Wondering how Career Services can help
you now that you've graduated?
Congratulations on your graduation from West Texas A&M University!
The Career Services office's mission is to assist WT students and alumni in the job search process. So if you haven't already utilized our services, give us a call, stop by or keep reading to discover what we can do for you!
If you are already employed in your field and are not in the job market, know that we are here to help in the future if you need us! Also, please log in to BuffJobs and choose "Report a Full Time/Part Time Position" to provide the university with details of your post-graduation employment. If you are unable to log in to BuffJobs, feel free to either give us a call (806.651.2345) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) the details of your job. We compile university statistics regarding the employment status of our recent alumni and greatly appreciate your help in gathering this information.
Ways we can help:
Identifying Job Opportunities
BuffJobs - Online Jobs and Resume Database
Job Fairs, Career Events and EXPOs
Identifying Job Opportunities
Before you do anything about finding a job - you need to have a target in mind. Do you know what career field(s) interest you? Do you have specific job titles in mind? Are you looking at certain firms or organizations?
Knowing the answers to these questions is the first step towards conducting an effective job search. After all, if you don't have something to shoot at, how will you know when you've hit it?
Career & Counseling Services has a myriad of services to assist you with this. We offer an online assessment tool called MyPlan as well as in-person career counseling to help guide you through this important process.
A useful workshop we have online, FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS ABOUT THE JOB HUNT, includes a step by step action plan for you to implement to systematically assist you in finding that ideal opportunity.
What to do if you do not know what to do and need a job? ... visit our 6 Doable Steps to Finding a Career workshop online. Finally we have a printable To-Do List for Getting a Job you can use!
In addition to these workshops, our website contains a lot of useful information on the job search and tools for effective searching including links to online jobs databases, Career Advisor Videos on a variety of topics and links to several useful career guides.
Finally, we have DVDs on how to network and on "Tapping the Hidden Job Market." These are available for viewing in our office during regular hours at your convenience. Please call ahead to reserve time though, so you can be assured a computer will be available.
BuffJobs - Online Job and Resume Database
BuffJobs is our online jobs and resume database open to all WTAMU students and recent alumni. Within this database you can search for jobs, do research on organizations and post multiple resumes to use in your job search.
Every WTAMU student has a BuffJobs account - and it will remain active for 1 year following your graduation. After that 1 year of free service, you are eligible to renew your account by paying a small annual fee.
If you have never logged in, simply go to the "Forgot Password" page and enter your BuffPortal ID (first initial, last initial and buff ID #) After doing this, a randomly generated password will be sent to your WT student email account (i.e., your "@buffs.wtamu.edu" account). If you cannot retrieve the password, call our office (806.651.2345) and we can reset it for you.
Note that our office policy is to review the first resume you upload. We look at hundreds of resumes a year and talk to a wide variety of employers, so as we review your job search documents we do so with an eye on your competition! Our mission is to assist you in putting that final polish on it.
Please contact our office with any questions regarding BuffJobs!
An important step in your job search is developing a dynamic resume. Your immediate goal when sending your resume to apply for a position is to get an interview. Typically you are competing with many other candidates for a limited number of interview slots.
Because your resume is the first impression you make with a potential employer it is extremely important that you put your best foot forward and demonstrate for the reader why he or she should choose you to interview. In today's job market, a well written resume can make the difference (as can a poorly written one!)
The mission of our resume workshop is to help you develop the dynamic and effective resume you'll need to progress through your job search. We offer these 1 hour workshops 2-3 times each week in our office and 24/7 on the web. Visit our office for an in person workshop if at all possible, this will give you the most information. Workshops are held various days and times, click here for the current schedule of in person workshops. The online resume workshop is another option for you to gather info on how to develop and write an effective resume.
All workshops are held in our offices in the Student Success Center on the 1st floor of the Classroom Center. Our only requirement is that you not be late. In fairness to others participating, once the workshop begins, no one is allowed to enter.
Interviewing is a skill, not an innate ability and you can improve your interview performance through careful preparation and practice. We offer opportunities for both.
Through our online interviewing workshop, you can gather information about how to prepare, what to wear, how to act and what to say during the interview, and finally, how to follow up effectively.
In addition, we host a mock interview event each month to provide students and new alumni the chance to practice these newfound skills with a real employer in our office. During the 30 minute interview, you will be asked typical "screening interview" questions then provided with verbal feedback on your performance. In addition, you will receive a written evaluation via email the next day. Participants in previous mock interviews indicate that the experience assisted them tremendously in their job search preparations, some have even landed real interviews in the process.
You sign up for the mock interviews through BuffJobs, can sign up for one interview each month if you desire, and actually get to choose from available employers - so you know ahead of time who will be conducting your interview.
Job Fairs and Career Events
Career Services hosts a variety of career events, EXPOs and fairs throughout the academic year. Some events are general, open to all majors while others are targeted for specific majors or classifications. Typically each fall and spring semester we host a general Career EXPO for all majors and classifications which is preceded by a networking reception the night before for upperclassmen. In the fall we also host the Meet the Accounting Firms event and our annual Health Careers Fair. Then in the spring we also host area, regional and state-wide school districts on campus for the teacher career event, Educator's EXPO.
Each of these events has a separate website and details can be found in the BuffJobs calendar.
Let the friendly staff of Career Services assist you in your job search, now and in the future! In addition, as you climb the 'ladder of success' in your chosen field, remember your alma mater. We would love to send you resumes of highly motivated, well equipped candidates for opportunities you have available.