New Viking CareerLink database offers easier career networking and job searches for students
By Olena Rypich
WWU University Communications
Connecting with prospective employers and finding a job just became more convenient with the Career Services Center's newly upgraded job search service, Viking CareerLink, formerly known as Symplicity.
Launched in Sept. 2010, the new job and internship database allows employers to submit job, internship or volunteer postings. Students can search the listings and research the companies with a full flexibility of customizable search and screening criteria.
"It's a one-stop shop for those looking for work," says Aaron Ignac, the center's assistant director of operations.
The database is open to all Western students, alums, faculty, and staff. Once users register for a free account, they will have instant access to the job postings.
Viking CareerLink features on-campus recruiting requests, hosts an interactive calendar of upcoming career fairs, information sessions, workshops and other special events. Students can upload their resumes, cover letters, and transcript and make them visible to employers.
Currently the database hosts about 3,600 active users and 1,100 potential employers that range from local nonprofits to global giants like Microsoft and Starbucks.
Job-seekers can filter their search by industry, job function, full/part-time status, geography, and key words.
"It really is user-driven," Ignac says. "Rather than us posting for employers, they can control and drive the listings. It is completely customizable. It allows for a powerful service."
Recently the center rolled out a new feature: the campus recruiting service, where employers request on-campus interviewing space and students can sign up for interviewing slots.
Ignac says the program has received much positive feedback with many successful matchups, and the center will continue to work on evolving and improving the service.
"It is continuing to be tweaked," he says. "But it has proven to be powerful."
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