At the national level, websites such as www.linkedin.com, www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com and www.indeed.com have extensive search capabilities as well as resume tips, forum support and professional networking options.
The National Military Spouse Network, a networking, mentoring and professional development organization, has a wealth of career information at its website, www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The group aims to help military spouses build a meaningful, sustained career path and offers a library of articles that touch on topics like entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion and more as well as a membership-only discussion forum. The organization also features companies that are military spouse-owned or military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Business Listings page.
South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) is responsible for paying unemployment insurance benefits, collecting unemployment taxes, helping people find jobs, matching businesses with qualified candidates, and collecting and disseminating state/federal employment statistics. DEW has one of the most comprehensive databases for job seekers. Here you can search jobs, set up a profile, post a resume and find training opportunities.
State of South Carolina
Employment opportunities with the state of South Carolina are posted online. Find open state government jobs and agencies that aid workforce development.
1003 Highway 52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461 843-719-4163
Berkeley County is among the top employers in the Charleston MSA. Jobs are posted online with salary included if applicable, and applications are available for online submission only with an Applicant Online account.
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405 843-958-4700
Jobs are posted online for Charleston County and public library jobs, along with benefit information. Applications can be submitted online or in person.
201 Johnston St.
St. George, SC 29477 843-563-0141/832-0141
Jobs are posted online and include salary and benefit information. Applications can be submitted online or in person. Promotional opportunities for current county employees are posted online as well. For questions, call the Human Resources Department at 843-832-0141 or 843-563-0141.
City of Charleston
80 Broad St.
Charleston, SC 29401 843-724-7388
View current job opportunities and the application procedures online. Call Human Resources at 843-724-7388 with any questions.
City of Goose Creek
519 N. Goose Creek Blvd.
Goose Creek, SC 29445 843-797-6220
Click “Employment” to view job openings and apply for an open position.
City of North Charleston
2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406 843-554-5700
From the menu on the city’s website, choose “Job Vacancies” to access North Charleston’s city job vacancies and the city’s online application.
Town of Moncks Corner
118 Carolina Ave.
Moncks Corner, SC 29461 843-719-7900
From the town’s website, see available employment opportunities and download the employment application to submit at the address above or mail to the P.O. box listed on the application.
Town of Mount Pleasant
100 Ann Edwards Lane
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 843-884-8517
From the home page, click “Apply for a Job” to access job openings, see Mount Pleasant’s employee benefits, download an application, apply online or create a job alert.
Town of Summerville
100 W. Richardson Ave., Suite E
Summerville, SC 29483 843-851-4222
From the main menu on the town’s website, click “Human Resources” from the Departments tab to see Employment Opportunities. Applications must be submitted in person or by mail.
An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.
Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 22 for a list of chambers of commerce in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.
Always keep your resume up-to-date and have several versions that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.
Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure to first ask each if you can use them as references.
Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight skills, work experience and education that apply to the position.
Maintain a positive, professional and broad-based presence on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn; almost all employers search social media sites to vet job candidates, and your absence there will raise red flags. Also be aware that images and comments posted spur-of-the-moment can be searched out forever and come back to haunt you.
Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose — and rehearse — your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.
Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter, as well as the quick-response email, will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.
Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies are able to follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you are not notified that you did not get the job.