Thursday, April 23, 2015

Graduation is here!

If you are about to graduate, don't forget about getting your resume in order!  You will need this important tool as you begin to look for employment.  Student Employment Services is here to help you whether you need to create one from scratch or if you just want another opinion on your current resume.  Call or email our office for an appointment. 843.574.6302 or stuemploy@tridenttech.edu.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Career Fair Recap

Wednesday's career fair was a great event!  Over 120 employers participated and we had a steady crowd of attendees from 10:00 until 1:00.  Initial reactions:

  • Employers were very pleased overall with candidates they spoke with. Many were scheduling follow up interviews and screening.
  • Several students told me they had interviews lined up with multiple companies.
  • For those of you that attended, you did a great job of dressing appropriately and bringing copies of your resume. It makes a great impression on employers!


Scenes from the day




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Career Fair 2015



Spring Career Fair
Wednesday, April 8th
10:00 - 1:00
Building 920 Conference Center
Main Campus

Be sure to make time in your schedule to attend the annual career fair!  With over 120 employers registered, you are sure to make valuable connections in your job search.  This is a great event to locate openings, research companies and gain insight into the skills employers are looking for in new hires.

Come prepared:
  • Dress to make a good impression!  If you have a LinkedIn account, Verizon Wireless is sponsoring a free photo booth to have a professional head shot to upload to your account profile.
  • Bring resumes.  Not all companies will accept them on site, but those that do will appreciate your preparedness
  • Do not discount an employer by their name. All companies need information technology, accountants, human resources, administrators, etc.
  • Not all companies may be currently hiring, but be sure to ask about upcoming needs and what they look for in top candidates. You will be prepared when they do hire!
  • Do not bring children or other family members.  This tells an employer that you may not have stable child care or reliable transportation.
A list or currently registered employers may be found on our Career Fair web page.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Employer Visits in March

Verizon Wireless Interview Workshop

  • Wednesday, March 18th
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Building 410 rooms 212-214
  • Topics:
    • Interview techniques
    • Selling yourself
    • Proper conduct during an interview


South Carolina Federal Credit Union

  • Thursday, March 19th
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Building 410 rooms 212-214
  • Topics: 
    • Deciding what to apply for
    • Job boards/how to find open positions
    • Composition of a job ad
    • Meeting the requirements of a job ad
    • Resume writing
    • Interview tips
    • Traditional vs. behavioral interviews
    • Interview attire
    • Interview follow-up
    • Best practices of top candidates

Please contact the Student Employment office if you would like to RSVP for either event.  843-574-6302 or stuemploy@tridenttech.edu.  You may also RSVP using your Career Connection account and going to the "Events" page.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Employer visits for February

Verizon Wireless interview workshop

  • Wednesday, February 11th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Building 410 rooms 212 - 214
  • Stop in for an interview during the scheduled time
  • Positions: Customer Service Representative and Technical Support Specialist
  • Contact Student Employment to reserve a spot - stuemploy@tridenttech.edu or call 574-6302; you may also schedule a time through your Career Connection account (Events/Information Sessions)
SCANA (parent of SCE&G) lunch and learn

  • Monday, February 23rd, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Building 410 rooms 214 - 216
  • Open to all students/graduates, but a specific focus for those in the Electronics Engineering Technology and Computer Technology
  • Please reserve a seat so that they have an accurate headcount for lunch - stuemploy@tridenttech.edu or 574-6302


Hammerhead Grill (Myrtle Beach)

  • Wednesday, February 25th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Building 940 suite D
  • Stop in for an interview during the scheduled time
  • Hiring for seasonal positions at a beach side restaurant
  • Contact Student Employment to reserve a spot - stuemploy@tridenttech.edu or call 574-6302; you may also schedule a time through your Career Connection account (Events/Information Sessions)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Verizon Wireless On Campus

Verizon Wireless will be conducting open interviews on the main campus. If you are interested in working for this outstanding company, please come in for an interview!

  • Wednesday, January 21st
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Building 940 Suite D


Bring your resume and dress appropriately!  Contact Student Employment with any questions.  843.574.6302 or stuemploy@tridenttech.edu.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Welcome to Spring 2015!

The spring semester is always a busy one in the Student Employment office.  With many students graduating, we assist with a lot of resumes and job searches!  This time of year also brings employers to campus in the form of individual presentations/workshops and the Career Fair on April 8th.

For those of you looking for employment, please use our Career Connection site as well as the search links on our website.  Many students have found jobs to meet their needs this way.  If you need a resume in your search, please don't hesitate to contact our office at 574-6302 or stuemploy@tridenttech.edu.  We are located on the main campus in 940 suite D.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Employer on campus

Kangaroo Express will be on the main campus conducting interviews for full and part-time positions. They need to fill several positions in the tri-county area ranging from sales associates to store managers.  If you would like to interview, please contact the Student Employment office for a scheduled time, or just stop by during their time on campus.

Date:  Thursday, December 4th
Time:  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Student Employment office - 940 suite D

For more information:  stuemploy@tridenttech.edu or 574-6302

Friday, October 24, 2014

G4S On Campus for Interviews!

G4S is the world's largest private security company.  They have clients around the world and are looking to expand in the Charleston area.  Representatives will be on the TTC main campus to conduct interviews on Thursday, October 30th from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  All interviews will be conducted in building 940 suite D.

To be scheduled for an interview, contact the Student Employment office at 843-574-6302 or stuemploy@tridenttech.edu.  Submitting an on-line application prior to the interview would be helpful, but not required.

Application for available positions:

Custom Protection Security Officer

Upscale Security Officer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5 Big Mistakes For a Resume

This post focuses on five mistakes commonly made on resumes and is taken from an article posted on LinkedIn by Lazlo Bock, SVP, People Operations at Google.

 " Mistake 1: Typos. This one seems obvious, but it happens again and again. A 2013 CareerBuilder survey found that 58% of resumes have typos.  In fact, people who tweak their resumes the most carefully can be especially vulnerable to this kind of error, because they often result from going back again and again to fine tune their resumes just one last time. And in doing so, a subject and verb suddenly don't match up, or a period is left in the wrong place, or a set of dates gets knocked out of alignment. I see this in MBA resumes all the time. Typos are deadly because employers interpret them as a lack of detail-orientation, as a failure to care about quality. The fix?

Read your resume from bottom to top: reversing the normal order helps you focus on each line in isolation. Or have someone else proofread closely for you.

Mistake 2: Length. A good rule of thumb is one page of resume for every ten years of work experience. Hard to fit it all in, right? But a three or four or ten page resume simply won't get read closely. As Blaise Pascal wrote, "I would have written you a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." A crisp, focused resume demonstrates an ability to synthesize, prioritize, and convey the most important information about you. Think about it this way: the *sole* purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. That's it. It's not to convince a hiring manager to say "yes" to you (that's what the interview is for) or to tell your life's story (that's what a patient spouse is for). Your resume is a tool that gets you to that first interview. Once you're in the room, the resume doesn't matter much. So cut back your resume. It's too long.

Mistake 3: Formatting. Unless you're applying for a job such as a designer or artist, your focus should be on making your resume clean and legible. At least ten point font. At least half-inch margins. White paper, black ink. Consistent spacing between lines, columns aligned, your name and contact information on every page. If you can, look at it in both Google Docs and Word, and then attach it to an email and open it as a preview. Formatting can get garbled when moving across platforms. Saving it as a PDF is a good way to go.

Mistake 4: Confidential information. I once received a resume from an applicant working at a top-three consulting firm. This firm had a strict confidentiality policy: client names were never to be shared. On the resume, the candidate wrote: "Consulted to a major software company in Redmond, Washington." Rejected! There's an inherent conflict between your employer's needs (keep business secrets confidential) and your needs (show how awesome I am so I can get a better job). So candidates often find ways to honor the letter of their confidentiality agreements but not the spirit. It's a mistake. While this candidate didn't mention Microsoft specifically, any reviewer knew that's what he meant. In a very rough audit, we found that at least 5-10% of resumes reveal confidential information. Which tells me, as an employer, that I should never hire those candidates ... unless I want my own trade secrets emailed to my competitors.  The New York Times test is helpful here: if you wouldn't want to see it on the home page of the NYT with your name attached (or if your boss wouldn't!), don't put it on your resume.

Mistake 5: Lies. This breaks my heart. Putting a lie on your resume is never, ever, ever, worth it. Everyone, up to and including CEOs, gets fired for this. (Google "CEO fired for lying on resume" and see.) People lie about their degrees (three credits shy of a college degree is not a degree), GPAs (I've seen hundreds of people "accidentally" round their GPAs up, but never have I seen one accidentally rounded down -- never), and where they went to school (sorry, but employers don't view a degree granted online for "life experience" as the same as UCLA or Seton Hall). People lie about how long they were at companies, how big their teams were, and their sales results, always goofing in their favor.

There are three big problems with lying: (1) You can easily get busted. The Internet, reference checks, and people who worked at your company in the past can all reveal your fraud. (2) Lies follow you forever. Fib on your resume and 15 years later get a big promotion and are discovered? Fired. And try explaining that in your next interview. (3) Our Moms taught us better. Seriously. "