The Career Services and Cooperative Education office offers a wide variety of personal counseling and advice, current print materials, and computer programs to help students who are searching for full-time positions, co-ops, internships, or summer jobs. However, no one person or source can be up-to-date on every company, career field or employment issue all the time.
This is why we provide links to helpful employment websites we have reviewed and encourage students to make them part of their job search plan. Remember, despite those TV ads for national employment websites, it can take some students 6 months to a year to find work in their chosen field.
- Don't wait until the week before graduation to start your job search. It will take time and thought to refine your resume and cover letter to be ready for the job search process.
- Don't rely on rumors. ("A friend of a friend got a job from Monster.com in one day starting at $100,000 with no experience!") The facts may not be pretty, but our office can supply you with an accurate picture of the job market and strategies for your job search.
- Cover many bases. We encourage all Western students to register in JobCat and to attend our on-campus job fairs and interview with employers who visit our campus. However, students need to post their resumes on national or major specific websites to make certain they reach the widest range of employers.