Career Services




Who is eligible for Career Services?

You are eligible for career services if you are part of a recruitment effort or the spouse/partner of a full-time faculty or staff member and are relocating to the area. Career services are provided to the spouse/partner for period of up to one year from the employee’s date of hire at the university or when employment is secured, whichever comes first.

What does Career Services offer?

  • General information on employment in the region
  • Referrals to job networking and career development resources
  • Job search guidance, resource and contact information on employment opportunities with local/regional employers
  • Assistance with resume and interview preparation
  • Guidance in applying for positions at JMU and navigating the JobLink website in accordance with JMU hiring policies and procedures

How do I request Career Services?

You may request these services by contacting Alicia Proctor, Recruitment Specialist, proctoan@jmu.edu, 540-568-7203. You may also contact your spouse/partner’s employing department and ask them to put you in contact with Alicia. You will be asked to complete a Career Services Intake Form to help us provide you with the best possible assistance.

How long will you assist me in my job search?

Career Services are only offered for one year or until you secure employment, whichever comes first.

In the future, can I utilize Career Services again?

Career Services may only be used once to find initial employment.

Will I be given preferential treatment for open positions at JMU?

Our program does not compromise the normal hiring or search process and cannot interfere with the hiring policies or procedures of the university. We can help you navigate the JMU JobLink system and provide a letter of introduction to the associated department acknowledging your participation in the program.

Am I guaranteed job placement through this program?

Our goal is to provide liaison assistance to eligible participants regarding their search for employment. We are glad to offer professional advice with regard to a participant’s career search and are committed to assisting dual career couples. We will do everything possible to assist you in your job search but can neither create jobs nor intervene in an employer's hiring practices. It is the expectation of the program that participants manage their own career search.

Can the program help me find employment outside of James Madison University positions?

C3 will most certainly assist with employment outside of the university. JMU maintains a network of business contacts in the community and surrounding area to assist you in your job search.  Through the program, you can obtain resource information about the local business community, job openings and introductions to contacts of interest for informational interviewing purposes.

Can you help me if I only want to secure part-time employment?

Yes, C3 offers all of the same assistance to those candidates who are seeking part-time employment.

What if I am not yet eligible to work in the U.S.?

If you are waiting for authorization to work, you can still secure information about local employers and job opportunities. You can start researching options and we can be better prepared to assist you when you secure proper authorization.

If I secure employment, can I use the C3 program administrator as a reference?

The program does not provide references for those we assist. References given to potential employers should be those who can speak with a great degree of validity about your past professional contributions, accomplishments and success. Colleagues in your particular field or previous supervisors are the best references.

Are there jobs in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County and Shenandoah Valley area?

Our area continues to grow and expand. There are diverse industries in the valley from healthcare/biomedical and manufacturing/construction to insurance and finance organizations. The Shenandoah Valley’s rich farming history and vast recreational offerings have also led to increased opportunities in agritourism and hospitality. In addition to JMU, there are four institutions of higher learning within reasonable driving distance from Harrisonburg for those looking for academic positions. Keep in mind that this is not yet considered a major metropolitan area and searching for employment may require patience and persistence.

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