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Handshake: Not Just a Greeting Anymore

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Handshake is a powerful career management tool to help students find jobs and internships.

What is Handshake?

Did you know that over 14 million students and alumni from more than 700 colleges and universities use Handshake?  Only 13% of SPC students have completed their profile in Handshake!  If you still haven’t activated your account, take 5 minutes to do so.  You will be surprised to discover the amount of great employment and internship opportunities you have access to in Handshake.

Have you activated your account?  If not, what are you waiting for?

Why Handshake?

  • Search for jobs or internships by employer industry, by your major, and even look for jobs by location. You can also search by employment type, such as part-time or full-time positions.
  • Build a strong profile, receive personalized job and career recommendations, and track deadlines.
  • Connect with more than 250,000 employers, including Fortune 500 companies.
  • Gain access to information about online and on-campus career events available in one place, such as Job and Career Fairs.
  • Have convenient access through the Mobile App (Use it on the go!).


Where can I find Handshake and how do I activate my account?

If you are a current student:

  1. Log into MySPC
  2. Go to MyCourses
  3. Scroll down to Additional Resources
  4. Find Handshake hyperlink on the bottom, right corner of your screen under “Career Planning” heading
  5. Use single sign-on to access your pre-loaded profile


SPC Alumni are also able to create and request an account on SPC’s domain at

Choose, “Sign up for an Account,” and this will then push to the registration page where you can select your  user type and school name:

Once you choose your school name from the list, a set of instructions will appear – the default being:

“Your school may have already created an account for you, which is pre-filled and ready to go. This account will be registered under your school email address (your .edu email address). Please try logging in using your school email first.”

Next, Students/Alumni will complete the registration details:

Congratulations, you have created or activated your account.

Take 5 minutes and activate your Handshake Account today – you will be glad you did!

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Job Fairs: Calling Job and Internship Seekers

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Get ready for upcoming Fall 2018 job fairs at St. Petersburg College.

Looking for a new job or a new career?  Looking for an internship? Then mark your calendar for Oct. 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the Job Fair at the SPC Clearwater Campus. If you can’t make the Clearwater Campus Job Fair, you will have a second opportunity at the Seminole Campus Oct. 23 from 12 – 3 p.m.

Clearwater Campus Job Fair

Clearwater Campus Career Services is hosting a Job Fair in the ES Building, Room 104.  We are expecting 30 employers who are looking to hire for part-time and full-time positions. They are also looking to secure interns. Stop by and meet with employers from a variety of career fields, including:

·         Business ·         Instructional Teachers ·         Education
·         Management ·         Biological Sciences ·         Quality Control
·         Technology ·         Accounting ·         Manufacturing
·         Marketing ·         Sales ·         Auto CAD Drafter
·         Hospitality ·         Detention Deputy Recruit

Take advantage of this great opportunity to network with local employers, participate in face-to-face interviews, and have an engaging conversation with a potential employer.  Everyone is invited!  Bring plenty of resumes with you and dress to impress!  Remember, you will never have a second chance to make a first impression. Make sure your first impression is a great one.

Would you like your resume reviewed prior to the Job Fair?  Stop by our Resume Review workshop on Sept. 26.  Clearwater Career Services is hosting the workshop from 12:30 – 2 p.m. on the second floor of the new library, Room LI 209.  Bring a printed copy of your resume and a professional will review your resume.

Tips for job fairs

On Oct. 16, be ready for on-the-spot interviews and remember these important interview tips (they’re true for most job fairs!):

  • Wear appropriate business attire (no shorts or ripped jeans)
  • Introduce yourself with a confident handshake
  • Make direct eye contact
  • Maintain good posture, stand upright, and do not fidget
  • Be prepared with your 30 – 60 second “elevator pitch”
  • Be confident and positive
  • Smile!
  • Remember to thank the employer/interviewee for their time

Some of the employers who will be attending are:

·         Raymond James ·         MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
·         Tech Data ·         Northwestern Mutual
·         Sandpearl Resort ·         Warner Architectural Associates
·         Winn Technology Group, Inc. ·         Childcare Careers
·         Pinellas County Schools ·         Enterprise Rent-A-Car
·         Pinellas County Government ·         Hertz Corporation
·         Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office ·         GSP Retail
·         Network Insurance ·         Valpak
·         Eyekon Medical ·         Bluegreen Vacations
·         JMI Resource ·         J.P. Morgan & Chase
·         Fastenal ·         Startup Space

For additional information or any questions, please contact Wanda Kimsey at Clearwater Career Services via email at

Seminole Campus Job Fair

If you can’t make the Clearwater Campus Job Fair, you will have a second opportunity at the Seminole Campus.

Join us Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 12 – 3 p.m. in the Conference Center located next to the library.  Students and alumni, plan to use The Ready Room for last-minute advice, resume review and an appearance check. Contact Jacob Wortock, SPC’s Employment & Internship Coordinator, at

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Public Service Career Options for ALL Majors

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Ever consider a public service career or a position in local government? In the busyness of school and life, we get distracted and miss some great career opportunities. Did you know that every major offers the possibility for a position in public service? Whatever type of degree you are pursuing, you have the potential to develop a rewarding career in public service.

Public Service Career Opportunities – Save the Date

Clearwater Career Services is hosting its Third Annual Government Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. in the ES Building, Room 104. We invite you to join us to learn more about the wide variety of positions and opportunities available in public service. This event is open to the public as well as students.

Career Examples:

Accounting Communications Emergency Management
Engineering Information Technology Network Administration
Urban Planning Public Administration Risk Management

The theme for this year’s event is, “How to find, hire, and retain men and women into public service.” This forum is a great opportunity to meet and engage with local city managers from Dunedin, Pinellas Park, and Tarpon Springs. Discover why and how they chose to enter into public service. Our guest panelists will share their insight, knowledge, and first-hand experiences about working in public service and in government. The guest panelists include:

Local governments have excellent career options available and these agencies offer rewarding careers with competitive salaries and benefits. With low unemployment rates, local governments are faced with the added challenge of competing with the public sector for recruiting and retaining qualified personnel. According to the survey findings in the 2018 State and Local Government Workforce: 2018 Data and 10 Year Trends Report, 82 percent report that staff recruitment and retention is a top workforce priority.

Mark your calendar for Nov. 13 and come listen, meet and network with our guests. Learn first-hand how working in public service and in local government can be very rewarding!

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For any questions regarding the forum, please contact Wanda Kimsey in Career Services.

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Why Should I Register Early for Classes?

Fall 2018 Early Registration Information

Did you know there is a relationship between early registration for classes and student academic and career success? Registering early for classes can have a positive effect on students, and the earlier you register for classes the more benefits you receive both in college and beyond.

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser

At St. Petersburg College’s Career Services, our goal is to help students acquire the necessary preparation to achieve long-term success beyond college. We want you to get the most from your education and ensure you reach not only your academic but career goals.

Here are three benefits to early registration:

  1. Get the schedule YOU want

How many times have you tried to look for a class and the schedule you wanted was not available? Class openings typically fill up quickly, so registering early will increase your chances of finding classes that are the most suitable to your wants and needs. Registering early gives you the advantage of having the best class selections. You also have more options in selecting your instructors and the type of classes you want to take when you register early.

  1. Have time to plan and prepare

By registering early, you can plan ahead and make adequate preparations. If you encounter a hiccup, whether you receive a hold on your enrollment or your financial aid doesn’t go through, you will have more time to handle unexpected problems.

  1. Save time, money, and frustration.

Avoid long lines, lengthy waiting times, and the stress that comes with it by registering for classes early. Registration season increases student traffic in Student Services. You will also have more time to apply for the Tuition Payment Plan and won’t have to pay tuition all at once.

Did you know that you can also receive a $10 textbook voucher for the school bookstore by paying your Fall Term tuition by July 13? Save time, money, and avoid stress by registering early for classes.

Why wait? Sign up for early registration.

Fall 2018 classes start Aug. 13.

Take advantage of these opportunities and register early. Check out our academic calendar, browse through your MLP (My Learning Plan), or set up an appointment with your academic advisor, and register for Fall Term classes today!

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Make Your Resume ‘Optimal’

Bullet Proof Your Resume

Do you have a resume?  When was the last time you updated it?  Think of your resume as an excellent marketing tool to help employers see your value.  Clearwater Campus Career Services will be hosting a Resume Writing workshop. Learn about Optimal Resume and other tools that take the stress out of your job search. Get the know how that will get you hired!

March 29 at 12:30 pm in the New Library, 2nd floor, Room 209

Webster’s College Dictionary Defines a resume as, “A brief account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience that is prepared by a job applicant.”  Anyone who is seeking employment needs a résumé.  The Résumé Writing Workshop will show you how to use Optimal Résumé, an online tool located in “My Courses.”  Optimal Résumé  has more than 500 templates designed to help college students and graduates prepare their résumé.  Résumés should be tailored to the job you are seeking, not generalized.  Career Services is here to help you create a resume that is targeted to the profession you are seeking.

Learn more about the three standard résumé styles and find out which style is best suited for you:

  • The Chronological Résumé – most recent employment is listed first
  • The Functional or Skills-Based Résumé – best for first time job seekers or career changers
  • The Combination or Hybrid Résumé – merges both the Chronological and Functional Résumé styles

Every résumé should include these sections:

  • Personal information including full name, mailing address, email and phone number, and military status if applicable
  • Qualifications and Professional Profile
  • Employment history or work experience including job title, employer’s name (address may also be required), starting and ending dates(month/year), and employment status (full-time or part-time or hours per week) for government jobs
  • Education, skills,  and accomplishments including related knowledge, attributes, publications, volunteer work, certifications and awards

For more information or to attend the workshop, contact Wanda Kimsey, Career Specialist by email at or by phone at  727-791-2431.

Links: (click on student login, then click on the My Courses tab, scroll down and on the far right-hand side you will see the link to Optimal Résumé).

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Attend the Feb. 13 Clearwater Campus Transfer Fair

Clearwater Campus Transfer Fair

Join the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Career Services team and representatives from various state universities in Florida at our Feb. 13 Clearwater Campus Transfer Fair, and learn more about the additional educational opportunities that are available to you.

Clearwater Career Services is hosting the fair  from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Ethics and Social Sciences (ES) Building, Room 104.  This is a great opportunity to speak to advisors/representatives from major universities in Florida and ask questions about transferring, admissions, and degree options.

  • SPC partners with more than 15 Florida universities including the University of South Florida, Saint Leo University, and the University of Tampa. Representatives from these universities will be attending this year’s transfer fair.
  • Learn more about the types of bachelor’s degree programs offered at SPC including in: Business, Information Technology, Education, Health Sciences, Science and Environmental Technology, Nursing, Orthotics and Prosthetics, Public Policy and Administration, Paralegal Studies, Public Safety, and Veterinary Technology.
  • You can also earn your bachelor degree through the University Partnership Center. UPC offers more than 100 bachelor’s and graduate degree programs and certificates through a variety of fully accredited colleges and universities.
  • Check out the Transfer Evaluation Tool! This tool compares SPC course credits with those from other colleges and universities. This tool is reviewed and updated continually.
  • Learn more about the Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) – General Studies to Bachelor’s Degree Program. An associate in arts degree is designed to transfer to a bachelor’s degree at SPC or to a state university. You can find the requirements for approximately 250 university majors and track your progress toward completion through the A.A. transfer evaluation tool on the FloridaShines website.

All SPC students, alumni, and the public are welcome to attend the Clearwater Campus Transfer Fair! Whatever your interest is, stop by the fair, and learn more about the variety of educational opportunities available to you.


Get Tips and Expert Resume Review at the Nov. 13 Workshop

Bullet Proof Your Resume

Are you having difficulties on how to create a resume or would you like a professional resume review?

Get Resume Review FeedbackThe Clearwater Career Services will host a Resume Revolution Workshop on Nov. 13 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the ES Building, Room 125, at the Clearwater Campus. Career Services will provide you with a better understanding on how to improve your resume by:

  • Keeping your resume to one page
  • Including your previous and current academic and career achievements
  • Developing a resume style that is appropriate to the job you are seeking
  • Using proper vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation
  • Choosing the best resume style and format

Career Services invites you to bring your resume. Or, if you have not created a resume, we can help you create one at our Resume Revolution Workshop.

One-on-one resume review

Get Resume Review TipsIn our workshop, you will have one-on-one interaction with a professional who will offer you additional feedback on how to improve your resume.  Career Services will show you how to use great resources, such as Optimal Resume and O*NET.ONLINE to find and incorporate suitable language into your resume for the position you are interested in seeking.

If you are applying for a specific position in an organization, make sure to do your research on the requirements the employer is looking for pertaining to that position before you write your first draft resume.  When writing your resume, remember to include relevant information and appropriate action verbs regarding the profession or career you are seeking.  Employers usually only spend one minute reviewing resumes and look for key words to determine if someone is qualified for the position.

Career Services is here to help you create a resume that is targeted to the profession you are seeking. Mark your calendar for Nov. 13 event!

Learn about public service careers on Nov. 7

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Connect with local government agencies and learn more about the wide variety of positions and job opportunities available in the public service fields at the Second Annual Government Forum on Nov. 7.

Florida has 2,050 local governments, and Pinellas County has 24 municipalities in addition to Pinellas County Government.  Students in every major have opportunities to find a career in local government.

SPC Clearwater Career Services is hosting the forum from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Clearwater Campus in the ES Building in Room 104.  The event is open to all, but seats are limited.

Please pre-register online at

Forum panelists

Guest panelists will include:

  • Jeffery Kronschnabl – Keynote Speaker
  • Seminole City Manager Ann Toney-Deal
  • Pinellas Park City Manager Douglas Lewis
  • Safety Harbor City Manager Matt Spoor
  • Professor Roy Slater – Moderator

Panelists will share their insight and experiences about the benefits of working in public service.  Learn why these city managers chose their career paths in public service.  Additionally the forum presents opportunities for discussion and questions between the audience and panelists.

Workforce challenges

Public Service Career OpportunitiesLocal governments face the ongoing challenge of implementing successful succession plans due to the changing workforce within their organizations as significant numbers of employees are retiring.

Government agencies must maintain a resilient and dependable workforce. Agencies are earnestly seeking to hire and retain qualified personnel who will be able to work in the public sector serving citizens’ needs.

Public service opportunities

Local government agencies offer rewarding careers with competitive salaries and benefits.  Learn more about the variety of available positions in the government workforce.

Are you interested in accounting or finance, communications, computer science, criminology, engineering, management, public administration, risk management, or leisure studies?  If so, mark your calendar to attend the Second Annual Government Forum on Nov. 7, starting at 11 a.m.  You will be amazed at what you will learn and the opportunities available to you!

LinkedIn Workshop: Branding the Professional YOU

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St. Petersburg College students can find out how to get ahead in their job searches with the upcoming Career Services LinkedIn Workshop. Learn about a great way to connect with employers and experts in your chosen field.

LinkedIn WorkshopAttend this workshop at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in AD 115 at the Clearwater Campus.

  • Stand out in today’s competitive job market.
  • Learn to build your personal brand.
  • Learn how to use your professional photo on your LinkedIn profile.

Today’s job market is constantly changing, and LinkedIn is the best way to keep up-to-date and informed. They are the premier professional network, featuring more than 4 million employers. This workshop will help get your job hunt off on the right foot.

This workshop will walk you through the basics, starting with opening a free account. LinkedIn is a service for professionals, and opens doors that are different than Facebook and Twitter. Learn about prospects and network with employers and professional colleagues. Get the latest news in your industry, and learn from experts in your field.

We are looking forward to seeing you there, and helping you build your brand on LinkedIn. Discover new opportunities and learn about branding the professional you!

Clearwater and Seminole Campus Job Fairs

St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus and the Seminole Campus are hosting Job Fairs.  This is a great opportunity to meet with more than 30 local employers at each campus.

SPC Job Fairs:

  • Oct. 17, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Clearwater Campus, ES 104
  • Oct. 19, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Seminole Campus, UP/Digitorium

 Free admission! Free parking! No pre-registration required! Open to the public!

Looking for a new job? How about a new career? Prepare for success:

  • Wear proper business attire – first impressions count!
  • Bring copies of your resume.
  • Arrive with a positive attitude.

Fall 2017 Job Fairs

This is a great opportunity to look at ways to further develop your skills for the jobs of today and review the bright career prospects of tomorrow. Expand your skill set, even learn a whole new career, network with local employers, have face-to-face interviews, and have an engaging conversation with a potential employer.

Everyone is invited to our job fairs where you can:

  • Meet local employers.
  • Have on-the-spot interviews.
  • Find out about full-time jobs and internship opportunities.

Before you go to the job fair make sure to stop by Clearwater Career Services in AD 115, if you need any assistance preparing your resume or cover letters.  Remember you can practice your interview skills in Optimal Resume located in MyCourses.  You will also want to prepare for interviews by developing an elevator pitch that will highlight key strengths that you can offer to the organization and use this at the beginning of your interview. Also, you will want to have some questions ready to ask the interviewer, such as “What have you enjoyed most about working here?” and “What is the next step in the process?”  You will also want to develop a strategy for the job fair by surveying the layout of the fair once you arrive and determine the order of which employers you will want to speak with.

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