Volume 1, Number 3
What‘s Inside Wildcat Career
2 From the Director‘s Pen Network Makes
3 What‘s New at Career Services
Finding a Job Easier
Searching for a job or internship can be exciting and challenging all at the same time.
From managing all your information to ensuring it‘s up-to-date, accurate and accessible
Career Fair News by employers, exploring career paths, and finding the right opportunities for you, now is
5 the time to weigh your options and discover the possibilities.
Career Services: Who we Visit www.cwu.edu/~career and you can access The Wildcat Career Network—an online
6 resource that‘s designed to make your job search process easier and more targeted to
are, what we do your needs. With The WCN, you can effectively connect to employers that are
specifically looking for you, and ultimately launch a career you‘ll love.
8 Powered by our partner Experience, The WCN makes it easy to upload your resume,
News about the job market search and apply to job postings that are geared towards CWU students, find company
and finding a job contacts and gain access to other important resources including articles and career tips
via the greater Experience Network.
The features of these career and job search resources include:
Jobs & Internships: Explore opportunities targeted to CWU, with the option to
further your search to more than 800,000 jobs from 100,000+ employers available
within the Experience Network
Alerts and Job Search Agents: Receive recommended jobs that suit what you‘re
looking for based on your profile
Document management: Upload and maintain resumes, cover letters, writing
samples and other documents, all stored in the same place for easy access
Applications: Apply for jobs directly through The WCN and track the status of
Calendar: Find out directly from Career Services about events, such as resume
workshops, career fairs, networking events and which employers are coming to
campus so you can apply for a job and schedule an interview
Employer searches: Refine your search by location and industry, and save results
from specific employers who have targeted jobs to CWU
The Experience Network: You have instant access to the many tools and
resources within the Experience Network, www.experience.com, including
industry-specific content, city and salary guides, communities, a Career Portfolio,
Mentoring Module and much more
From the Director’s Pen
Welcome to the new academic year. are a student who ferrets out opportunities,
generates business ideas, looks for a unique
Our career counselors are often asked, "How niche in the marketplace, you may have the
do you decide if a career path is good for qualities of a future entrepreneur.
you?" The simple answer is that a career
path is good for you if you believe in what If you believe you are entrepreneurial or
you are doing, are good at it, and it you‘re interested in what it takes to become
complements your values and is or can be, an entrepreneur, you will have a chance to
good for others. The career path can take put your ideas to work at the Extreme
the form of building something, making Entrepreneur Tour, coming to campus
something better, finding something new, Tuesday, February 15th in the SURC
helping someone do something they need to ballroom. Please stay tuned for more details
do, solving someone's problems, healing throughout fall and winter quarters.
The workplace can be much more than
What are your passionate about? Keep in engines of growth. The job is an expression
mind that when you‘re young, it is easy to of what is important to employees, of how
feel passionate about everything and they want to live their lives, engage their
nothing. True passion is deeply seated and minds and talents, treat other people, feed
grows over time and throughout life. One their families and influence the world.
quality of millennial students is the desire to Having a sense of mission and purpose
give back. brings satisfaction.
You may ask yourself, where are you Come visit with a career counselor to share
prepared to work in order to make a your ideas. See you soon.
contribution? To yourself? To your family?
To your community? Will your work create Jackie Johnson
jobs for others and improve life for others? It
is fine to make a lot of money as long as one
does it honestly. Your success can help
others succeed as well. No industry is too
humble or too sophisticated for the truly
Learn to be entrepreneurial; to live your life
in such a way as to see the world and
recognize the anomalies in life as
opportunities to make things better. If you
Accounting Pre-Screen Update
Annually, Career Services organizes and hosts fall accounting pre-screen recruiting.
Accounting firms seeking candidates for upcoming jobs and internships post positions to the
Wildcat Career Network. Prior to the start of fall quarter, recent and upcoming CWU
accounting graduates, as well as students seeking internships, apply through the Wildcat
Career Network, and, if accepted by a firm, are scheduled for an interview. On-campus
interviews are held on the CWU Ellensburg main campus as well as at the Lynnwood and
Des Moines Centers.
Starting in late September, CWU and accounting firms hold employer-student social
functions in Seattle and Yakima. This fall, 15 regional and national firms are participating in
fall accounting recruiting, with 13 on-campus first-round interview days scheduled. Four
firms are holding first-round interviews in their home offices. To date, 459 applications have
been submitted for the 35 positions posted.
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What’s New at Career Services
Unfortunately in this ―economic
recovery‖ year the number of firms
participating was down from prior
years. According to Becky Evans of
Vine Dahlen & Company CPA firm, the
larger firms are laying off staff and
medium sized firms like hers have
limited openings and are able to pick up
experienced staff from those laying off.
Students and recent graduates interested
in public accounting are advised to gain
Members of the Design Your Future any experience they can through
Club at last year‘s ‗Night Owl Resume internships, volunteer tax work or any
Café‖ event. accounting or bookkeeping work they
can obtain. Students should also make
The peer advisor program had several an extra effort to gain training in
accomplishments in 2009-10. additional software, accounting or tax
1) Three successful Design your Future skills while preparing for and taking the
Club events CPA exam so they will be as highly
prepared and competitive as possible as
Fall Quarter Events
2) Running the Resume Doctor tables
3) Presenting at the CWU Leadership the market improves.
4) A great video modeled on the ―Lost‖
theme New Co-op
10:00-1:00, SURC 5) Nominated for a National
Association of Colleges and Employers
Hallway Innovation award. All the peer advisors
attended the Florida conference in June.
10/13-11/24 Table: 10:00-1:00, Kelsey Whiteside is returning this year,
and is joined by Darina Davidson, Cori According to employers, as you move
SURC Hallway Montgomery, Jazmarae Beebe, and into the world of work, it can be
Jordan St. John on the Ellensburg advantageous to have participated in an
campus. internship in your chosen field. Many
employers are looking for that
Getting Into Graduate School ChunMi Araki and Sangkyung Sung internship listed on your resume.
Workshop: 4:00-5:30, Black will be our peer advisors on the Des
Moines campus. Starting Fall Quarter 2010, all students
151 seeking a Cooperative Ed internship will
Fall Job, Internship, and be required to submit the NEW
Graduate School Fair: 11:00- Rocksalt Hosts Cooperative Education Learning
Agreement/Student Internship Release
3:00, SURC Ballroom Form to Career Services for internship
CAH Grad School Workshop:
Accounting credit registration.
4:00-5:30, SURC 137A Recruitment The new form includes information
about student, university and updated
internship site responsibilities along
Accounting recruiting season is in full
Engineering Technologies & swing and once again kicked off with with insurance information and a hold
11/4 harmless clause. The Word version of
the annual CWU networking event for
Construction Management this form can be found on our web site
students from all campuses held at the
Fair: 11:00-3:00, SURC Rocksalt Steakhouse over-looking Lake at
Union in Seattle. About 150 ―dressed- http://www.cwu.edu/~career/cms/upl
Ballroom for-success‖ students turned out and oads/LearnAgreeInternRelease(0710).d
made a good showing of themselves and oc.
the employers were pleased with the
excellent candidates they saw. Please contact our office for assistance
with the internship process.
Keep up-to-date on our events and (continued)
workshops at www.cwu.edu/~career
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Coming Winter Ask a Career Winter &
Quarter Counselor Spring
Majors Fair: 12:00-3:00,
By Rich Schillinger
How can I be professional?
Extreme Entrepreneur Tour: Dear readers, Excellence
Students often ask me how to make a
―professional‖ resume, or how they will
Education Career Fair: 12:00-
3:00, SURC Ballroom
get their first job if they don‘t have any
―professional‖ experience. In the past,
we in Career Services have put on a
quarterly workshop series called, The winners of the cooperative
―Become a Professional.‖ But the best education Partnership in Excellence
Keep up-to-date on our events and way to explain how to be professional is awards for spring quarter 2010 have
workshops at www.cwu.edu/~career to give great examples of been announced.
professionalism from your peers here at
Central. Student of the Quarter:
Just yesterday, a young man whose goal
is to become a firefighter shared with me
that he paid $5,000 to attend the
Washington State Firefighting Training
Academy! This is the training where a
newly hired fire recruit would be sent as Tim Jeffris, Biology major, Mid-
a part of his job. To help himself get Columbia Fisheries Enhancement
hired, this student went ahead and Group
invested the time, effort, and money to
get this training on his own. This young Employer of the Quarter:
man demonstrates being professional; Tim Blocher, Sustainable Energy
he is doing what professionals do: Development
investing in his development through
education, trainings, workshops, Faculty of the Quarter:
certifications, credentials. Now, please
don‘t equate spending thousands of
dollars with professionalism, although
all of you qualify through the cost of
your degree. There are less costly
examples of professionalism, such as the
students I run into whom, when I give Prof. Jim Nimnicht, Management
them my business card, give me one of Department
theirs!! Or, it‘s the students of Alpha
Kappa Psi who seem to always be The winter quarter winners can still be
wearing dress shirts, ties, slacks, and the found on our website, along with other
like when they invite me to present to past winners. They were:
Student of the Quarter:
Professionalism is anything related to Travis Gnehm, Law and Justice major,
being a professional and it abounds here City of Renton Police Department and
at CWU – not just in Career Services or Bellevue Police Department
all the other great departments on
campus. Students from freshmen to Employer of the Quarter:
seniors demonstrate professionalism. Andrea Easlick, Central Washington
Are you one of them? University Wellness Center
Send your resumes, cover letter, or Faculty of the Quarter:
questions to email@example.com. Prof. Dave Majsterek, Department of
Language, Literacy, & Special
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Fall Quarter Brings Two Job
Fairs to Campus
Fall Job, Engineering
Internship & Technologies &
Graduate School Construction
Fair Management Fair
Career Services‘ Fall Job, Internship and The 11th Annual Engineering
Graduate School Fair will be held Technologies & Construction
Thursday, October 28, from 11 am – 3 Management Fair, hosted by Career
pm, in the Student Union & Rec Center Services, will be held Thursday,
(SURC) ballroom. November 4, from 11 am – 3 pm, in the
Student Union & Rec. Center (SURC)
The annual all-major event draws ballroom.
agencies, companies and graduate
school programs from a breadth of This annual event draws regional and
academic, industry and career areas. international companies and
They will be recruiting for upcoming government agencies from a breadth of
graduates seeking employment and for industry and career areas, including
students applying for internships. Engineering Technologies, Construction
Students seeking graduate school and Safety Management. Many
information will have opportunities to companies also recruit for IT, geology
talk with grad school recruiters. Nearly and business, environmental science,
50 employers and schools have and environmental studies candidates.
registered for the fair. Several recruiters Recruiting will be for upcoming
will hold on-site interviews, as well as graduates seeking employment upon
campus and company interviews later graduation and for students inquiring
this quarter. about future co-op and internship
opportunities. 30 employers have
Candidates attending the fair are registered for the IET fair. Several
encouraged to bring resumes and dress recruiters will hold on-site interviews, as
professionally. well as campus and company interviews
later this quarter.
For more fair and preparation details
contact Career Services or go to our Candidates attending the fair are
website. The list of participating strongly recommended to bring resumes
recruiters is available from our web site and dress professionally.
For more fair and preparation details
contact Career Services or go to our
website. The list of participating
recruiters is available from our web site
A student talks with a recruiter at a previous IET/CMGT Fair
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Who We Are,
What We Do
Career Services Staff in June
2010, at the departmental retreat
Jacqualyn Johnson, Director:
Director of department Ken Webber, Assistant Director: Merridy Rennick, Career Counselor
operations Career Services contact for Career Services contact for
Meets with students CWU Westside students CWU Westside students
individually for career Coordinates the Cooperative Assists our Westside students
counseling, career assessment Education/Internship Program with their career development
interpretation, resume checks, for the University Centers at needs including career
portfolio development, Lynnwood, SeaTac, Puyallup assessment, interview, job-
interviewing skills and career and Pierce County finding assistance, internship
transitions Assists our Westside students development, and resume
Oversees Cooperative with their career development preparation.
Education/Internship Program needs including career Teaches the Career
assessment, interview, job- Management (UNIV 301)
finding assistance, internship class.
development and resume
Teaches the Career
Management (UNIV 301)
Vicki Sannuto, Career Counselor Teresa Youngren, Employer Rich Schillinger, Career Counselor
Career counseling, career Recruitment Coordinator Career counseling, resume
assessment interpretation, Employer recruitment checks, portfolio development,
resume checks, portfolio Career event coordination interviewing skills and career
development, interviewing Marketing/Publicity transitions
skills and career transitions Cover letter/Resume checks Interprets self assessments
Encourages the search for the Job Search Assistance Teaches the Career Exploration
right career "path" through the (UNIV 103) class
use of self-assessment tools,
information interviews, and
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Sandra Lindelof, Placement File
JoAnn Ryan, Internship Assistant
Coordinates the Cooperative
Management of Career
Services employment data base
for the University.
and Educator Placement Files
Assists students, employers,
Education Career Fair
and faculty with the Co-op
Ray Wells, Office Assistant
Kristina Paquette, Departmental
Serves as receptionist for the
204 office area.
Assistance in all Career
Manages volunteers for career
Supports career events
Some of what Career Services has to offer you:
CWU Career Services Career counseling:
Don‘t know what major or career is right for you or how to get there? Resume is
400 E University Way outdated? Job search is confusing? Need interviewing experience and tips? We can help.
Barge Hall 202 & 204M
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7499 Career assessments:
Find out what type of career suits your interests and personality best.
509-963-1921 and 509-963-2404
firstname.lastname@example.org Cooperative education and internships:
www.cwu.edu/~career An educational plan designed to integrate classroom study with planned, supervised and
evaluated work experience that will earn you credits and professional skills
Des Moines Center Career fairs and events:
206-439-3800 x3841 Network with employers, learn dining etiquette, interview with businesses, meet with
faculty, review graduate school information, and more.
Lynnwood Center On-campus job recruiting:
425-640-1570 x3878 Grab opportunities early when employers conduct on-campus interviews for jobs and
internships, and hire for permanent positions.
Wildcat Career Network:
Search criteria to find current job and internship openings within your field. Enter a
personal profile and post your resume online for employers to browse.
Need help from an alumnus who‘s been there and done that? Let us help by steering you
towards a mentor.
Education placement files:
If you‘re an education major, you will need to open a placement file to help you get a
job. Complete our job placement survey online once you graduate.
Graduate school preparation:
Learn what to do here and now in order to prepare for graduate school.
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An open letter to students and parents
Career Bites Featured College career offices are reporting
dramatic hikes in use by first-year
Articles students looking for early employment
Firms assess young interns' potential
(Wall Street Journal)
Not everyone is clear about what we do
at Career Services. Here are some of the
According to the Wall Street Journal,
questions they have:
companies are turning first to their
intern pool when looking to fill full-time How can Career Services get
positions. students into the office earlier
in their program?
A quarter of recruiters responding to a Can Career Services place
Wall Street Journal survey, said that 50% students in jobs?
of their new-graduate hires had been How can Career Services get a
interns at their company. NACE specific employer to come to
reported that 57% of students from the campus?
class of 2009 were converted from How can Career Services help
interns to full-time hires. me pursue jobs that match my
skills and interests?
To get started on your internship search Can Career Services write my
or job search, contact Career Services to resume for me?
schedule an appointment with a career Will Career Services tell me
counselor. what job offer to take?
Can Career Services
Hired: Job seekers need office hours, recommend me to an
CWU Career Services self discipline (Forbes) employer?
400 E University Way Can Career Services tell me
Wind is the new cash crop in rural whether to go to graduate
Barge Hall 202 & 204M Wash. town (New York Times) school?
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7499 This article has the answers to these
509-963-1921 and 509-963-2404 Tips for the informational interview questions, and more….
(Puget Sound Business Journal)
email@example.com Vocation, career, and job: Which do
www.cwu.edu/~career 13 big mistakes job seekers make you have? (Christian Science Monitor)
Many heads can be better than one –
Land a job: Promote the brand of you especially when they belong to women
Des Moines Center (CNN Money) (Fast Company)
Holiday hiring outlook brightens Start-ups 2010: How to launch your
(National Public Radio) dream company (INC.)
The SURC Ballroom during last year‘s Majors Fair.
Majors Fair 2011 will be on February 2.