Faculty & Staff

Working together, we can help students discern, discover, and pursue meaningful careers to be a force for good in the world.

We offer a wide range of resources, events, and career-related services to support all of our students. We look forward to partnering with you. 

How we can help you

How you can help students

  • Support students through the career development process. Engage them in conversations about their interests.
  • Create a Handshake account and show students how to use the system
  • Encourage students to update their profiles on Handshake.
  • Provide us recommendations for new employers.
  • Introduce us to contacts which can help advance placement.


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New for the 2019 Fall Semester, Handshake has replaced the Go IRISH recruiting platform. 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.  For more information, visit our Handshake resource page.


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IrishCompass is an exclusive, online community which provides an opportunity for Notre Dame students and alumni to facilitate career-related connections. 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.

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 the official National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) document,  A Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring. If you have any questions, please call 1-5200 or email us at careerdevelopment@nd.edu.

Writing Recommendations 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. The letter of recommendation should give a picture of the candidate's personal characteristics, performance and experience, strengths, capabilities, and professional promise from someone who has worked closely with the candidate.

To assist you in this process, here is a sample recommendation letter.