employment market.

Alumni are encouraged to take advantage of our full range of career services and resources designed exclusively for USC graduates. For example, utilize our career advising services if you are considering a career change or need a professional tune-up. 

We offer two career advising tracks to serve different job seekers. Networking and targeted research are highly effective methods for finding a job that matches your interest and experience. You will find tools to help you make valuable connections and identify potential employers and industry trends — whether you live in Seattle or Shanghai! Our USC Alumni Career Services website enables you to search for jobs, research organizations, attend regional and virtual career events, and network with fellow USC Trojans at events and online through the Trojan Network on Handshake.

A hallmark of the USC Trojan Family is our commitment to helping and mentoring students and each other. Our dedicated alumni volunteers and friends of the university regularly give their time, energy, and expertise to make a positive difference. We hope you will find opportunities to help USC students and alumni pursue their dreams by sharing your professional insights and opportunities.

We wish you every success!

Sincerely,

Jon Cleveland
Associate Vice Provost for Career Services
University of Southern California

John Iino
Interim Associate Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations
USC Alumni Association

Lori Shreve Blake
Senior Director of Career Engagement
USC Career Center

Please select the appropriate dropdown menu below for specific instructions for your graduation year. Read instructions carefully before proceeding to ensure the most efficient alumni account request process.

If you are a member of the Class of 2024 and still have access to SSO, please read and follow the instructions below carefully.

Current USC students access the Handshake platform using SSO authentication. Graduating students may lose access to SSO in as little as 3 months following their official graduation date. Please follow these steps to avoid losing access to Handshake, USC’s premier job and career services platform.

  1. All current students can turn their accounts into alumni accounts without having to sign up again.

    As part of the transition, it’s crucial to update your primary email address on your account to a non-usc.edu email. This is because alumni eventually lose access to SSO and need to log into their student accounts. Ensuring this step is done will help you stay connected to the Handshake platform. 

    Step-by-step instructions for Students can be found here: https://support.joinhandshake.com/hc/en-us/articles/4409142959511-Update-Your-Primary-Email-Address-in-Handshake
  2. Graduating students will also need to create a manual password to log into their Handshake account in order to sign in without SSO. This needs to be done before they lose SSO login access. 

    Step-by-step instructions for Students can be found here: https://support.joinhandshake.com/hc/en-us/articles/226794227-Log-In-as-an-Alum-Set-your-Handshake-Password

If you have lost access to SSO and cannot access your Handshake account using SSO please complete this formDo not request an alumni account through Handshake.

If you have lost access to SSO and cannot access your Handshake account using SSO please complete this formDo not request an alumni account through Handshake.

To request a USC Alumni Handshake Account, use the link below. Follow Handshake’s alumni request process. You must use your USC Alumni or personal email address. Do not use your student email address.

The USC Career Center and Alumni Association are committed to assisting alumni with their lifelong career journey. This includes providing timely and worldwide access to career management resources available for you online 24/7. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of all career resources and services offered at USC, including your school-based career centers.

USC recent graduates with an academic degree from the class of 2024, 2023, and 2022 are eligible to receive complimentary career advising for the first three years after graduation.

To schedule an appointment, please create your alumni connectSC account. Once your account is approved, email recruit@usc.edu to schedule your appointment.

Recent graduates may have up to four 50-minute appointments annually via telephone, Zoom, or in person in the Student Union on the University Park Campus.

  • Individualized services include:
    • Career advising
    • Resume, cover letter, curriculum vitae, and LinkedIn profile consulting
    • Networking and job search 
    • Mock interviewing
    • Job offer negotiation

The USC Career Center and Alumni Association provide specially-priced phone and virtual career advising services for USC alumni worldwide.

Career advising is personal, and unique for each individual. The professional advisors listed below are experts in the field; however, the USC Career Center and Alumni Association do not represent the nature of the services they will provide you.

  • Introductory Career Advising (one 50-minute appointment) $99
  • Resume or LinkedIn Critique (one 50-minute appointment) $99
  • Career Advising (two 50-minute appointments) $259

The National Career Development Association (NCDA) is a recognized leader in developing professional standards. The following is a helpful link to educate yourself about working with a career advisor:

Why seek career help?

Please note the USC Career Center does not provide recent graduates or alumni psychological counseling, therapy, or other mental health services.

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Leverage your alumni career benefits today. Our alumni career resources are designed exclusively for you and can be accessed on-demand anywhere in the world. We offer robust resume reviews, career management tools,  online networking, and targeted research information. Our goal is to help you create a competitive job search strategy, make valuable connections, identify potential employers, and land your next opportunity.  View a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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