Welcome to Wilkes Community College Career Services! From initial assessment to career exploration and employability skills, we are your one-stop source for informed career planning and job search strategies.

Services within career counseling include career planning and decision making. Formal assessment tools, such as personality and interest inventories are available. Preparatory resources for employment opportunities, including workshops, a variety of events, and job search assistance are also provided.  Our goals are mutual – success equals preparation for and movement toward satisfying careers.

Location:  First floor of Alumni Hall in Student Services
Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday

Three Steps to Successful Career Planning:
There are three basic steps in making a successful career decision.

1. Assessment - Knowing yourself involves looking inward:

  • Review your past experiences, skills, abilities, and hobbies
  • Discover your work interests, leisure interests, skills, values, and personality through assessment inventories such as Career Coach and Focus 2 (links below)
  • Assess your goals and dreams
  • Define success and adequate income for you
  • Consider your life-style, relationships, finances, and geographical preferences

Career Coach button. Click to find your career!Focus 2 logo. Career tool. Click for Focus 2 page.

(Access code for Focus 2: wcc)

2.  Exploring Options - Gathering information about career fields of interest:

  • Utilize books, internet career sites, career counselors, and masters of various professions. 
  • Evaluate education and training requirements
  • Conduct informational interviews and develop a network of professional contacts
  • Explore internships, summer and part-time jobs, or volunteer to gain experience within field of interest .

 

3. Decision Making - Compare and contrast career options:

  • Evaluate short-term and long-term goals 
  • Identify obstacles to achieving goals 
  • Consider solutions or alternatives 
  • Weigh costs and benefits 
  • Choose the occupation that best fits your individuality  

 NOTE: Using these services early in the student's academic career is encouraged. A Career Counselor is available to assist you in Student Services.

Job Listings

College Central Job Listings

Need a part-time job while going to school or looking for a full-time position when you graduate? Jobs are posted through College Central, which is the official jobs board for Wilkes Community College and includes our campuses in Wilkesboro and West Jefferson, and the Alleghany Center in Sparta, N.C.

WCC students and alumni can search for local, state, and national jobs and access a variety of career resources, including resume and interview assistance, career podcasts, videos, and more! Employers are encouraged to post jobs and search résumés via College Central as part of their recruitment efforts. College Central resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no charge.

Sign up for Job Alerts to access job notices via text or email (see below). Users may opt out at any time. Job information will be from the college’s official jobs board at College Central Network.

Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for additional career and job information.

Contact Career Services at 336-838-6545 for further assistance.

Employer Services

College Central Employers

 

 

 

 

 

A variety of services are offered to assist businesses and organizations with their recruitment efforts.

Job Listings: Employers are encouraged to post jobs through College Central which is the official jobs board for Wilkes Community College students and graduates at our Wilkesboro and West Jefferson campuses, and the Alleghany Center in Sparta. Once registered and approved by our office, employers may post and edit jobs at their convenience. College Central resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no charge. Job posted on College Central may also be advertised through our Jobs Now Alert system (via email or texts) and our social media sites.

On-Campus Recruiting: We are happy to provide employers the opportunity to come and set up information booths with career information and company materials to help recruit WCC students.  Our office can also provide space for meeting and interviewing prospective applicants. Employers have the option of reviewing resumes online via College Central and contacting applicants to set up interviews.

Job Fairs: Job Fairs are held periodically and provide employers the opportunity to market their company and help recruiters meet hundreds of applicants. All employers registered on College Central are automatically notified of upcoming job fairs.

Contact Debbie Furr at 336-838-6545 if you have any questions or need further assistance with your recruitment efforts.

Resume Tips

Resumes are one of the most important marketing tools used during your job search. An effective resume will increase your chances of getting an interview. Use resumes as part of your ad campaign to market your skills, education, and experience to employers.

Employers may use resumes to:

  • Screen out applicants and determine who gets an interview
  • Identify your skills, education and experience
  • Evaluate your written communication skills
  • Use as an agenda during the interview

Employers appreciate applicants who take the time and effort to present a well written resume. Make sure your resume is easy to read, concise, accurate, and positive. Tailor your resume to fit the job description. Include the same key words, skills, and qualities that are used in the job description to make it easier for employers to see that you are qualified.

Resume Basics in a Nutshell
Resumes: 14 More Tips
Keywords: Key to Better Resumes
The Well Rounded Resume

Resumes, Cover Letters, and References (Examples and Resources)

College Central Network and Career Coach  provide WCC students and alumni with free user -friendly Resume Builder software, resources, and examples. Or search the Internet to look up free resume examples based on your specific career goals. Example: Automotive Technician Resumes or Medical Assistant Resumes.

Technical Resume Template, Entry-Level Human Services Resume

Cover letters give job seekers the opportunity to include more information about themselves to the employers and can help the job seeker stand out from the rest of the competition if well written. Search the Internet for career specific cover letters. Example: Sales Associate Cover Letter.

Why a Cover Letter? Cover Letters Instructions and Example

Employers appreciate candidates who enclose a list of references along with their resume. Include references on a separate page with the same heading/contact info as on your resume and cover letter. Include at least three references. Be sure to ask permission before you list a reference.  Current or former supervisors and instructors make better references than classmates or co-workers. See below for an example of references.

References: What's in a Name?
References Examples 

Contact Career Services at 336-838-6545 if you need further assistance writing a resume, cover letter or references.

Interview Tips
Interviews give you the opportunity to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the position. This is also your chance to interview the employer and decide if you would be a good fit for their business or organization.

Preparation and practice are the keys to having a successful interview. Think of the interview as auditioning for an important role. You must prepare what to say, which questions to ask, know what to wear and how to act. Making a positive first impression is critical to the success of your interview. Contact Career Services at 336-838-6545 if you need assistance preparing for your next interview.

Interviews: The Art of the Interview
Interview Questions Decoded
Do You Have Any Questions for Us?
Interviews: Via Virtual Venue
Interviews: Table Manners
Interviews: Body of Evidence
Interview: To-Do Tips
Interviews: Taboos
Dress for Success: Women
Dress for Success: Men
Thank You Letter

Online Career Planning Resources:

Jung Typology Test: Information to assist in identifying and understanding your personality
Career One Stop: Information to assist in making career decisions
US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics
NCCareers.Org: NC career information system, career planning, occupational profiles
Big Future: Information on occupations and college majors
Career Builder: A career and employment resource network
NC AHEC Health Careers Programs: NC Health Careers
 

Online Job Resources

College Central Network: WCC’s official jobs board and career resources.
NCWorks Online: Search jobs, create resumes, find education and training resources.  Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information.
Indeed: Search jobs from thousands of websites and access salary and career trends information..
Glassdoor: Company reviews, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more.
Simply Hired: Find local jobs, salary comparisons and employment trends.
CareerOneStop: Career exploration, training, and job resources by Department of Labor
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Detailed career information, job search tips, and employment projections.

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Contact Information

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Michael Roope
Career Counselor
Phone: 336-838-6147
msroope085@wilkescc.edu
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Deborah Furr
Employability Services Counselor
Phone: 336-838-6545
dkfurr831@wilkescc.edu