Western Illinois University: Macomb Campus
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- Check out the Career Planning link and locate MyPlan.com to research various careers.
- Get involved with on-campus activities or volunteer work that interests you.
- Talk to faculty members, upperclassmen, family, and friends to learn about majors/careers.
- Register on eRecruiting to learn about internship/job possibilities.
- Meet with a Career Development Center (CDC) staff member to get started on your own personal "Four-Year Plan."
- Start a rough draft of your resume. Figure out where you need more “experience” on your resume.
- Attend the Spring Career Fair to gain awareness of companies that are hiring.
- Add our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Blog to your personal social media accounts.
- Write or update your resume from last year. Upload your resume to eRecruiting.
- Meet with a CDC staff member to have your resume critiqued.
- Use the O*Net online to research job descriptions, skills, requirements. Which ones do you still need to enhance or develop?
- Explore study-abroad options related to your interests.
- Continue to get involved on-campus and take on more responsibilities.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in the fields you are interested in.
- Job shadow a current professional within your field of interest.
- Attend the Career Fairs to gain awareness of companies that are hiring.
- Create a LinkedIn account and work on enhancing your profile.
- Sign up for a mock interview in the CDC to prepare you for internship interviews.
- Obtain a summer internship or part-time job.
- Network at the Career Fairs and obtain another summer internship or part-time job.
- Consider job shadowing another professional within or outside your field of interest.
- Complete another mock interview to start practicing interviewing for full-time positions.
- Get involved with a professional association in your field of interest.
- Attend CDC workshops on networking, interviewing, job searching, grad school prep, resume/cover letter writing and more.
- Take the University 390: Pre-employment Preparation Course offered through the CDC.
- Continue to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through extra-curriculars.
- Update your resume and get it critiqued by a CDC staff member. Learn how to write a cover letter.
- Conduct Informational Interviews with alumni and family friends to explore career paths within your field of interest.
- Consider if Graduate School is the right choice for you. Start researching possible schools and programs of interest.
- Start compiling a list of networking contacts.
- Continue to update your LinkedIn profile and use your connections to find internships or get recommendations.
- Research potential employers through eRecruiting, indeed.com, and other related sites.
- If attending graduate school prepare applications and required materials.
- Conduct another mock interview to practice for graduate school interviews or full-time employment.
- Start job searching/interviewing 6-9 months prior to graduation.
- Utilize the CDC website for job search resources.
- Use your LinkedIn account to research companies and ask questions to professionals within your field.
- Perfect your resume and cover letters.
- Attend the Career Fairs as part of your job search process.
- Start purchasing professional clothing. Clothes are expensive and you don’t want to buy them all at once.
- Make sure you are healthy physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, etc. for the job search process.
- Be prepared to work independently and also able to work on a diverse team.
- Volunteer or work part-time if full-time employment is not obtained after graduation.
*Some information borrowed from the University of Pennsylvania
Career Development Center
Memorial Hall 125
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-1838