Career Services

Student FAQ

Need some help? Listed below are the answers to the frequently asked questions and concerns.

If your question is not listed here, never fear! Give us a call at 503-370-6413 or stop by our office. We are on the 3rd floor of the UC.

  1. I qualified for work study, but how do I find a federal work study job?
  2. Help! I can’t log-in to my Student account on JobCat!
  3. I've checked everything, but JobCat still won't let me log-in!
  4. What sort of Resume assistance does the Career Center offer?
  5. I'm still looking for a job! How can I get the 411 on current jobs posted by the Career Center?
  6. I'm applying for an on-campus job, how do I send my application to the employer through Jobcat?
  7. I am interested in doing an internship for academic credit. How do I begin that process?
  8. What type of special events and workshops are offered?
  9. Which career assessments do you offer?
  10. CareerBeam says my account has expired. Do you know a way to reactivate it?
  11. What type of people are employers really looking for as Personal References?
  12. I would like to make an appointment with a specific counselor, but I am not available any of the days that are open.
  13. How do I find work overseas, like teaching and volunteering?
  14. How do I send a general email to the Career Center?
  15. Who is eligible to receive assistance from the Career Center?
  16. I'd like to know more about Jerry's career class (IDS275-01 Theories of Career Development)

1. I qualified for work study, but how do I find a federal work study job?

More information about can be found at our Work Study FAQ.

The first place to look is on Jobcat, our virtual job board. You can access Jobcat, through the Virtual Career Center on our website. If you are not registered, then instructions on how to register are given the bottom of the page-if you are already registered, then enter your email and password into the box provided. In Jobcat, you can search for specific federal work study positions and even narrow down the search to on-campus jobs. To search for federal work study jobs, use the drop-down menu entitled ‘position type’, and select "Federal Work Study". All positions designated as Federal Work Study will show in the search. You might also keyword search "Willamette University" as many positions do not require work study but will accept it. If you are still having trouble finding a job, then you can schedule an appointment with a counselor who will work with you on other resources as you continue on the job hunt. 

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2. Help! I can’t log-in to my Student account on JobCat!

If you are registered for Jobcat, and are unable to access your account, there are four potential explanations:

1. Portal: There are two portals, one for Student and Alumni, and another for Employers/Recruiters.To ensure that you are at the proper portal, look to the top left-hand corner and check the title; the title should read 'Students and Alumni'.

If you Google Jobcat, you will likely be taken directly to the Employer portal, and will not be able to access your student account. The best way to access the student portal is by going to the Jobcat student log-in page on the Career Center website.

2. Check your username: Your username should be your full email address including the _@willamette.edu.

3. Check your password: You should have received a second email containing a link that will allow you to create your own password. If you did not receive this email then contact the Career Center and they will reset it.

If you have forgotten your password and are on JobCat’s login screen, find the tab labeled ‘Forgot my Password.’ In the box provided, enter your username, which should be the email address you used to register with the site. A password reset email will be sent to that address, which contains a long link in the body. Follow that link to enter a new password.

4. Sometimes you will need to completely close your browser after several unsuccessful attempt to login. Then reopen it and start fresh.

If you continue to have problems, just give us a call (503-370-6413) and we can walk you through it on the phone.

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3. I've checked everything, but JobCat still won't let me log-in!

After a number of incorrect log-in attempts, Jobcat will block the user for security measures. Contact the Career Center, to unblock your account and to further assist you, if you are still unable to log-in.

If you’ve forgotten your password and are on JobCat’s login screen, find the tab labeled ‘Forgot my Password.’ In the box provided, enter your username, which should be the email address you used to register with the site. A password reset email will be sent to that address, which contains a long link in the body. Follow that link to enter a new password.

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4. What sort of Resume assistance does the Career Center offer?

The Career Center has several ways to help you create a resume that will personify your professionalism.

1. Optimal Resume: Start your resume off the on the right track, by registering on Optimal Resume. Registration is free and in return you are provided useful tips on resume writing, and additional useful career resources. No more hassles with Microsoft bullet points and formatting! Optimal Resume will format your resume for you, so that you can focus on the content and not the one-inch margins! Optimal Resume provides two short youtube videos for guidance. Be sure to look at the Optimal Resume "WU Samples". There's even a sample for "Fresh/Soph" who have less 'work' experience.

2. Check out our Resume Resource Packet for additional advice, examples of excellent undergraduate resumes, and a resume rubric to self-critique and track the progress of your resume.

3. When you are ready for the finishing touches, or you just need help getting started-contact the Career Center to schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor. Our counselors have in-depth knowledge and ingenuity to aid you in writing or polishing your resume. When you do not have time for a formal appointment, then consider our Drop-In appointment hours. If you find some free time in your schedule from 2-PM, Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday, come to the Career Center for an impromptu Resume Revision appointment-don't forget to bring a copy of your resume!

4. In addition to all of these resources, keep checking our Events Calendar for Resume and Cover Letter Info sessions, targeted at teaching you the basics of Resume writing.

Once you've finalized your resume you can upload it into your JobCat (online job board) 'Documents' and apply for jobs and internships online!

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5. I'm still looking for a job! How can I get the 411 on current jobs posted by the Career Center?

To keep up to date with the latest job postings, you can check out our weekly CareerTalk, listing the weeks most recent job postings. If you are an avid Facebook fan, then consider 'Liking' the Career Center facebook, to receive Facebook updates about the newest jobs. Don't forget to register for and check JobCat our online job board.

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6. I'm applying for an on-campus job, how do I send my application to the employer through Jobcat?

When you've completed the student employment application, upload into your Document Library on Jobcat. Go to the 'Document Library' (located amongst the tabs at the top of your Jobcat home page). Click the 'Add New' button at the bottom of the screen. The page you will be navigated to requires that you choose the document you wish to upload, and choose the category it falls under. The categories listed are:  'Resume', 'Unofficial Transcript', 'Writing Sample', and 'Other Documents'. When you are uploading your student employment application choose the category 'Other documents'. In doing so, when you apply for an on-campus job requesting the student employment application, an additional drop-down menu entitled 'Other Documents' will appear. Your completed application form will be listed in the drop-down menu.

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7. I am interested in doing an internship for academic credit. How do I begin that process?

Regardless of whether you have started your internship, or are still in the process of searching for, your first step is to schedule an appointment with Jerry Houser. He will be able to assist you in completing the paperwork and guiding you through the process. Call 503-370-6413 or email Jerry at jhouser@willamette.edu.

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8. What type of special events and workshops are offered?

The Career Center Career provides special events such as resume info sessions, career fairs, and employer presentations. These events are announced periodically through banners, flyers and the weekly CareerTalk. However, you can view all events on the Career Services Events web page, or the University's master calendar, at any time.

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9. Which career assessments do you offer?

The Career Center offers assessments on Vision, Values, Temperament, Personality, Interests/Skills and Career Profiling. Each of the assessments are accessible to you through CareerBeam. Registering for CareerBeam is entirely free and allows you to not only take assessments at your own pace, but also provides in-depth information about your results and the purposes of each assessment 24/7.

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10. CareerBeam says my account has expired. Do you know a way to reactivate it?

Contact the Career Center; Any of the staff at the Career Center can reactivate your account immediately!

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11. What type of people are employers really looking for as Personal References?

The best personal references are able to tell employers about specific instances where you demonstrated leadership, responsibility, punctuality, respect and professionalism. Often, those who are able to give this type of a description are your friends' parents, teachers or professor you have become close with, or adult friends of the family. While it is not as important that your reference be a CEO or widely-known professional, feel free to mention past employers, coordinators of organizations you have volunteered or interned for, or anyone you have had a positive work experience with. Whomever you choose, ensure that your reference knows you well enough to rave about your accomplishments and skills to the employer.

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12. I would like to make an appointment with a specific counselor, but I am not available any of the days that are open.

You are able to email the counselor whom you would like to schedule an appointment with. Sometimes, the counselors are able to rearrange previously ‘blocked out’ times to accommodate you.

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13. How do I find work overseas, like teaching and volunteering?

The Career Center offers a variety of resources to help you find a position overseas. Check out our List of Online Resources. Under the title 'International' and/or 'Philanthropy', you will numerous links to oversea recruiting organizations.

Looking for a Job overseas?

  • Start with Jobcat, our virtual job board. Often, we receive job postings for companies requesting students to work overseas.

Looking for a Teaching Position overseas?

  • Consider the JET program, which offers opportunities to teach English in Japan.

Do you want to volunteer overseas?

  • Have you ever thought of joining the Peace Corps? Spend 27 months volunteering in areas requiring your talents and expertise.

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14. How do I send a general email to the Career Center?

Feel free to email your concerns, comments, compliments, questions and/or ideas to career-services@willamette.edu.

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15. Who is eligible to receive assistance from the Career Center?

All enrolled students and alumni are eligible to participate in our free services.

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16. I'd like to know more about Jerry's career class (IDS275-01 Theories of Career Development)

Follow this link to find the complete syllabus.

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