I'm graduating. How do I start to look for a job?

First of all, Congratulations! Career Services is a great place to begin your job search. We have the staff and the resources to help you formulate a job search plan that is just right for you. Career Services offers information for job seekers including: Writing a Resume and Cover Letter, Job Search, Interview Skills, and Portfolios. The staff is also available for classroom/group presentations on these topics. Our career counselors will help you target your job search and suggest resources, contacts, or special on-campus events that will support your career and job search goals. We will also critique your resume and cover letters. We strongly urge you to register in JobCat to view job listings, participate in on-campus interviews, and have your résumé in the database for referral to employers. Registration entails entering information about your qualifications and putting together a resume online.

I've already graduated. Will you help me with my job search or to change jobs?

As an alumnus of Western Carolina University you are eligible for all the services (resume critiquing, registering in JobCat, attending Career Fairs and on-campus interviews, taking career tests and receiving specialized career/job search advice) mentioned above. If you can't come into the office, email or call us.

What is JobCat?

Western students and alumni may use this online program to search for jobs and internships or coops, post resumes, and sign up for on-campus interviews. You must complete an online registration (including things such as name, address, major, graduation date, career interests, etc.) and upload an existing Word resume.

All on-campus interviewing events will be by signup in this program so it is important to register early.

What information do you have on full-time job vacancies?

Each year, Career Services receives well over 5,000 full-time positions appropriate for recent Western graduates. For immediate access to full-time employment job listings (updated daily) students and alumni must register in JobCat.

How do I find out what employers will be interviewing on-campus and how do I participate?

Employers conduct on-campus interviews during the Fall and Spring semesters. An on-campus recruiting schedule is maintained here on our web site, and is available directly from our home page. All graduating seniors/alumni are invited to participate, however, students must be registered in JobCat to view on-line information about these companies, to select employers to interview with, and to participate in on-campus interviewing.

Will Career Services help me with my résumé?

Definitely!! Help is available for students writing their first résumé as well as for students revising an existing resume. To have your résumé and/or cover letter critiqued, drop it off in our office (allow about 48 hours for completion). If you would like more individualized assistance, make an appointment with a Career Counselor. JobCat also provides templates that may be copied and pasted into new Word documents for personalizing. We urge everyone to have their resume reviewed several times before sending it out.

What information do you have about on/off campus or summer jobs?

 Check out the Student Employment webpage to find out details about these jobs. Part-time, off-campus positions are also listed on the website for students who are interested. To help you locate summer employment in the WNC region, we offer a Summer Job Fair in mid-March with many camps, businesses and university departments attending. Summer employment listings can also be found through JobCat and on the Student Employment webpage.

Do you give tests that will help me identify the career or major I should pursue?

Yes. Our Career Counselor will administer and interpret career assessment inventories, which may be useful in suggesting career themes to explore. The most widely used instruments are the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Others that can be implemented include Self Evaluation of Abilities, Values Clarification, Career Maturity, Adult Career Concerns, and the California Psychological Inventory. A fee of $15.00 for enrolled students or $25 for alumni is charged for testing, so check with the Career Counselor for more information. Another career information option is FOCUS-2 , a computer-aided guidance program.

I really like my major but I don't know what kinds of jobs I can get with a degree in it. Can you help?

Check out our "What can you do with your major" page. Just click on your major or a major you are considering and you will find a list of jobs/fields that you could go into. Some will be obvious, but there will probably be some that you haven't even thought of! Also, if you need more individualized help, call and make an appointment to sit down with a Career Counselor. They will help clarify your options and show you how to research different fields within your major.

How can Career Services help me find a co-op or internship?

Career Services receives co-op/internship announcements from many organizations, especially those in the North Carolina area. Students can view these listings in JobCat and these are updated regularly.  Co-ops are coordinated by our office in conjunction with your academic department. You must register for 1-3 hours of class credit, work a specific number of hours, keep work logs and do a final paper. Check out the Cooperative Education services described on our web site. To receive academic credit for an internship, students must receive approval and register through their department. Most co-ops/internships are done in the summer but they are also available at other times of the year.

What are your hours and location?

Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.  Career Services is located on the second floor of Killian Annex. The phone number is (828) 227-7133.


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