Student Life

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you can find some of the most frequently asked questions of our office. However, if you cannot find the answer to your particular question, please do not hesitate to contact us – we are here to help! Call (309) 298-1838 or email careers@wiu.edu

Leatherneck Link

  • Q: What is Leatherneck Link?
    A: A free job-searching system that will allow WIU Students / Alumni to go online and create a profile (degree, major/minor, career interests, identifying information, etc.), upload their own personal resume, and search for jobs / internships nationwide.
  • Q: Do I need to come into the Career Development Center (CDC) to register?
    A: No. All you need to do is visit the Leatherneck Link site to begin the process.
  • Q: By registering with Leatherneck Link, will employers be able to view my online documents?
    A: Yes. Once your documents are published, employers nationwide are very familiar with the system and know how to navigate it to locate qualified job candidates.
  • Q: By registering with Leatherneck Link, will this guarantee any employment opportunities?
    A: No. There are no guarantees of employment. However this system will enable candidates to have greater exposure to employers and greater access to employer information.

General Questions

  • Q: Does the CDC "place" or "get" people jobs?
    A: No. The office does not serve as an employment agency. The office helps individuals develop the "tools" (resumes, letters, job-searching, interviewing, etc) so that each person can go out and find suitable employment.
  • Q: What are some of the services provided by the CDC?
    A: We assist individuals with writing resumes and application letters, job search techniques, Linked In profiles, mock-interviewing, Skype room, professional clothing closet, 3 on-campus career fairs throughout the school year, on-campus interviews with employers. We also provide information on career exploration and transitioning to the workplace.
  • Q: Do I have to register with the CDC to take advantage of the services?
    A: No. Registering with the office is voluntary. It is highly suggested that you register with Leatherneck Link to remain informed about CDC events and services. You have access to all of the services provided by the office whether or not you are registered.
  • Q: I am nervous about going on a job interview, can the office help?
    A: Yes. We can conduct a mock interview. We like the students to dress professionally, have a completed resume, and an idea of the type of job they are interested in interviewing for. These interviews may be recorded to provide feedback.
  • Q: I do not have a lot of professional clothing for job interviews. Can the CDC help?
  • A: Yes, the CDC has the Captains Closet consisting of men's and women's attire that is FREE for students. (the closet is open during regular business hours, 8am to 4:30pm)
  • Q: Does the office have a "list" of employers that I can contact?
    A: No. However, we have Leatherneck Link and links to jobs and internships that individuals can utilize in their job search.
  • Q: I'm not sure what I want to major in. Does the office provide any "tests" that might help me to decide?
    A: No. The CDC does not provide any sort of standardized testing. However, the University Counseling Center does provide various tests.
  • Q: Is there a university course that covers career service issues and related topics?
    A: Yes. The course is University 390 and is open to all juniors and seniors. We offer three 16 week courses per semester.
  • Q: What is the "best" way to secure employment?
    A: Utilize all of your resources. Register with Leatherneck Link, begin networking with professional people, go to campus career fairs, start using the Internet job resources, and initiate contact with employers that you wish to work for.
  • Q: When should I start looking for a job?
    A: The best time would be 6 to 9 months prior to your graduation. Please remember it takes time to find employment, so remain positive in your search.
  • Q: Is it necessary to have an internship even though my major does not require one?
    A: With a very competitive job market, more employers are expecting graduates to have some sort of experiential learning in their profession before a student graduates.  So, while it is not necessary, internships can only increase your chances of securing a job.
  • Q: Can my organization schedule a workshop on the services that CDC provides?
    A: Yes. A staff member can speak to organizations on all areas pertaining to career development. Please go to the "request a program" link on our home page.  (a 10 day notice is required)

Contact Info

Career Development Center
Memorial Hall 125
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: careers@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-1838