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Visit us at Morgan Hall 105 or call 785-670-1450 for an appointment. Office hours are 8-5, Monday - Friday.

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What You Can Expect From Us

Career Services provides assistance to Washburn University students in two major areas:

  • Deciding on majors and careers, including career counseling
  • Job search preparation and execution.

It is the goal of Career Services to help students learn about and develop lifelong skills, techniques, and resources that will help them with career development. Career Services is not an employment agency; we refer all qualified candidates but do not recommend individual students to employers nor individual employers to students.

Our services are free to Washburn University students. Alumni services are free as well, with the exception of fee-based advanced career assessments and access to BodJobs. Services to community members are available, with the exception of advanced career assessments; there is a fee for BodJobs. Resumes for America is an independent provider that offers free access to students; others can access their services for a fee at Services to employers are free with the exception of attendance at career events.

Use the links below and on the right for more information about our services and to reach resources for your career development.

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WU Career Services Mission

The mission of Washburn University Career Services is to empower students and others to make optimal use of their knowledge, abilities, and values to successfully:

  • Explore and choose academic majors and career options
  • Obtain career-related skills and experience
  • Develop and pursue post-graduation career plans, including graduate and professional school and employment.

NEW: 4 Important Things to Know About Thank-You Notes: Expand for details!

Four Important Things You Need to Know About Thank-You Notes

by Kelli Robinson

The job search is a blur of information exchange: e-mailed resumes, online applications, interviews via video conferences. Don’t let the fast pace fool you. Common sense and courtesy still apply, including taking the time to say thank you.

Could your thank-you letter make or break a job offer? Consider this: If your application and interview are equal to that of another candidate, the person sending the thank-you letter gets the recruiter’s attention one more time.

Like cover letters, thank-you letters are concise and personalized. The key is making a connection to the person and reiterating an idea discussed during the interview.

  1. Send a thank-you e-mail or letter within 24 hours of your interview. Consider the company culture. Because recruiters travel extensively, e-mail may be the best route. A follow-up business letter sent through the post office is a nice touch.
  2. Take time to take notes. Immediately following each interview, write down the information discussed while it’s still fresh in your mind. If you are meeting with multiple people, find time to note each specific conversation. When you write your thank-you note(s), use this information to remind the interviewer of an idea or discussion that came up during your interview.
  3. Who receives a thank-you note? Anyone who interviews you gets a note. The notes may only vary by a sentence or two—make sure you reference specific conversations.
  4. Ask each interviewer for his or her business card. You’ll walk away with important information. You’ll have the recruiter’s full name, spelled correctly, e-mail address, street address, and other contact information.

Sample Thank-You Letter

Ms. Nina McVay
Recruiter – XYZ Financial Services
500 5th Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28066

Dear Ms. McVay,

Thank you very much for speaking with me yesterday about the financial planner position currently available at MAR Financial. Our conversation confirmed my interest in this position.

As we discussed during the interview, a successful financial planner must possess a solid understanding of the industry as well as strong communication skills to discuss options with clients. The internship I completed with NMO Bank this past summer afforded me the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge I can bring to XYZ Financial Services. The insight you provided about XYZ Financial’s focus on customer service helped me understand your company’s commitment to its clients. This is the type of company I hope to work for.

Please let me know if I can provide further information. In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you.

Ashley Ingalls

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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