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 (Summer Semester hours may vary)
Three Steps to Successful Career Planning
There are three basic steps in making a successful career decision:
NOTE: Using these services early in the student’s academic career is encouraged. A Career Counselor is available to assist you in Student Services.
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.
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 resumés 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. Users may opt out at any time. Job information will be from the college’s official jobs board at College Central Network.
Contact Career Services at 336-838-6545 for further assistance.
A variety of services are offered to assist businesses and organizations with their recruitment efforts.
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.
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 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.
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.
College Central Network and Career Coach provide WCC students and alumni with free user-friendly Resume Builder software, resources, and examples. You can also search the internet for free resume examples based on your specific career goals (example: “automotive technician resumes” or “medical assistant resumes”).
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”).
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.
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
Dress for Success: Women
Dress for Success: Men
Thank You Letter
Online Career Planning Resources
- College Foundation of NC: Learn about yourself through interests, values, and skills assessments.
- 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