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The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) at Western Carolina University is committed to providing exceptional customer service and support for all your recruitment efforts.  We not only serve our local communities in the western region of North Carolina, but we also work with employers throughout the nation to bring the best students Western Carolina University has to offer!  We are excited to continue expanding our relationship with current employers and look forward to working with new employers as we offer more services and outreach to our community partners and employers.

COVID-19 Update: For the 2021/2022 academic year CCPD will operate in-person for our career fairs, programs and services with virtual options.  Please contact our office for updates and additional information.

Employer Contacts

Contact Title Email Responsibilities
Travell Davis Assoc. Director of Employer Engagement ttdavis@wcu.edu New Relationships; On-Campus Branding
Trina Royar Employer Relations Manager kproyar@wcu.edu Recruiting Opportunities; Job Fairs; Job Cat site
VACANT Asst. Director of Internships careerservices@wcu.edu  Internship Recruitment; Internship Scholarships

   

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New To Working With WCU

Thank you for your interest in Western Carolina University students!  Our students are among the best in North Carolina and across the nation.  We look forward to working with you to help you find the best candidates for your individual needs. If you are interested in working with us, please start by creating an account on JobCat (housed by Symplicity/NACELink).  JobCat is the system we encourage all our employers to use to post positions, register for career fairs and special events, as well as sign up for on-campus recruitment activities throughout the academic year.

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Recruiting Opportunities

There are may ways for employers to recruit at Western Carolina University!  We have a variety of on campus recruiting resources available to you once you’ve created a JobCat account. If you are unsure about the best recruiting option for your organization please contact us to set up a meeting!

  • Start by creating a free account on JobCat (housed by Symplicity/NACELink).  JobCat is the system we encourage all our employers to use to post positions, register for career fairs and special events, as well as sign up for on-campus recruitment activities throughout the academic year. You must create a JobCat account to take advantage of the resources below.
  • Register to attend a Career Fair at WCU. Career fairs are our most popular resource for employers to briefly talk to students about opportunities you have for various internships and careers. 
  • Participate in one of our other on-campus recruiting options. Learn more about them below.

We sponsor several career fairs throughout the year that allow our employers to meet with a large volume of students in an exhibit hall setting or virtually.  Career fairs are our most popular resource for employers to briefly talk to students about opportunities you have for various internships and careers.  These career fairs range from industry specific to general. To register for a career fair sign into the JobCat system.

Educate students about your company’s/organization’s mission, products, services, and the employment/internship opportunities you have available!  Information sessions can be scheduled on the same day as a block of interview slots or as standalone events. Sessions are offered throughout the academic year Monday – Thursday between 10am – 4pm. To access the Recruiting Opportunities Form please sign into JobCat to request this service (right menu, scroll down, labeled "Request New Recruiting Opportunity").

Tabling is a great way to increase visibility, develop brand recognition, and raise awareness about your company or organization.  These tables allow you to interact with students throughout the day.  We gladly offer this resource for employers throughout the academic year. We can reserve you and your organization a table in the University Center (UC) or other campus locations to market your organization and its opportunities. Outside locations are available when weather permits. To access the Recuiting Opportunities Form please sign into JobCat to request this service (right menu, scroll down, labeled "Request New Recruiting Opportunity").

Some faculty are willing to allow employers into the classroom (virtually or in-person) to present on pertinent career topics and company/organization information.  Think about the majors or academic programs that would serve as the best population of students for the information you want to present. Presentations may be brief or for the entire class time, depending on the faculty's needs.  These requests need to be made early to allow for faculty to plan their individual curriculum around your presentation.  If you are interested in a presentation during the fall semester sign-ups are July 15th – August 31st.  During the spring semester sign-ups are November 15th – January 15th. We cannot guarantee classroom presentations but will work collaboratively with you and our faculty partners to attempt to meet your needs. To access the Recuiting Opportunities Form please sign into JobCat to request this service (right menu, scroll down, labeled "Request New Recruiting Opportunity").

(OCI) allows employers to conduct interviews for jobs and internships within the CCPD.  Our rooms are equipped with a desk, telephone, computer, and chairs.  Our front desk will check students in and invite them to wait in our reception area until their scheduled interview time. To access the Recuiting Opportunities Form please sign into JobCat to request this service (right menu, scroll down, labeled "Request New Recruiting Opportunity").

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Posting Jobs and Internships

Posting your positions on JobCat is easy!  Follow the instructions below or view a video on how to create a JobCat account and post positions.

 
To post a position follow the instructions below.
  • Find the purple button in the upper right column of this page, click “Start Recruiting” to enter JobCat.
  • Already have an account - log in with your credentials.
  • Don't have an account - Scroll to the bottom and click the “Sign Up” or “Sign Up and Post Job”.
  • If you are creating an acocunt for the first time you will need to wait 2-3 business days for approval of your account before you can access Job Cat. Once your account is approved you will recieve an automated message from the JobCat system. If you do not receive an email please reach out to us.
  • When logged into Job Cat, post a position by clicking on "Create Job Posting" on the right-hand navigation bar.
  • If you are posting a position fill out as much information as possible. The more descriptive you are, the better chance you will have of attracting students that you intend to apply to this position.

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On-Campus Branding

In addition to utilizing our Recruiting Opportunities, there are other ways to spread the word about your opportunities to Western Carolina University (WCU)students. 

Corporate Partnership Program

To all our current employers who have worked with CCPD to employ our students we want to say thank you for your continued engagement with Western Carolina University.  As our university has shown significant growth over the last ten years, WCU’s commitment to providing you with the best students our region has to offer has also grown exponentially to mirror that growth.  As a result, CCPD created the Corporate Partnership Program to provide our employers with options to consider investing at an even deeper level. In return these employers will receive numerous perks that can include:

  • Recruiting event benefits
  • Discounted or free career fair registration fees
  • Opportunities to participate in special events leading up to career fairs
  • Special placement at on-campus events
  • Priority involvement on employer/industry panels
  • Advertisements in CCPD publications and JobCat

   

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Student Organization Sponsorships

Many student clubs and organizations hold various events during the year. Many of these events are campus-wide and reach a large range of students. 

Internship Scholarships

Western Carolina University also looks to our employer partners to consider supporting internship opportunities for students through an internship scholarship. WCU has a large population of first-generation college students as well as students who need to work while attending school. This can be a barrier for students who are looking to develop professionally and participate in internship programs. An internship scholarship is an excellent way to support student development and help brand your organization on campus with the student population.

Advertising for Publications & Career Fairs

We sell advertisements for all career fairs and for our Career Guide.

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