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Career Advising FAQ's

Q: How do I schedule an appointment with a career advisor?

A: All appointments with career advisors can be scheduled through handshake, please follow the steps below to set up an appointment today.

  1. Visit nl.joinhandshake.com
  2. Enter your NLU email address (eg.jstudent@my.nl.edu)
  3. Click the National Louis University icon to sign in.
  4. Click the career center tab then select appointment
  5. Click schedule a new appointment icon.
  6. Follow the prompts, select a career advisor and time slot, and then click request.

Your career advisor will approve your request ASAP and additional details will be sent through email.

If you need assistance, please feel free to contact Career Bridge at 312-261-3270 or careerbridge@nl.edu.

Q: Can I see a career advisor today?

A: As much as we would like to see you today, we may already be scheduled to meet with other students. Our career advisors are committed to providing the best experience possible and need at least a three-day business notice for all document reviews. We use this time to thoroughly review your document so your feedback and experience will be individualized and offer strategic input for your career development and search. 

During high peak seasons, around job fairs and all campus events, you may need to plan a little earlier and request appointments at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you are setting up an appointment as part of a class assignment, please indicate that when you request your appointment and we will schedule them on a first come first served basis. We will continue to work diligently to process all requests as quickly as possible and look forward to working with you soon!

In the meantime, please check out these helpful resources

Q: Do you offer other services beside resume reviews?

A: Oh yes! Career Bridge Career Advisors offer individual appointments to students and alumni during all phases of their career development and preparation. These appointments are offered through in-person, phone, zoom, or email. Typically, in-person is first offered, but due to students’ schedules and preferences, other appointment types are suggested.

Students can meet with advisors on the following topics:

  • Initial Meeting
  • Creating and Effective Thank You Letter
  • Networking Tips
  • Letter of Intent Support for Internships
  • Following Up with Employers
  • Personal Statements for Graduate School
  • Job Fair Preparation
  • Practice Interviews
  • Completing an Online Application
  • Career Exploration
  • Cover Letter Review
  • LinkedIn
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Professional Branding
  • Informational Interviewing
  • Parker-Dewey Internship

Q: Do you provide direct placement in an organization?

A: Unfortunately, we do not place students in a position. Employers will typically prefer to screen and interview all candidates themselves. However, we do spend ample time reaching out to employers on your behalf to draw in new opportunities for all students, as well as prepare and support students through our array of services. Make sure to check out Handshake for thousands of opportunities.

Q: Where can I find resume and cover letter samples?

A: No need to search further, here you go!

Q: What format should I upload my resume to handshake?

A: All documents should be uploaded through Microsoft Word only so we can add our edits and comments. This also makes is easier for you to add any necessary changes.

Q: I sent my resume for a review, when will I get my resume back?

A: We have a three-day business day turn around for all documents uploaded on handshake. However, this may be longer during high-peak months when we host career fairs.

Q: I have to send my resume to Career Bridge for a class assignment. What is the best way to do that?

A: Please provide your career advisor a three-day business notice to thoroughly review your document and provide feedback for your resume. We require you to schedule an appointment to review your document with a career advisor. We do not simply send you resume feedback without one to ensure such feedback is fully understood. You can schedule an appointment on your own using Handshake or you can contact our office Monday through Friday (9am-4pm) at 312-261-3270 or careerbridge@nl.edu

Q: How do I register for career fairs, webinars, and workshops?

A: All events can be found on the events tab on the left hand side of the Handshake home page. Simply click events, your preferred event, then click join event.

Q:I was not able to attend the job fair. How can I receive information about it?

A: Feel free to see what opportunities were shared by logging onto Handshake. You can view the employers that attended, and then reach out personally with your resume for the jobs posted by the employer. If you would like more guidance, please reach out to the Career Bridge and speak with a career advisor.

Q: Where is the Career Bridge located? What are the office hours?

A: The Career Bridge is located in the Student Center found on the 6th floor, Suite 6030 Our office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Q: What if I cannot get to campus before 5:00 pm?

A: If you are unable to meet in-person, career advisors are more than happy to meet with you by phone, zoom, or email during your break or lunch time if that works better for you.

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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