Frequently Asked Questions
- Whom does the Career Center assist?
- What is CougarJobLink and how do I use it?
- Will the Career Center help me with my resume?
- How can the Career Center help me find a job or internship?
- Can the Career Center help me choose my major?
- Do you give tests that will help me identify the career I should pursue?
- How do I find out which employers will be interviewing on campus and how do I participate?
- I’m graduating. How do I start looking for a job?
- Can I use the Career Center after I graduate?
- Where is the Career Center and what are your hours?
We work with all admitted students(undergraduate and graduate students), as well as with alumni – any major, any class year.
CougarJobLink is an internet based resource that assists students in searching for job and internship opportunities, as well as on-campus interview opportunities. Students will find CougarJobLink under the Student Services tab in MyCharleston.
Alumni should visit the Career Center's homepage to request an account. We will then approve you and once approved you should log into CougarJobLink, complete your Profile section and start your job search.
The Career Center has information to help you in writing your resume, and will provide feedback on your resume once you have it prepared. Strategies and tips for writing effective resumes are available on our website and additional samples are available in the Career Planning Guide, Job Choices magazine (free from the Career Center), and through other written resources in Career Resources Library. We provide resume critiques during our Drop-In Hours between 1-3:30pm Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (no appointment required, first come, first served) or by appointment.
The Career Center receives hundreds of job and internship opportunities for students and recent graduates each year. All jobs and internships received by the Career Center are listed on CougarJobLink, and our website contains many local, regional, national and international job and internship listing sites. To discuss your individual job/internship strategy, contact our office to make an appointment to speak with a staff member who can help you utilize appropriate resources and develop an effective job search plan of action.
The Career Center doesn’t provide academic advising, but we can provide you with information and resources to help you in exploring majors and careers that may be a good match for you. Contact the Career Center to make an appointment to meet with a staff member to discuss your ideas and questions.
The Career Center administers and interprets career assessment inventories, which may be useful in suggesting careers to explore. The Career Center administers the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator. An appointment with a Career Center staff member is required once you have taken one of these assessments in order that the results be interpreted and discussed with you. You may also utilize FOCUS, a computer program which takes you through an step-by-step process of making a career choice.
Many employers conduct on-campus interviews during the Fall (September-November) semester and Spring (February – April) semesters. All opportunities are posted on CougarJobLink, and can be identified by the icon beside the job listing in the search results. Students who wish to participate in on-campus interviews must first have their resume reviewed and approved by the Career Center, and must sign a “Consent to Disclose Information” form to allow their resume to be released to participating employers. Once this is done, students may select employers with whom they wish to interview, and submit their resume to that organization via CougarJobLink.
A visit to the Career Center is a good place to start; our staff and resources can help you in formulating a good job search plan for your individual career area(s) of interest. Also, be sure to utalize CougarJobLink to view events sponsored by the Career Center throughout the year, such as Career Fairs, Information Sessions, Seminars, etc. In general, it is recommended that you first clarify and focus your career goals, use networking to uncover possible opportunities that may not be advertised; research industries and employers to better understand their needs; use a variety of resources to identify potential jobs openings; write a targeted resume and cover letter for each type of career opportunity you are seeking; polish your interview skills; and follow up on opportunities and interviews. The Career Center can provide more information and resources on all of these steps.
Yes, all of our services are available to alumni from the College of Charleston. However, on-campus interview privileges are only available for one semester after graduation. (For May graduates, your on-campus interview privileges extend through the following Fall semester.)
The Career Center is located on the second floor of the Lightsey Building (160 Calhoun Street). We are open Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Our Drop-In Hours (no appointment required, maximum of 15 minute meeting with a staff member) are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00-3:30pm.