Career & Employment Services help students build job search skills.

How To Find a Job

Before you start your job search, visit GCC's Career Services. Whether you’re a student or community member, our staff can teach you how to effectively maximize your job search efforts.  

Decide on Your Ideal Job 

Identifying the type of job you want is the first step of any productive job search. If you are undecided, visit "Plan My Career" page to take a personality assessment or two to identify what opportunities that are potentially a fit for you.  Decide on the type of job you want and then move forward to the next step of creating your resume. 

Write a Winning Resume

Your professional resume is your marketing document that gets you an interview.  Start with our Career Services Resume & Cover Letter Guide to learn how to write and organize your resume, cover letter, references page, and thank-you letter. It also includes a list of the best online resources to use during your job search and career development process. Follow our easy resume guide for layout suggestions.

Remember, resumes should be tailored to match each job application. Understanding what a hiring manager is looking for in a candidate (review the job posting duties, skills, and requirements) to effectively tailor your resume.

Schedule an appointment or stop by during walk-in hours for a 30-minute resume critique session. To schedule an appointment please call (623) 845-3283 or email career.services@gccaz.edu.

Search for Jobs

Career Services will help you look for online job postings. Stop by our office and look through the online job board that is updated with job opportunities from Valley companies daily.

Maricopa CareerLink (MCL) is a career management system where students may:

  1. Explore and apply for jobs and internships
  2. View and RSVP for Career Events
  3. Share your resume with employers
  4. Explore career information and complete career assessments

Start your search now!

Stay connected with MCL by downloading the Careers by Simplicity smartphone app and create your account.  Careers by Symplicity empowers you to take your job search on-the-go with smart features to easily search and apply for jobs, manage your on-campus events, and connect with employers before, during, and after career fairs.

With the Careers app, you can:

  • Find and apply for recommended opportunities based on your preferences and skill set
  • Schedule interviews in real-time
  • Have your resume scanned by employers at career fairs
  • Manage your career fairs, info sessions, interviews, and more

If you're a Veteran or Service member, visit GCC's Veteran Employment & Career Counseling page for resources designed just for you.

Interview Practice 

Once you have been contacted for an interview, immediately contact us to assist you with interview preparation.  We offer mock interview sessions or an interview strategies walk thru on what to expect in an interview, the types of questions asked and how to answer them. 

No time to schedule your interview practice? Here are 5 quick tips for interview success:

  1. Dress to impress! Look as professional as possible.
  2. Research the company and know the skills, qualifications, and requirements of the position for which you're interviewing.
  3. Understand WHY you are the best candidate for the job so you can tell them at the interview.
  4. Ask 3 GOOD questions at the end. For example: What do you expect this position to accomplish in 6 months?
  5. Send a thank-you email or letter within 24 hours.

Working on Campus: WorkStudy and Budget Jobs

If you applied for Work-Study financial aid, check the status in your Maricopa Student Center. Click “View Financial Aid” and the current award year. If your award description lists Federal Work-Study, visit the Career Services Center to find a job on campus. Work-Study jobs are competitive, so act fast!

To get Work-Study financial aid you must apply for it on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You can revise your answers and submit them on the FAFSA any time. If you didn’t qualify this semester, it does not mean you won’t receive it next semester, so keep checking your financial aid summary.

Another option is to work in a campus department in a budget position. Visit the department that you would like to work for to see if they are hiring. Budget job postings are sometimes posted on Career Services' job board.  Tip: Check one week before or after the new semester starts, this is the time when departments post their positions to hire.

Need interview attire?

Ladies: Stop by Career Services to pick up a referral for Dress for Success Phoenix, located at 1024 East Buckeye Road, Suite 165, in Phoenix. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing women with professional clothing and accessories to help them reach their employment goals. If you are job searching and expect to have an interview soon, contact Laura Hinau, laura.hinau@gccaz.edu to request a referral form for your FREE head-to-toe professional outfit.

Men: Go to Unity Men's Dress Attire & Training Center, located at 1008 E. Buckeye Rd. in Phoenix, which offers highly discounted professional clothing for men. They are open Tuesday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment (602) 254-1037.

 

Find current job postings on the Job Board in CCS.

Contact:

Building: Dr. Joe Griego Counseling & Career Services Center (CCS)
Phone: (623) 845-3283
Email: career.services@gccaz.edu
Hours of Operation

Fall/Spring

Mon., Tues., Thurs. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wed. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer

Mon. - Thurs. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.