How can we help you
Career advising is provided to students in the areas of interest-assessment, career exploration, resume and cover letter preparation, job search strategies, interviewing skills, and job shadow/internship exploration through individual holistic advising.
You can meet with a qualified staff member to discuss potential majors, your personality type and how it affects your career, career choices and connections with mentors and alumni, and graduate school possibilities. Our hours are 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday. To make an appointment, call 309-457-2115 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need help creating a resume or cover letter? See our Scots Career Guide for assistance!
Career Events! See our calendar.
Fall Interview Day
Students are able to submit resumes in consideration of an interview for various types of business and IT related positions and internships with several different employers. This event is typically held mid-October.
Graduate & Professional School Fair
Typically we host 60+ graduate programs. This gives our students an opportunity to talk first-hand with the recruiters. Our fair is normally held in October.
As a member of the Illinois Small College Placement Association (ISCPA), Monmouth students are able to submit their applications with employers looking to hire small college liberal arts students. If selected for an interview, students are able to talk with recruiters about the position posted on the consortium's website. Consortium interviews take place throughout the entire academic year.
Usually presented by an outside facilitator, this dinner is typically held in November and focuses on helpful tips on dining etiquette and professional networking.
Suit Up! Networking Mocktails
Usually held in the spring, this event links you to alumni and teaches cocktail etiquette and professionalism.
Residence Hall programs
You will see us in your residence hall presenting on many career topics such as resumes, interviewing, personalities, job searches, internships and more!
Walk-in resume advising
For resume/cover letter help, you can stop by the Wackerle during walk-in times. Times vary per semester. For the fall of 2015, you can stop in Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 5pm.
Local & Part-time Employment
For on campus jobs, see the Office of Financial Aid classifieds.
For off campus jobs, there are many local businesses that hire Monmouth College students. Here is a sample listing of local businesses:
- Wells Fargo
- Midwest Bank of Western Illinois
- Security Savings Bank
- Community National Bank
- First State Bank
- Mississippi Valley Credit Union
- Petey’s Bar and Grill
- Breadeaux Pizza
- County Market
- Pizza Hut
- Burger King
- Taco Bell
- Dairy Queen
Illinois Small College Placement Association
ISCPA On-line Career Center -- links college students with employers. With membership of 25 small colleges and universities in the state of Illinois, its strength lies in providing services to connect students and employers.
The ISCPA On-line Career Center provides an exclusive, convenient electronic location where students and alumni can post their resume, search for jobs and internships, attend exclusive career fairs as well as participate in interviews exclusively for ISCPA students and alumni.
To get to the ISCPA On-line Career Center and register, go to the ISCPA website and select Students/Alumni.
- Interview Day -- Interview Day focuses on bringing together students and alumni with select business, accounting and computer science employers. Interview Day is a unique, one-day event that offers interview opportunities with excellent companies - multiple companies, multiple interviews, one convenient location.
- ISCPA Interviewing -- This provides you the opportunity to interview with employers who might not normally visit your specific college or university. You can attend interviews at your ISCPA college, or any of the member schools.
If you are searching for a full-time job after graduation, check out these resources:General Job Search websites
Art & Design websitesEducation (Teaching) OpportunitiesInternational websitesGovernmental/Politics websitesLaboratory Research/Biotechnology/Science/Health Care websites
Non-Profit & Service Organization websitesWriting, Editing and Journalism websitesOther sites
- www.CampStaff.com Find jobs at summer camps
Starting an internship or job search
Looking for an internship or job can be daunting. The first step is narrowing down your choices. Find out what internships and/or jobs are available in your field of study by researching top employers and connecting with mentors.
Networking is by far the most effective means for gaining employment. Potential networking contacts should include family and friends, alumni contacts, professors, and professional organizations. Make a spreadsheet to help you track applications. Meet with our staff to connect with alumni or get a head-start in the process! Once you have secured interviews, schedule mock interview sessions with our staff to prepare.Before the InterviewSeven Key Points about Interviewing:
- Interviews are tests of communication - master communication skills!
- Always look your best. Wear a suit!
- Relax, be polite, and smile.
- Think of the qualities you have - do they fit the employer?
- Research the organization.
- Be honest.
- You have to sell yourself; no one else will.
- The function and size of the organization.
- The duties and responsibilities of the position for which you are applying.
- The products or services provided by the organization.
- Typical entry-level positions.
- Typical salary ranges for your desired position.
- Geographical locations.
- The latest news on growth or strategic direction.
- Stability of the financial condition or backing.
- Career advancement possibilities.
- Opportunities for training or further education.
- Skills required in the position for which you are applying.
- What skills do you have that relate to your job objective?
- Identify examples from your past experience where you demonstrated those skills.
- Can you tell a story about your use of particular skills or knowledge?
- Concentrate on developing complete answers and remember that a good story has a beginning, middle and an end.
- Wherever possible, quantify your results. Numbers illustrate your level of responsibility.
- Be prepared to provide examples of when results did not turn out as you planned. What did you do then?
- Before starting the interview process, identify 2-3 of your top selling points and determine how you will convey these points during the interview.
- Interviews demand communication skills.
- Practice! (Sign up for a "mock interview" in the Wackerle Center)
- Include experience and education in your answers.
- Prepare questions you will ask the interviewer.
- Be familiar with behavioral interviewing techniques and answer using the STAR technique:
- S-state the situation
- T-describe the task
- A-explain the action you took
- R-what was the response or reaction?
During the InterviewFirst Few Minutes
- Learn correct name, manner of address (i.e. Sir, Madam, Ms., Mrs., etc.) of interviewer.
- Plan transportation to arrive EARLY.
- Even though many of today's work environments are "business-casual," you should still dress formally for the interview.
- Create a strong first impression, be polite and assured.
- Display positive body language.
- Listen to all that the interviewer is, and is not saying.
- Relax, smile; enjoy the opportunity to meet and talk with someone in your field of interest.
- Listen to interviewer's description of position - match your presentation of skills to interviewer's needs.
- Prepare to state carefully throughout the interview your career goals and plans.
- Relate answers to information you researched on the organization.
- Avoid questions on salary and benefits - discuss these issues after you are offered the position.
- Contribute information that is important about your experiences.
- Show enthusiasm and interest for the position.
- Listen for an indication that the interview is over.
- Ask when the decision is to be made.
- Thank the interviewer for the courtesy and time.
Follow-Up to the Interview
- Tell me about your opportunities for additional training.
- Are new services or programs planned?
- How are performance reviews given?
- What is the career path for this position?
- What is a typical day like for this job?
- With promotion, are transfer (overseas) opportunities available?
- Write a thank you to all those with whom you interviewed, restate your interest in the position and your appreciation for them taking the time to meet with you.
- Call the interviewer just before the decision time and ask if additional information is desired.
- Think positively!
Researching Graduate School
Graduate school preparation is vital to finding the best match for you. If you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree, start preparation during your sophomore year if possible. Find out if entrance exams are required in your field of study. If so, STUDY!Follow this general timeline for graduate school applications:
If you're planning to apply to graduate school, it's best to start early—it will increase your odds of being admitted. Many graduate programs have rolling admissions, which means applications are evaluated as they arrive (rather than all at once after the final deadline).
Here's a sample schedule for a student hoping to enter grad school in the fall.
Begin researching potential schools . Take a practice GRE test. You will find which areas you need to study further.
Sign up for a prep course if needed.
Request information from schools that interest you. Professors can recommend good programs and may even help you make some connections.
Take the GRE general test. This leaves you time to take it again. Begin drafting your personal statement.
Register for the November GRE subject test (if necessary). Finalize your list of prospective schools. Ask for letters of recommendation. Have someone edit your personal statement.
Request official transcripts from your undergraduate institution. Send a resume to the people writing letters of recommendation. Tour potential schools if possible.
Have your career center check your personal statement.
Complete and submit all applications. Verify that your recommendations have been sent. Keep a copy of everything!
Students are invited to stop by the Wackerle Career and Leadership Center to learn about the opportunities they have to discover their vocation.
Vocation includes the whole life of a person and is not just a career. Vocation is the link between the skills a person has and how those skills can help the world around all of us.
Students are always asking, “Can I put my skills to good use? How can my skills help others?” These are the conversations that lead to learning about vocation. Vocation never changes. A career or job title may change, but a vocation stays the same. Developing vocation is not about being challenged by indecision about jobs, careers and future paths. Vocation is lived. What is the vocational route for you?
Vocation isn’t about changing yourself to meet the world’s need. It’s learning about how your needs match the world around you.
“We listen for guidance everywhere except from within.”
― Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Major and Career Resources
What Can I Do With This Major
Not sure about a major? Maybe you are considering several majors. Which one has the better employment outlook? What strategies should you take to find success in a particular field? Check out this site for help!
Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research on majors and careers through the websites provided.
Occupational and Industry Information
If you haven’t decided on a major or field of choice, you probably do not have enough information. When it comes to choosing a career, you need to consider variables such as salary, position outlook, demographics and location.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is your definitive guide to industry trends, salaries, and employment projections for hundreds of careers. It’s published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which keeps tabs on tons of employment-related data so that you don’t have to. www.bls.gov
If you know exactly what career you will be pursuing, look up keywords in the industry. If you are unsure, broaden your search by using general keywords. For example, instead of using “graphic artist”, use “marketing” instead.
Other sites that will help you learn about occupational outlook:
Students may need to increase self-awareness in order to identify educational and career options best suited to them. Use the tools below to assess interests, skills and preferences, realize your personal potential, and direct your career pursuit.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The MBTI is a multiple-choice interest inventory that shows you what your personal preferences say about your personality and which occupations you may enjoy. Receive a personalized packet based on your individual results. The MBTI is available year-round in the Wackerle Center. No appointment necessary.
- Access the Elevate platform.
- Complete the brief registration information (or log in if you have previously registered for the Elevate platform).
- Complete the demographic survey (if applicable).
- Complete the assessment(s).
- Contact the Wackerle Career and Leadership Center to schedule a time to receive a personalized packet based on your individual results.
FOCUS 2 combines self-assessment, career and major exploration, decision making and action planning in one comprehensive product. Your assessment results are matched to career options and majors/programs. FOCUS 2 guides you through a reliable career and education decision making model to help you select majors at your college, make informed career decisions and take action.
Create a FOCUS account and logging in (Access Code: brush)