Center for Career and Professional Development

Faculty/Staff Resources

The Center for Career and Professional Development offers many services for our Faculty and Staff partners. We work collaboratively with these partners in establishing and building career plans that span a student's four years at Western Carolina University. We are willing to work closely with you in the development of curriculum, extra-curricular activities and workshops and by helping you identify employer talent to bring to campus. 

Career Events As Extra Credit

The Center for Career and Professional Development offers a variety of events that can be offered as extra-credit activities for students to participate in. These events are developed to encourage students to gain professional skills and competencies that would be beneficial for them in their future career journey. We offer workshops, etiquette dinners and receptions, job fairs, professional school fairs, employer panels, employer information sessions, and networking events. Please consider these opportunities as an addition to your curriculum or course goals.

If you would like a customized workshop or event please contact our office at 828.227.7133 or fill out our presentation request form below. Please see the Upcoming Event listing in the sidebar to view our currently scheduled events.

Presentations and Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops and classroom presentations to assist you with helping your students gain professional competencies. If you would like to request a workshop or classroom presentation on a topic that is not listed here please include that in the presentation request form. You will receive a response from our office within 48 business hours from the submission of the form.

Résumé Writing - This workshop is intended to assist students with the development and writing of a professional resume. Students will be taught the basics of current resume style, formatting, writing and editing. Students should bring a draft copy of their resume to the workshop and be ready to take notes! Appropriate for Undergraduate and Graduate students.

Cover Letter Writing - This workshop is intended to assist students with the development and writing of a professional cover letter. Students will be taught the basics of current cover letter style, formatting, writing and editing. Students should bring a draft copy of a job description they would like to apply to for the workshop and be ready to take notes! Appropriate for Undergraduate and Graduate students.

Interview Preparation - This event is intended to teach students proper behavior and preparation for professional interviews. The workshop will cover commonly asked questions, dress, behavior and tips to help students ace their interview! Appropriate for Graduate and Undergraduate students.

Job Search Strategies - This workshop will provide resources, tips and support for students and alumni who are going into the workforce, including job search websites, information on how to find and contact potential employers, and how to effectively use networking to find a job.

Job Fair Prep: Etiquette - This workshop focuses on how to properly prepare for a Job Fair. We will cover topics such as job fair etiquette, proper preparation needed, and how to succeed in a large scale networking opportunity such as a job fair. Please attend in preparation for WCU's upcoming Summer Job and Internship Fair and the Career and Professional School Fair.

Customer Service 101 - This hands-on workshop will show participants how to provide quality customer service in various situations, from dealing with the confused customer to dealing with an irate customer.  Students should come prepared to interact with the presenter and work in small groups for role playing.

Dressing for Success - This workshop provides a detailed look at what to wear in various professional settings, from the initial interview to typical workplace attire.  Participants will learn the difference between business formal, business casual, smart casual, and casual dress, and tips on how to shop smart for these items.

Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Workplace - Participants in this workshop will learn when how to confront difficult situations and initiate uncomfortable conversations in the workplace from speaking directly to a difficult coworker or supervisor, to asking for a raise, to confronting an awkward or uncomfortable situation that may have happened at work.

Developing Your Professional Brand: Social Media - This workshop will help participants learn how to develop and establish an online social media presence that can be used effectively in job searching. We will cover topics such as LinkedIn, privacy settings, proper netiquette, and email communication.

Career Services Presentation Request Form

 

Internships for Credit

The Center for Career and Professional Development is available to help you with your Internships for credit! Here are a few things we can do to make your process hassle-free and expedient:

  • Our Office can coordinate all of the related paperwork (applications, evaluations, and even collecting the academic assignments). All you would do is approve a few forms through a simple process on JobCat 2.0. It only takes a few minutes.
  • We can meet with your students and provide them with an orientation, or "Internship 101" primer to better prepare them for their Internships and how to be professional on-the-job.
  • We can coordinate with you and your students every step of the way to ensure that the process is smooth, and that any issues (legal or otherwise) are resolved quickly and efficiently.
  • We can provide you with a sounding board or with ideas on how to construct and manage your Internship course utilizing our extensive knowledge of best practices for Internship for credit courses.

If your department does not currently coordinate with our office for Internships for credit and you would like to discuss doing so, please contact our Internship Coordinator, Dean Paulk at 828.227.3891 or e-mail him at dspaulk@wcu.edu.

Identification of employer/industry talent

As faculty members you often search for the best way to provide your students with the necessary materials they will need to succeed in their given field or discipline. This can come in a variety of contexts and engagement opportunities. One way that the Center for Career and Professional Development can assist you with this is to provide you with industry talent that you can pull from. Individual employees from many different fields are interested and willing to speak with your students about their own personal career paths. Employers are also interested in providing students with opportunities to see how these organizations run their business and offer their products and services.

The Center for Career and Professional Development can assist you with finding co-curricular activities and speakers that will enhance and grow the curriculum you are teaching in your coursework. If you are interested in this please contact the office at 828.227.7133 to discuss with the Director.

Working With Employer Partners

As a faculty and staff member at Western Carolina University you are a potential point of contact for our employer partners in the region. As such it is important to understand ways in which you can work with the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) in building these partnerships for our Western students.

The first way you can assist in establishing these relationships is by being knowledgeable of what the Career Center has to offer employer partners. Currently we offer employers the following services:

  • Information Sessions
  • Fairs
  • Tabling Events
  • On-Campus Interviewing
  • Free Job Listing Services
  • Experiential Learning Partnerships
  • Classroom Presentations and Workshops
  • Branding On-Campus
  • For details about these services click here

The second way you can assist is to refer employers to our online job posting system, Job Cat 2.0, employers can create their own account by clicking this link: https://wcucareers-csm.symplicity.com/employers/ Please remember as a faculty member you may have access to this system to stay current on the positions that are offered your students.

The third way you can assist is to refer potential employer partners to our office by having them call 828-227-7133 or by emailing careerservices@wcu.edu

The final way you can assist the Career Center with forming excellent employer partnerships is by writing letters of recommendations for students. As a faculty member, you may be asked to provide letters of recommendation for students applying for internships, professional positions, or graduate/professional school. The following tips from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) may help you provide an effective and fair assessment for your students.

The Career Development Center recognizes and adheres to The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Principles for Professional Practice.  These principles guide our practices for career planning and recruitment and include:

Maintaining an open and free selection of employment and experiential learning opportunities in an atmosphere conducive to objective thought, where job candidates can choose to optimize their talents and meet their personal objectives;Maintaining a recruitment process that is fair and equitable;Supporting informed and responsible decision-making by candidates.

Faculty members are encouraged to follow NACE's guidelines for student hiring.

Assisting Students with career planning

Working with students on their career development can be a challenging process. There are thousands of career options to choose from and students will often have many different interests in many diverse areas. The Center for Career and Professional Development has many resources available to faculty and staff members working with students in developing career plans. Below you will find an outline of what the center offers students and resources to help you as faculty and advisors in this process. Please let us know if we can be of assistance in your work with WCU graduate and undergraduate students.

Center for Career and Professional Development Services

The Center for Career and Professional Development offers counseling appointments for the following services:

  • Resume Writing
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Interview Prep
  • Job Searching
  • Internship Searching
  • Career/Major Counseling
  • Graduate School Preparation
  • General Career Questions (Other)

Appointments are 45 minutes long with a trained career professional. These appointments can be in-person, over the phone, or virtually through GoToMeeting software. Students can schedule an appointment through GradesFirst or by coming to the Career Center in the Killian Annex Room 205. Alumni can call the office at 828.227.7133.

The Center for Career and Professional Development also offers DROP-IN HOUR service which are 15 minute appointments offered Monday - Friday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. These appointments are staffed by our trained Peer Career Mentor team and are useful for those students who have (1) never written a resume/cover letter before or (2) have already had a draft of their resume/cover letter reviewed by a career professional. Drop-In Hours should not be used as a substitute for a 45 minute appointment. Drop-in hours can be used for the following:

  • Resume Review
  • Cover Letter Review
  • Quick Interview Tips and Questions
  • How to Use Job Cat 2.0
  • Online Job/Internship Searching Tips

Resources

Below are a list of resources or articles that will assist you in helping your students. All of the articles below are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

CCPD USEFUL WEBSITES AND LINKS
Focus II - Online vocational test for undeclared or questioning students
What Can I Do With My Major sheets
Online Career Resources
NC Employers by Major

CAREER COACHING
Key Elements to Successful Career Coaching
Appreciative Career Coaching
The Chicken and the Egg: How Maslow's Theory Can Contribute to Career Planning

CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
To Come Out or Not to Come Out
Assessing the Readiness to Reveal
Providing Internship Guidance To Non-Traditional Students
The Veteran Resume Guide
Career Advising Students With Asperger

Job Cat 2.0 For Faculty

JobCat 2.0 is an internet-based recruiting system that acts as the primary resource for jobs and internships, on-campus recruiting events, and other career-related events and information. It gives Western students the ability to:

  • Display resumes and cover letters online
  • Research and apply for summer, part-time, or temporary jobs, internships, and/or full-time employment
  • Have their resume distributed to interested employers
  • Schedule interviews with companies recruiting on-campus at Western

The faculty side of JobCat 2.0 allows faculty members to stay informed about what is offered through the Center for Career and Professional Development and to view and research job postings, employer listings, and upcoming events and workshops. To login to your account please

CLICK HERE

Your username and password will be the same as your e-mail login. If you need help finding your way around, or having problems with your username and password, please feel free to call our office 828.227.7133 or come by Career Services on the second floor of Killian Annex.

If you are interested in utilizing any of these services or have additional questions please contact our office at 828.227.7133. We look forward to working with you.

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