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Career Services

 

Haywood Community College provides free career services to students, alumni, employers, and the community. From Application to Graduation, our HCC staff are ready to help you plan for and achieve your career goals. 

Our team can meet with you to help select a career path and college major, develop an educational plan, learn how to create a better resume, practice interviewing skills and research job opportunities. 

We can help with:  

  • Self Assessment Tools that Help you Identify Your Strengths & Skills. 
  • Career Exploration, Choose a Major and Plan Your Education. 
  • Prepare Resumes, Prepare Cover Letters and Ace The Interview. 
  • Get That Job! 
  • Utilizing Social Media Tools to Promote Yourself 

Students & Alumni

Eligible Programs of Study

The following Associates Degree programs are eligible for WBL: 

  • Accounting 
  • Automotive Systems Technology 
  • Business Administration 
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology 
  • Computer-Integrated Machining 
  • Electronics Engineering Technology 
  • Industrial Systems Technology 
  • Information Technology 
  • Medical Office Administration 
  • Welding Technology 

Enrollment Procedures

  1. Check your program of study for WBL course options and speak with your advisor or the Work-Based Learning Coordinator to register. 
  2. You must have a GPA of 2.0 or better and at least 9 core curriculum credit hours with HCC. 
  3. Once registered, complete a WBL  application. Submit, along with a copy of your Resume through Moodle. 
  4. WBL students must complete a HOP assignment within the first week of class through Moodle. 
  5. Stay in contact by Phone or Email with your Work-Based Learning Coordinator and Instructor. 
  6. Prepare for an on-site visit by appointment from your Work-Based Learning Coordinator or Instructor during your WBL experience. 

Apprenticeships combine classroom instruction and on-the-job training to prepare students for an industry.  Students are paid for their work and their wages will increase as they progress in the program.  Upon graduation, apprentices will receive a Certificate of Completion and will have earned the highly skilled "journey worker" designation.  Programs can last one to five years depending on the occupation. 

Internships combine practical work experience with academic coursework to develop student job skills, encourage professional growth, and establish professional relationships in the student’s field of study.  Internships typically last one semester and consist of either 160 or 320 hours depending on the program and course. 

Why Intern? 

  • Real-world experience – Internships provide the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations and offer the chance to learn valuable work skills outside the traditional classroom. 
  • Competitive Advantage – Internships provide experience in your program of study before you’ve even finished school.  This may give you an advantage once you graduate and begin your job search.
  • College Credit – Many HCC programs offer credit for completing an internship. 
  • Network – Internships can create valuable networking contacts.
  • References – Internship supervisors have a chance to see you in action, which makes them an ideal reference for your future job search. 

Service Learning combines positive and meaningful community service with academic coursework to reinforce classroom concepts, promote civic responsibility, and meet the needs of the community. 

What is Service Learning? 

Service learning is a teaching and learning practice that combines positive and meaningful community service with academic coursework to reinforce classroom concepts, promote civic responsibility, and meet the needs of the community. Haywood Community College strives to foster the campus-community relationship, and welcomes the opportunity to incorporate service learning projects into academic courses. Some courses incorporate group service learning projects, others encourage students to search for their own connection to the community, and serve at a location of their choice. 

 

Resume Writing

Creating a resume is something that nearly every job seeker will need to do.  A resume is not only a snapshot of your qualifications, it is a marketing tool that is intended to help you market yourself to potential employers and move you to the next step in the hiring process, usually the interview.  Resumes need to be clear and concise and convey why you are the right candidate for the job.  The Office of Career Services is available to assist you in creating a resume or reviewing your current resume to offer tips for improvement.  Contact us today to set up an appointment. 

Tips:  

  • There is no “I” in resume.  Resumes are written in the first person but make sure to omit pronouns. 
  • Watch your verb tense.  Use past tense for prior jobs and present tense for current jobs. 
  • Keep it simple.  Regardless of the resume type you choose, you should aim for one page but definitely no more than two. 
  • References should never be included on a resume.  You also do not need to include “References available on request”.  Employers will request them if they want them regardless. 
  • Use basic formatting with easy to read fonts and stay between 10 and 12 pt. (your name can be larger). 
  • Review your resume.  Have someone else review it too.  A spelling or grammatical error can be the kiss of death.  Running spellcheck is not sufficient. 
  • Have gaps in work history?  Try not including months on dates of employment.  This may make the gaps appear smaller or disappear altogether.  
  • Still have gaps in work history?  Try explaining them.  
    • 2014-2016 – Full time student 
    • 2013 – Taking care of sick relative 
    • 2014 – Backpacking through Singapore 

More Tips

Faculty & Staff

Workshop request 

If you would like a representative from Career Services to speak to your class, please submit this form. 

Career Services Workshop Local Industry Speaker 

Employers

Post an opening to our Job Board  Request an Intern