Career Services

Career Services for Students and Graduates

Career Services is available at several Central Piedmont campuses to help you with career and major decision and job search as well as to connect you with employers.

Career Services is here to help you identify your career path and adjust to the new job market. Submit this form to schedule a virtual appointment with a career counselor to help you:

  • manage your job search while social distancing
  • build your job search plan
  • create a résumé, practice interviewing, and receive networking advice
  • decide on a major/career

If you are an employer looking to recruit our students, please visit our recruitment page.

Career Decision Resources

Talking with a career counselor can be helpful if you do not know which career field you would like to enter, are having trouble deciding on a college major or program, want to confirm a career choice that you have already made, or if you have picked a broad major (such as business or IT) and do not have a specific career in mind yet.

  • Career Coach (Online)/Career Assessments

    Career Coach is a career information resource that offers an online interest assessment to help you identify your interests and careers that relate to your interests. Career Coach also has local salary and employer information, occupational growth projections, and information about Central Piedmont's programs of study. Anyone can use this free career exploration tool.

    Other free assessment resources include:

    In-Depth Assessments

    If you are having problems coming up with ideas to consider, Career Services offers in-depth career assessments to help you develop a list of options. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory are the most comprehensive assessments offered. You must be a current curriculum (college-credit-seeking) student to participate. Should you decide to take in-depth assessments, your counselor will explain your options and how to take the assessments, and will interpret the results with you.

Job Search Resources

Career counselors are available to help you with all aspects of your job search, from résumé and cover letter writing, to creating a customized job search plan and conducting mock interviews.

  • Your Job Posting Policies and Responsibilities

    Central Piedmont Career Services provides multiple ways for you to connect with employers for potential job and internship opportunities. Career Services maintains an online job posting system (the Central Piedmont student job board), hosts employer visits to campus for hiring events, and maintains bulletin boards on all campuses as a service to Central Piedmont students, employees, and graduates in your job seeking efforts.

    Please note that:

    • You, as the job seeker, are responsible for all necessary precautions when interviewing for or accepting positions posted on this site, and are responsible for checking the integrity of an organization. It is your responsibility to seek information and legal representation if you feel you are being discriminated against or mistreated in the workplace.
    • The participation of employers in campus events and presence of job announcements on the Student Job Board does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation by Central Piedmont Career Services. We cannot be held responsible and/or liable for any damages, real or imagined, past, present or future, from interactions with employers or the information contained in or requested by the job postings.
    • Career Services is not responsible for any representations or guarantees with regard to job postings, nor is it responsible for wages, working conditions, safety, or other work-related issues which may arise after placement with an employer.

    Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker (PDF) (adapted from the National Association of Colleges and Employers website)

  • How to Spot Potential Job Scams

    A few tips to help avoid illegitimate job opportunities include:

    • Do not disclose social security numbers, credit card information, or bank account numbers to unknown employers.
    • Exercise caution if you are requested to invest any of your own money for an employment opportunity.
    • Interview only in public business locations.
    • Other than staffing agencies, be wary of positions asking you to submit paperwork, start employment, or set up office space before a formal application and interview process.

    The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) provides a full list of best safety practices on the job search.

    How to Spot a Fraudulent Employer (PDF) (adapted from the NACE website)

    If you have any questions or concerns about any job posting or employer you have met through the Career Services office, contact Career Services.

  • Student Job Board

    The student job board (through Handshake) is the #1 way college students get hired. Visit the student job board today!

    College Credit-Seeking Students

    You automatically have a job board account — no need to create an account. Simply log in to the student job board using your Central Piedmont credentials.

    Corporate and Continuing Education Students

    To use the student job board, you must have an active Central Piedmont student ID number and email address. To request this information, contact Corporate and Continuing Education.

    To create your account once you have your job login credentials:

    1. access the student job board
    2. select "sign up here"
    3. provide your student ID number and username

    Career and College Readiness Students

    College and Career Readiness students, you are welcome to create a job board account:

    1. access the student job board
    2. select "sign up here"
    3. provide your student ID number and username

    Alumni/Previous Central Piedmont Students

    You are welcome to create a job board account any time:

    1. access the student job board
    2. select "sign up here"
    3. provide your student ID number and username

    To access the job board or create an account, you must have reactivated your Central Piedmont account since the February 2021 technology interruptions. If you need to reclaim your account, visit the Technology Interruptions Information for Students page.

  • Hiring Events

    Career Services hosts a variety of hiring events throughout the year. View events hosted by both Career Services and individual employers on the student job board.

    You can also check out the college events calendar for information on upcoming recruitment events.

  • How to Work Job Fairs and Hiring Events

    • Research employers. Recruiters will see hundreds of job seekers during the course of the day. Stand out from the rest by preparing early. Many event websites list which employers are coming.
    • Visit Career Services early to create a targeted résumé. Bring or email your résumé to Career Services several weeks before the event to have it critiqued by a career counselor and discuss how to target it to a specific employer or job.
    • Strategize. Arrive early. Identify and locate the companies you are most interested in talking to and visit their booths first. Remember, it is about quality, not quantity!
    • Bring plenty of résumés. Target your résumé objective to each employer you want to speak to and bring at least two copies for each.
    • Apply online, and do not be discouraged if an employer cannot accept your résumé at a hiring event. Many companies require online applications because of legal reasons, so apply in advance and tell recruiters you have
    • taken this extra step to demonstrate your enthusiasm for their opportunity. Once you make a good impression in-person, your online application will rise to the top.
    • Dress to impress. Many career fairs require professional dress. Not sure if what you plan to wear is appropriate? Talk to a Career Services counselor for advice.
    • Know what you want to say. Talk about your achievements and accomplishments. Use our Elevator Pitch worksheet to plan what you want to talk about or you can meet with a career
    • counselor for assistance.
    • Listen up! While you wait to talk to recruiters, use your time  wisely. Listen to the conversation recruiters are having with other job seekers. You can use the information you learn to develop some great questions and points to wow the recruiters! Also, network with other job seekers. 
    • Ask good questions. Do your research ahead of time so you can ask the recruiter insightful questions. Do not waste the limited time you have to ask, “What does your company do?” If you have done your homework, you already know the answer. Some examples of good questions:
      • What are you looking for in a successful candidate?
      • What kind of entry-level positions (or internships) exist within your organization?
      • Does your company hire on a continual basis or just at certain times of the year?
    • Be enthusiastic and have a positive attitude. Whether you are looking for a job or internship or are simply getting practice talking to employers, a job fair is a rare opportunity for you to get face-to-face time with those who can help you get ahead.
    • Collect business cards and follow up. Always follow up with the recruiter to thank them for their time and remind them of your conversation with them. It is best to send them an email the afternoon/evening of the event.
    • Organize before you leave the hiring event. Take a moment before you leave the event to jot down some quick notes about the recruiters and companies you met with while it is still fresh in your mind.
  • Other Career/Job Search Resources at Central Piedmont

Résumé Help

Interview Prep Help

The key to successful interviewing is preparation.

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Career Coach

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