Search for a Job
Looking for a part-time job or maybe a new career? We can help.
At Howard Community College, we are proud to offer Handshake as your primary online resource for part-time and full-time internships and jobs.
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Current students, use your Howard Community College email address to create an account.
Community members, enter your email address to create an account.
HCC holds a series of job fairs throughout the year. These fairs offer an opportunity to connect with employers discuss job openings. We are using a virtual platform, Premier Virtual to conduct virtual career events during COVID-19. Please check our calendar of events for our next fair.
Throughout the academic year, employers have the opportunity to recruit students for positions they have available within their companies. Employers may have part-time, full-time, skilled or unskilled positions available.
Howard Community College is pleased to offer companies the chance to inform students of employment opportunities through on-campus or virtual recruiting sessions. For more information, please click here.
Prepare for Search
Before reaching out to an employer, you want to make sure your resume, cover letter, and interview skills are the best they can be. We can help with the online resources, tips, and presentations via the tabs below. Also reach out to our career professionals, who are available for virtual appointments to assist you with search strategies, reviewing your resume, and preparing for your interviews.
Your resume is a key document in your job search as it represents you to employers before they meet you in person. Its purpose is to get you invited for an interview, and therefore it must describe how your skills, experience and training match a job’s requirements and meet an employer’s needs.
To get help with writing a resume that will create a strong impression, we suggest that you take advantage of the following services:
A cover letter promotes you, presenting a compelling case that you have the interest, skills, training and experience to perform well in a given job or internship. Cover letters are best when you can articulate the fit between the company/position needs and your experiences.
The interview is your opportunity to convince the employer that you are the most qualified candidate for the job opening. Thorough preparation is the best way to ensure a successful interview. Here are some useful tools and services that will help you prepare.
1. Learn the Fundamentals
- See information on:
- The purpose of the interview
- Behavioral and situational interviews
- Dress for Success
- The parts of the interview and evaluating offers
- Making a preparation checklist
- Guidelines for answering and asking questions
2. Get Assistance
Meet with a career counselor for help with interviewing, including asking your counselor to go through a mock interview with you. Call 443-518-1340 or stop by RCF-302 to make an appointment.
Job Search Resources
Short videos about successful interviewing
How to Answer Behavior Based Interview Questions - Ohio State University video
How to Ace an Interview - 5 Tips from a Harvard Career Advisor (includes information on phone and Skype interviews):
Practice the video interview - HireVue for Candidates
Tips and guides on interviewing
Job search strategies
Looking for a job is a time consuming process. Review these tips on how to stay organized during your job search.
Fraudulent Job Postings
Specific Career Resources for Veterans, International Students and Students with Disabilities
In order to provide you with the most comprehensive resources and opportunities available, Career Services has compiled the following list of career and job-search resources sorted by a variety of special topics. You may find this list useful as a supplement to the other career-related information provided on our website.
Students With Disabilities
- ABILITY Jobs - a website for job seekers with disabilities
- disABLEDperson.com - job search site for persons with disabilities
- Green Jobs - a resource guide for individuals with disabilities
- MD State Dept. of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) - DORS offers programs and services that help people with disabilities go to work and become self-sufficient
- Access Careers - career preparation for individuals with disabilities
- US Dept. of State Disability Reasonable Accommodation Division - DRAD approves, determines, and implements reasonable accommodations; and ensures equal access to Federal programs, activities, and facilities to individuals with disabilities.
Counseling & Career Services partners with the Federal government’s Workforce Recruitment Program, which is intended to connect students with disabilities with summer internship positions. Click here for more information.
- Networking and Interviewing - Veterans: Uncle Sam Really Wants You - Explanation of how veteran preference relate to Federal hiring
- Military Transition - Monster.com articles
- My Next Move for Veterans - What do you want to do for a living?
- Employment Initiatives for Veterans - Department of Labor
- National Career Development Association - services for veterans
- Veterans Administration Job Bank - resources and services for job seeking veterans, including how to relate military experience to civilian jobs
- Public Service Careers for Veterans - Guide to public service options for veterans
Re-Careering and 50+
- AARP Working after Retirement - "re-careering" options to explore
- Retirement Revised - retirement issues and job search
- AARP Work Related Information - encore careers
- Guide to Career Change after 50 – resources for how to get started
- 2013 Best Employers for Workers over Fifty - an AARP list of the top employers for workers over fifty
- Employment Information - US Citizenship and Immigration Services guidelines for Students and Employment
- Credential Evaluation – please note that there is a fee for this external service
- Resume and Interview Guide – international students Information from Michigan State University -
Resumes: https://search.msu.edu/index.php?q=resumes#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=resumes&gsc.page=1 and https://careernetwork.msu.edu/channels/write-a-resume-or-cover-letter/
Beware of Job Scams
- Guidelines for a Safe Job Search
- Federal Trade Commission - consumer information on job scams
- Avoiding Employment Scams
- Multi-level marketing companies and pyramid schemes
- Protect Yourself From Identity Theft
Books and Other ResourcesWhen HCC fully resumes in-person services and classes, visit the Counseling and Career Services Resource Library (RCF-302) to find additional information on careers, salaries, companies, resume writing, job search and interviewing, as well as personal development topics. There are job listings from local employers and an extensive list of internet sites with a wealth of career and job related information. Students can use computers to create and print resumes and conduct online job searches.