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Career Services

Whether you are a current HCC student investigating career paths, an area resident in need of employment-related services, or an employer looking to advertise positions, you can find the help you need at HCC’s Career Services Center. The center offers a wide range of services from career exploration to job search support and everything in-between.

Highland Community College uses Handshake™ as its official resume and job posting service. Students and Alumni, create your account profile to:

  • Search for all Full-time, Part-time, Internship/Co-op job opportunities.
  • Create and upload your resume and career portfolio to make available to employers.
  • Access event announcements, career advice documents, podcasts, videos, and articles.

Handshake™ is available to the public. Sign up here to learn more and keep up to date with Highland!

Looking for career assistance?

  • Employment and career counseling
  • Career resources, including videos, reference materials, and software programs
  • Assessment tools for deciding education/career path
  • Job leads and postings
  • Connections for job shadows and informational interviews
  • Assistance with resume and cover letter development/critiquing
  • Interview preparation
  • Annual Job Fair

Looking to fill positions?

Contact Information

Student/Conference Center
First Floor, Room 108
Main: 815-599-3678 or 815-599-3573
Fax: 815-235-6130
Reach out to us via email.

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Evening appointments also available)

Frequently Asked Questions

For what services do I need to set up an appointment?

In order to best meet your needs as a unique individual, the following services require an appointment:

  • Employment and career counseling
  • Assessment tools for deciding education/career path (Myers-Briggs and Strong Interest Survey)
  • Connections for job shadows and informational interviews
  • Assistance with resume and cover letter development/critiquing.
  • Interview preparation Click here for regularly held lab dates/times.
    No appointment is necessary for utilizing the following services:
  • Job leads: Simply go to College Central Network, our official resume and job posting service, create your account as a student, alumni, or community resident, and begin searching right away for local and national job openings.
  • On-campus employment (for HCC students)

How do I set up an appointment?

  • Make an appointment over the phone at 815-599-3536 or 815-599-3573.
  • Stop by the office Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Highland Community College Student Conference Center, room 108 (1st floor of building H). Summer hours: Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

How do I apply to be a student worker on campus?

Student worker applications are done on Handshake™. Learn more on the Student Worker web page.

Do I need to have a resume prepared before my appointment?

No! You can attend a resume writing lab at any stage of the resume writing process. We’ll help you build your resume and give you tips along the way.

If you need a resume and do not know where to start, brainstorm with information like grade point averages, awards won, locations of previous employment, and certificates earned. If you have an outdated resume, bring it anyway.

If this is your first time writing a resume, plan on revisiting your resume 2 – 3 times in order to create a polished document.

Is there a fee for using Career Services?

For most services, there is no fee. For example, resume critiquing, employment counseling, and all employee recruitment services are free of charge. Some fees may apply to physical materials taken out of the center.

How can I find a job through Career Services?

We are happy to help you prepare for success as an applicant and interviewee as well as establish connections to start your job search.

  • View local and national postings on Handshake™.
  • Meet with us! If you tell us about the kind of position you’re looking for and your interests, we can help! We might even know about recent openings!
  • Check out bulletin boards around campus, employers often post positions there.