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Northwest Missouri State University


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Alumni Activation

Northwest alumni may access internship/job vacancies, may be included in resume referrals and participate in On-Campus Recruiting events through Hire A Bearcat. Simply complete a short profile. (No additional fee at this time)

Business Journals

We are pleased to offer online access to American City Business Journals information from 40 cities including Kansas City and St. Louis. Career Services routinely recommends these resources to those we serve. Access to these materials is available through the Career Services website. (Blue Business Journal button in the bottom right)

  • Local business news, industry-specific news and professional news to:
    • Expedite searching for jobs and internships in 40 cities
    • Network and connect with people through upcoming events
    • Research specific topics for classes, papers, and presentations through current editions or archived material
    • Find out about company expansions, new business construction, governmental units, and non-profit organizations
    • Assess fresh company data, contact information and news updates 24/7
    • Gain insight about the top 25 industry leaders in specific categories from “The Book of Lists” for each city

Career Ambassadors

Meet our Career Ambassadors, trained student paraprofessionals ready to assist you in the office or around campus with career-related questions and concerns.

Career Services Resource Library

Searching for information about majors, interviewing, salaries, internships, resumes, or graduate schools? Many resources are available on this site, try the Career Services search to find specific information. In addition, our Resource Library offers a variety of diverse career-related materials. We have books, magazines, DVD’s, newspapers, and periodicals to help get you started. Stop by anytime Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and browse our selection at Administration Building 130.

Additional career-related information: Owens Library and Maryville Public Library

Choosing a Major

The majority of college students across the U.S. change their major at least once and many change majors several times during their college years. Visit our Choosing a Major site to explore your career options. You can make an appointment with our staff for personal assistance or stop by during Walk-In Hours any Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. We offer many resources to help explore majors and career paths.

Critiques: Resumes, Cover Letters, Application Materials

Staff members are available to critique application materials (examples – resume, cover letter, vitae). Drop off document(s) and make an appointment, or visit our office during Walk-In Hours on Wednesdays between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Career Ambassadors are also available for assistance. Watch for them around campus.

Employer Services

Career Services provides a centralized connection to all Northwest students, faculty and academic departments. Career Services:

  • Offers employers the opportunity to post their job/internship positions to Hire A Bearcat
  • Provides resume referrals
  • Arranges on-campus interviews and information sessions/tables
  • Hosts a variety of career events

For more information, email Renee Riedel or call 660.562.1343.


Career Services hosts a variety of career events to propel students toward a successful future and a connection with potential employers for both internships and full-time opportunities.

Hire A Bearcat

Hire A Bearcat is Northwest’s online recruiting system. Students and alumni may view jobs and internships, sign-up for interviews, upload resume/job search documents and be included in resume referrals.

Employers may post job and internship positions, manage on-campus interview schedules and request resume referrals.

Internship/Job Listings

Employers may post jobs, internships, and interview schedules through Hire A Bearcat. View our posting policy.

Northwest students and alumni have the opportunity to view postings and interview schedules after completing their profile section within Hire A Bearcat.

Internship and Job Search Assistance

Need help starting or continuing an internship or job search? Make an appointment with one of our staff members to discuss career options/majors, identify potential jobs/employer markets, and develop search strategies. A wealth of information is available in the 10 step job search document which is embedded with links to helpful information including resume and cover letter examples, interview tips, regional employment resources, salary negotiation and relocation resources. View the internship webpage for suggestions and resources to begin your hunt for an internship.

Make an Appointment

Career Services Staff and Career Ambassadors are here to serve you. If you would like to make an appointment please complete this short intake form and we will contact you within 24 hours to confirm an appointment time.

On Campus Recruiting

Each fall and spring employers travel to the Northwest campus to interview candidates for all types of positions -- full time, part-time, and internships. They are looking for you! Current students and registered alumni gain access to interview schedules by completing a profile in our Hire A Bearcat database.


Need a class or group presentation? The list below contains our most frequently requested topics for freshmen through graduate students. Presentations can be customized to fit a specific audience.

  • What Career Services can do for you
  • Major/career exploration
  • What can I do with this major?
  • How to find an internship
  • Job search strategies
  • Hire A Bearcat
  • Resumes
  • Cover letters
  • Interviewing
  • Self-managed credentials
  • Graduate school essays
  • Networking
  • Custom presentation

Please complete the Presentation Request form and we will be in touch to confirm details.  All requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Contact us with any questions by emailing or calling 660.562.1250.

Resume Referrals

Employers frequently contact Career Services looking for qualified candidates. We query Hire A Bearcat for candidates that match the employer's criteria and forward the applicable resumes to the employer. Employers follow up directly with candidates. Students must complete a profile and upload a resume to be included in this service. Alumni may opt into this service by completing a profile. (No additional fee at this time.)


TypeFocus Careers brings it all together in a program that helps you make good career choices.

  • Build self-awareness regarding your skills, strengths and the career options that would best fit with your personality type
  • Learn how to successfully get the job through using helpful tools including a personalized interviewing guide, resume tips and networking advice
  • Discover how to appreciate different personality types and effectively communicate with others
  • Set education, career and life goals

Walk In Hours

Our staff is available to assist students every Wednesday afternoon from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., without an appointment on a first come, first serve basis. We are located in the Administration Building, Room 130.

What Can I Do With This Major?

This powerful resource connects majors with potential careers. Each major offers a list of common career areas, typical employer types, and strategies to maximize career opportunities in that discipline. At the bottom of each major page, view a variety of links to find websites with more information about related careers.