Job Seeker Tools
The Career Services Center maintains a variety of printed and web-based resources to educate you, the job seeker, to help develop the skills you will need to be successful in your job search.
- Approximately 75% of the available jobs in the US are not advertised through traditional means! So where are they? Uncover job leads and the “hidden” job market. Access a variety of local, state and national jobs on our job board and through the web
- Practice interview skills with Interview Pro TM
- Learn strategies for job development, retention and navigating a tough job market
- Be an informed job seeker by knowing current labor market conditions
- Explore your training options for both short term training and various continuing education and curriculum program options tied to high growth occupations
- Access resume templates for specific occupations tied to college programs for a “head” start by visiting the center
Free Resume & Cover Letter Critique Services
Individual assistance is also available for developing your job search skills to include free resume development assistance, templates, or evaluation and advice on improving your existing resume. All services are available at no cost to students and the general public.
General Critique Policy for all Customers
You may email or drop off your existing resume to us before 2pm Monday through Friday and generally receive a critique response the same day. Documents received after 2pm will generally be returned or ready for pick up after 10am the following normal business day. Emailed documents must be in Word format.
Specific Policies for Students Submitting Documents as a Class Assignment
Due to the volume of documents that we receive, Coastal Students submitting resumes or cover letters as part of a required class assignment must indicate in the subject line of their email the instructor’s last name, course/section and whether it is seated (S) or online (O) in order for the center to be able to properly process the critique request.
Student documents will generally be returned to the instructor for distribution unless prior arrangements have been made with the Career Center Manager. Online students will receive documents returned by email. Students are responsible for proper routing and labeling of assignments sent to the Center by email attachment and allowing a reasonable time frame for the document review process before the class assignment deadline. Students should be aware that the Career Center does not assign grades for class assignments. Students are encouraged to read assignment requirements set forth by their instructors to ensure that they are met when completing activities. Specific rubrics used by the Career Center to assess documents may be accessed by students and faculty under the Virtual Career Center.
It is recommended that you obtain more than one opinion before you make revisions to your documents. Because the review process is subjective, having more than one person review your documents is a sound practice.
The College offers a variety of Human Resources Development Classes to help you develop needed skills to compete for employment vacancies and many are available free of charge for qualified participants.
Perfect Interview™, is available in the Career Center, as a computer-based innovative learning tool that you can use to enhance your job interviewing skills and develop an edge over the competition. Perfect Interview™ creates a compelling and realistic “simulated interview” experience where you are asked challenging questions and must respond, just as you would in a real job interview. You can repeat each question as often as you like, and you can even see examples of how someone else might answer. And, if you get stuck, there’s a built-in Interview Coach to offer help.
We have the following Quick Guides that cover just about every possible career development topic available. Stop by and pick up copies in the center or by e-mail request at email@example.com. ADOBE Reader is required to open e-mailed attachments.
- Just Laid Off
- Re-entering the Workforce
- Just Graduated
- Post-Military Job Seeker
- Person with a Disability
- Handling the stress of the job search
- What Employers Expect from Employees
- I Quit!
- Leaving a Dissatisfying Job
- Fired from Last or Previous Job
- Changing Careers at Midlife
- The Experienced Worker
- Ex-Offender toolkit
- Issues for Women and Minorities
- Managing Unemployment
- The role that family can play
- Using your local JobLink Career Center
- Where are the jobs?
- Government Jobs
- Temporary employment: A viable option
- Using private employment agencies
- Entrepreneurship (starting your own business)
- Using the Internet in your job search
- Newspaper Ads
- Help Wanted Response forms
- How to make Cold Calls
- Cold calling telephone log
- Choosing your career
- Identifying your knowledge, skills and abilities
- Interests and Personal values traits
- Ideal Job Worksheet
- Identifying salary needs
- Your Career Advisor
- Filling out job applications
- Sample employment applications
- Sample completed employment applications
- Resume writing made easy
- Chronological and Skills based resumes
- Sample Chronological Resume
- Sample skill based functional Resume
- Internet résumé
- List of Action Words to use when writing résumé statements
- Writing a Cover Letter
- Sample Cover Letters
- Overcoming challenges to employment
- Dealing with negative information
- Accessing labor market information
- Interviewing for information
- Researching the job and the employer
- Employee Benefits
- Daily job search planning worksheet
- Career Portfolios
- Interview from the employer’s point of view
- Kind of Interviews to expect
- Dynamics of an Interview
- Preparing for the Interview
- Telephone Interviews
- Common Interview Questions
- First Impressions
- Pre-Interview Worksheet
- Post-Interview Worksheet
- Thank you notes as a follow up
- Negotiation of Salary
- Pre-employment tests
- The Job Offer
- Starting a new job
- How to read your pay stub and deductions
- Job Retention: How do I keep my job?
- Setting goals at work
- Communicating at work
- Time management on the job