Career Services

By John Stabinger
Posted on 2 April 2020 | 2:40 pm

Alumni Career Services

The College of Charleston is an important resource for students and alumni throughout all stages of their careers. The Alumni Association offers resources for mid-career to experienced job seekers. As an alumnus of the College of Charleston and a member of the Alumni Association, you have access to exclusive resources that can help you along your career path. Examples include alumni-specific online networking, a job search platform, webinars for job-search strategies, and professional networking events across the country.

Start your career advancement with the resources below. Stay connected to the Alumni Association for invitations to webinars and professional networking at a club event near you. To inquire about alumni career services, contact Najeema Davis Washington, Associate Director, Alumni Engagement & Career Services at 843-953-5630 or washingtonnd@cofc.edu

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Job Search

Alumni looking for career opportunities are encouraged to regularly visit the Alumni Job Board. The Job Board showcases thousands of positions across the country. Registration is free and easy. You can even set alerts for positions that match your search criteria. Start your journey here: https://alumnijobs.cofc.edu/jobseekers/profile. Once your job search begins, use this resource to track your applications. >> Job Application Tracking Sheet

Is your company hiring?

Alumni business leaders looking to hire fellow CofC alumni can promote their vacancies on the Alumni Job Board which offers discounted rates to attract top talent.

Other Job Search Platforms

Charleston-based Resources

Many alumni remain in Charleston or aim to return to the area for employment. The links below can give you information on industries and opportunities specific to this region.

Federal Government Resources

USAJobs is the United States Government’s official website for listing civil service job opportunities with federal agencies in the United States and around the world.

Congressional Opportunities

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate both make weekly announcements of job openings on Capitol Hill. Positions range from entry level interns to senior aides and committee staff. Analysts, communications professionals, accountants, IT professionals, and lawyers, among others, are encouraged to review these posts regularly.

Subscribe to the weekly House vacancy announcements here: https://bit.ly/ACS_Congress_hmc. Start your employment search at the U.S. Senate here: https://bit.ly/ACS_Senatejobs

LinkedIn Networking

LinkedIn is the leading destination for professional networking and job searches. Ninety-five percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to find potential employees. A complete profile, along with regular participation on the site, and involvement in relevant groups will make your profile attractive to recruiters. LinkedIn also offers job postings for employers and provides a robust job search function with easy filters to find the right positions to which to apply.

Alumni are encouraged to join the College of Charleston Alumni Association Group on LinkedIn. Visit the LinkedIn group for new jobs posted weekly in the newsfeed. Meet fellow alumni, explore careers and professions, build better bonds by sharing fond memories of the College.

Expand your online network by using the LinkedIn search tool to find alumni by industry, class year, or geographic location. Send an invitation and make a connection.

Does your LinkedIn profile need an update?

Follow these tips to create a LinkedIn profile that stands out.

Resume resources for experienced job seekers

Your resume should be a concise, well-organized document showcasing your skills, experiences, achievements, and education. It is designed to capture the attention of a potential employer and land you an interview. For experienced job seekers, a reverse-chronological resume and a professional summary are recommended. Your resume should not exceed two pages.

Use the following resources to build a strong resume.

Career Counseling

The Alumni Association has entered into an agreement with Soule Career Services to offer career coaching at a significant discount to alumni of the College. Soule can show you how to effectively market yourself, explore career options, discern which career path will lead you to success, and assist you in honing specific skills. Services include assessment evaluation, and career transition coaching. To schedule a coaching session and inquire about services and rates, contact Sarah Birdsong at Soule and be sure to mention you are an alumna/us of the College: http://bit.ly/CareerCoachSoule

Please note: This offer is a special benefit to College of Charleston alumni. Soule Career Services is an independent contractor, not compensated or retained by the Alumni Association.

Continuing Education at the College of Charleston

The Center for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) at the College of Charleston School of Business provides education opportunities to help you advance your career. Courses include executive education in leadership, professional development, and exam preparation. Learn the skills necessary for success in today’s global economy. Prepare for a career in financial planning, project management, real estate, or human resources with courses to succeed on professional licensing exams.

General Career Services for Entry-level job seekers

The Career Center serves all students and alumni who are looking for an internship, entry-level job or applying to graduate school. The Center offers a variety of services including career counseling, job search strategy, resume writing, and interviewing techniques. These services are limited to alumni who have graduated within the last three years and are available by appointment only. Contact the Career Center at 843-953-5692 to schedule an appointment.