Students/Alumni

Students/Alumni

Services and Resources for Students/Alumni

How to connect with Career Services

As we explain our services below, remember you are more than welcome to drop-by a HCC Career Center near you to inquire and/or ask questions regarding any of the services and resources below. We have flexible Office Hours as we are available Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can also drop-in without an appointment for brief meetings with Career Specialists on Mondays - Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Scheduled appointments can be made by creating a student/alumni profile in the Virtual Career Center

 

Scheduling Appointments

There are multiple ways to schedule an appointment with Career Services. We highly recommend just stopping by a Career Center on your campus and make an appointment in person. You can also use the contact information on our website/at the bottom of this webpage to contact a Career Center to schedule an appointment over the phone/via email. Students/Alumni can also schedule an appointment in the Virtual Career Center

 

Career Assessments/Choosing A Major

It is completely understandable why it is sometimes difficult to settle upon a specific career path. There are so many career paths out there! However, we advise students/alumni to pursue career paths that are connected to real interests and passion. If you really like building houses then why would you go down a path towards medical school?! We have the answer for you! HCC has partnered with EMSI Research to offer the Career Coach Assessment. We highly recommend taking this assessment as it can assist you with decipher which careers and jobs are related to your interests. It also provides you with an overview or certificates/degrees offered at HCC that align with the results of the assessment. It is absolutely free and easily accessible! 

Career Coach is a great career assessment to take in order to begin discovering your calling. We highly recommend HCC Eagles take the 60 question assessment in order to receive an in-depth assessment result. Students should always visit the nearest Career & Job Placement Services Center to discuss the results of their assessment with a Career Specialist. Please bring your assessment results with you! 

Career Coach - https://hccs.emsicc.com

 

Cover Letter/Resume Writing

A Career Specialist is available at each Career Center to assist students/alumni with writing the best cover letter and resume! If you have never written a professional resume then we highly encourage students and alumni to download our preferred template. This will increase the chances of your resume being approved by a Career Specialist. You can easily add your information to the template and drop by the Career Center or schedule an appointment within the Virtual Career Center to have a Career Specialist review it before you submit it online to your Hire An Eagle account. The next step after visiting with a Career Specialist is to upload your resume to your account online. Ask the Career Specialist about the HCC Resume Book! 

HCC Resume Templatehttps://www.hccs.edu/support-services/career-planning/students--alumni/HCC-Resume-Template.docx

 

Co-op/Internship & Job Placement Assistance

We can assist you in getting into your field of interest! We require students looking for jobs to have an active profile in the Virtual Career Center which is where we have companies post available internships and jobs. There have been hundreds of jobs posted in the last few months! We also require students actively looking for a job to attend our Career Fairs! We recommend you visit with a Career Specialist to learn more about job placement assistance. 

Career Assessments

Career Assessments

Career assessments are tools utilized by the general public to dig deeper regarding career options as well as finding purpose in life. There are a variety of Career assessments for students to take and we have identified a few below. Career assessments provide guidance, not prescriptive answers for which career path to pursue:

Career Coach is a great career assessment to take in order to begin discovering your calling. We highly recommend HCC Eagles take the 60 question assessment in order to receive an in-depth assessment result. Students should always visit the nearest Career & Job Placement Services Center to discuss the results of their assessment with a Career Specialist. Please bring your assessment results with you! 

Career Coachhttps://hccs.emsicc.com


True Colors is a Career assessment that focuses on personality. This assessment is great for proactive students interested in emotional intelligence and ways to leverage soft-skills in the workplace. It is important to be aware of your personality and how it drives the way others perceive you in a professional environment. What are your True Colors and what will they reveal about your career choices? 

Personality Lingohttps://personalitylingo.com/freepersonalitytest/ 

 

Jung Typology Test is based on Carl Jung's and Isabel Briggs Myers' personality type theory. Learn about your Personality Type and how it fits with others in the World of Work! 

Jung Typology Testhttp://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp 

 

O'Net Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.

O'Net Interest Profilerhttps://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip

 

 

 

Cover Letter/Resume Writing Resources

Successful Resumes

The resume is the most important document you will create in your life! Yes! This document will literally open doors for you as it communicates your value to employers and universities. Proactive students understand that the resume is a serious creation as employers spend just seconds reading it in order to decide whether to schedule an interview or not! We have provided resources below that can assist you with developing a world-class resume. Remember, we are available to help you write your resume as well. If you would like for us to critique your resume then we suggest you visit your local Career Center or upload it to your account in the Virtual Career Center:

HCC Resume Book is where your resume is uploaded online. In order for Career & Job Placement Services to send your resume to employers electronically for co-op/internship opportunities, just upload it to your account and allow employers to view the document. We will take it from there and send it to employers interested in hiring HCC Eagles!

HCC Resume Template is a Career & Job Placement Services approved resume template that HCC Eagles can download, complete, and upload to their accounts in the Virtual Career Center. Students can also bring their resume template to the Career Center for assistance. 

College Grad is a great resource for students to utilize when deciding upon a resume template. This site has a variety of resume templates by job function and industry. 

College Grad - https://collegegrad.com/resumes

Job Scan is an awesome tool that can be utilized to connect your resume with specific jobs. Have you ever wondered if your experience qualifies you for a job you are interested in applying for? Copy/paste your resume and then copy/paste the job description and then let the system decipher whether there is a connection! We only recommend you complete this first step as the next steps in the process could result in a fee!   

Job Scan - https://www.jobscan.co/

 

HCC Resume Guidelines & Template

We highly encourage students to self-critique their resume by viewing the following standards before visiting the Career Center or uploading the resume to the Virtual Career Center.

Font:

  • The font on all resumes should be either Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri. The size of your font should be no larger than 12 with exception to your name.

 

Length:

  • If you have less than five years of direct experience in your field of interest then the resume should be only on one page.
  • Candidates with more than five years of experience have the option of keeping their resume on one page or going to two pages.
  • Candidates with 10+ years’ experience should have a 2-3 page resume.
  • If you are close to one page but keep spilling over to the second page then we suggest that you go to PAGE LAYOUT and then select MARGINS and choose the NARROW option so you can fit more text on one page.

 

Templates:

  • Resume Templates found on Microsoft Office are not encouraged for use as they can be difficult to adjust, amend, and critique, because of the formatting associated with these templates.

 

Font Color:

  • The text/font on your resume should be black. Any colors outside of black will result in your resume not being approved in the Virtual Career Center.

 

Action Verbs:

  • Your bullets/lines/sentences on your resume should not begin with "I, My, You, or Me".
  • Action Verbs bring your resume to life as they convey the action you took to complete the job or internship. Here is a great article by the Muse that we believe you will find very helpful in finding the right Action Verbs for your resume and experience:https://www.themuse.com/advice/185-powerful-verbs-that-will-make-your-resume-awesome

 

Heading:

  • The heading or the top of the resume should be centralized and contain the following:
  • Your Name, Phone Number, Email, LinkedIn URL, or any other link that conveys your experience/portfolio.

 

Education:

  • This section should reflect your most current degree you are pursuing at the top of the section.
  • Your high school should never be above the current degree you are pursuing at Houston Community College.
  • If your resume is missing the degree you are pursuing, it will be rejected.

 

Skills:

  • This is a section where you add bullets regarding any software you are familiar with such as QuickBooks, Cool Edit Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc…
  • For example, if you are interested in the medical field then you should add any lab instruments you are familiar with as well as medical theories, concepts, and medical procedures that are relevant to the field you are pursuing.

 

Experience:

  • It is important that all internship/job descriptions have a minimum of three-five bullets/lines explaining each internship or job on your resume.
  • Bulleted descriptions make your resume much easier to read as employers spend less than 10 seconds reading a resume.
  • If your job descriptions have less than three bullets/lines then your resume could be rejected.
  • If you do not remember what you exactly did in a previous/current job then we suggest following this link to a great resource by Monster.com that houses generic job descriptions: http://hiring.monster.com/hr/hr-best-practices/recruiting-hiring-advice/jobdescriptions/sample-job-descriptions.aspx

 

We highly encourage students to download the HCC Resume Template below which contains the above guidelines. Upload your new resume to your profile in the Virtual Career Center.

 

CJPS Approved Resume Template (Microsoft Word Document) [18 kbs]

Building Your C.A.S.E. On Paper - The Art of the Cover Letter

Building Your C.A.S.E. On Paper

Cover Letters are just as important as resumes. The Cover Letter explains in detail your reasons for applying for the position as well as compares your current experience with actual responsibilities or qualifications the job requires. We have developed a formula below that should provide you with a clear strategy for writing your Cover Letter. 

 

C.A.S.E. 

  • Consistency - Clearly state your reason(s) for applying for the position in the introductory paragraph. There should be consistency between your resume and the reasons for applying for the position. Your cover letter should be a communication tool for your resume as it should elaborate on pertinent details you believe are relevant to your reason for applying for the position. 
  • Attention - In your body paragraph(s) there should be a comparison and contrast between 2-3 responsibilities from the job description and the most relevant experience on your resume. Attention to detail is very important when comparing and contrasting as you have limited space to draw a connection between the job and your experience. Do not fluff this section as this should be the core function of the cover letter. 
  • Sections - The cover letter should contain an introduction, body, and conclusion. It is perfectly fine to have two body paragraphs in order to elaborate on your experience and qualifications for the job. Your contact information should be clearly displayed on the document below your signature. 
  • Elaborate - Details! Details! Details! Gone are the days when you could write five sentences for a cover letter and still be taken seriously. We highly suggest you truly compare your experience with the requirements for the position. The cover letter should contain specific instances of relevant skills and experience that should be explained in the cover letter. Do not sacrifice substance for length, as you have an entire page to write the document. 

 

Here are examples of Cover Letters that you could utilize to craft your own unique document:

Cover Letter Templates/Advice - https://collegegrad.com/cover-letters

 

Co-op/Internship & Job Search Assistance

Hire An Eagle (HCC Job Board)

Gaining experience in your field prior to finishing college should be a priority as you begin establishing your strategy for pursuing your calling. Employers are always engaging HCC to hire students for co-ops and internships. We always encourage employers to post their open positions within the Virtual Career Center. Students must have an approved resume uploaded to your account! Employers in the Virtual Career Center are specifically interested in hiring HCC Eagles!

We also host Career Fairs in order for you to network with employers face-to-face! Students and alumni can log into the Virtual Career Center to view/register for HCC Career Fairs!

Here are additional resources that can assist you in gaining experience in your field(s) of interest:

  • Texas Career Check - This resource provides job seekers with opportunities to learn about what it takes to pursue specific occupations in Texas. It also provides a database of colleges/universities around the U.S. 
  • Texas Reality Check - This resource provides job seekers with useful data regarding wages and living expenses which are helpful when deciding which college to attend and how much everything will cost at the end of the day.
  • My Skills My Future - This resource matches specific jobs with your current skills and experience! Try it out now and be inspired to pursue jobs you never thought you were qualified for.
  • Work In Texas - This resource is a statewide job database that we suggest all students utilize to find available jobs in the Houston region and beyond. Create your account today in order to unlock many job opportunities.
  • Petrochemworks - This resource provides job seekers with a focused database that speaks to opportunities in the petrochemical and energy sectors. This site matches your interests with specific jobs.

 

How to access the Virtual Career Center (HCC Job Board)

Hire an Eagle

The Virtual Career Center, also known as Hire An Eagle, is the online Career Services platform that students, alumni, and employers can utilize to connect in the spirit of networking and HIRING EAGLES! 

Students and alumni can log in below to perform the following actions:

  1. Create an online profile in the system
  2. Upload rough draft cover letter/resume for review by a Career Specialist
  3. Schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Specialist
  4. View/Apply for co-op/internship and career opportunities
  5. RSVP for Career Fairs & Career Development Seminars
  6. Sign-Up for Campus Interviews with companies

 

Click the links below to access the Virtual Career Center: 

Students

Alumni

 

 

Are you looking for a job in your field?

Below, you can find some of the titles of co-ops/internships and jobs posted in the Virtual Career Center within the last few months for HCC Eagles. We highly recommend you create your profile as soon as possible to begin applying for jobs! 

  • Junior Architect
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Full Time Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Part-Time (Call Center) Records Retrieval Specialist
  • After School Counselor
  • Part-time Evening I.T. Support
  • Vehicle Mechanic
  • HVAC (Refrigeration) Tech
  • Accounts Payable Supervisor
  • Accounting Coordinator
  • Art Sales on a Cruise Ship
  • Part Time Seasonal Sales and Support
  • Childcare Worker
  • Part Time File Clerk
  • Shipping Clerk
  • Test Proctor
  • Part-Time Receptionist
  • Image Review Clerk
  • Part- Time Gate Attendant
  • Operator-Ship's Gear Crane
  • Operator-Forklift-Packaging
  • Lab Technician
  • Office Support
  • Typist
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Environmental Field Tech - Outdoor Work
  • Cargo Pusher
  • Brake Switch Operator
  • Benefits Assistant
  • Manager
  • Cashier/Cook/Prep
  • Editor
  • Appointment Setter
  • Marketing Research Assistant
  • Chess Instructor
  • Cooking Instructor
  • Part-time Front Desk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Account Manager
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • 256 Day HVAC Technician
  • Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
  • Landscape Area Manager
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Medical billing/coding
  • Nurses
  • Lab Technician
  • Junior Advertising Director
  • Accounting clerk
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Legal assistant
  • Recruiters
  • Teachers
  • NICU Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Warehouse Order Picker

 

Professional Attire Resources - Career Gear/Dress For Success

Students are highly encouraged to make an appointment with Career & Job Placement Services in order to schedule an appointment/referral to our Dress To Impress Partners below:

  • Career Gear - A local non-profit that prepares men for interviews by providing business attire for FREE.
  • Dress For Success - A local non-profit that prepares women for interviews by providing business attire for FREE. 

  

Professional Attire Standards

Students will be asked to dress in business casual at a minimum in order to attend HCC Career Fairs. Here are a few tips for being successful when dressing for the position:

  • Wear A Suit: A two-piece matched suit is always the best and safest choice. 
  • But what if the job is in a non-suit-wearing work environment: Even if you would or could wear jeans on the job, or the work environment is outdoors and very non-suit, wearing a suit to the interview shows you take the interview seriously as a professional meeting. Dressing well is a compliment to the person(s) with whom you meet. If you think the industry in which you're interviewing would frown on a suit, or the interview will involve going to a work site where a suit would be inappropriate, look for advice through professional organizations, your professors who have been employed in that industry, and/or by asking the employer directly and politely. 
  • Conservative colors/fabric: Navy, dark gray (and black for women) — are safe. Other color trends may come and go; avoid the extremes. Solids or very subtle weave patterns or plaids (the kind that looks solid across a room) are safest. Wool, wool blends, or good quality microfiber for women only, are generally the best fabrics in all seasons. Avoid acetate/rayon blends. 
  • Cost/quality: You are not expected to be able to afford the same clothing as a corporate CEO. Do invest in quality that will look appropriate during your first two or three years on the job. One good quality suit is sufficient for a job search if that is all your budget allows. You can vary your shirt/blouse tie/accessories. 

 

Suggestions For Men

  • Suit: A two-piece matched suit is always the best and safest choice. Don't combine a suit jacket with pants that don't match. 
  • Conservative colors/fabric: Navy and dark gray are safe and are the most conservative for men. Black for men was once considered severe or overly formal, and may still be considered so in very conservative industries, although it is commonly worn by many. Other color trends may come and go; avoid the extremes. Choose a solid or very subtle weave pattern or plaid (the kind that looks solid across a room). Wool, wool blends, or very high-quality blends with natural fiber, are the only acceptable fabrics for a conservative men's suit. 
  • Cost/quality: You are not expected to be able to afford the same clothing as a corporate CEO. Do invest in quality that will look appropriate during your first two or three years on the job. One good quality suit is sufficient for a job search if that is all your budget allows. You can vary your shirt and tie. 
  • Ties: Tie styles come and go. Select good quality silk ties. Avoid fashion extremes, like character ties, in interviews. Notice what men in your industry wear on the job, at career fairs, at information sessions, when they meet with clients. 
  • Shirts: Long-sleeved shirts, even in summer. Choose white or light blue solid, or conservative stripes. 
  • Socks: Dark socks, mid-calf length so no skin is visible when you sit down.
  • Shoes: Leather, lace-up or slip-on business shoes, preferably black or cordovan. Invest in a good pair; even if you don't wear them daily on the job, you'll need them for other occasions and you should expect to get lots of years out of good shoes. 
  • Belt: Black or cordovan leather, to match your shoes. 
  • Facial hair: If worn, facial hair should be well-groomed. Observe men in your industry if you are unsure what's appropriate or are considering changing your look. 
  • Jewelry: Wear a conservative watch. If you choose to wear other jewelry, be conservative. Removing earrings is safest. For conservative industries, don't wear earrings.  Observe other men in your industry, to see what is acceptable. 
  • Details: Everything should be clean and well pressed. Suits typically have tacking stitches to hold vents — on the jacket back and on sleeves — in place before the garment is purchased. Cut them off if your retailer/tailor doesn't. And that tag stitched on the outside of your sleeve is not meant to stay there like a Tommy Hilfiger label — cut it off! Carefully inspect clothes dangling threads, etc. Don't confuse club attire with business attire. If you would wear it to a club, you probably shouldn't wear it in a business environment.

 

Suggestions For Women

  • Hair: Should be clean, neat, and pulled back into a ponytail or bun. 
  • Shoes: Wear flat shoes or low pumps in colors that avoid making your feet a focal point. Avoid open-toed shoes since they are often associated with social agendas.
  • Suit: A two-piece matched suit with skirt or pants is always the best and safest choice. 
  • Details: No missing buttons, no lint; and don't forget to remove external tags and tacking stitches from new clothes. 
  • Hands: Apply natural-looking makeup and clear nail polish. This keeps the focus on the interview.
  • Smell: Perfume should be used sparingly or not at all. No odors in clothes. Don't smell like smoke. 
  • Pad-folios: Preferred over a bulky briefcase. A small briefcase is also appropriate. 
  • Book bags: Leave it at home for an on-site interview. For an on-campus interview, you can leave it in the waiting area.

 

Online Resources To Learn More About Professional Attire

 

 

 

HCC Career Fairs

HCC Career Fairs

These Career Fairs are geared to ensure students enrolled in workforce-oriented programs have as many opportunities as possible to network with employers in their field of interest. We highly encourage all students to attend Career Fairs at HCC on a regular basis in order to network and connect with Houston employers.

Students and alumni register for Career Fairs in the Virtual Career Center.

Students can see a list of upcoming Career Fairs online by visiting www.hccs.edu/career

We have provided an example of what an Industry-Focused Career Fair will consist of below:

Example:

 

Tips for success at HCC Career Fairs

  1. Research - Ensure you are aware of which companies will be attending and visit their website in order to be prepared to ask questions when speaking with the recruiter. 
  2. Register - We recommend students registering for Career Fairs within the Virtual Career Center. This is also where students can view registered employers.
  3. Resume - Be sure to bring dozens of resumes to give to employers. 
  4. Upload - Upload your resume to your profile online in order for your resume to be sent to employers. 
  5. Attire - Dress professionally as this is a serious event and you want to make a lasting first impression. 
  6. Smile - Employers are also determining whether you would be a good fit at the company. Your personality needs to shine! 

 

Dress To Impress Partners

We highly encourage students to prepare to dress professionally for Career Fairs. If a student does not have professional attire, they will need to schedule an appointment with the Career Center in order to have a referral to our Dress To Impress Partners where professional attire is given to the student for FREE. 

Career Gear - This local non-profit provides professional business attire to men who have a financial need. (Referral from Career Services)

Dress For Success - This local non-profit provides professional business attire to women who have a financial need. (Referral from Career Services)

To visit these community partners to receive a free suit, students will need to visit the nearest Career Center to obtain a referral. We highly encourage students to schedule appointments to discuss this topic with a Career Specialist. 

 

Successful Interviews: Tips for Success

Successful Interviews

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 for the position. With preparation and practice you can learn the skills necessary to interview effectively. The interview is usually divided into three parts:

  1. Ice Breaker - a few minutes of “ice breaking” to allow the candidate to feel comfortable. "Tell me about yourself." is a common first question.
  2. Interviewer Questions - questions from the employer (which take the majority of the time);
  3. Interviewee Questions - time for the interviewee to ask questions about the organization or position. 

Schedule an appointment with your Career Center to conduct a Mock Interview!

 

Tips For Interview Success

Mock Interview - We highly recommend you schedule an appointment with a Career Specialist in order to conduct a Mock (Practice) Interview. We have specific questions we will ask you and we can focus the interview around a specific position you are applying for! 

 

Know Yourself - What are your skills and accomplishments that qualify you as the best candidate for the job? Be prepared to answer the general question, “tell me about yourself” by preparing a one-minute “personal statement” or bio.

 

Personal Statement - Prepare a one-minute “personal statement” or bio explaining your background, skills, accomplishments, strengths and goals. Do not include information such as where you grew up or how many siblings you have.  Practice this until it rolls off your tongue easily in an unrehearsed fashion. Keep in mind when answering the interviewer's questions that you want to relate your answers to the job at hand. Therefore, as with preparing your cover letter and resume, find out the skills and requirements of the job.

 

S.T.A.R. - Prepare an array of accomplishment statements to use as needed during the interview and practice articulating these. There is a world of difference between thinking how you will say something and actually saying it. Also, take any documentation of accomplishments with you in a folder.

Relate your accomplishments in a story-like format by using S.T.A.R.: 

  • Think about a Situation or Task you faced.  Describe this situation in two or three sentences.
  • Next, describe the Action you took.  Be very specific.  While you want to avoid appearing arrogant, you want to take credit for the role you played.
  • Conclude by describing the Result you achieved.  Discuss how your work helped an employer (a community service project,your church, child’s school, etc).  Whenever possible, discuss the result in measurable or quantifiable terms.

 

Example -  "As an Account Representative, I was expected to implement a new system process for invoices, but did not have the full support of my manager.  To convince the manager to support the new process, I proposed an 8:00 a.m. meeting to discuss the project. Both the presentation and my willingness to meet so early convinced my manager to grant approval. The new system process was quickly implemented and as a result decreased the processing time for invoices by 25 percent."

 

Research - Learn as much as possible about the company and be prepared to answer questions in a relevant manner and ask intelligent questions. Sources of information include past or current employees, the company’s public relations office, the company's Web site, a library or the Career Development Center. Areas of research include:

  • Mission
  • Corporate Culture
  • Reputation/Reviews
  • Services or Products
  • Company Competitors
  • Organizational Structure
  • Positions available

 

Practice - It is imperative you practice interviewing – either alone, with a friend or with a career counselor.  Fine-tune your interview style and become more comfortable answering questions about yourself.  However, do not memorize answers or practice excessively, as this can adversely decrease your spontaneity during the interview. Above all, employers are listening to see if you have a good attitude, integrity, and would be loyal to the organization.

  • Remember the 50/50, two minute max rule. According to Richard Bolles (Author of What Color is your Parachute?) and researchers at M.I.T., persons who get hired most frequently follow this conversation mix. Essentially, you talk 50 percent of the time and listen 50 percent of the time during the interview. Talking too much gives the impression you are self-absorbed and oblivious to the needs of the company and speaking too little conveys that you have something to hide or are a poor communicator. When asked a question, try not to speak more than two minutes when delivering the answer. According to Bolles, “People who ramble on and on don’t get hired.”

 

During the Interview: Questions to Ask

It is important to ask questions as the interview draws to a close since this shows interest and enthusiasm. Questions also will help you further decide if the job is right for you. (Remember, you are interviewing the company as well).  Ask those questions you could nohave found answers to by researching the company.

  •  Ask about further details of the job.
  •  What kind of decision-making responsibilities will I have?
  •  Is this a newly created position?
  •  Will I mostly be working individually or in a team?
  •  What kind of training would I receive?
  •  How much client contact will I have?
  •  How many employees are in this department?
  •  How much travel is typically required?
  •  What is the typical career path of someone who starts in this position?
  •  Do people often move to different departments?
  •  How would you describe the firm’s culture?
  •  What do you see as the firm’s greatest assets/weaknesses?
  •  What makes this firm different from its competition?

 

Behavior-Based Interview Questions In addition to being ready to answer these standard questions, prepare for behavior-based interview questions. This is based on the premise that a candidate's past performance is the best predictor of future performance. You will you need to be prepared to provide detailed responses including specific examples of your work experiences.

Tough Interview Questions These are some of the more difficult interview questions that you may be asked on a job interview.

Interview Questions to Ask The last job interview question you may be asked is "What can I answer for you?" 

 

After the Interview: Thank You

Always write a thank you letter or note immediately expressing interest in the job and highlighting one or two of your best qualifications. Saying “thank you” can be a powerful statement. Every time you send a thank you letter or note it is an opportunity to sell your qualifications and to leave a fresh impression in the mind of the reader. Send a thank you letter to anyone who has extended themselves in any way on behalf of your job search. Minimally, a written thank you should be sent after all of the interviews. A handwritten thank you note is also acceptable and even favored in some circumstances. Follow-up with a phone call one to two weeks after the interview regardless of which you choose.

 

Transferring to a University/Professional School

Thinking Ahead

We believe it is important for students to begin planning well in advance for a transition to a respective four-year institution that offers a degree program that is completely aligned with their career goals. Selecting the right program and institution is not an easy process and requires research, deliberation, and strategy. We have provided resources below that can assist you in making the right choice. 

  • Apply Texas - A centralized process where students can apply to most institutions in Texas. 
  • Scholarships - In addition to financial aid, this is a list of available scholarships for students. 
  • Career Coach - The best career assessment for HCC Eagles. 
  • Texas Institutions - A list of all colleges/universities in Texas.  
  • Houston Institutions - A list of institutions in Houston. 

 

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

 

Getting Your Foot In The Door - Workforce Programs Offered at HCC!

Strategic planning is imperative for students interested in achieving career success. We will be with you every step of the way as you develop your plan for pursuing your calling. Houston Community College has certificate/degree programs that can provide any proactive student with the skill set needed to thrive in the Houston job market and beyond. Career & Job Placement Services should be on your mind constantly as we want to ensure you are competitive for many years to come! Let's get started TODAY! 

Have you wondered why employers require applicants to have 1-3 years of experience for a position and they still call the position, "Entry-Level"? We have wondered why as well! Its because employers can find candidates with experience in the job market on any given day. You should be one of those candidates with "entry-level" experience! This is why we have provided details below about industries along with certificates and degrees HCC offers that can get you into the field you are interested in! Yes, you can gain entry-level experience in your field of interest by enrolling in a workforce program at Houston Community College. If you have questions about your career path, please stop by one of our Career Centers to chat with us! Don't leave HCC without getting the experience you need in order to succeed in your career!

A student who is interested in race-car driving should not find it odd getting their first entry-level job working at a local automotive shop.

Another example, a student who is passionate about becoming a doctor should find it advantageous for working as a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) while pursuing their education.

Below are more examples of getting your foot in the door:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE - Law Office Clerk, ParalegalPolice OfficerFire FighterEMS,    

OIL & GAS - Process Technician, Petroleum TechniciansEngineeringElectronics Engineering             

MEDICAL - Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Nursing    

BUSINESS - Accountant, Commerical Real Estate Professional, Banker

TRANSPORTATION - Supply Chain SpecialistAutomotive Technician

COMPUTERS - Cyber Security Specialist, Help Desk TechnicianAnimator

ARCHITECTURE - Drafter, Pipe Designer

MARKETING - Multi-Media Specialist, Digital Communication Specialist

MANUFACTURING - Machinist, Welder, Manufacturing Engineer

CONSTRUCTION - Air Conditioning Technician, Electrician, Construction Helper

HOSPITALITY - Restaurant Management Professional, Chef

PERFORMANCE - Music Producer, Film Maker, Audio Recording Specialist, Performer

FASHION - Stylist, Designer 

 

HCC Career Centers & Contact Information

Career & Job Placement Services - Northeast

Career & Job Placement Services - Northeast

Manager - Dr. Avis Horde     

HCC-Northline: 8001 Fulton St, Houston, TX 77022 

  • Location: Building A, Room 117 (First Floor)
  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Drop-In Hours (Just Walk-In!): Monday & Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.5291
  • Email: ne.careerservices@hccs.edu 

 

HCC-Codwell: 555 Community College Drive, Houston, TX 77013

  • Location: Learning Hub - Student Services, Job Placement Office (First Floor)
  • Office Hours: Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Drop-In Hours (Just Walk-In!): Monday & Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.5214
  • Email: ne.careerservices@hccs.edu

 

Supports the following Centers of Excellence:

 

Students can schedule appointments with this Career Center within the Virtual Career Center

 

Career & Job Placement Services - Southwest

Career & Job Placement Services - Southwest

Manager - Dr. Carolyn Davis

HCC-West Loop Center: 5601 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77081

  • Location: Suite 114 (First Floor)
  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Drop-In Hours (Just Walk-In!): Monday & Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.7718
  • Email:  sw.careerservices@hccs.edu

 

HCC-Stafford Center: 10041 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477

  • Location: Learning Hub, Room 142
  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Drop-In Hours (Just Walk-In!): Monday & Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.6504
  • Email: sw.careerservices@hccs.edu 

 

Supports the following Centers of Excellence:

 

Students/Alumni can schedule appointments with this Career Center within the Virtual Career Center

 

Career & Job Placement Services - Northwest

Career & Job Placement Services - Northwest

Manager - Sharon Thomas

HCC-Alief Hayes: 2811 Hayes Road, Houston, TX 77082

  • Location: Room A 110.24 (First Floor)
  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Drop-In Hours (Just Walk-In!): Monday & Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. -  4 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.7237
  • Email:  nw.careerservices@hccs.edu 

 

 HCC-Spring Branch: 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX 77043

  • Location: Room SL2 - (Across from the Admissions office)
  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Drop-In Hours (Just Walk-In!): Monday & Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.5423
  • Email:  nw.careerservices@hccs.edu 

 

HCC-Katy: 1550 Foxlake Drive, Houston, TX 77084

  • Location: Dean of Students Office
  • Office Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday: 1 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Drop-In Hours: Monday - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Tuesday - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.5774
  • Email: nw.careerservices@hccs.edu 

 

Supports the following Centers of Excellence

 

Students/Alumni can schedule appointments with this Career Center within the Virtual Career Center

 

Career & Job Placement Services - Central

Career & Job Placement Services - Central 

Manager - Filecha Lucas 

HCC-Central Campus: Learning Hub Building, 1300 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004

  • Location: Learning Hub Science Building - Suite 115 (First Floor)
  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • Drop-In Hours (Just Walk-In!): Monday & Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.6955 
  • Email:  ce.careerservices@hccs.edu

 

Supports the following Centers of Excellence

 

Students/Alumni can schedule appointments with this Career Center within the Virtual Career Center 

 

Career & Job Placement Services - Southeast

Career & Job Placement Services - Southeast

Manager - Ann Reynolds

HCC-Eastside Campus: 6815 Rustic St, Houston, TX 77087

  • Location: Student Life Building, Room 117 (First Floor)
  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6:30pm, Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Drop-In Hours (Just Walk-In!): Monday & Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.5030 
  • Email: se.careerservices@hccs.edu 

 

HCC-Fraga Campus: 301 North Drennan Street, Houston, TX 77003

  • Location: Student Services area
  • Office Hours: Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Drop-In Hours: Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.2800
  • Email: se.careerservices@hccs.edu

 

Supports the following Centers of Excellence

 

Students/Alumni can schedule appointments with this Career Center within the Virtual Career Center

 

Career & Job Placement Services - Coleman

Career & Job Placement Services - Coleman

Career Services Specialist - Stacey Overton

HCC-Coleman: 1900 Pressler St, Houston, TX 77030

  • Location: The Center, Room 100A
  • Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Drop-In Hours (Just Walk-In!): Monday & Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Phone: 713.718.2451
  • Email:  co.careerservices@hccs.edu

Supports the following Center of Excellence

 

Students/Alumni can schedule appointments with this Career Center within the Virtual Career Center