The Career Services department coordinates employment services for Southern State. We offer students and alumni assistance in clarifying career goals and acquiring job search skills. We also assist employers with various objectives including recruitment.
How We Can Help
Potential & Current Students – From the beginning of your college experience, through graduation and beyond, Career Services is here to help you follow your bliss! We are here to help you learn about careers and occupations to plan your education accordingly with your desired career path. We also provide one-on-one job search assistance, resume and cover letter writing techniques, interview preparation, coaching and debriefing, and networking tips and how-to's. One-on-one Career Choice Resources include:
- Holland Career Types
- Myers Briggs Type Indicator
- Values Inventory
- My Career Story
- And many more
Students & Alumni – Career development does not end when you start the job but is a lifelong process. As a service free of charge, Career Services can help current students and alumni learn about: resumes, adding value to your job and tracking the results, career check-ups, dealing with on the job stress, and career coaching.
Need help choosing a career path? 吃瓜不打烊's Career Explorer can guide you to potential career opportunities within your program, or browse through a list of Programs & Careers offered by Southern State.
Job & Career Accelerator from LearningExpress allows you to assess suitable careers based on your interests, explore occupation profiles, find jobs and internships and prepare professional resumes and cover letters.
This service of the U.S. Department of Labor provides an excellent job search service.
Want to know what occupations have the most annual openings? How much do they pay? How many workers are unemployed? Find out here!
The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
This site provides wage data on a national, state, metropolitan and regional basis.
This map shows Ohio's unemployment rates by county.
This map shows Kentucky's unemployment rates by county.
Looking for a job? View the Job Board to see local job openings. Jobs are posted as they become available so check back often!
Post your job opening to the website and your job opening will appear under the links above. After selecting the 'Ohio Means Jobs – Employers' link, click 'Posting a Job Opening', then create an account.
If you do not want to post your job opening to Ohio Means Jobs, please complete the Position Posting Request Form to post a job opening on Southern State's Job Board. You can submit the form electronically, email it to Misi Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 937.393.6682.
David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy?
Career or calling? This is certainly an important question for all choosing a career but especially those from ages 35 and after. Career expert Mark Savickas describes career as mattering: what really matters and how we will matter. New York Times columnist and author David Brooks talks about the difference between résumé virtues and eulogy virtues, important considerations in choosing your career.
There are a few things you should know before attending a job fair. Use this guide to better prepare:
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Job Search Resources & Tools
Find assistance and get advice on various topics of job search through these resources.
Chamber of Commerce – Local Service Area
Job Search Sites
Video – Interviews
OhioMeansJobs offers you a fun and easy way to practice and fine tune your interview skills. Whether you're new to the job market or an experienced professional, we can help you land the right job with a powerful combination of video tutorials and virtual interview practice.
When you know about your personality and interests and have an idea about careers that you might want to pursue, it is a good idea to learn about various occupations and their educational requirements and future prospects. The Explore Your Options Brochure will provide resources that will get you started.
Use myperfectresume.com to begin setting up your resume prior to your appointment with Career Services. The career counselor will review, modify, and train you in the proper use of the résumé. Additionally he will create a format that can be read by online software called Applicant Tracking Systems. Call 937.393.3431, X 2825 for an appointment.
Résumés are kept on file or employers looking for prospective employees.
Professionalism is about more than just dressing appropriately or saying the correct words; it is a manner of social graces that defines you as a professional. Business etiquette is a set of established rules that professionals from all backgrounds agree upon that forms a refined person. Mastering business etiquette ensures that you are able to go into any space with bravado, speak with clarity and assurance, and demonstrate respect for the people and environments around you.
- Speak clearly and articulate your words. Avoid slurred speech, distracting accents and dialect, and take care to use crisp, clean speech.
- If necessary, practice proper speech at home before entering a professional space.
- Use proper English. Avoid profanity, slang, and colloquial expressions in all interactions-interpersonal or electronic.
- Example: Instead of, "What's up?" say, "Hello. It is nice to meet you."
- Although large words may sound impressive, ensure that you use the correct words before you speak. Others will notice if you use the wrong word, and this will lessen your trustworthiness.
- Speak at a steady and smooth pace. Talking too quickly communicates nerves while talking too slowly communicates unintelligence.
- Think before you speak. Do not speak impulsively but ensure that the words you say accurately reflect the message you intend to communicate.
- Decide how to speak based on the environment. Adjust your volume in various environments accordingly.
"Respect is a two-way street. If you want to get it, you've got to give it."-R.G. Risch
Always stand about two to three feet away from people. This shows respect for the personal space of others and ensures that all parties are comfortable. Appropriate touch for work is a handshake. Avoid hugs, shoulder pats, close standing, "friendly" punches, and private touches.
Do not flirt or initiate romance with coworkers. This creates an uncomfortable workplace environment and may be grounds for dismissal.
Do not touch things that belong to others. Even if it seems like a simple item, always ask before you borrow or touch.
Furthermore, do not walk into the offices or personal areas of others without obtaining permission first.
Be mindful of body language. Be open and friendly but maintain professional distance.
"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."-Peter Drucker
Be respectful of the schedules and times of others.
Arrive on time and be enthusiastic when meeting new people and interacting with associates.
If you are late, have a valid reason (sickness, emergency, something not caused as a result of poor planning) and communicate that to the appropriate people as quickly as possible.
Always maintain this courtesy: do not "pop in" for a meeting or surprise someone in the office. Ask and make an appointment beforehand.
Use complete sentences and proper English. This communicates intelligence and competence. Avoid instant-messaging language and poor grammar. When sending emails, keep the communication clear and get to the point quickly. If you need to elaborate on anything, set up a time to discuss on the phone or in person.
Do not "reply all" unless necessary.
If speaking on the phone, use proper English and common courtesy.
Have a professional sounding outgoing message for your voicemail. If leaving a voicemail, leave your name, a brief message, and a call-back number.
Example: "Hello, this is Jane Doe. I was calling to discuss the notes related to the last meeting and how we should proceed with the next steps. Please call back at 123-456-7890. Thank you for your time."
Avoid discussing inappropriate topics. This includes, but is not limited to: sex, personal habits and preferences (not related to work), religion, drugs, politics (unless job-related), health issues, workplace gossip, and family history. Treat all work-related contacts with basic respect and courtesy. Even if you do not prefer an individual or group, treating them with kindness speaks highly of your ability to put the goals of a company before personal feelings.
Furthermore, do not talk about others to coworkers and associates. Word of mouth travels quickly and can tarnish your reputation.
"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot."-Clarence Thomas
Follow protocol for good table manners. Do not place elbows on the table, talk with your mouth open, or reach for food that does not belong to you. The person who initiated the meeting pays for the meal. Do not order anything expensive nor criticize the food and/or chosen location. Follow the leader. If the host orders appetizers and dessert, do the same. This ensures that the host does not feel "alone" while eating. If alcohol is served, do not become intoxicated. Not only will this destroy your reputation as a professional, but you may speak or behave in an embarrassing manner.
Ask for a virgin beverage if others are drinking and you do not feel comfortable consuming alcohol.
Do not get a take-home box. This makes the host believe that you did not enjoy your food or that you ordered in excess. Follow basic rules of professionalism for the duration of the meal. Make sure that you thank the host for the invitation and dining opportunity.
If you’re a local employer, Southern State wants to CONNECT with you! We offer various associate and certificate programs in areas ranging from pre-baccalaureate, nursing, business and technology as well as many training opportunities. We also provide job posting opportunities, annual job fairs, on-site interviews and recruiting, employer assistance to meet your needs interfacing with Workforce Development.
Position Posting Request Form
Use the position posting request form to post a job opening on the Job Board online and on each of Southern State’s campuses. You can submit the form electronically, email it to Misi Griffith at email@example.com or fax it to 937.393.6682.
Recruiting & Other Services
To participate in the annual spring Southern State Job Fair, post an upcoming job fair, interview and recruit on campus, request a speaker regarding career/professional development or for any other assistance, please contact Misi Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Employment Guide to Questioning Applicants is a publication of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and is a quick and easy guide illustrating questions that are and are not permissible during an interview. This is an excellent training handout for people involved in the selection process.