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. 

  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 Handshake
  3. What sort of resume assistance does Career Development offer?
  4. I'm still looking for a job! How can I get information on current jobs posted by Career Development?
  5. I am interested in doing an internship for academic credit. How do I begin that process?
  6. What type of special events and workshops are offered?
  7. Which career assessments do you offer?
  8. What type of people are employers really looking for as Personal References?
  9. I would like to make an appointment with a specific counselor, but I am not available any of the days that are open.
  10. How do I find work overseas, like teaching and volunteering?
  11. How do I send a general email to Career Development?
  12. Who is eligible to receive assistance from Career Development?

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

More information can be found in our Work Study FAQ and at the Financial Aid Student Employment website.

The first place to look is on Handshake, our virtual job board. You can access Handshake on our website. First time users will be required to register. 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 Handshake

If you are registered for Handshake, and are unable to access your account, here are some potential explanations:

1. Portal:  Make sure that you are logging in from here.

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

3. Check your password, which is likely NOT your WU issued password.

If you have forgotten your password and are on Handshake's login screen, find  ‘Forgot my Password.’ In the box provided, enter your username, which should be your WU email . 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. What sort of resume assistance does Career Development offer?

Career Development 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 Career Development 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. Watch for our Drop-In hours to be posted. Come to our office on the third floor of the UC 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 Handshake 'Documents' and apply for jobs and internships online!


4. I'm still looking for a job! How can I get information on current jobs posted by Career Development?

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 Career Development's Facebook to receive updates about the newest jobs. Don't forget to register for and check Handshake our online job board, frequently. Follow us on Twitter : https://twitter.com/wucareer


5. 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.


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

Career Development 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 Development Events web page, or the University's master calendar, at any time.


7. Which career assessments do you offer?

 Career Development 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


8. 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.


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

Career Development 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 Development front desk to schedule appointments at 503-370-6413.


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

Career Development 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 Handshake, 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.


11. How do I send a general email to Career Development?

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


12. Who is eligible to receive assistance from Career Development?

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