We hope that this list of Frequently Asked Questions helps you to understand the application process. Should you have additional questions that are not answered here please call our office at (828) 227-7218 or email HR@wcu.edu.
Q: How do I apply?
A: The first step in the employment process for positions at Western Carolina University is to complete an application online at the https://jobs.wcu.edu/ Online Employment site. This application may be completed on any computer that has internet access. Computer workstations are available at the Office of Human Resources or at any local Employment Security Commission office.
Q. Do I need to complete a separate application for each position that I am applying for?
A. No, only one application is necessary for you to be considered for any permanent staff opening. As an applicant, by managing your application online at https://jobs.wcu.edu/ you will be able to edit, update, and submit your application for any posted, available position. It is your responsibility to request consideration for specific employment opportunities. Your on-line application will not be submitted for any position for which you have not requested consideration.
Q. What happens after I submit my application?
A. Your application will be reviewed to ensure that it meets the position qualification requirements that were stated in the vacancy announcement for which you applied. Upon determination of qualifications, your application will then be forwarded to the respective hiring department for consideration. If the hiring department wishes to schedule an interview, that department will contact you directly.
Q. Will I be notified of the status of jobs for which I have applied?
A. You may log onto the https://jobs.wcu.edu/ Online Employment site at any time to check the status of a particular job. In addition, email notifications will be sent to applicants (must have a valid email address) once a position has been filled or a search has been cancelled.
Q. Can I submit a resume in lieu of the Western Carolina University Staff Application?
A. You may attach a resume as a supplement to your application for employment; however, you may not submit a resume as a replacement for the application. A resume does not substitute in any way for the Application for Employment.
Q. How long must positions be posted?
A. In accordance with North Carolina G.S. 126-14.3(3), Western Carolina University requires all permanent job openings subject to the State Personnel Act to be posted for a minimum of 7 working days. Positions may be posted for longer than 7 working days based on the discretion of the department but will be posted with a specific closing date. Applications received after a posted closing date will not be considered.
Q. If I have a criminal conviction on my record, can I still apply to the University?
A. Yes. Having a conviction on your record does not in and of itself keep you from being employed by the University. The nature of some convictions, however, may cause certain positions to be unavailable to you. Failure to completely disclose information about a criminal conviction on an employment application is considered falsification of the employment application and will result in you not being eligible for employment at the University.