Career Services


Willamette Career Center

Free Student/Alumni Event- Secrets from the Other Side

Come and mingle with Willamette Alumni and learn their tips on job hunting, choosing a career path, networking, going to gradate school, transitioning from college to career etc.  Listen as they share, “What they wish someone had told them while they were a student!

Date:  Saturday March 7th,  3:00 – 4:00pm,  Alumni Lounge Lobby (3rd floor U.C.)

Deadline to register is Thursday March 5th (4:00 pm).

Free business cards with registration.  Refreshments & A student business card raffle included at the event.

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Why I Passed on Your Resume


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Five Steps To Graduate Employment

1. Review your online presence.

Most employers today check out applicants on the Internet and Social Media sites. What they find out about you will either increase your chances of being hired, or eliminate you. Recruiters, employers and hiring managers say that over 30 percent of the applicants they review are rejected because of what they found out about them online with Facebook and YouTube postings as the main sources for rejection.

2. Don’t rely on advertised positions.

One of the biggest mistakes graduates make is to focus on advertised positions. The vast majority of employment opportunities today are never advertised and learning how to find them is a skill you must develop.

3. Focus on small companies.

Most employment opportunities are to be found in small companies, which includes self-employed people who have more work than they can handle. Increase your chances of being hired by emphasizing that you’re open to part-time, temporary, and contract work.

4. Learn how to sell yourself.

Many graduates are very uncomfortable with this area but it’s a skill you must develop. The good news is anyone can learn how to do it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how effectively you can sell yourself once you understand how the process works.

5. Create a LinkedIn Account.

Learn as much as you can about LinkedIn before you do this. Spend as much time creating your LinkedIn account as you would creating your resume and make sure the information on both of them is consistent since recruiters, employers and hiring managers will be looking at both of them.

Keep your account up to date as you gain more experience and pick up new skills.

Having helped thousands of graduates to find work, I know that very few follow these steps. Those who do follow them will increase their chances of finding meaningful employment and being contacted by recruiters, employers and hiring managers.

Ron McGowan is the author of the bestseller “How to Find WORK – In the 21st Century”, currently in use at hundreds of colleges and universities worldwide. The sixth edition is now available from the Thames River Press, Amazon, and other booksellers.

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If you Twitter, Don’t do this!

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Alumni Advice

“Get a good, general, liberal arts education and be prepared for changing careers more than once. I think the biggest challenges in the future will be having confidence to take professional risks.” Marvin Case ’65 (Politics), Retired Newspaper Editor & Publisher

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Jobs and internships.

Jobs and internships are posted on JobCat. First time users must register. Here are a few examples

  • Easter Bunny- 19614- Salem- Shooting Star Photography- Part time, Paid
  • Fun Painting Instructor- 19598- Salem, The Drunken Paintbrush- Part time, Paid
  • Animal Care Intern- 19565- Bainbridge Island, WA- West Sound Wildlife Shelter-, Unpaid
  • Youth Conservation Crew Leader- 19572- Eugene, OR/ Leavenworth, WA/ McCall, ID- Northwest Youth Corps- Summer Jobs, Paid
  • Conference Volunteer- 19508- Portland,- National Indian Child Welfare Association- Unpaid, Volunteer 
  • WU Family Weekend Coordinator- 19480- Willamette University Student Activities- Part time, Stipend
  • Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholar- 19447- Newport, OR- Oregon Sea Grant- Full time, Stipend

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Paid Compass Teaching Assistants for Fall

The Career Center is looking to hire 40 students for paid positions this fall, which is listed on JobCat as "1st Year Compass Teaching Assistant" (ID #19509).Compass TAs will attend 1 class hour each week and assist the instructor in class, as well as meet with students occasionally outside of class. This position requires a positive attitude and willingness to support 1st year students' success at Willamette by connecting them to resources, participating in class activities, facilitating make up sessions, and other duties. A Digication e-Portfolio is required for this application- remember, you can access it through your Wumail account! A resume and cover letter are also required. Deadline March 4th.  

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Learn About the Top MBA Program in Oregon!

Join Willamette University MBA on February 28 for Preview Day. Hear from current students, alumni, and experience a sample class.


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