Faculty & Staff

Our vision is to unite the Notre Dame community to inspire and prepare every student to pursue a life of impact and purpose. Working together, we can help students discern, pursue, and achieve career goals that align with their values, interests, and skills. One of the ways we do this is by offering a wide range of resources, events, and career-related services to support all students. Some of our more commonly-used resources are described below. Our staff looks forward to partnering with you. 

CCD Help  Data  Employers & Recuiters  Handshake  Headshots  Help Students  IrishCompass  Recommendation Letters  Room Reservations

Self-Service Reports and Data

To best understand how to support students with their career development, we share a wide array of career development-related data with faculty and staff partners across campus, including (but not limited to) insights into student preferences, engagement in career development activities, and outcomes. Our campus partners are provided access to self-serve reports on the University's password-protected Tableau server. Please log in with your NetID to access the reports.

Self-Service Reports

How we can help you

We are a service-minded team of professionals who enjoy collaborating with campus partners. Here are a few ways we can help you support career development:

How you can help students

Many faculty and staff are engaged in advancing career development efforts. We can 

  • Engage students in conversations about the intersection of their values, interests, and skills.
  • Create a Handshake account and show students how to use the system to research employers, find internships and jobs.
  • Encourage students to update their profiles on Handshake.
  • Introduce us to contacts which can help advance hiring students into internships and jobs. 


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Handshake is a centralized resource where students can research employers, search for internships and full-time jobs, network with other students, schedule career counseling appointments, RSVP for events, and much more. The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development offers University faculty and administrators the ability to request an account for access to Handshake. 

How to join Handshake    Handshake login


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IrishCompass is an exclusive, online community that provides an opportunity for Notre Dame students and alumni to facilitate career-related connections. This resource is a joint collaboration of the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development and the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

Students can benefit from the system by:

  • Connecting with alumni for career networking, mentorship, and job shadow opportunities. 
  • Asking career-related questions through industry specific discussion forums.
  • Accessing exclusive online resources for career discernment and networking tips.

As a Notre Dame faculty member, you are provided the opportunity to create and Irish Compass account. You may find value in creating an account with your Net ID to:

  • Re-connect with former students.
  • Find guest speakers for your class.
  • Find industry contacts to introduce to your students.

IrishCompass Login

Room reservations for meetings

If you have a meeting with 10 or less attendees, you are welcome to request a conference room in the Center Career Development on the 5th floor of Duncan Student Center. You are welcome to view our rooms here.  Please know larger spaces (room 526 and 512) are not available.

Request a room

Free professional headshots on-demand 

In an effort to advance our strategic priority to eliminate barriers for students to engage in career development, we purchased a self-service headshot booth where all undergraduate and graduate students can take a professional headshot for LinkedIn, professional websites, etc.. We welcome anyone (including faculty, staff, alumni, and employers) to use this free service. 

Learn more about headshots

Fielding requests from employers and recruiters

At some point you may be contacted by an employer, recruiter, or alumni who is interested in identifying candidates for positions. The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development supports the National Association of Colleges and Employers's (NACE) recommendations for offering job posting information to all students, which include:

  • All candidates should have equal access to the opportunity.
  • Colleges and employers should support informed and responsible decision-making by candidates.
  • All aspects of the recruiting process should be fair and equitable to candidates and employing organizations.
  • Career services professionals and faculty involved in recruiting should provide generally comparable services to all employers.
  • As required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), any disclosure of student information outside of the educational institution will be with prior consent of the student unless health and/or safety considerations necessitate the dissemination of such information. Both career services professionals and faculty will exercise sound judgment and fairness in maintaining the confidentiality of student information, regardless of the source, including written records, reports, and computer data bases.

For the full content, please refer to A Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring, a resource provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), one of the professional associations our staff participate in. If you have any questions, please call 1-5200 or email us at careerdevelopment@nd.edu.

Writing Recommendation Letters

Letters of recommendation are often used by an organization's hiring officials to gather additional information about a candidate.

It is assumed that a confidential letter of recommendation will provide a candid viewpoint of an applicant's abilities and professional promise. An effective letter of recommendation typically includes:

  • how you know the student (in what capacity and how long)
  • personal characteristics and traits (an emphasis on communication and interpersonal skills is helpful since this may not come through in a student's resume)
  • performance and experience related to the position the student is applying to (the more specific, the better)
  • strengths and capabilities (intellectual curiosity and resilience are helpful traits to highlight)
  • how the student compares to others students you work with 
  • how to contact you

To get you started, the National Association for Colleges and Employers provides a quick template.  The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs Wellcome Fund published Writing a Letter of Recommendation, a very detailed, 19-page PDF resourcee with insight about cover letters which you may find helpful.