Career Education & Professional Development (CEPD)

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Faculty Resources

Welcome Faculty!

In your role as CSUN Nazarian faculty, chances are students approach you with questions related to choosing majors, finding internships, or landing jobs.

The Center for Career Education & Professional Development (CEPD) is the centralized career center in the Nazarian College and we assist students with their experiential learning, career exploration, professional development, and career networking needs.

This page presents all of the information you need to make effective referrals to our programs and services. If you can't find what you are looking for here, feel free to contact us.



All CSUN career services (CEPD, EYCC, and Career Center) utilize Handshake as our online career management platform. Students use Handshake to:

  • Request and schedule appointments with career advisors
  • Connect with and research employers, jobs and internships
  • Submit applications for job, internship, and on-campus opportunities
  • View and register for CSUN career fairs and events
  • Sign up for on-campus interviews and mock interviews
  • View sample resumes, cover letters and other career and professional development resources

When working with students, please refer them to our Handshake page:

Handshake Facts
400K employers are on Handshake, including all of the Fortune 500
3.5 million jobs and internships posted on Handshake
Handshake is the #1 place for employers to recruit early entry talent
Over 25,000 searches are conducted by employers each month
80% of students who completed their profile were contacted by a Handshake employer

Faculty and staff are encouraged to request their own student account in Handshake. Having an account allows you to assist students, view important career fairs and other career development events, and search jobs and employers. To request a Handshake account, simply email your request to our staff at   


VMock is a 24/7 virtual career assistant for students that utilizes technologies like artificial intelligence to provide instant personalized feedback on their resume, LinkedIn profile, and elevator pitch. 

  • SMART Resume – Analyzes generic resume to provide immediate detailed feedback to help identify strengths and areas of improvement. We ask all students to achieve a score of 75 or higher. 
  • Career Fit – Analyzes tailored resume to provide detailed feedback that matches skills and content to specific job roles. We recommend using after receiving a score of 75 or better on SMART Resume. 
  • Elevator Pitch – Analyzes body language, enunciation and content to provide holistic feedback on non-verbal, content strength, and delivery of speech.
  • Aspire (LinkedIn) – Analyzes LinkedIn profile to provide detailed feedback on the content, look, and visibility. 

These online tools are uniquely relevant in this new virtual world. We believe these are essential career tools for students to prepare for the virtual recruiting that is now happening.


Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work within an industry, company, and profession. Vault is best known for its influential rankings, ratings, and reviews on thousands of top employers and hundreds of internship programs. Vault’s rankings and ratings are regularly featured and cited by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Money, and countless other news outlets.

Some of what Vault provides access to includes: 

  • Daily career advise blogs and videos
  • Rankings, ratings, and reviews on thousands of top employers and hundreds of internship programs
  • Detailed information on nearly 5,000 companies in more than 120 industries
  • Extensive insight on more than 840 professions -- including education and skill requirements, salaries, advancement prospects and more
  • Updates on companies hiring, career guides, and professional development, including COVID-19 impacts

All CSUN students and employees have access to Vault using their CSUN email address.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to utilize Vault as a resource. Visiting this site allows you to assist students with information found when viewing career guides and searching employers rankings and ratings.



CEPD in the Classroom

To be competitive in today’s virtual job market, CSUN Nazarian students should obtain not only knowledge and competence in their field of study, but also professional skills. Career Services is committed to helping students build those professional skills that are highly valued by employers and necessary in this new virtual recruiting world.

We would love to partner with you to embed professional skills into your courses. There are two ways to partner our services with your curriculum:

1. Classroom Presentations (Don't Cancel Class!)

Request a presentation if you must cancel class or want to supplement your course content.
CEPD staff can tailor a presentation based on your needs.


2. Course Assignments

Many CSUN Nazarian faculty create a course assignment that requires students to utilize one or more of our platforms. You may want to require your students to complete their Handshake profile or upload their resume in VMock. Examples of course assignments include Complete Handshake Profile, Upload Resume on VMock and Improve Score, and Use VMock Elevator Pitch. To view and take advantage of the details of your course assignment, click an assignment option below:

    • Complete Handshake Profile Assignment - PDF PDF icon
    • Upload Resume on VMock & Improve Score Assignment - PDF VMock Resume Assignment PDF
    • Use VMock Elevator Pitch Assignment - PDF VMock Elevator Pitch Assignment
    • Copy turn-key assignments directly from Canvas - PDF Steps to Import Assignments and Files

Our office is happy to help facilitate and verify when your students complete an assignment. CEPD will track student progress and provide an excel report to you indicating which students have completed the assignment(s) by the deadline set. To do so, we ask that you provide us your class roster containing students' names and email addresses at least 1 week before assigned.

If you choose to use one or more of the assignments above in your classes, please contact our office to begin the process.

Faculty Guide to Employer Outreach and Student Referrals

Faculty are important partners in building employer relationships and sharing opportunities with students. It is important that all CSUN faculty and staff follow ethical and legal guidelines when working directly with employers and sharing opportunities with students.

Here are two important guidelines to follow:

  • When you receive announcements about internships and employment opportunities, it is helpful if you share the information with CEPD. Simply email the information to CEPD at A CEPD staff member will contact the employer and assist them with posting that position in Handshake, providing equal access to all CSUN students.
  • When sharing opportunities with your students, it is important you share the same information with all of your students, as handpicking students or referring your “top” students to an employer is illegal. Once a position is posted in Handshake, you can promote it to students.

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) provides clear guidance on these issues in the “Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Employment” document. Please take time to review the guidelines for working with employers and sharing opportunities with all students.

FAQ: How can my department or employers advertise jobs or internships?

  • Use Handshake, our password protected site, exclusively for CSUN students and alumni.