Encourage use of career services on campus
We know that students are much more likely to respond to your encouragement to use Career and Student Employment Services or attend events than to any promotion we do. Faculty and staff provide vital links to students who may not otherwise be aware of our services. We appreciate your support in encouraging the students to use the following services:
- Career assessment tools and individual advising appointments
- Career Zone: drop-in services daily during fall and spring semesters
- Interview preparation: virtual and in-person mock interviews
- Resume and cover letter writing tools, guidance, and review
- Job fairs and networking with employers
- Alumni Career Network: LinkedIn group to support student job search
- BroncoJOBS: Create a BroncoJOBS student account to see what your students see.
Important information about BroncoJOBS: WMU will be transitioning to Handshake software to manage BroncoJOBS in May 2015. The new BroncoJOBS interface is customized for students' academic profile and interests. The platform includes a mobile app for easy access to internships, jobs and campus events. All students and recent alumni will have access to Handshake's modern and intuitive features. The platform will be available in May and you will receive an e-mail inviting you to join Handshake. In the meantime, students must save any BroncoJOBS documents (resumes, cover letters, writing samples,etc.) to their own devices. Documents uploaded on the current system will not be available after June 1, 2015.
Classroom tools and career advising resources
Our professional staff and graduate student staff can be a resource as you develop syllabus topics and assignments related to career planning and student learning outcomes. Below are resources to support in-class and out-of-classroom learning.
FOCUS career assessment: simple, free, immediate feedback on a student’s values, interests, skills, and personality; includes a customized action plan.
Career Development Guide: comprehensive guide to all things career; includes sample resumes by academic college and major-specific examples. Available in print or online. Call (269) 387-2745 to have copies mailed to you on campus.
Standard chronological resume template: foundational resume which includes essential information.
Internship Catalog: organized by WMU majors, the catalog provides listings of sites where WMU students have interned recently (listing only, not intended as an endorsement).
Waldo Library Career Resources: databases, articles, career information, resume and interview guides, and company information organized in one spot.
Request a presentation: graduate and student staff are available to present on general career topics; professional staff present on industry or major specific topics.
Post-Graduation Activity Report: learn where Broncos go after graduation. The report includes industries, salaries, and job titles.
Sample rubrics for class assignments
Use or adapt these rubrics provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) to organize assignments:
Serving as a Reference for Students – Interacting with Employers
Western Michigan University is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The resources below are provided by NACE for its member institutions. Please look at the Faculty Guide to Legal and Ethical Standards in Student Hiring. If you have questions about what you should and should not do, please contact Career and Student Employment Services or the University Counsel.
Faculty and staff are sometimes contacted directly by employers seeking the “best and brightest” students to fill job openings, apply for scholarships, or participate in programs. We encourage you to refer all such contacts to our office. We strive to meet the employers’ request while also adhering to the appropriate employment guidelines for equal access to employment.
- Faculty Guide to Legal and Ethical Standards in Student Hiring: your guide to interacting with employers - what you should and should not do.
- Tips for providing references
- Legal guide to writing a reference letter
- Sample faculty reference letter
- Sample letters of recommendation
- Sample letter of recommendation for admission to graduate school
- References, recommendations and background checks
Employers as guest presenters or lecturers
Employers would like to visit your classes to speak on relevant topics to your class content and to the current employment climate. If you are interested in having one or more employer/recruiters visit your class, contact us. We encourage the use of alumni in this role.
Employer site visits/development
Career and Student Employment Services visits employers in their workplaces to discuss their need for college-educated talent, student qualifications and skills for internships, and building university/employer relations. If you would like to accompany us on an employer visit, or would like us to accompany you, let us know. If you have an employer you would like us to add to our mailing lists, let us know.
Employer information sessions
Some employers schedule information sessions to discuss their organization with students, faculty, and staff. Our office can make arrangements; however, the visit is more impactful if we can partner with faculty or staff.