Career Preparation Day

The 14th Annual Department of Communication's Career Preparation Day will be held on October 18, 2022. All Communication majors, minors, and graduate students are encouraged to attend this event and learn from department alumni about interviewing, networking, job seeking, e-recruiting, transitioning from college student to full-time employee, resume writing, promoting your communication degree, and more. If you have questions about Career Preparation Day please contact Stacey Macchi at

14th Annual Career Preparation Day Program (Tuesday, October 18, 2022 )


Registration (University Union Grand Ballroom entrance)

Welcome (8:20) (University Union Grand Ballroom)

Tuesday, October 18, 2022




IA. Resume 101: Earn an A+ on Your Resume.
Mandee Rust

Resume 101: Having an attention-grabbing resume is often the first step in applying for a job, and an interviewer will likely use your resume as a resource to ask you questions about your professional life. This presentation is an overview of how to write a compelling resume to help market yourself effectively and show that you're an accomplished person to a prospective employer.

IB. Do you have what it takes?
Amya Mitchell

Let's talk about some tips and tricks to help you ace the interview of your dreams. Let me tell you (from experience) what to say and what NOT to say.


IIA. Can You Count on Yourself?
Tony Eckert

If the past two years have taught us anything it is the importance of having the ability to hold yourself accountable in a work from home environment and having a strong network of people to support your growth as a professional and person. Join Tony Eckert, Realtor and Team Leader for Royal Palm Estates Realty in Boca Raton FL, as he discusses 3 key skill sets to assist not only entrepreneurs but anyone looking to level up in their shift from college life to a successful career.

IIB. How Do You Stand Out?
Ben Kilborn

How do you make yourself stand out? This session will help you learn how to separate yourself from others during the interview process.


IIIA. Preparing for the Workforce: What you can do NOW to prepare for getting a job to successfully start your career.
Matt Sager

This session will be an open discussion on what employers look for and what you can start doing now to prepare yourself for the workforce.

IIIB. I have a Communication degree, now what?
Julie Russell/Stephanie Hilten

A Communication major is suitable for a multitude of career choices. But, do you know how to sell your degree? During this panel you will learn how several previous communication graduates promoted their degree, how it benefited them, and how they found their current career.

11:00am to 12:15pm

Keynote Speaker

Welcome by: Dr. Peter Jorgensen (Chair, Department of Communication)

Alumni Speaker: Stephanie Hilten


IVA. Career Center Resources: Handshake & Big Interview.
Mandy McRraven

WIU invests heavily in making our students ready to land that big job!! Make sure you are taking advantage of the amazing resources Western Illinois University has to offer you. Handshake and Big Interview are web-based programs we use to help students become career ready. Bonus: Handshake is the #1 way new graduates find jobs!

IVB. Embracing Ever Changing Challenges.
Justin Rinaldi

Communication, graphic communication, marketing, and mass communication degree holders are now fighting over similar jobs. Position yourself for success and receive resources for leading the pack of new graduates in today's ever changing hiring environment.


V. Resume & Mock Interview Workshop
(Stephanie Hilten, Julie Russell, Justin Rinaldi, Amya Mitchell, Ben Kilborn)

Meet with professionals in the field for this session to receive feedback on your resume. You must bring your resume with you. This can be one of the most valuable sessions as you have a wealth of knowledge to gain by having an alum critique what you have started on your resume.