Welcome to Career Placement Services!
I'm here to help. I offer various ways to connect and share best-practice strategies and tools. I've shifted all of the services to be online/virtual given what's going on in the world. Scroll down the page to find several links with resources to help all aspects of your job search.
Here's a quick list of some virtual services available:
Much of what I offer is through the Student Employment System, the official online employment system for students & alumni. Access your student account here; https://saddleback-csm.symplicity.com/students.
AREAS OF SERVICE:
JOB SEARCH, RESUME WRITING, INTERVIEWING, NETWORKING, SALARY INFORMATION, SOCIAL MEDIA & RECRUITMENT
Virtual Appointments – students RSVP directly in the system. Appointments are also listed on the Calendar here https://saddleback-csm.symplicity.com/calendar, but you'll need to log-in to RSVP.
Virtual Workshops & Drop-in Sessions - Virtual workshops and/or Drop-In Sessions on topics like Resume Writing, LinkedIn, Job Search Strategies could be scheduled soon. When these are offered, students can view on the calendar RSVP in the system. https://saddleback-csm.symplicity.com/calendar
Virtual Recruiting Events – We invite employers to co-host a Virtual Recruiting event in Zoom. When scheduled, you'll see them on the Calendar.
Live Chat – I will be available in the mornings from 8am - 10am (schedule permitting) for Live Chat. Students must be logged into the system account and find the 'Live Chat with Eric Hilden..' link on the home page.
LinkedIn Group - Saddleback College Career Network - I manage this group and invite all students to join, post questions, comments, and connect with others in the group. We have over 1000 professionals, students, alums, and faculty.
LinkedIn Learning FREE accounts are available to students. Just sign up using a personal email here, https://www.saddleback.edu/jobs/LinkedIn-Learning-Account.
Finally, we may offer a Virtual Career Fair through Gaucho Jobs if/when we see enough interest from employers.
I know this is a very rough time for many. I am here to offer support and guidance, let's connect.
Your job search is a process, a journey that can take shape any number of ways. It may take some of you very little time to land an opportunity while others it may take much longer. Regardless of the amount of time it takes to land a job, the steps are often very similar; preparing your employment documents, utilizing online search tools, maximizing your network, preparing for the interview, etc.
One key piece to not forget is balance. Stay focused, yet balanced as you work through your job search. Find time to do the things that you enjoy while using targeted energy for open positions and networking. Be flexible and remember that it only takes one employer to see your value.
Student Employment System: Student Log-in
SEARCH ON-CAMPUS JOBS (on-hold until we return!)
When we're back on campus, these are a great place to start for On-Campus Jobs:
Search On-Campus Tutor Jobs
The Student Employment System is the place to start searching for companies that want to hire Saddleback students. If you don't want to log-into your account, you can browse postings from these links:
View jobs by 'MAJOR' (no log-in required until you want details)
View all jobs posted in the last 5 days (no log-in required until you want details)
View all jobs in the
Student Employment System (no log-in required until you want details)
Are you ready for the Gig Economy?
AI in Recruitment (overview video)
- Who is using this technology? Data on Companies using HireVue
2019 Salary Guides from Robert Half
Nearly everybody you ask has an opinion about resumes. Some of this advice is great, others not so much. Your challenge is to find a way to quickly convey your value - knowledge, skills, accomplishments to the reader/employer in a targeted way that speaks directly to the needs of the open position.
You may only have 5-10 seconds to impress the reader - 1st impressions count.
*If you want a critique of your current resume, upload it to your Gaucho Jobs student account. All initial resumes uploaded into the system will receive a quick critique.
- If you want to know more about your Personality Style, make an appointment with Career Guidance or our Saddleback College Counselors - here's a quick summary of the MBTI personalities.
KNOW THE LAW
SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR JOB SEARCH
Social media has become a standard in the job search and recruitment process for job seekers across industries. Often, your social media content can make or break your chances of landing your ideal position. Over the last few years, recruiters across industries have strongly suggested that all students create a professional LinkedIn profile.
If you're new to LinkedIn, do your research and watch some videos on how to put together a strong profile. Here's a quick guide for beginners.
Thanks for taking a look, hopefully you found something of value!