Career Services

We provide students with access to career planning and advising, career based presentations and events, and comprehensive information on employment and internship opportunities. Our mission is to enable our students and alumni to successfully identify and pursue their career goals.

We offer guidance, coaching, and resources to help discover career potential and how that potential relates to educational plans and accomplishments.

Choosing Your Major And Minor

Type Focus Personality Assessment

Take a personality and career assessment online through TypeFocus

When you register or log in, you will be prompted to include a site password

To receive your password: Contact us via email at or by phone at 501-279-4454.

Once you have completed the test, you may call 501-279-4454 and schedule a time to come in to the office for one of our staff members to go over the results with you.

We want to help you find work that will be a good fit for your personality, interests and values, in order to lead a successful and rewarding career. 

Research Occupations

Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Career Preparation

Resume Writing

Resume Resources 

Essential Information Resume Sample (PDF)

Did you know?

We offer free resume reviews - email your resume to, or sign up for an account on Bison Career Search

If you need help come see us! We are located in the Student Center room 239 or call 501-279-4454 to set up an appointment.

We also provide a career management platform brought to you by partnering with OptimalResume. Inside, you’ll find a variety of tools to help you create, present, manage, and share your professional credentials.

Remember, your resume is your "foot in the door" to a prospective job.


Cover Letters & Other Letters

Cover Letters:

     General Outline (pdf)
     Example 1 (pdf)
     Example 2 (pdf)
     Example 3 (pdf)

Letter to Accept Job Offer:
      Example (pdf)

Letter to Reject Job Offer:
      Template (pdf)

Interview Skills

Preparing to Interview:

  • The Perfect Interview: All you need is internet access and a webcam and you are set to take the virtual "Perfect Interview".

Career Search

Upcoming Events

Graduate School Fair - BCS

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 | 9:30-12:00 McInteer Rotunda

C-Harmony (Youth Ministry) - BCS

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 | 1:00-5:00 Founders Room

Technology Fair - BCS

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 | 1:00-4:00 Cone Chapel

Education Fair - BCS

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 | 9:30-12:00 Cone Chapel


Thursday, March 17, 2016 | TBA Cone Chapel

Help for Students: How Can I Prepare for a Career Fair? 

On-Campus Interviews

Students - Sign up to interview through Bison Career Search - BCS
Employers - Register for On-Campus Interviewing - BCS 

Faculty Info: Request a Classroom Workshop

Faculty and StudentA critical part of achieving our goal is to partner with you, the faculty, in helping students realize and reach their life goals. As you integrate career components into your courses, Career Center staff members are available to present career information on several aspects of career planning. Some of the popular topics include:

  • Choosing a major
  • Resume writing
  • Job search skills
  • How to interview
  • Internships
  • Career fairs
  • Applying to graduate schools

If you would like to request a classroom presentation from Career Services, please let us know at

Student Jobs

Getting Started

WELCOME to Harding University's Student Employment!

We are excited about working with you to assure an effective and fair employment system for all student applicants! If you have any questions about the process, please come by our office located in Student Center 239, call us at 4454 or email us at Our doors are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to serve you.

Harding University Student Employment offers students part-time jobs that are often related to their skills, academic or career fields, experiences, or interests. Job duties range from those requiring specialized skills to those only requiring a willingness to work. Working part-time allows a student to earn money for college expenses, establish a work record, develop skills that will be useful in a career, and provide an opportunity for interaction with faculty, staff, and fellow students.

In general, to be eligible for student employment, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in classes or registered for the next semester during periods of non-enrollment. New incoming students admitted to the university and who have paid the enrollment deposit for fall semester are eligible for student employment the preceding summer.
  • Support the university's mission to provide quality education in a Christian environment.

Students can usually work an average of 20 hours per week (20 hours for most International Students) during periods of enrollment, and up to 40 hours per week during periods of non-enrollment (Christmas, Spring Break, and Summer Break).

The majority of student positions are paid an hourly wage. Because students are part-time temporary employees, they do not receive benefits such as paid holidays, health insurance, etc., but are covered under Worker's Compensation.

Students are paid on a regular bi-weekly schedule.

Application Process

Student job vacancies on-campus are posted on Pipeline in Whiteboard under "Student Jobs". Off-campus jobs are posted on

  1. Compile an application (pdf)
  2. Take a completed application to each hiring supervisor. This will give you some name/face recognition with the office.
  3. When you are hired, go to Student Payroll (142 Ezell) to complete new-hire papers. You will not be able to work until you have completed all necessary paperwork. You will need identification and your Social Security card in order to fill out the payroll paperwork. You will be given a card to give to your supervisor that states you have completed the necessary papers and are ready to begin work.

Note:  You may notice a check box for "Odd Jobs" on the back of the application.  Odd jobs are generally those which an employer needs one or more workers for a specific project and/or immediate need.  Usually these are short-term jobs and the person only works until the project is completed. If you are interested in being notified about "Odd Jobs", please send an email to to let us know.  Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address. 

Tips for your interview(s):

  • Do some research on the department and its role on campus.
  • Be prepared to discuss any previous work or volunteer experiences.
  • Dress nicely and be on time for the interview.
  • Bring your class schedule to the interview.

After an interview:

  • If a student has not heard from the department within a week of the interview (or the deadline specified by the department), the student should call the department to see if a decision has been made.
  • Supervisors will complete a Student Work Authorization Form indicating the student(s) hired and forward the requisition to Career Services and Student Payroll.
  • If a student is not hired by the department, or if the student finds the job is not a good fit for his/her needs, the student should continue to watch the postings or contact Career Services.

Types of Employment

There are many types of student jobs available including office/clerical support jobs in academic and administrative offices, tutors, lab assistants, faculty assistants, lifeguards, general maintenance and grounds keeping, housekeeping, food service, postal clerks, cashiers, wellness center assistants, auditorium ushers, library desk attendants, light and sound technicians, drama and music assistants, security officers, telemarketing, and recruiting.

All students are eligible for any position on campus*, whether Federal Work Study (FWS) or Work@Harding University (WHU) students. Most students are paid per hour on a biweekly pay schedule. Student positions are not eligible for University benefits.

* America Reads tutors can only be FWS eligible students.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

FWS is a program provided by the federal government that assists this University to employ students based on their financial aid eligibility. Student Financial Services will determine the award, and the student will be notified in an award letter. Please note: The awarded amount is not applied directly to your charges in the Business Office. Students have to work in order to receive the amount of money awarded to them. Unfortunately awarded eligibility does not guarantee a student a job. Visit Student Financial Services' Website at to learn more about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All FWS students work on campus or in our community service positions. International students are not eligible for FWS.

Work@Harding University (WHU)

Students who do not qualify for FWS or did not complete the FAFSA are considered WHU students. There is no differentiation between the types of positions or eligibility for positions between FWS and WHU.

Off-Campus Affiliated Employment

In those instances where the university's student employment program may not meet the employment needs of students, Career Services maintains a list of positions available within the community and we post the jobs on At times local businesses and private individuals contact Career Services to post their open positions. These job notices are posted as a service to area employers. The university is not responsible for the safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of this type of employment. Federal Work Study allocation is not applicable for this type of community employment. International students (F-1 Visa) are not eligible for this type of community employment.

Student Forms

Student Job Application (pdf) All students complete this application for any campus job.

I-9 (pdf)

W4 (pdf)

Student Payroll Timesheet (pdf)

If you are interested in one of the positions listed below, please complete the appropriate supplement, in addition to the Student Job Application.

Public Safety (Security) Application Supplement (pdf)

Library Application Supplement (pdf)

Resident Assistant Package (pdf)

DormNet Assistant Supplement (pdf)

If you have difficulty in downloading the PDF's above visit Adobe Support for help with downloading or contact to get the form(s) from our office.


Info for Churches & Ministers

Resume and Portfolio:Church and Minister

Ministry Positions:

Please feel free to call us with any questions at 501-279-4454 or send an email to


We at the Career Services know that you are the biggest supporter of your child and you want them to reach their full potential. It is also our goal to help students achieve their full potential and we believe parents are an integral part of the career planning process.  

We encourage you to visit the Harding University campus, and make a stop at our career center. We will be happy to familiarize you with our office and answer any questions you may have. For more information, refer to the contact info listed below.                                  

How You Can Help Your Student

Careers 101 - For parents of first-year students:

During their first year or so of college, students will be involved (formally or informally) in assessing their skills, interests, and abilities. They will do this through finding success (or failure) in courses they take, involvement in campus activities, discussions with their friends and faculty, and generally being exposed to and trying out different ideas and experiences.

Most students enter college with a very limited knowledge of the vast array of courses and majors available to them. When they begin to delve into studies that are new to them, even those who entered with a plan may be drawn to different options. This is an exciting time for students!

Here's what you can do to help:

  • Support your child's exploration of new areas of study and interests. This, after all, is what education is all about!
  • Affirm what you know to be areas of skill and ability he or she has consistently demonstrated. Sometimes students overlook these and need to be reminded.
  • Talk with your son or daughter about the courses and activities he or she is enjoying and how well your student is doing. Students discover new things about themselves throughout the college experience. Your willingness to listen and be a sounding board will keep you in the loop.
  • Don't panic if your student is excited about majoring in something like English, history, or art. These can be excellent choices, particularly if they are a good match for a student's interests and skills.
  • Support your son or daughter's responsible involvement in campus activities but urge this to be balanced with maintaining achievement in the classroom.
  • Urge your child to seek assistance in the career center at his/her college or university. Most institutions have assessment instruments and counselors to help students to define their skills, interests, and abilities.


Careers 201-For parents of second-year students

Generally, during the second year of college, a student begins to explore majors and career options more seriously. Many colleges and universities require that new students take a broad range of subjects to promote this exploration.

What's your role in this step of development?

  • Don't insist upon a decision about a major or possible career choice immediately. If you sense that your student's indecision is a barrier to positive progress, urge that he or she look for assistance in the career center. Students often have difficulty making a "final" choice because they fear they may close off options and make a wrong choice.
  • Suggest that your son or daughter talk with faculty and career advisers about potential choices.
  • Don't assume that if your child chooses to major in English, history, philosophy, or some other "impractical" major that he or she will never get a job. Liberal arts studies sharpen skills which are critical to the "package" employers are seeking: strong written and oral communication skills; problem-solving skills; the ability to synthesize information; and excellent research skills.
  • Suggest learning a foreign language and developing computer skills. Both of these skills can be helpful in today's market, no matter what career field he or she chooses!
  • Direct your child to family, friends, or colleagues who are in fields in which your student has an interest. "Informational interviewing" with people can be extremely helpful at this stage!
  • Steer your child toward a source of information. Many campuses have a career consultant or mentoring network of alumni in various career fields who are willing to share information with students about their careers. These resources are invaluable both in this exploratory stage and later as students are seeking internships and jobs!



Careers 301-For parents of "mid-career" students

During the sophomore year and throughout the junior year, it is important for students to experiment with possible career options. They can do this in a variety of ways: internships, cooperative education programs, summer jobs, campus jobs, and responsible volunteer experiences both on campus and in the local community. This is a critical time for your support and understanding.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Encourage your child to use the resources available at the campus career center. Experts there will assist your student in preparing a good resume and finding opportunities to test their career choices, including internships, cooperative education programs, and summer job listings. Most career centers are in direct contact with employers.
  • Tell your student that you understand the importance of their gaining exposure to and experience in his or her field of career interest. Broadening experience through involvement outside the classroom is a valuable use of time.
  • Internships or summer experiences in some very competitive fields may be non-paying. Also, a good opportunity may be in a distant location. Discuss your financial expectations with your student before a commitment is made.
  • Don't conduct the internship or summer job search for your child. It's a great help to provide networking contacts or names of people who may be helpful, however, making the contact and speaking for your child deprives him or her of an important learning experience-and may make a poor impression on the future employer.



Careers 401-For parents of graduating seniors

The senior year is when organizing and conducting a job search or graduate school search begins in earnest. It is also a time when students are heavily involved in more advanced courses in their majors and often have more responsible roles in campus and/or volunteer activities. Balancing these important pursuits and setting priorities is a constant challenge for seniors!

You are probably anxious for this young adult to make a decision-and yet, he or she may be moving toward closure more slowly than you would wish.

There are a number of ways you can lend support during this challenging time.

  • Suggest that he or she use the campus career center throughout the senior year. These offices provide assistance in preparation for the job search offering some or more of the following:
  • Workshops and individual help with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and other job-search skills,
    individual and group career advising,
  • A library of books and bookmarks to web sites with links to job resources,
  • On-campus interviewing opportunities and alumni career consultant or mentor programs may also be a part of their services.
  • Don't nag your child about not having a job yet! This will often have the reverse effect. Use positive reinforcement.
  • Offer to assist by sending information you may have found about the career field of your student's choice and/or job listings that may be of interest. Listen for indications from the student that you are getting carried away-and back off!
  • Don't call potential employers to intervene for your child. Contact with potential employers is the candidate's responsibility!
  • Be prepared to support your child through the ups and downs of the job and graduate school search. It can be a bumpy road! Not every desired job or graduate school acceptance will come through. Your student will need reassurance that for every door that closes, another opens.

A few final thoughts

The college years are a time of exploration, experimentation, and learning on many levels for students and their parents! Some student challenges may seem more positive than others, but all contribute to the educational outcomes of the college or university experience.

Throughout these years, students are developing a "record of achievement" which will be evaluated by employers and graduate schools as they move beyond college. There are several pieces of this record:

Academic achievement. Although it is not (and should not be) the primary factor in determining a candidate's success, the grade point average (GPA) is one factor considered by competitive employers and graduate schools. It is one of the few tangible indications of a student's ability to learn and perform effectively, at least in the academic environment. Therefore, students need to do as well as possible in the classroom, especially in courses in their majors.
Responsible work experience. In today's competitive employment market, many employers seek students who have related internship, summer, cooperative education, or part-time job or volunteer experiences. In fact, employers often look to their own such programs as primary sources for their new hires. These experiences are particularly critical for liberal arts students whose majors may not appear to be directly related to their areas of career interest.
Responsible involvement outside the classroom. Extracurricular activities provide the opportunity for students to gain many valuable and career-related skills such as the ability to work effectively with others in a team environment; leadership; planning and organizational skills; and priority-setting and time management. These are part of the package of skills employers seek in their new hires.

Best of luck to you in navigating the challenging waters of parenting a college or university student!

Thanks to the National Association of Colleges and Employers for the content.



Meet Our Staff

Butch Gardner

Dr. Butch Gardner
Director of Career Center

 Joy Tapley

Joy Tapley
Assistant to Director


Counseling Intern

Amanda Wesley




Lauren Bolin
Student Worker


Colleen Christian
Student Worker


Kate Parker
Student Worker


Hannah Perry
Student Worker


Christyn Simmons
Student Worker

Contact Us

Location: Student Center room 239

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Box 12243