Job Search Strategies
Various methods are employed to facilitate job opportunities for students, all managed by Handshake, the University of South Carolina’s custom online recruiting program. The focus is on customer service, and, in this role, the employer is the customer. This employer focus, however, also benefits students because solid relationships are built and maintained with key corporate, government and nonprofit entities.
This process is the traditional method of employers visiting campus to personally interview pre-selected candidates.
On-campus information sessions/receptions
Information sessions are designed to introduce employers and their available positions, career paths and opportunities to targeted student populations. These events provide students an excellent opportunity to learn about specific industries and companies. In addition, these are often key networking events leading to future job opportunities.
This process allows employers to post positions for which students may apply, although the employer may not intend to visit campus. If employers identify strong candidates meeting their criteria, they follow up directly via telephone or on-site interviews.
Web resume books
All students active on Handshake can upload a general resume that is published in the Office of Career Management Web Resume Book(s). The books are easily accessible to employers who have access to Handshake. Web resume books are published by program graduation year, specific specialization and career objective.