Career & Job Placement Services

‌Houston and its dynamic job market rivals most major cities in the United States in its diversity and economic output. Houston employers are increasingly in need of skilled and diverse potential employees in their talent pipelines in order to project economic success many years into the future. These are just some of the reasons why Houston Community College (HCC) has enhanced its Career Services offering.  

A new department, Career & Job Placement Services, will consist of six Career & Job Placement Services Centers strategically located throughout the HCC system. Each Career Center supports and serves students at the six main campuses and their centers (satellite campuses).  

Career & Job Placement Services connects students enrolled at HCC to the Houston economy by supporting the Centers of Excellence workforce programs. Enrolling in these workforce programs will provide Houstonians with the skills and training needed to thrive in the local economy. Career & Job Placement Services offers the following services and more to students enrolled in these programs:

  • Cover Letter & Resume Reviews
  • Industry-Focused Career Fairs
  • Industry Networking Seminars/Panels
  • Co-Op/Internship/Job Placement Opportunites
  • Career Exploration & Assessment Tools
  • Mock Interviews
  • LinkedIn Profile Reviews
  • Professional Attire Referrals 

These services are offered to ensure HCC students can compete for and obtain the best career opportunities in the Houston job market. Even if a student has not identified a career path, it is recommended that students become familiar with their local Center for Career & Job Placement Services as soon as they begin attending classes. This is where HCC Eagles will learn to soar to new heights in their careers!

"Houston is an excellent city in which to live, work, and soar. It is also an excellent city in which to provide Career Services as there are countless job opportunities and HCC has the specific programs that can provide students with the entry-level skillset needed to get into their field(s) of interest. Pro-active students can literally finish their certificate or degree at HCC and simultaneously begin their careers before transferring to a university all while saving thousands of dollars." - James Mable, Director of Career & Job Placement Services

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Hire an Eagle (Student Employment System)

HCC students and alumni are encouraged to register with “HIRE AN EAGLE” to access jobs, register for career events, receive announcements, communicate with employers, manage job search activities, and much, much more.

HCC Faculty and Staff can now access the Virtual Career Center (VCC) to retrieve information on internships, track student internship connections, and to receive announcements regarding career/employment opportunities.

Employers may utilize the “Hire an Eagle” System to register and/or log in to: post jobs, schedule interviews, and receive career event updates. Employers may also register for career fairs, on-campus recruiting events, and/or workshops.

To register or login, click on the college of choice below.

Central College

Administrators, Employers, Students, and Alumni can access the Virtual Career Center by clicking one (1) of the links below:

Coleman College

Administrators, Employers, Students, and Alumni can access the Virtual Career Center by clicking one (1) of the links below:

Northeast College

Administrators, Employers, Students, and Alumni can access the Virtual Career Center by clicking one (1) of the links below:

  • If you are an Administrator, click here.                    
  • If you are an Employer, click here.            
  • If you are a Student, click here.               
  • If you are an Alumnus, click here

Northwest College

Administrators, Employers, Students, and Alumni can access the Virtual Career Center by clicking one (1) of the links below:

Southeast College

Administrators, Employers, Students, and Alumni can access the Virtual Career Center by clicking one (1) of the links below:

Southwest College

To access the Virtual Career Center for jobs, hire a student, calendar of events, register for events, or workshops:

Career and employment readiness

Below are links to information that will assist students and alumni become employment ready.

Business Etiquette

Career & Job Placement Services included “Business Etiquette” in the Virtual Career Center (VCC) as a tool that students can use to compete in the global market.  Careers are no longer confined to the United States. As the world shrinks and world markets increases, students need to be aware of business etiquette as it relates to this country and many societies abroad.

What is etiquette? Etiquette is a noun which characterizes a person having good manners; knows protocol; is aware of customs, codes of conduct and the like.  Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group.

Like "culture," etiquette is a word that has gradually grown plural, especially in a multi-ethnic society with many clashing expectations. Thus, it is now possible to refer to "an etiquette" or "a culture", realizing that these may not be universal.

Rules of Etiquette

Rules of etiquette encompass most aspects of social interaction in any society, though the term itself is not commonly used. A rule of etiquette may reflect an underlying ethical code, or it may reflect a person's fashion or status. Rules of etiquette are usually unwritten, but aspects of etiquette have been codified from time to time.


"Etiquette tells one which fork to use. Manners tell one how to behave or conduct themselves in relationship or response to others.

Western Business Etiquette

The etiquette of business is the set of written and unwritten rules of conduct that make social interactions run more smoothly. Office etiquette in particular applies to coworker interaction, excluding interactions with external contacts such as customers and suppliers. When conducting group meetings in the United States, the assembly might follow Robert's Rules of Order, if there are no other company policies to control a meeting.

Both office and business etiquette overlap considerably with basic tenets of netiquette, the social conventions for using computer networks. These rules are often echoed throughout an industry or economy. For instance, 49% of employers surveyed in 2005 by the American National Association of Colleges and Employers found that non-traditional attire would be a "strong influence"on their opinion of a potential job candidate.[3]

Adjusting to foreign etiquettes can create culture shock. Therefore, the links below will connect you to Geert Hofstede Cultural Analysis and information defining American and International Business Etiquette . In addition, the Gradeview link will allow you to text your business etiquette and provide
additional resources on business etiquette.

Career and Personality Assessments

Career Coach is a great assesment to take in order to discover your calling:

What are your True Colors and what will they reveal about your career choices?


Dress for Success

What you wear makes a difference.  Find out more here.

Interview Coaching & Questions

The job interview is one of the most important parts of your job search. It is your opportunity to sell your strengths and present yourself as a candidate who is uniquely qualified. With preparation and practice you can learn the skills necessary to interview effectively.

Learn more about preparing for interviews here.

Leadership Development

What is an effective Leader:
Being an effective leader requires you to develop and apply certain attributes. It does not always mean that you should move heaven and earth; or do everything yourself.  A leader’s role varies and can be effective in small, yet powerful ways. An effective leader should create positive synergy among those under his/her authority. This role must never be overpowering, but empowering.

An Effective Leader Acts As:

  • Clarifier - one who listens, summarizes, and makes expectations clearer.
  • Coach - encouraging others to identify strengths and develop their skills. Promotes professional and business ethics.
  • Facilitator – helping the group set goals, make decisions, choose directions, evaluate progress and initiate forward thinking.
  • Delegator – giving each group member the opportunity to apply their talents and interests to achieving the group’s goals.
  • Initiator – starting movement toward reaching goals.
  • Manager – coordinating the project while monitoring progress of others.
  • Mediator – assists with resolving differences and conflicts.
  • Networker – connecting people with people to share ideas, move projects to completion and encourage staff’s professional development.
  • Problem Solver – provides solutions, suggest changes and create ways to get things done.
  • Visionary – develops creative solutions, new directions, and increase possibilities to promote success.

Boss or Leader?

Boss Leader
The Boss drives his or her people. The leader coaches them
The boss depends on authority  The leader on good will
The boss inspires fear. The leader inspires enthusiasm.
The boss says, "Get here on time." The leader gets in ahead of time.
The boss says, "I." the leader says, "We."
The boss fixes blame for breakdown. The leader fixes the breakdown.
The boss knows how it is done. The leader shows how to do it.
The boss says, "Go."

The leader says, "Let's go."

The boss uses people. The leader develops them.
The boss sees today. The leader also looks at tomorrow.
The boss commands. The leader asks.
The boss never has enough time. The leader makes time for things that count.
The boss is concerned with things. The leader is concerned with people.
The boss lets people know where he or she stands. The leader lets people know where to stand.
The boss works hard to produce. The leader works hard to help people produce.
The boss takes credit. The leader gives it.


Beyond the Business Card

Networking in the 21st Century

 By Cheryl Ferguson

Networking is more than just a buzzword. It's probably the best opportunity you will ever have to make connections, build relationships and help yourself and others in the networking group succeed. Networking with like-minded individuals is also a great way to explore new career options, learn more about a specific industry, gather insights from peers on critical business issues and grow professionally.

Networking With a Goal in Mind 

Think about what you want to accomplish by joining a particular networking group. Are you looking for a job, trying to develop new business or do you want to expand your network of contacts and become known as the go-to person in the industry? You can choose to be either an active or passive member of the group, but will get the most out of the experience by regularly attending and participating in the activities.

Once you decide on the networking group that matches your goals, you can immediately increase your visibility by volunteering to participate on a committee. 

Access and Exposure

According to Executive Career Consultant Kathleen Jennings, of The Jennings Company, "It's not who you know, it's who knows you." Joining a professional networking group is an opportunity for you to gain access and exposure to people you might not otherwise meet: a company executive in an industry that you've always wanted to learn more about, a keynote speaker who's an expert in your field, and yes, even someone who may be in a position to offer you a job, or who can connect you to the hiring manager at a company where you've always wanted to work.

You can find out when and where networking groups meet by scanning the business- events section of your local newspaper or business weekly. Visit the website of the networking group before going to the first event to learn more about their members, mission and focus. Armed with this information, you can go to the next breakfast, lunch, or after-hours function prepared with questions for the members and guests you introduce yourself to at the meeting.

Stay Connected  Between Meetings

The internet is a great tool to use to stay visible and connected to your networking group between meetings. You can:

  • Search on Yahoo! for the name of the person you're planning on meeting for that informational interview.
  • Forward a link to an article of interest to the new member you met at the last function.
  • Send an email with contact information for a referral.
  • Post a reply to a request on the group's message board.

There's a fine line between being seen as a resource and being seen as a spam artist; don't send excessive or inappropriate email. Make sure that your contacts between meetings are relevant and pertinent to the business at hand.

Listen First 

An easy way to relax at a networking function is to take the focus off yourself by first listening to the other person. This technique also helps you gain insight as to how that contact can help you, making the connection that much stronger. It's not about collecting the most business cards; it's about collecting the right ones.

Thank-you notes and quick follow-up to requests for information are little courtesies that mean a lot. Your professionalism will be noted, your calls returned and your referral business will blossom. It also signals to the parties involved that you are committed to success -- yours and theirs.

If you take advantage of all that networking has to offer, and if you have joined the right networking group, you'll find that suddenly, you seem much more visible. People will seek you out and recognize you as a valuable resource.

If you're networking correctly, you'll find you have more visibility, greater knowledge, and a wider circle of reliable contacts; and that you can leverage those assets to further your career.

Resume Writing

Click here to see resume writing tips and example resumes.

Center for Career & Job Placement Services locations

Center for Career & Job Placement Services
Learning Hub Science Building - Suite 115 (First Floor)

1300 Holman St. 

Center for Career & Job Placement Services
1900 Pressler
(713) 718-5068

8001 FULTON, ROOM 117
PHONE: (713) 718-5291
FAX: (713) 718-8018

PHONE: (713) 718-5423
FAX: (713) 718-5432

(713) 718-6826

HCC - SOUTHWEST CAMPUSSouthwest College Career & Job Placement Services
PHONE: (713) 718-7718
FAX: (713) 718-7723



About the staff

Career & Job Placement Services consist of professionals with extensive experience and expertise in career planning, development, and coaching; along with employment  and internship management.  The Career & Job Placement Services Staff seeks to empower and encourage students and alumni to reach their fullest potential and career aspirations.

These professionals effectively connect students to and offer the following services:  career assessments, educational planning for careers, job readiness workshops (resume writing, interview coaching, dress for success, etc.), on-line job data bank, internship placement, job fairs, on-campus recruitment, and more.