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Recruiting On Campus

The Center for Career and Professional Development welcomes employers to multiple recruitment events annually and allows on-campus recruiting arranged through our office. On-campus recruiting is restricted to the fall and spring semester during the time classes are in session. Recruiting is not allowed during the following times:

First Week of Classes
Official University Holidays and Breaks
Final Exam Week
Fall and Spring Advising Days
During CCPD Major events

View the University Academic Calendar for Specific Dates

Recruiting Using JobCat

Western Carolina University utilizes a Symplicity / NACELink based job posting site called Job Cat 2.0. We encourage all organizations to create an account to utilize this system. Through this system organizations will have access to post/edit/delete positions, register for fairs and events, and sign-up for on-campus interviews and information sessions. If you have questions or concerns please call the office at 828.227.7133.
register for an account

If you need help creating your job cat account please view this video. 

Catamount Career & Networking Day

The Catamount Career & Networking Day is our bi-annual career fair that features employers and graduate schools. This event is normally offered during the first week of October and the first week of February. Employers and graduate schools may register for this event, as well as our other events, through their Job Cat account.

Due to current event restrictions concerning COVID-19 for Spring 2020 we are hosting Virtual Career Fairs.

  • Virtual Education Fair- April 22, 2021
  • Catamount Career and Networking Day- October 6, 2021

Additional Resources for Employers

Western Carolina University offers organizations the opportunity to conduct INFORMATION SESSIONS with our students. Information sessions are a great way to educate the student population about your organization's mission, products, services, and employment opportunities. All sessions require advanced scheduling and preparation. Employers may request an information session directly through you Job Cat 2.0 employer account. Information sessions are held Monday -Thursday between 10:00am -4:00pm in a variety of spaces on campus. The identification of the space is dependent on the employer's needs including Audio Visual, Refreshments, Capacity, etc.

Registration is currently open for our Fairs and Events and is available through your Job Cat 2.0 employer account. Registration is time and date stamped and are determined on a first come, first serve basis and fit with the campus. Employers are encouraged to submit their registration requests early as space is limited. Full details for the fairs can be found in the registration form on Job Cat 2.0.

Tabling is a great way to increase visibility, develop brand recognition and raise awareness about opportunities with your organization. The best days to conduct tabling events are Monday - Thursday between 9:00am-5:00pm throughout the fall and spring semesters. To request a table event, please log into your Job Cat 2.0 account and fill out an event request form.

Through the On-Campus Interviewing Program organizations have the opportunity to interview Western Carolina University students and alumni for open positions. This service assists organizations in establishing a strong presence on-campus and is a key resource in talent acquisition. All on-campus interviewing require advanced scheduling and preparation. Employers can request this service directly through your Job Cat 2.0 employer account. On-campus interviews can take place in a half-day (9:00am - 12:00pm / 1:00pm - 5:00pm) or full-day (9:00am - 5:00pm) schedule Monday - Friday in the fall or spring semesters.
Western Carolina University offers a variety of experiential learning opportunities for students. Employers can participate with Western by allowing students to participate in academic internships, non-academic internships, job shadowing and externship events. If your organization is interested in learning more about these opportunities or signing-up to participate please contact the Center for Career and Professional Development at 828.227.7133.
Class presentations and workshops supply recruiters with the opportunity to interact with WCU students in a more informal recruiting setting. We offer a variety of workshop and presentation topics and always look forward to including employer partners in these presentations. If you would like to become involved please contact our office at 828.227.7133 and we will be able to discuss our current needs and your expertise!

There are several ways to spread-the-word on-campus about your organization and what you can offer Western students. In addition to the above named venues you can also brand yourself though ads and sponsorships.

  • Student Club Sponsorships
    • Internship Scholarships
    • Advertisement


Many student clubs on-campus hold various events during the year. Many of these events are campus-wide and reach a large range of students. If you are interested in sponsoring one of these events please contact the Center for Career and Professional Development at 828.227.7133.


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 students development and help brand your organization on-campus with the student population. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Career Center at 828.227.7133.


We sell advertisements for all of our Job and Professional School Fairs as well as for our Professional Handbook. Pricing for these advertisements are listed below.

Job and Professional School Fair
Prices listed are per fair 

1/2 page, Black and White: $50.00
1/2 page, Color: $75.00
1 page, Black and White: $100.00
1 page, Color: $125.00
Fair Sponsor: $500.00

Fair Sponsorship includes: logo on all print, electronic and social media signage, prime parking spot and table location for the event, discounted hotel rate at local establishment, and a full-page color advertisement in the brochure. 

Professional Handbook 
(printed bi-annually; 5,000+ distributed annually to students; Fall deadline June 1; Spring deadline Dec. 1)
Prices listed are per printing; discounts available for those organizations who commit to an annual printing

1/2 page, Black & White: $175.00
1/2 page, Color: $250.00
1 page, Black & White: $300.00
1 page; Color: $400.00
Back Cover Ad (full page color): $750.00
Sole Sponsor for the book: $3,000

Sole sponsorship rate guarantees the organization is the only sponsor for that printing of the handbook as well as includes semester-long advertisement on Job Cat 2.0, Western Carolina University's premiere job listing site for students and alumni. 

To move forward, email: Theresa Cruz Paul at and include the ad type you wish to purchase and send us a PDF or JPG of the advertisement you created to include by the deadline. If you have questions please contact the office at 828.227.7133.

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