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Job Searching

The Center for Career and Professional Development 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, part-time positions, 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.

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. We encourage all Western students to register in JobCat 2.0 and to attend our on-campus job fairs and interview with employers who visit our campus.

Resources for finding a job or internship:

So what are your responsibilities as a Job Seeker:

  1. Provide accurate information about your academic work and records, including courses taken, grades earned, positions held, and duties performed. You can, however, refuse to provide an employer with specific information about any job offers you may have received from others.
  2. Be honest. Don't lie or stretch the truth on your resume or applications, or during any part of the interview process.
  3. Interview genuinely. Interview only with employers you're sincerely interested in working for whose eligibility requirements you meet. "Practice" interviewing wastes the employer's time and money and prevents sincerely interested candidates from using those interview slots.
  4. Adhere to schedules. Appear for all interviews, on campus and elsewhere, unless unforeseeable events prevent you from doing so. And, If you can't make the interview because of an unexpected event, notify the Career Center or the employer at the earliest possible time.
  5. Don't keep employers hanging. Communicate your acceptance or refusal of a job offer to employers as promptly as possible so they can notify other candidates that the position is filled or that they are still being considered.
  6. Accept the job offer in good faith. When you accept an offer, you should have every intention of honoring that commitment. Accepting an offer only as a precautionary measure is misleading to the employer and may restrict opportunities for others who are genuinely interested in that employer.
  7. Withdraw from recruiting when your job search is completed. If you accept an offer or decide that full-time graduate or professional studies are for you, withdraw from the on-campus recruitment process immediately. And, inform employers that are actively considering you for a job that you are no longer seeking employment.
  8. Claim fair reimbursement. If an employer has agreed to reimburse you for expenses you incur during its recruitment process, your request should be only for reasonable and legitimate expenses.
  9. Obtain the career information you need to make an informed choice about your future. It's up to you to look into career opportunities and the organizations that offer them, and to acquire any other relevant information that might influence your decision about an employer.
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