Student Life

Services for Alumni

All alumni and students have access to services provided by the Career Development Center (CDC):

  • Applying for a promotion at work? We can critique your resume, curriculum vitae, cover letter, and other application materials.
  • Need to brush up on your interviewing skills? Schedule a mock interview with a staff member via telephone, Skype, or face-to-face.
  • Thinking of switching careers or companies? Learn career exploration strategies, job searching techniques, LinkedIn, or take a career assessment through the CDC.
  • Interested in viewing available positions at hundreds of companies? Create a “student/alumni” account on Leatherneck Link. If you want to hire WIU students/alumni, then create an “employer” account to post open jobs at your company.
  • You are invited to attend our career and internship fairs (for FREE) as a job seeker or as a hiring employer. Employers who send an alumni member get a $25 discount off of the employer registration fee.
  • Alumni also have access to the Captain’s Closet, the Professional Clothing Closet housed at the Macomb campus Career Development Center.

Call our office at (309) 298-1838 to schedule a face-to-face or telephone appointment. We are open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are located in Memorial Hall 125. Please allow our office five days in advance of a job posting deadline/interview to assist you.

A typical student using the Career Development Center would be guided along in their career development process using our Four-Year Career Checklist .  Please review this list, as there may be a few items that you need to revisit if you are changing careers.

Types of Career Assistance

If as a WIU Alumnus, you are are in need of additional services such as career counseling or life coaching, we recommend contacting an out-placement firm or a career/life coach that will provide optimum individualized assistance. The CDC provides career advising, not career counseling. This article outlines the differences in career counseling vs. career coaching: https://www.wolfgangcareercoaching.com/difference-between-career-counselor-and-career-coach/

Find a Career Counselor

Our office does not assist with job placement, occupational and/or job training, or skills upgrading. Check out your local Workforce Development Office:  https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/WorkforceDevelopment/Pages/default.aspx

Additional Alumni Services

For more alumni services through Western Illinois University, visit the Alumni Association website at http://www.wiu.edu/alumni/

Employer Services

Check out our list of employer services and ways to get involved in recruiting students on-campus.

The WIU Career Development Center adheres to the National Association of Colleges & Employers Principles of Professional Practice.

Career services professionals will maintain EEO compliance and follow affirmative action principles in career services activities in a manner that includes the following:

  1. Referring all interested students for employment and experiential learning opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, or disability, and providing reasonable accommodations upon request;
  2. Notifying employing organizations of any selection procedures that appear to have an adverse impact based upon the student's race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability
  3. Assisting recruiters in accessing certain groups on campus to provide a more inclusive applicant pool
  4. Informing all students about employment and experiential learning opportunities, with particular emphasis on those in occupational areas where certain groups of students are underrepresented.

Information above can be found at: https://www.naceweb.org/principles/#careerservices

Our Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) compliance prohibits us from supplying a list of students to employers outside of the Leatherneck Link recruiting system. Please note this during your recruiting efforts at public college campuses.

Contact Info

Career Development Center
Memorial Hall 125
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: careers@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-1838