Career Day Students...Connect. Impress. Get Hired.

In 2019, more than 70 employers from across the nation paid for the privilege to have face-to-face time with you. Typically in late February, Career Day is a day-long event for all students in the college…whether you’re ready for that first “real” job, looking for an internship or a younger student seeking advice from professionals.

In advance of Career Day, we offer portfolio preparation workshops, resume and cover letter writing sessions and mock interviews with local alumni. You’ll be ready to connect, impress and get hired.

Career Day Prep for Students

Make room in your schedule to attend workshops and sessions to prepare for Career Day. You’ll learn how to create a professional portfolio and design sheet and write a professional resume and cover letter, and you can practice being interviewed and receive immediate feedback from local alumni.

Workshop dates for Career Day 2020 are live!

December 9, 2019 – Portfolio/Resume Warm-Up w/ Diane

10:15 – 11:45 AM, Room 111

Diane will present a number of examples of exemplary portfolios produced in her classes over the years.  She will also focus on key rules of thumb when beginning to assemble a professional portfolio of work.


January 22, 2020 – Resume + Cover Letter Workshop w/ Diane & Maged

12:00 – 1:20, Room 103B / Light Lunch provided

Discussion with faculty will include key tips and strategies for clearly presented resume as well as proper etiquette and key points to hit in writing a cover letter to a potential employer.


January 24, 2020 – Feedback Session #1

11:30 – 1:30, Center for Student Development

First-come, first-serve walk-in hours for feedback on any of your Career Day documents: portfolio, resume, cover letter, etc.


January 29, 2020 – Design Sheet Workshop with Diane

12:00 – 1:20, Room 103B / Light Lunch provided

This feedback session will allow students to work together to review and mark up draft design sheet proposals in advance of Career Day.  Limited spaces available.  First-come, first served. Will require submission of material in advance of this workshop; details forthcoming.


January 31, 2020 – Feedback Session #2

11:30 – 1:30, Center for Student Development

First-come, first-serve walk-in hours for feedback on any of your Career Day documents: portfolio, resume, cover letter, etc.



Resumes, Cover Letters and Design sheets uploaded to Academics server by MIDNIGHT.


February 12, 2020 – Tips/Tricks for a Successful Career Day

12:00 – 1:20, Room 103B / Light Lunch provided

Be prepared for and make the most of Career Day with pre-, during-, and post-Career Day tips and tricks.


DATE CHANGE // February 24, 2020 – Interview Speed Sessions with local alums

5:30 – 7:30, Room 103A – Pizza/beverages provided

Fast 5-7 minute sessions with local alums to provide portfolio feedback or hit you with challenging interview questions.  This is a fun event and invaluable practice before the big day.


We bring the professionals to Knoxville; your job is to prepare and participate.

Even if you’re not ready for a “real” job, plan to attend Career Day to talk to professionals about the challenges and opportunities in the profession and to seek advice for your future.

Sample Interview Questions

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • How would others describe you?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What interests you about this job?
  • Are you overqualified for this job?
  • Why are you the best person for this job?
  • What challenges are you looking for in a position?


What is a “design sheet?”

Design Sheets–sometimes called work samples, work sheets, project sheets, project pages, excerpts, leave-behinds–are significantly edited versions of projects found in your portfolio.  Each sheet (or spread) should showcase a few (2-4) key drawings/renderings/details/diagrams of the project, leaving the employer wanting to see more.  Your selection of edited projects should give the employer a clear idea of your skill sets (e.g. excellent detailer, great rendering skills, clear line drawings, etc.) and design capabilities.  Your sheets should contain, at minimum, the following information:

  • Your name
  • Title of Project
  • Year / Studio Critic
  • BRIEF paragraph describing the project
  • 2-4 images

The format of your design sheet should have the same graphic identity as your comprehensive portfolio (e.g. color scheme, fonts, etc.) and can use images/drawings from the same collection of content (e.g. the perspective section can be used in both the project sheet and the portfolio).

Consider these sheets as a teaser/trailer to your larger collection of work (a.k.a. your portfolio).  Employers will spend approximately one minute when reviewing your documents (resume, design sheets, cover letter). These sheets are there to convince them that you are worth interviewing!  They want to see more!

Below are samples of design sheets.  In general they offer insight into what you should be preparing to upload to the server before Career Day.  Take note that some of the samples combine letter, resume and work samples into one PDF.  We want you to upload individual PDFs for all three of those components.

  • Sample #1 – Excellent example.
  • Sample #2 – This is a very good example of clear, distinct projects.
  • Sample #3 – An example showing only three projects.  Lots of white space.
  • Sample #4 – One page per project.  Clear format. Very straightforward.
  • Sample #5 – This shows what a 2-sheet project, a 1-sheet project, and a 2-projects/sheet looks like.
  • Sample #6 – A little more lengthy than the others but clear and manageable.


How do I upload my documents?

The deadline to upload your  resume, design sheet and cover letter is February 3.  You must have your documents uploaded to the Academics server by 5 p.m.:

  1. THUMBNAIL [800×800 72 dpi thumbnail image in .jpg format]:  Beckman_Julie_BArch_5_thumbnail.jpg
  2. RESUME [1-2 page max PDF]: Beckman_Julie_BArch_5_Resume.pdf
  3. DESIGN SHEETS [8 pages MAX PDF]: Beckman_Julie_BArch_5_DSheets.pdf
  4. COVER LETTER (optional) [1 page PDF]: Beckman_Julie_BArch_5_Letter.pdf
Upload documents to the Academics Server -> Career Day 2020 -> your appropriate cohort (ex. B ARCH 4th Year).  Once you are in your appropriate cohort, make a new folder with your Last Name_First Name (ex. Beckman_Julie) and upload your thumbnail and PDF documents into your folder. (See image below.)
Screen shot of upload process for documents for Career Day