Job Readiness Resources

Preparing For Your Future

Finding – and landing – your dream job is a challenge in itself. Making sure you’re ready for the application process and job interview before you hit the submit button can alleviate some of the stress. What sorts of things should you be working on? Creating a well-crafted resume that highlights your experience, goals and skills is a great start. Ensuring that you have the soft skills needed for today’s employers can help you stand out against the competition. Find resources on these and other topics on this page.

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seconds is the average time recruiters scan a resume


of jobs require high or medium levels of digital skills


of employers use social media to screen candidates


of jobs are found through referrals


of applicants hear from employers within a couple of weeks

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Introduce Yourself Without Saying A Word

Your resume is often times your first introduction to a company. Whether you’re submitting a copy directly to a hiring representative or entering its contents into an online application, it’s a critical part of getting in the door for an interview. If you’re not sure how to get started on creating a resume that best sells your skills and abilities, check out this list of resources:


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Enhance Your Marketability

Being good at your job is one thing. But it’s not just how well you execute duties that makes you a standout employee. Things like soft skills, dressing for success, and personal branding help build your reputation as a well-rounded worker. Check out these resources to help you get ready to stand out from the crowd:









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Don't Go It Alone

If you’re looking for one-on-one guidance from a career development professional or a place to independently access computer resources, SC Works Centers, public libraries and other facilities throughout the Central SC Region offer numerous partners and targeted programs. You can also attend career-exploration workshops to find out if a career field that’s caught your attention is the right fit for you.









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Get Connected to Like Minds

Looking to get better connected to professionals like you? Exploring a new career field and want to hear first-hand experience? Getting involved with networking or mentoring groups in your local area can expose you to more than just new faces – you could learn about the latest trends in your industry, make business connections to help you grow your company, or perhaps land your dream career!







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Setting Goals for Higher Intellect

Our Region is home to more than 12 colleges and universities and anchored by the University of South Carolina’s main campus. Whether you’re seeking a certificate at one of our technical colleges or planning to earn a four year degree, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Multiple initiatives and programs are available to connect talent with the right program, internship, or opportunity for their career path.

Looking for a program that inspires you? Visit our Upskilling career pages to see what’s in demand in the Central SC Region or connect with one of the colleges and universities in the area.

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