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 with 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 template layout example.
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.Career Services can critique your resume in the following formats - .doc, .docx, .txt. or .rtf file. In addition, submit the job posting to which you're applying. Send your resume and job posting via email to email@example.com. We will respond in 2-3 business days. After you receive the critique make an appointment with us for a more in-depth review.
Practice with a Mock Interview
Once you have been contacted for an interview, immediately contact us to assist you with interview preparation. We offer mock interview sessions or a walk thru on what to expect in an interview, including the types of questions and how to answer them.
No time for a mock interview? Here are 5 quick tips for interview success:
1. Dress to impress! Look as professional as possible.
2. Research the company and know the requirements of 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.
Search for Jobs
Career Services will help you look for online job postings. Stop by and take a look at our job board, which is updated daily from jobs across the valley. Then check the Maricopa Career Network, Maricopa's online job board.
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If you're a Veteran or Service member, visit our GCC Veterans Employment & Career Counseling page for resources designed just for you!
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, which is a nonprofit organization 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Mon., Tues., Thurs. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wed. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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