Getting Hired

Guiding you through the job search—one step at a time.

Resume and cover letter

Your application package is your first impression to a potential employer. The most effective and competitive ones are tailored and targeted for a specific employer with a particular position or goal in mind. 

In creating your resumé and/or cover letter, follow these basic guidelines.

We also recommend you read this helpful blog which contains valuable information for cover letter preparation: https://novoresume.com/career-blog/how-to-write-a-cover-letter-guide

When you are ready to have your resumé or cover letter reviewed and enhanced, you have two options:

  • Make an appointment for a full consultation and assistance with editing your documents
  • Drop by the Student Development Center, bringing a printed version of your document, and the Office Manager will provide quick edits. Drop-ins are limited to 15 minutes each.

Interview skills

Mock Interview

A Mock Interview provides current students and alumni an opportunity to critique themselves and receive feedback on their job interview performance.

At the time of your interview you can expect a simulated interview where you will be challenged with common and customized questions based on your background, area of interest, and any other information you provide.

Your interview will be recorded and played back to you. This allows you to evaluate your responses, professionalism, dress. etc.

The feedback portion of your appointment will highlight your strengths and provide areas for improvement. You will take with you a better understanding of how to articulate your thoughts, experiences, and skills.

Mock Interviews may be used prior to any form of interview including graduate, professional and job interviews.

How to Prepare for Your Mock Interview
Prepare for your Mock Interview as you would an official interview. Bring your resume, creative examples, and dress appropriately. Review how you would answer these sample interview questions.

Following are some questions to ask yourself in preparation for an interview.

Know Yourself

  1. Why am I applying for this position?
  2. What are the three most important things I want the interviewer to know about me?
  3. What are my three biggest job-related strengths?
  4. What are some examples of experiences I have had that demonstrated these strengths?
  5. What is my biggest weakness, and what I am doing to work on it?
  6. What are my goals (short- and long-term)?
  7. What questions do I have about the company/organization?

Know the Employer/Organization

  1. What is the organization's missions and values?
  2. Where is the organization located? Are there other locations?
  3. Is it a public or private organization?
  4. Has the organization been in the news lately? For what reason(s)?
  5. What are the services/products/programs this organization provides?
  6. Who are its competitors?
  7. How is this organization doing relative to its competitors?
  8. What are the organization's short-term goals? Long-term goals?
  9. What else is the organization known for (e.g., community involvement, relaxed atmosphere, etc.)?
  10. What challenges/difficulties does this organization face? How can I help solve them?

Job search

Walla Walla University uses Handshake as its official resume and job posting service. Students and alumni can use this program to:

  • Easily search and apply to local and national Full-time, Part-time, Internship/Co-op job opportunities
  • Access event announcements, career advice documents, podcasts, videos and articles

Other job search sites:

Negotiating a Salary

According to SmartBusinessTrends.com, 

"Salary negotiations are important – both when you’re first offered a job, and also during performance reviews . It can be an uncomfortable, often nerve-wracking conversation to bring up, and may make you uneasy, especially during a job interview.

But nonetheless, negotiating your salary and benefits package that meets your demands, and is on par with industry standards as well, is essential and extremely important.

From an employer’s perspective, salary negotiations are part of the game, and are completely acceptable, so you should never shy away from it. In fact most companies are willing to negotiate and expect it but most employees shy away from it."

The Career Services department at Walla Walla University encourages students to check out what MoneyGeek.com has to say about the best ways to go about negotiating top salary.  

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