Attend EmployUp on March 3

EmployUP takes place in two weeks! If you are searching for a full-time job or want to talk face-to-face with recruiters from regional companies, plan to attend the event on Thursday March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center (adjacent to the Central Campus).EmployUp

Don’t know how to prepare for EmployUP? Check out this week’s CPCC Career Services blog post that lists tips for talking to employers.

Career Services staff is ready to review your resume before EmployUP. Schedule an appointment with your campus career counselor or visit Central Campus for Drop Ins, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., in Room 332 of the Central High building (no appointment necessary).


Get Ready for EmployUp on March 3

Is your resume EmployUP ready? Career Services is ready to help you get your resume ready for next month’s career fair on Thursday, March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. Check out what you can do: EmployUp

·         Schedule a 30-minute resume appointment with your campus career counselor

·         Submit your resume to and receive a reviewed resume in your inbox within 24 hours

·         Create an EmploymeNC account and upload your resume to receive a resume critique

·         Review the Resume Tips section of the Career Services website

Employers immediately reject candidates with bad resumes. You have worked too hard in your academic program to be dismissed from job opportunities due to a poorly written resume. Visit Career Services (virtually or in-person) today!

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.

Be Ready to Meet Employers at the Career Fair

The CPCC Career Fair is just two weeks away! The event takes place March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. Employers from more than 90 companies are eager to talk to CPCC students about full-time and part-time job opportunities.

Are you ready to talk to them?

When you approach an employer’s table at the fair, you’ll have 5 to 10 minutes of their time. You want to make a favorable impression, so positive that your resume is placed in the “Yes” stack of applicants they plan to contact for job interviews.

How can you impress employers in 10 minutes or less?

1. Dress professionally. Wear professional attire and keep the makeup, accessories, aftershave and perfume to a minimum. Check out the Career Services blog for tips on what professional dress is – and isn’t.

2. Offer a firm handshake. Employers assess your potential even before a word is spoken. Take the initiative to introduce yourself first by stating your name and pairing it with a confident handshake.

3. Present your pitch. In these two weeks before the Career Fair, it’s time to write and practice your elevator speech – a brief introductory statement that says who you are and what opportunities you’re seeking. Write your speech now. Practice it (in front of the mirror and friends) until it becomes and sounds natural.

4. Ask questions.  Show the employer you’ve done your homework. Check the list of companies attending to identify the ones you wish to speak with. Research your target companies. Great research resources include the company’s website, as well as their LinkedIn profile, Facebook page and Twitter handle. Ask relevant questions that show your interest in being their newest employee.

Visit the Career Services website for other tips to help you get ready for the Career Fair. Be sure to have your resume professionally critiqued by a Career Services career counselor: Schedule an appointment, or take advantage of Central Campus Drop In Hours (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., no appointment necessary).

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.

Film Shoot to Impact Traffic Patterns at Central Campus Aug. 20-24

A film shoot will take place at and around Memorial Stadium and Grady Cole Center, next to CPCC’s Central Campus, August 20-24. As a result, traffic patterns on the streets adjacent to this area will be impacted, specifically Sam Ryburn Way, which circles this stadium. Please follow the guidelines below to ease your access to/from Central Campus next week, and remember to leave early to allow for extra travel time during this five-day period.
  • Access to Student Parking Deck 3 (located at the corner of Charlottetowne and 7th Street) will be maintained at all times. On Monday morning, August 20, students are encouraged to use the west entrance (closest to Kings Drive).
  • Several handicapped spaces located along Sam Ryburn Way will be impacted. CMPD will be on site to provide access to these spaces to anyone with a handicapped parking permit and will ensure these drivers safely exit the grounds as well.
  • The CATS Special Services Bus Stop, located behind the ATC Building will be impacted too. CMPD officers will be on site to ensure students with special needs both board and exit the bus safely.
  • Traffic will be restricted from entering Sam Ryburn Way except for vehicles with Handicapped Parking Permits, the CATS Special Services Bus, and emergency vehicles.
Thank you so much for your patience and consideration during this time.