Attend a “Working it Out” Career Preparation Session in October

Career Services, Workplace Learning and Student Life at Cato Campus are partnering to offer “Working it Out”: A Series of Three Career Preparation Sessions during October.
  • October 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m.,  Cato II Auditorium Rm 020
    Lunch and Learn-Employer Panel
    Lunch will be served at this event.
    A small panel of employers in fields relative to CPCC programs and student interest will discuss what they look for in an applicant and employee once the job is secured. Employers will also provide tips on how to maintain their jobs, seek promotion etc. Students will be able to ask the panel candid questions or write their questions on index cards to be addressed.
    ***Please register for the lunch: ***
  • Oct. 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Cato I Rm 225
    Interview Do’s and Don’ts– The interview process from beginning to end will be reviewed through an interview skit or presentation. An HR manager from a local law firm will assist with addressing “Do’s and Don’ts” of interviewing in person and over the phone. We will also discuss preparing for the interview, impressions, recognizing and answering different types of questions, handling nervousness, having questions to ask the employer, following up answering  etc.
  • Oct. 29, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Cato Rm II 267
    Resume Writing and Critique:
    Students can drop in to have their resumes reviewed and critiqued by experienced professional staff. Students will be encouraged to bring their resume on a flash drive, bring a paper copy of their resume or the necessary content to get started.
Questions? Contact Connie Johnston –, ext. 4836 or Mia Mallory –, ext. 4874

Plan to Attend the Levine Campus Volunteer & Part-Time Job Fest on Sept. 24

Attention students! Plan to attend the Levine Campus Volunteer & Part-Time Job Fest this Thursday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of Levine Building II. More than 15 companies will be on campus actively recruiting students for part-time jobs and nonprofit agencies will be talking about service opportunities. For a list of employers attending, visit the Career Services Events page.

Make a great first impression. Dress in business casual attire and bring copies of your resume. You can submit your resume to Career Services at to receive a professional resume review. Questions about business casual dress? Visit the Career Services Pinterest page for tips.

All students from all campuses are invited to attend. See you there!

CPCC Career Services Wants You to Know About EmploymeNC

EmploymeNC is the number one online job board for CPCC students! More than 500 full-time and part-time jobs are frequently added and updated in this database that is exclusively for CPCC students and alumni only. But EmploymeNC offers more than just job postings. Unlike other job boards, this site provides a free resume review service for all users, a template (Resume Creator) to help you create a professional resume and access to the Resource Library that contains valuable career information. Additionally students can learn about upcoming campus recruiting events. Access EmploymeNC from Students & Graduates section of the Career Services webpage.

Career Services Hosts Part-Time Job Fest on Sept. 1

Looking for a part-time job? Plan to attend the Part-Time Job Fest being held on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Central Campus Quad. Recruiters from 25 companies will be on campus collecting resumes and job applications. Multiple industries Job Openingsincluding food service, recreation, entertainment and more will be represented. Click here to see which companies plan to attend. All students from all campuses are invited!

Need help with your resume? Visit for tips.

Career Fair Week at CPCC has Arrived!

It’s Career Fair week at CPCC!  Career Services wants to make you aware of last minute details to get you prepared for the career fair taking place this Thursday, March 5 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. 2015 Career Fair logo

  • Last chance for a resume review is March 4. The Career Services Central campus office will offer Drop-Ins on Wednesday March 4 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. No appointment necessary. Bring a hard copy of your resume to receive feedback.
  • Professional dress is required for admission to the event. Job seekers who are not dressed professionally will not be admitted to the career fair. Please visit the Career Services Pinterest board for tips on how to dress professionally.
  • Pack a “career fair first aid kit.” Essentials that will come in handy include an umbrella, pens, water, snacks, and additional copies of your resume.
  • Don’t forget your CPCC student ID. Avoid standing in long lines and be admitted through the VIP entrance.
  • Practice your elevator speech. What you say to employers – and how you say it – can make or break their interest in your application. Practice your PR pitch now through Thursday.
  • Arrive early. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., but arriving earlier gives you more time to prepare and interact with companies.

Please know that all campus Career Services offices will be closed Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6 due to the Career Fair.

See you at the Grady Cole Center this Thursday!


It’s the Last Week to Prepare for the CPCC Career Fair!

It’s the last week to get ready for the CPCC Career Fair! The event takes place next Thursday, March 5 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center (next to the Central Campus). 2015 Career Fair logo

Recruiters are eager to talk to CPCC students about full-time, part-time and internship positions with their companies.

Career Services wants to help you with last minute preparations. Check out these resources to help you get ready:

  • Check out Career Services on Pinterest, where you can find even more career fair resources, including our board that highlights all attending companies.

When you attend the fair next week, remember:

  • professional dress is required for admittance.
  • to bring your CPCC Student ID to gain access through the VIP entrance.
  • to have multiple copies of your resume to give to recruiters you talk to.

Learning about job openings and getting the chance to talk to employers face-to-face is one of the toughest steps in a job search. The career fair takes care of both tasks in one day. Don’t miss out on this prime job search event!

Get Your Resume Ready for the CPCC Career Fair!

The CPCC Career Fair is just two weeks away. Will your resume pass the test with employers who you plan to speak with at the event? Check out the latest CPCC Career Services blog post that offers tips on preparing a career fair-2015 Career Fair logo
friendly resume.

Career Services staff are standing by to help get your resume ready for the career fair. Schedule a resume appointment with a career counselor at any of our campus locations. All students can take advantage of Central Campus Drop-In Hours on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary to have your resume reviewed.

Are You Ready for the CPCC Career Fair?

Mark your calendar for Thursday March 5, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m for the CPCC Career Fair. More than 95 companies will be at the Grady Cole Center to discuss full-time, part-time and internship opportunities. 2015 Career Fair logo

What should you be doing now to get ready for next month’s job searching event?

Have your resume reviewed by a career counselor. You have three options for doing so:

Get your professional attire ready.

  • Professional dress is required for admission to the event.
  • Dress to impress the employers.
  • Visit the Career Services Pinterest board for tips on what to wear.

Research companies attending the career fair.

Be sure to visit the Career Services career fair tips page for additional resources.



Employers are Looking for Full-time, Part-time and Internship Candidates at Next Month’s CPCC Career Fair!

Career Services will host more than 80 employers at the 2015 Career Fair on Thursday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center, adjacent to the Central Campus. 2015 Career Fair logo

Who should plan to attend?

Job seekers looking for full-time jobs. Job seekers commonly complain about having to blindly submit resumes online with no chance to meet recruiters in person. Here’s your chance.

Candidates seeking part-time jobs, internships or co-op positions. Many employers at the fair are also hiring for part-time jobs as well as internship or co-op positions with their companies. The time to search for summer positions starts now.

Students wanting to network with employers in their industry. Begin building your network now for your job search later.

What should I know beforehand?

Professional dress is required. People not wearing professional attire won’t be admitted to the fair.

Career Services can help you get ready. If you have questions about what to wear, what to say to employers or how your resume should look, Career Services can help. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor at any of our campus offices.

Bookmark the Career Fair link for helpful tips and event information. Videos, blog posts and more can be found at

VIP Access for CPCC students & alumni, as well as all military service members and veterans. Students and alumni can present their CPCC ID and military service members and veterans can present their military ID to gain admission through the VIP entrance. This helps avoid long lines.

CPCC Career Services Seasonal Job Fair Oct. 28

Are you looking for a part-time job during the upcoming holiday season? Plan to attend the CPCC Career Services Seasonal Job Fair at the Cato Campus on Tuesday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Cato II Atrium. job fairEmployers from a variety of industries will be meeting with students and collecting resumes and job applications.

For tips on making the most of this event, see the Career Services blog post about searching for seasonal jobs:


Attend the Part-Time Job Fest Aug. 28 and Sept. 9

Career Services and Student Life will be hosting two Part-time Job Fests at Cato and Central Campuses!

Cato Campus Main Atrium

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

10 a.m.—noon
Central Campus

(Main quad behind Elizabeth building )

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

10 a.m.—1 p.m.

Companies attending include (but not limited to): Chipotle, Lowe’s, Radio Disney, Whitewater Center, Panda Express, Target, Sree Hotels, Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, and more!


Last Minute Tips for This Week’s Career Fair

CPCC students should plan to attend the CPCC Career Fair, being held tomorrow (March 6) from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. If you are looking for a full-time or part-time job, this is a great opportunity to get face-to-face time with employers who are actively hiring. Check the CPCC Career Services Career Fair Employer Page to see which companies are attending. Over 95 employers from a variety of industries will be on site!

Here’s a checklist to review tonight before attending tomorrow’s career fair:

  • Review February posts from the CPCC Career Services blog. Last month we offered weekly posts on Career Fair items. From resume tips to how to dress professionally, many of your questions can be answered here.
  • Assemble your professional dress now. Make sure clothes are pressed and accessories are chosen wisely. Don’t forget a tote or professional bag (if possible, no backpacks) to carry resumes and gather employer information.
  • Practice your elevator speech. Rehearse your elevator speech in front of a mirror, friends or family. You want employers to know you’re confident and knowledgeable about your skills and qualifications as they relate to the job. Practice a firm handshake, too!
  • Research employers you plan to meet with. Use the Career Fair Employer Page to identify which employers you plan to speak with at the event. Use the companies’ websites and social media presence (Facebook pages, LinkedIn profiles, Twitter handles) to learn about the companies and prepare questions to ask.

Some items to know for the day of the event:

Arrive early. Parking fills up quickly and lines get long.

Bring your CPCC Student ID. Doing so gives you access to the VIP entrance and avoid longer lines. *Note: Veterans who bring their DD-214 papers will also be admitted through the VIP entrance

Check the weather. You may be standing outside in the early morning hours. Dress accordingly.

Plan your transportation. Parking in the Student Decks will be available (no permit required), or plan your bus route.

Arrange for childcare. Job applicants who bring children to the career fair will not be admitted to the event.

Bring a snack. Pack a small bottle of water and a snack to keep your energy up throughout the day.

Have multiple copies of your resume. Estimate how many employers you’ll be speaking to, but bring a few additional copies just in case.

2014 CPCC Career Fair is Next Week!

The CPCC Career Fair is just one week away! More than 95 employers are coming to the Grady Cole Center next Thursday, March 6 from 10 a.m .to 2:30 p.m. to discuss full-time and part-time job openings. This event is open to all CPCC students and alumni.

CPCC Career Services wants you to succeed at next week’s event. Here four items to cross off your “to-do” list in preparation for the career fair.

Develop a professional resume. Employers are expecting you to submit resumes at the fair. Will your resume pass the test and help you get a call for an interview? Check out the Career Services online Career Guide for resume tips and samples. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to have your resume reviewed. Central campus offers Drop In hours Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment necessary to receive feedback on your resume.

Get your professional wardrobe ready. Professional dress is required for admittance to the job fair. Don’t wait until the night before to decide what you’ll be wearing. Check your closet to make sure you have proper clothes and accessories. Make sure your outfit is pressed and shoes are shined.

Research the companies attending. While over 95 companies are attending, you won’t want to talk to all of them. See which companies are looking for people with your education, skills and experience. Learn about the companies by visiting their website, Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

Rehearse your elevator speech. An elevator speech is the opening remarks you give to a recruiter when you approach your table. It needs to be short (less than one minute), professional (references professional not personal interests) and sharp (paired with a solid handshake, smile and eye contact). Write out your elevator speech and practice in front of a mirror, friends or family.

The CPCC Career Fair is one of Charlotte’s largest job fairs. Don’t pass up this opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers and discuss job openings.

Is Your Resume Ready for the Career Fair?

More than 80 employers registered for the CPCC Career Fair!

Get your resume ready!

The CPCC Career Fair is just a few weeks away! Mark your calendar for Thursday March 6, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Companies from a variety of industries will be at the Grady Cole Center to discuss part-time and full-time job openings.

Don’t judge a company by its title or industry. One employer is looking for candidates from three different programs (Business Administration, Hospitality Management and Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology). Another employer from the banking industry is seeking students from the Criminal Justice Technology program. Be sure to visit the list of employers link and search by academic programs to find companies looking for your qualifications.

Is your resume ready for the Career Fair?

Update or create your resume now and bring many copies to the career fair. Employers will be collecting and reviewing them, looking for candidates to contact for job interviews. Will your resume make the cut?

  • Develop a one page resume that’s targeted to specific companies and industries.
  • Use keywords found in your targeted industries and action verbs to describe job duties.
  • Make sure the appearance is consistent and standard (no fancy fonts or colored graphics).
  • Check for spelling errors.
  • Remember that employers glance at resumes for an average of just six seconds!

Visit the Career Services blog and the Career Services Career Fair link for more helpful information.

Finally, have your resume reviewed by a career counselor in our offices located on all campuses. Contact our Central Campus office at 704.330.6433, CH 365 or view contact information for Career Services at other campuses.

Are You on LinkedIn? Why Not?

It’s easy to feel like LinkedIn isn’t for you when you’re a college student.  But Career Services wants to change all that.  Have you considered some of the following myths about LinkedIn?

Myth #1: LinkedIn is just an online resume:

Sure, your work experience can be highlighted on your LinkedIn profile, but it’s so much more. You can learn about companies in the industry you want to work in, connect with other students and professionals, and you can get insider information by joining groups related Linkedinto your field.

Myth #2:  You have to have extensive work experience to use LinkedIn:

Your LinkedIn profile can be used to highlight technical skills you are learning in class, extracurricular activities, projects you work on in class, cooperative education or internships, and volunteer experience.  You can also highlight interests and the classes you are currently taking.

Myth #3:  You don’t need LinkedIn if you already have other social media, like Facebook:

93% of employers who recruit using social media do it on LinkedIn (Jobvite, 2012). It’s designed for connecting professionally rather than socially.

Myth #4:  You don’t need LinkedIn if you’re not currently looking for a job:

If you wait until you’re looking for a job to use LinkedIn, you’ll miss out on some great opportunities to connect with professionals in your field.  Getting established on LinkedIn early in your college career instead of waiting until you graduate guarantees you’ll get the most out of this tool.

Want to learn more about LinkedIn?  Watch this quick video. Join Career Services for discussion about career-related topics, including LinkedIn at