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.
- I qualified for work study, but how do I find a federal work study job?
- Help! I can’t log-in to my Student account on JobCat!
- I've checked everything, but JobCat still won't let me log in!
- What sort of resume assistance does the Career Center offer?
- I'm still looking for a job! How can I get information on current jobs posted by the Career Center?
- I'm applying for an on-campus job, how do I send my application to the employer through JobCat?
- I am interested in doing an internship for academic credit. How do I begin that process?
- What type of special events and workshops are offered?
- Which career assessments do you offer?
- What type of people are employers really looking for as Personal References?
- I would like to make an appointment with a specific counselor, but I am not available any of the days that are open.
- How do I find work overseas, like teaching and volunteering?
- How do I send a general email to the Career Center?
- Who is eligible to receive assistance from the Career Center?
1. I qualified for work study, but how do I find a federal work study job?
The first place to look is on JobCat, our virtual job board. You can access JobCat on our website. If you are not registered, then consult the instructions on how to register at the bottom of the page. If you are already registered, follow the link to JobCat and sign in. 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, Click 'Jobs' then 'Jobcat Jobs' in the left navigation menu. Then, to the right of the search bar is a drop-down menu entitled 'Advanced Serch.' Click it and look in ‘Position Type’ for 'Federal Work Study.' All positions designated as Federal Work Study will show in the search. The best place to look is in the 'On-Campus Employment' tab and then filter the search for federal work study. If you are still having trouble finding a job, then you should schedule an appointment with a counselor who will work with you on other resources as you continue your job hunt.
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 Students and Alumni, and another for Employers/Recruiters. To ensure that you are at the proper portal, look to the top left-hand corner and click the JobCat logo. You will be taken to a page that asks, "What kind of user are you?" Select 'Student/Alumni' and try logging in again.
If you Google JobCat, you might 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 erase your cache, cookies, and/or internet history to be able to log in. To do this, find your web browser's history page and make sure to delete your cookies and cache when you select 'Clear History.'
If you continue to have problems, just give us a call (503-370-6413) and we can walk you through it on the phone.
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 Career Services (503-370-6413) to unblock your account.
If you’ve forgotten your password and are on JobCat’s login screen, find the tab labeled ‘Forgot 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. 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 for 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 technical 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, consider our drop-in hours. Our drop-in hours are from 2;30 pm to 4:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday or from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday. 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 workshops and career fairs that we put on throughout the year.
Once you've finalized your resume you can upload it into your JobCat 'Documents' and apply for jobs and internships online!
5. I'm still looking for a job! How can I get information 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 on Facebook, consider liking the Career Center Facebook to receive updates about the newest jobs. Don't forget to register for and check JobCat, our online job board, frequently.
6. I'm applying for an on-campus job, how do I send my application to the employer through JobCat?
JobCat only accepts pdf formatted documents. Click on 'Documents' and then 'Approved' in the left navigation menu. Click the 'Add New' button above your current documents. 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.
7. I am interested in doing an internship for academic credit. How do I begin that process?
Please visit our internship web page http://willamette.edu/offices/careers/students/jobs/internships.html and read the guidelines for academic credit.
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.
9. Which career assessments do you offer?
Career Services offers assessments on Vision, Values, Temperament, Personality, Interests/Skills and Career Profiling. Each of the assessments is accessible to you. Please visit our Assessments web page. http://willamette.edu/offices/careers/students/inventory-assessments/index.html
10. 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 past employers, your 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.
11. I would like to make an appointment with a specific counselor, but I am not available any of the days that are open.
The Career Center is committed to do whatever it takes to help students succeed! If you can't make it for a counselor's hours, we have excellent student staff that may be able to help you. Call Career Services front desk to schedule appointments at 503-370-6413.
12. 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 overseas 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.
13. How do I send a general email to the Career Center?
Feel free to email your concerns, comments, compliments, questions and/or ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. Who is eligible to receive assistance from the Career Center?
All enrolled students and alumni are eligible to participate in our free services.