National AmeriCorps Week – Have You Served?

March 2, 2012

In honor of National AmeriCorps Week (March 10-18) a small committee of us on campus would like to recognize those students, faculty, staff and alumni who have, or are currently serving, in the AmeriCorps national service program, whether it was in NCCC, VISTA or State/National.

We are hoping to compile a list of all those on campus and our alumni who have given their time to AmeriCorps, and during the week send out an email to let the campus know who has helped give back to their local communities and served their country through this program.

If you have served, and would like to have your name included in the list, please email Eric Anderson in the Career Center at with the following information:
• Your Name
• Name of AmeriCorps Program
• Location of Program
• Year(s) of Service
• *If you would like to include your major/minor or graduation year you are more than welcome to (but not required)

We appreciate your consideration of this request and want to thank all of those on campus who have served in AmeriCorps. During the week we will also be having an AmeriCorps Information Table in Cougar Plaza on Wednesday, March 14th from 11:00am-1:00pm as well as an AmeriCorps Panel Discussion on Thursday, March 15th from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the Rivers Dorm Hawkins Living & Learning Center.

Thank you for your time.

Eric Anderson, Career Center (AmeriCorps Alum)
Andrea DeSantis, Honors College (CofC Alum and current AmeriCorps VISTA)
Laura Mewbourn, Center for Civic Engagement (AmeriCorps VISTA)

Raffle for National Career Development Week – November 14-18

November 9, 2011

In honor of National Career Development Month, the Career Center will be raffling off prizes throughout the week, including the ultimate prizes of a brand new portfolio and a GRE Prep Book. To sign up for the free raffle, stop by the Career Center between next Monday and Thursday and enter your name, email address and phone number on the form; and in the process, learn more about how the Career Center can help in your personal and professional development.

For more information, please visit the Career Center website.  We are located on campus in the Lightsey Building, 2nd Floor, Room 216.

“Thursday Night Career Series”

February 7, 2011

In an effort to try and reach out to students and alumni that may not be able to access the Career Center during the day, the Career Center will be starting a “Career Night” workshop series on Thursday nights that will focus on a different topic each week. All workshops will be held in the Career Center (Lightsey Building, Room 216) from 5:30 – 6:30pm. Below is a full list of the Spring 2011 workshops, and if you should have any questions about them, please contact Eric Anderson, Career Center Advisor, at 953-5693 /

Spring 2011 Career Night Workshop Series

How to Choose a Major

September 28, 2009

Click the link below to view an informative article on how to choose a major.

For a more in-depth look at majors at the College of Charleston, please attend the “Choosing a Major at CofC” on October 6th, 2009 from 7pm until 8pm. The workshop will take place in Liberty Residence Hall Community Room. For more information, contact the Career Center at 843-953-5692.

Spring Career Fair ’09…Less than 20 Days Away and Counting…

February 9, 2009

The day is finally here. After four (or five) years, you are now ready to go into the world of professional employment. But where will you find that wonderful new career? One choice is at the 2009 Spring Career Fair. There will be over 70 different employers lined up to talk to you about possible futures with them.

You can go to the Career Center’s website to find more information about the Career Fair like who is attending and what they are seeking. One thing to remember about the Career Fair is to visit as many employers/graduate schools as possible. Maybe you feel pretty confident that you want to work with _______ but have you also thought about _______? Never pigeon hole yourself into one job or place to work without looking at all the different options.


As you have most likely guessed I am a big fan of tips and rules. Well, here a few to follow when preparing for and coming to the Career Fair.



1. Do your research. Look at the different companies coming to the Career Fair on our website and investigate them. What do they do? Where are they located? Are you interested in them?


 2. Prepare your resume and bring at least 20 copies. By now you should have a well written resume that highlights your experience and achievements. If you do not—Write One! Please bring it by the Career Center for the Career Advisor to look at. I love looking at resumes and will enjoy helping you make yours perfect.


 3. Dress the Part. Come to the Career Fair in professional dress. You are selling yourself to the different employers and they need to be able to picture you working in their company. See our website for more tips on professional dress.



4. Don’t be shy. The Career Fair is not a time to show your shyness. Be bold and approached the different employers/grad schools because they are not going to just grab you out the crowd. Go say hi, talk about their company, talk about yourself.





These were just a few tips to get your started. Also, check out the list of companies already slated to come to the career fair and the new preparation video on our homepage. Remember, come to the Spring Career Fair and get started on that wonderful new career that is waiting for you.

Being Successful at the Career Fair!

October 20, 2008

With the Education Career Fair and the Career & Graduate School Fair approaching, I thought we should discuss making the most out of a career fair. Here are 5 ways you can be a success at the Career Fair.

1. Before the career fair do your research! The Career Center has a list of all participating organizations on our website for your convenience. Research them, find out exactly what they do and what they have to offer you. By doing your research you can develop questions to ask the recruiters and make a positive lasting impression.

2. Take at least 20 copies of your resume with you to the Career Fair. You may only have 5 or 10 organizations in mind, but you need to be prepared in case you see one you had not thought about. Approach as many organizations as possible.

3. Dress to make a great impression. Come dressed to impress the recruiter. If you are actively seeking a job or internship wear a business suit. The recruiter needs to be able to picture you in their work environment. If you are just on a fact finding mission and trying to discover exactly what is out there, wear at least business casual. No jeans, flip-flops, spaghetti straps, or unprofessional wear.

Talk to all the employers and smile!

Talk to all the employers and smile!

4. Go up to the recruiters. Don’t wait for the recruiters to come up to you. You need to be proactive in the job search, not reactive. Also, gather company literature, applications, and most importantly business cards.

5. Say a simple thank you after the Career Fair. For the organizations that you are really interested in and spent time with at the Career Fair, send the recruiters thank you notes within 48 hours of the fair. This will let the recruiter know that you are really interested and refresh their memory of who you are.

For more tips on making the most out of the Career Fair check the Career Fair Video on the Help Guides web page.

Coming Next Semester!

December 10, 2007

This is the last blog for 2007, but we will be back next semester with more interesting posts to help you with your career development needs! Please check back with us on January 7, 2008 for the Next installment.

Here is a taste of what you will see next semester on the Career Center Blog:

· You have six months until graduation then what?

· Finding your summer job

· Interning your way into full-time employment

· Career Assessments: A Great way to discover your future

· Alumni highlights!

· Focusing on different majors and careers

· Plus more!

Do you have anything you specifically would like to see discussed on the Career Center Blog? Then write a suggestion below in the comments section! Have a great holiday break and congratulations to all of the graduating seniors.

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