School of Business

Office of Career Success

We are here to prepare students in the School of Business to graduate with the professional skills and experience necessary to be competitive and competent applicants in the job market. Whether you have just declared as a Business major or you are entering into your final classes, there are many advantages to utilizing this resource.

Providing you with the resources and industry experience to succeed.

The Office of Career Success provides guidance for professional development through available on and off campus resources, workshops, events, career counseling, and career related document critiquing. We leverage new and existing relationships with Western alumni and professional networks to provide internships and employment during and after a student’s time in the School of Business at Western.

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Resources to help you succeed

Western President Dr. Greg Salsbury talks to students about job interviews at the 7703 Leadership Conference.

Handshake: Jobs & Internships

Your resource for internship and job opportunities

Students

Use your Western credentials to login to Handshake and claim your profile. Once logged in, we encourage you to upload your resume, complete your profile, and make your profile public so employers can find you. Contact Career Services if you’d like help with your profile or feedback on your resume prior to uploading.

Employers

If you already have a Handshake account, simply add Western Colorado University! If you are new to Handshake, create your free Handshake account and the request to connect with Western Colorado University. Your free account allows you to post jobs, internships, and events targeted to Western students.

Alumni

Western alumni also get access to Handshake! If you are a Western alum and would like to access Handshake, simply register your free account online and you’re good to go.

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The office of Career Services at Western Colorado University posts job and internship opportunities for the convenience of our students. Western does not endorse or recommend employers, and a job or internship posting should not be interpreted as an endorsement or recommendation. Western makes no guarantees or warranties about job and internship postings or the accuracy of information provided by employers in those postings. Western is not responsible for wages, working conditions, safety, or any other aspect of off-campus employment without limitation. Students engaging in a job or internship search are responsible to perform due diligence in researching potential employers, including researching the history and reputation of each organization to which they are applying. Any job seeker, including Western students, should use prudence and common sense when applying for or accepting any employment or internship position. 

Look for relevant information

Visit the company website. If the company does not have a website, or if the website does not appear to match the advertised position, be cautious. Take note of how “professional” the website looks, and look for specific pieces of information that you would expect on any corporate or organizational site:  Is there specific contact information? Are jobs and internships actually posted to the website itself? Can you find a physical address that is verifiable via Google Maps?

Check Consumer Services

The Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission track formal complaints that have been lodged against the company.

Check the Company’s References

Request a list of other employees or contractors, then reach out to those people to discuss their experience with the company. If a company is not willing to share references, you should consider it a red flag.

Be Skeptical of Any Employer that Requires You to Pay Any Fees

Most legitimate employers will not charge applicants to apply or accept a position. Do not send money for employment directories, hiring advice, company information, application fees, or anything else related to a posted position. Some legitimate internship programs do require placement fees, but remember that Handshake and other free databases are available to help you find internship opportunities.

  • Never give an employer information about your bank account, credit cards, or PayPal account.
  • Do not register for direct deposit before your first day of actual work.
  • Do not “wire” funds or send payment by courier (e.g., UPS, FedEx, DHL) using a personal account.
  • Do not reply to any posting that feel is suspicious. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • In general, never agree to pay a fee to obtain a job or internship without consulting with trusted individuals first. While some fee-based programs are legitimate, most are scams designed to separate you from your money.

Review Salary/Payment Information

Be sure you understand the terms of payment prior to accepting any position. Ask if the position is paid via hourly wage, stipend, salary, or commission, and how often you will be paid. Pay extra attention to any position that is unpaid.

Career Readiness

The School of Business Office of Career Success is here to help you reach your goals.

Preparing for the world of work goes beyond having the degree. Start perfecting your professional skills now to make an easy transition into the internship or job you desire.

Tips & Resources

  • Get Involved in campus activities.
  • Join clubs and organizations.
  • Take on leadership positions.
  • Participate in internship opportunities.
  • Gain work experience related to your career interests.

Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing

The Office of Career Success is here to help you put your best face forward when it comes time to apply to internships and potential jobs. Your cover letter and resume are the first opportunity to make a positive impression and to highlight to employers your qualifications for being a good addition to their team. Make an appointment to fine tune your resume, create a cover letter, and discuss the vast networks of alumni and professional organizations that The School of Business has as resources to you.

As you grow professionally, so will your resume! The Office of Career Success is your resource in finding opportunities available to you through internships and job placement that will expand your resume and add to your professional skills.

Resources: 

Your cover letter is your chance to expand upon your resume by highlighting previous experience that directly relates to the position you are applying for. Your cover letter gives your job application personality and, in many instances, determines if a potential employer decides to continue forward and review your resume.

Here are a few fast tips for cover letter success:

  • CHANGE your cover letter for EVERY position you apply to.
  • Limit your cover letter to one page.
  • Include your contact information.
  • Use a format and language that directly relates to the industry and job you are applying for.
  • Be sure to use proper spelling and grammar.
  • Present yourself confidently by using action words.
  • Your cover letter is an extension of your resume, give clear examples of experience you have had previously that would be beneficial in fulfilling the expectations of the position you are applying for.
  • Finish your cover letter with your signature.

Resources:

  • CareerLab (tips for a variety of cover, thank you and internship letters).
  • OWL (Purdue Online Writing Lab).

The Office of Career Success can walk you through the steps in developing and reviewing your cover letter.

It is crucial to have a handful of recommenders to call upon during your job application process. Some positions will ask for a list of recommenders to be submitted with your resume and others will ask for the list after they have decided to continue pursuing you as a potential applicant.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Your recommenders should represent a group of professors, previous/current employers, and mentors that you have had positive relationships with.
  • Be sure to inform your recommenders that they may be contacted by a potential employer.
  • Inform your recommender of the nature of the position you are applying for. This will help them be able to give information to the prospective employer that highlights your abilities as a positive addition to their team.
  • It is also a good idea to gather written recommendations from individuals while you are still fresh in their minds!
  • Be sure to send your recommender a note stating your gratitude for their recommendation. This is not only good etiquette, but secures that relationship for future recommendations.

Resources:

The interview is your chance to convince a potential employer that you are the right person for the position you are applying to. There are many tricks of the trade when it comes to interviewing, but one thing holds true: “practice makes perfect.” Make an appointment to have a mock interview with one of our staff!

 

Preparing for the interview:

Know Yourself

This means knowing what your personal career goals, strengths, achievements and skills are. Be sure to have specific examples that demonstrate how your background, skills, and interests make you a perfect fit for the position and the organization’s needs.

Research the Employer

Knowing your employer fully will set you apart during your interview. Research the employer through their website and online resources such as Glassdoor and ReferenceUSA. Know the employers size, age, products and services, reputation, organizational structure, location and accomplishments.

Practice!

Remember: Practice makes perfect! Set up a time for a mock interview in the Office of Career Success by contacting Chelsea at 970.943.3006 or businesscareers@western.edu.

Be sure to send a copy of your resume and the job description prior to your mock interview appointment. If you do not have a specific position that you are practicing for, please send a description of a position that interests you.

Day of Interview:

Arrive Early

Be sure to be onsite at least 10-15 minutes early.

Dress Appropriately

It is vitally important to dress appropriately! First impressions stick with potential employers and many make their decision to hire you based off of the first 30 seconds of your interview. Not sure what is appropriate? Check out some examples of proper interview attire in the dropdown below.

Body Language

Be sure to offer a firm handshake at the beginning and at the close of the interview. During the interview maintain eye contact and avoid nervous fidgeting. Be sure to keep your arms uncrossed and keep items away from the front of your body. Sit up straight and use a confident tone to communicate.

Listen

Think about the question being presented before answering. Ask for clarification if you are unsure of how to respond.

Ask Questions

Show that you have researched the organization and have an interest in learning more about it.

Be Enthusiastic

Be excited about the opportunity to be interviewed by the organization! Show your gratitude to be offered the opportunity to interview and show how you can be an added benefit as an employee to the organization. Speak enthusiastically and positively about your education and past experience. SMILE!

After the interview

Write a thank you letter to the interviewer.

(Examples coming soon!)

Dress for Interview Success!

1. Business Formal: This is the standard dress code for an interview.

Women’s Business Formal:
  • Pant suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes tailored pants and jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top.
  • Skirt suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes knee-length skirt, tailored jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top.
  • Closed toed shoes with no more than 1-2 inch heels.
  • Minimal jewelry such as rings, bracelets, or necklaces.
  • Small to medium size purse, along with portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume.
  • Subtle make-up.
  • Avoid perfumes.
Men’s Business Formal:
  • Two-piece, single-breasted, and dark (solid color or conservative pinstripes) suit.
  • White dress shirt and with a white undershirt underneath and conservative tie (no bowties, bright colors, or bold patterns).
  • Dark, polished shoes and matching socks.
  • Portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume.
  • Conservative, short haircut and trimmed or shaved facial hair.
  • Avoid cologne.

2. Business Casual: This is the typical attire used once hired. Be sure to discuss office policies with your internship or employment supervisor.

Women’s Business Casual:
  • Jacket, blouse, cardigan, or conservative top with pants or a knee-length skirt.
  • Simple, knee-length dress (nothing low-cut).
  • Closed or open toed shoes (no flip flops).
  • No jeans or casual sun dresses.
  • Spaghetti straps are not appropriate.
Men’s Business Casual:
  • Pants (dark or khaki).
  • Collared button up shirt with a white undershirt underneath or a collared knit polo shirt.
  • Leather shoes (no sneakers or flip flops).
  • No jeans.

Request assistance

For more information contact Western’s Director of Career Success:

Louise Downey
School of Business, Borick Building Room 216
216 970.949.3006
businesscareers@western.edu

Employer Services

Recruit from the School of Business at Western Colorado University to find career-ready professionals.

Schedule interviews

We invite you to schedule on-campus interviews and information sessions with students studying in the School of Business. We will work with your scheduling needs and will be happy to market your presence on our campus to our students.

Post a job or internship opportunity

We invite you to schedule on-campus interviews and information sessions with students studying in the School of Business. We will work with your scheduling needs and will be happy to market your presence on our campus to our students.

Get started

For more information contact Western’s Director of Career Success:

Louise Downey
School of Business, Borick Building Room 216
970.949.3006
businesscareers@western.edu

Department Information

Career Success – School of Business

Director

Louise Downey

Director of Career Success Center

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Borick Business Building 216
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231