Job Search Assistance and Career Readiness Resources
The SES team is available to assist students and alumni with job search guidance and career readiness resources. Career and professional development are essential for overall success in the workplace. From resume critiques, interview practicing, job search strategies and assistance, and experiential learning, we are here to provide the tools and resources for you to excel.
Employment Opportunities for Students and Alumni
Students and alumni can search for various open positions (internships, co-ops, full-time, part-time, seasonal, etc.), upload their resumes or portfolios, and apply to jobs online. Also available are Podcasts, Videos, Career & Job Search Documents and Articles.
Want to post the newest jobs openings or search through resumes for possible interview candidates? Register to use our Student and Alumni Online Career Management system for 24/7 access to a job-posting platform and resume database. Site usage is FREE for employers.
Read more about hosting internships and cooperative education opportunities in our Employer Guide.
Job Search Strategies (Workshops / Videos)
Test your skills with our job skills playlist, a collection of videos showcasing the many aspects of the job search process. Watch the video.
Internships for Students
There are hundreds of internship openings across the nation and beyond. Most of these opportunities are highly competitive and offer a variety of workplace experiences. Student Employment Services can help you navigate the process of landing an internship.
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Resources and Links
- Remote Work
Remote Job Boards and Networking
Succeeding in a Remote Work Environment
- Barriers: Overcoming Less Than Desirable Backgrounds
Finding employment in a highly competitive job market is not an easy task. It takes initiative, patience, perseverance, and plenty of preparation. Researching careers, businesses and industries, salaries, job outlook, and employer needs are just a few of the essentials. Matching your skills to the job desired is your target.
However, there are many obstacles for some job seekers that can further complicate the job search. With that in mind, this website is designed to aid those individuals with less than desirable backgrounds. Whether it is an ex-offender, someone with bad credit, a perceived job hopper, or the individual that has been fired, these resources should be of assistance. This site is designed to enlighten the readers to “barrier” resources that are available and to encourage them in the job search process. Finding a job with a “checkered” past is not easy, but there is hope.
Other Related Links
- Career Planning and Trends
Career planning can be confusing. Where do I start? How do I choose a major? How much education do I need? What is the job outlook? The links below are designed to assist the job seeker in exploring these issues. Whether exploring a variety of majors, the salary ranges, current trends, or the economic outlook, these sites will better prepare the user in planning for a career.
- Job Boards
Job boards give the candidate easy access to unlimited numbers of career opportunities. For your convenience, this site showcases local, state, national, and even global search engines. These include government agencies, private business/industry sites, non-profit organizations, staffing agencies, and so much more. The possibilities are unlimited! Check out these valuable resources.
In today's global market, we have access to dynamic and viable career opportunities around the world. Numerous electronic job boards have been added to expand your career or job search. With the sheer number and variety of "boards" accessible today, the search process is made much easier.
Federal Government Sites
South Carolina Listings
The economy is changing and the market place is competitive. Employers desire candidates that are both, highly skilled and possess “soft skills”. Matching the skills to the job is the key. The job search has become much easier with access to the numerous resources available. The South Carolina job boards listed below will be an asset to your search. There are all kinds of opportunities including city, county, and state jobs. Search by type of job or location. The resources are expansive.
State/Local Government Sites
Staffing Agency Websites
Staffing agencies may hire for part-time, full-time, seasonal, or permanent positions, however, they recruit for other companies or organizations. Working with these agencies can be a good way for students to explore a variety of jobs and opportunities while in college, as well as, after graduation. They gain access to all types of business and industry and have the opportunity to work in environments they may have never considered. In addition, working for a staffing agency can help the candidate gain experience and skills while maintaining a flexible work schedule.
For your convenience, numerous staffing sites are listed below. Student Employment Services cannot insure the quality of the third party recruiter, the contracting employer, or the job opportunity. Students and alumni are advised to use wisdom in pursuing these opportunities. Specifically, we advise that you:
1. Ask questions about the fee structure for job referrals. (If applicable.) SES recommends that students never pay a fee to secure a job with a third-party recruiter.
2. Read carefully any contract you are requested to sign. If you are unsure about the contract, seek legal advice.
3. Ask to be referred only to the job advertised. Insist that the agency not release your name to any company/agency without your prior permission.
If you encounter any problems or have any questions about the employment practices of the third party agency or the primary employer, please advise Student Employment Services at once!
Student Employment Services (SES) at Midlands Technical College (MTC) and all employers they represent are expected to abide by the Principles for Ethical Professional Practice published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
- Job Hunting
Regardless of the economic times, there are basic fundamentals to an effective job search. Student Employment Services has provided a variety of resources to help the user enhance the process. The links below include tips on job searching from A-Z. Whether preparing for the first job search or seeking advancement, the student can utilize the links below to research employers, assess moving and relocation fees, target the search to a specific industry or strategically market themselves. These informative sites can be very helpful to any job seeker.
- Resumes / Cover Letters / Etc.
What type of resume should I write? How do I post my resume online? Do I really need a cover letter? How do I choose a reference? Getting the job you want takes planning. Whether you are just beginning a career search or pursuing an advanced level position, you will find these sites helpful. They include resume samples, cover letter formats, business letters, and more. Sharpen your skills with these tools.
- Soft Skills and the Workplace
What Are Soft Skills?
How Do We Develop Soft Skills?
Why Do Soft Skills Matter?
Soft Skills and the Job Search
- The Interview
You have gotten the call. The interview is set. Are you ready? Can you identify the skills needed for the job? Are you a good match? Researching the employer, dressing for success, asking good questions, and relating transferrable skills, are all necessary for success. Polish your skills or develop new ones by checking out the resources below!
After the Interview / Follow-Up
- Veteran Employment Resources
Veterans are America's foundation. With multiple deployments, retirements, and huge defense cuts, veterans are entering the workforce in record numbers. They bring with them valuable skills, accomplishments, and much-needed experience. Seeking employment in the civilian world can be challenging. Many veterans choose to enter the federal workforce and that can be a daunting task as well. Whether writing a resume, converting military terms to civilian terms, or learning the best places to work, the veteran will want to check out these valuable resources.
Related Veterans' Issues
- Wage and Salary Information
Wage, salary, and benefits packages can make your head spin. In today’s market, there is so much to consider. The links below will aid the job seeker in discovering salary ranges by occupations. These sites can be viewed by location, category, or job title. Tips on salary negotiation, compensation, money management, and trends are also included. Know what you are worth and know the market!