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Welcome to the Career Development Center!

The Career Development Center (CDC) provides Caltech and JPL postdocs with counseling, information and contacts to help them make career decisions, as well as develop and implement an effective career plan.

Postdocs are welcome to attend the fall/winter career fairs and utilize Handshake, our online recruiting system.

The Career Development Center provides a wide range of services. Students, postdocs and alumni are welcome to set up an appointment (through Handshake), or stop by during our walk-in hours for help with any of the following:

  • Career Counseling
  • Resume/Cover Letter Review
  • Salary Negotiation
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Interview Coaching
  • Strength Testing/Career Assessment


Appointments with a career counselor can be made through Handshake. The appointments are typically available Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm. Please log into Handshake for the next available appointment that suits your schedule.

We also have walk-in career counseling hours that are best suited for quick questions, such as resume and cover letter review.

Walk-In Hours*

Fall: Monday - Thursday: 10am - 2pm

Summer: Mondays: 10am - 1pm
Wednesdays: 1pm - 4pm

*Prehealth walk-in advising is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall and on Mondays in the summer.

Resource Library

The Career Development Center maintains a resource library with books on various topics such as: Career/Job/Internship Search, Resume/Cover Letter, Networking, Interviewing Strategies, Test Resources (e.g. GRE, MCAT), Grad Schools, Pre-Med Advice, and Personal Development. Students, postdocs and alumni may review these books during our business hours, or check them out for up to three days.

Interview Rooms

Students and postdocs may use one of our private rooms for phone/video job interviews. These rooms are available during our business hours.

Additional Resources

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While networking is essential to an effective job search, it can be a challenge. In going outside of your comfort zone, it may help to think of networking not as a means of self-promotion, but as a way of establishing mutually beneficial connections. Any relationships you establish will be advantageous for both parties involved. Networking also plays a very important role in searching for a job; since the majority of openings are never listed publicly, the more people you know, the more likely you are to hear about and be recommended for unlisted jobs.