Encourage use of career services on campus
Students are more likely to attend events and use career services when you encourage them. We appreciate your support in promoting the following services:
- Career assessment tools
- Career Zone: drop-in services and advising appointments
- 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.
Classroom tools and career advising resources
Our professional staff and graduate student staff can be a resource as you develop syllabus topics, assignments, and student learning outcomes related to career planning. 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.
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:
Interacting with employers
Western Michigan University is a member of 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 - your guide to interacting with employers. 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.
Employers as guest presenters or lecturers
Employers would like to visit your classes to speak about topics relevant to your class content. If you are interested in having one or more employers 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 to discuss their need for college-educated talent; student qualifications and skills for internships; and building university-employer relations. Let us know if you would like to accompany us on an employer visit, or if you have an employer you would like us to add to our mailing lists.
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.
Serving as a reference for students
- Tips for providing references
- Writing letters of recommendation/serving as a reference
- 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