Faculty & Staff
Thank you for supporting your students’ career readiness
We value our partnerships with you. We want to support your efforts, and work with you, to provide an enriched experience for our students.
Career Services is dedicated to helping students explore their career options, gain career-related experience, and make a successful transition after graduation whether to employment or further education.
We are also proud to assist employers in recruiting Western students and graduates. We encourage you to refer your students to our office. We especially appreciate referrals that assert the value of an early and continued connection with Career Services. Feel free to also bring your class in for a tour of our office or request that we come to class to conduct a presentation!
Career Services Center Newsletter for Faculty and Staff
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How the Career Services Center helps students and alumni
Services & Resources
- Major & Career Exploration
- Career Assessment Interpretation
- Internship Search
- Job Search
- Preparing for Graduate & Professional School
- Resume & Cover Letter Writing & Review
- CV & Personal Statement Writing & Review
- Interview Preparation & Practice
- Job Offer Evaluation & Salary Negotiation
- Preparing for Career Fairs
- Networking Guidance
- Access to Free Professional Attire
Ways we can work together to support students’ career readiness
Here are some examples of popular presentation topics.
- Overview of Career Services Center resources and services
- Résumé writing
- Preparing your CV
- Applying to graduate school
- How to prepare for the career fair
- Interview techniques
- Developing internship opportunities
- Successful job search strategies
- How to make the most of LinkedIn
We are also happy to customize presentations to fit the interest and needs of particular groups. To request a presentation or workshop, please visit our Career Workshop & Presentations page.
Note: Staff calendars fill up quickly - please allow a minimum of two weeks advanced notice.
Bringing your students to the Career Services Center for a tour is an excellent way to acquaint them with the services and resources we offer and convey to them the importance of thinking and planning intentionally about how they want to translate their educational experience to the world of work after graduation.
Please contact us at 360.650.3240 to schedule a time for your students to visit the Career Services Center.
Employers often contact faculty and staff in specific academic departments directly for various recruiting activities or events.
The Career Services Center can help you in coordinating campus interviews, information tables, employer panels, event sponsorship and many other activities. We encourage you to contact Britta Eschete for assistance.
We know that some departments host their own career related programs. If you would like some assistance or a chance to brainstorm with us, please let us know by contacting us at email@example.com.
We would encourage you to open up your event to students in all majors and colleges which will help ensure strong attendance! You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to share this information with our staff.
Students can schedule an appointment with us online or via phone.
View our upcoming workshops, career fairs and other events on our events page.
Helpful Resources for Faculty & Staff
Handshake is a free platform for students and alumni to:
- Search for jobs and internships that are relevant for college students and recent graduates
- Participate in virtual career fairs
- Attend employer-hosted info sessions and recruiting events, virtually
- Interview for jobs and internships virtually
- Connect with employers that are interested in recruiting Western students!
- Self-schedule appointments with the Career Services Center
Go to the Handshake Overview page on our website to learn more about Handshake and why students and alumni should use it.
We recommend signing up for your own “student” account so you can experience firsthand what students see in Handshake. You can also explore jobs and events and share those links with your students.
Here’s how to register:
- Open the Handshake webpage
- Enter your wwu.edu email address and other basic info
- Career Services will need to approve your account. You will receive an email once approved.
- Login to your account! Build your “profile” with a representative student population in mind so you see the most relevant job postings
Read this step-by-step guide with photos for more information on creating your account (the article is for alumni account creation which is the same process).
To learn best practices when engaging with employers that want to connect with your students, read this Faculty Guide To Ethical And Legal Standards In Student Employment. The article provides guidance on the following topics:
- Candidate referral
- Referring candidates of diverse backgrounds
- Providing references
Use this Sample Faculty Reference Letter as a starting point for your letter of recommendation.
Graduate outcomes data is gathered by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE), in partnership with the Employment Security Department. This data illustrates the employment and continuing education status of Western graduates currently residing in the state of Washington.
- Learn which graduate schools alumni are attending
- Find out the companies where graduates are employed
- See median starting salaries and wages over time of alumni
View the WWU Graduate Outcomes Report.
- View our list of labor market resources to assist individuals in understanding market trends at the regional, state and national levels.
- Exploring these resources will help students to better understand the climate of the current labor market and make informed career decisions as they prepare to enter the world of work.
Did you know?
We manage two Canvas courses so that students can access and engage with tailored career resources on their schedule and at their own pace—one for Seniors and one for First Year & Transfer students.
If you would like to join one or both Canvas courses, please fill out this form to request access!