On-Campus Recruiting

On-campus recruiting is the process by which employers work with the Career Center to interact with current students and alumni at the University of South Carolina regarding potential employment opportunities.  Most on-campus recruiting activity is managed through JobMate.

JobMate is an online database the Career Center uses to provide students information about employers, open positions, interview dates and events hosted by the Career Center.  Students are strongly encouraged to create a JobMate account and keep the account information updated. Download a Student User Guide here.

Employers search JobMate to find candidates that they would like to interview.  Students are also able to search JobMate to find opportunities of interest.  Download an Employer User Guide here.

All on-campus recruiting activity is available to students and alumni free of charge.

Following is an overview of several ways students can connect with employers who are interested in hiring USC students though our on-campus recruiting program:

Job Postings
Employer Directory
Resume Referrals
On-Campus Interviews
Information Sessions
Job Fairs

Job Postings - Whether an employer plans to visit campus or not, available employment opportunities are posted online in JobMateJobMate provides you with access to part-time and full-time positions, as well as internship, co-op, graduate assistantship and seasonal positions.  You must have a basic access account to view job postings.  While not required, a full access account is recommended as an easy way to apply for these positions directly through the JobMate database.

Employer Directory - All employers who work with the USC Career Center have a profile in our employer directory, even if not currently advertising a specific position.  The employer directory is accessible through JobMate and allows you to easily search for employers by name, location or industry.  This information is particularly helpful for identifying potential employers in a given industry or location.

Resume Referrals - When establishing a full access account in JobMate, you have the opportunity to upload your resume into the database and make it accessible for employers to review.   In some cases the Career Center further assists employers with identifying the resumes of students who meet their qualifications.

On-Campus Interviews - Many employers who recruit USC students schedule interview dates where they can conveniently interview students on campus in Career Center interview rooms.  All on-campus interview opportunities are advertised in JobMate but are visible to only those students who have a full access JobMate account.  Most on-campus interviews have an application deadline four weeks in advance of the scheduled interview date and involve an employer review and selection process.  You may apply for these opportunities through JobMate by uploading your resume, and you will be notified through JobMate if you have been selected to sign up for an interview.  Signing up for an interview time slot also occurs in JobMate.  The attire for on-campus interviews is business professional (suits, dresses, button-down shirts/tie, etc). Review the Career Center's JobMate Integrity Statement & Guidelines for Use and the JobMate No-Show & Cancellation Policy.

Information Sessions - Many employers provide the opportunity for students to attend a 1-2 hour presentation during which they overview their culture, hiring processes, employment opportunities, benefits and more.  Information sessions provide you with the opportunity to learn detailed information that you might not have time to discuss in an interview or at a job fair, and also give you the opportunity to have a personal interaction with an employer in an informal setting.  Often employers hosting information sessions plan to conduct on-campus interviews the following day, but some do not.  Students who have scheduled an interview with a company are strongly encouraged to attend the information session, but this is not required.  In addition, you may attend any information session regardless of whether you have been invited to interview with that employer or not.  All information sessions are advertised in JobMate and you are encouraged, although not required, to RSVP in advance.  The attire for information sessions is business casual, but dressing business professional is recommended for those who wish to make a more positive first impression.

Job Fairs - The Career Center hosts several job fairs annually to recruit students for full-time, part-time, internship and co-op positions. For an up-to-date listing of upcoming fairs, please see our job fairs page.

All job fairs are advertised in JobMate.  It is important for students to log into JobMate to review a list of employers registered to attend each fair, as well as the details on the specific positions for which each employer is recruiting students.  The attire for job fairs is business professional (suits, dresses, button-down shirts/tie, etc).