Career Services

Workforce Solutions for Students and Employers.

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The Career Services office is located in the Student Support building on the Kilgore campus.  If you are unsure about what career path you would like to follow, we provide an online career assessment to assist you with your decision. The office also provides follow-up career counseling. Kilgore College Career Services is a student service dedicated to helping both current and former students prepare for their job search. These services include resume and cover letter writing assistance as well as interview preparation.  Two annual spring job fairs are hosted by the Career Services office to further assist KC students in their employment search.  For more information, please contact our office by phoning us at (903) 983-8678 or by e-mailing us at careerservices@kilgore.edu

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For a free career assessment, contact us:

Location: Student Support Building (SS), Office 111
Phone: (903) 983-8678
E-mail: careerservices@kilgore.edu

Information for Employers:

  • Post jobs/internships to KC's Optimal Resume Online Job Board (download Quick Job Posting Instructions for Optimal Resume)
  • Or post jobs/internships to KC's Pinterest Online Job Board
  • Post jobs/internships on our physical job board: If you send us a flier, we’ll post it on our physical job board. If you just want to send us the information, we’ll create a flier and post it on the job board.
  • Set up a recruiting station in our Student Center
  • Share job/internship opportunities with our instructors
  • Obtain regional salary and labor data along with an additional job board populated by Indeed.com: Salary/labor data and job board located here.
  • Job Fairs - We host two job fairs in the spring. Call us for information on how to participate.

Career Services Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Career Services

Make career choices based on your skills and interests.

Create a polished, professional resume & cover letter.

Find a good career by using current local data.

More than 6,000 pages of career guidance information.

The nation's primary source of occupational information.

Find a dream career that matches your training.

National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Career Services

More Information for Online Services

Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings and associated education and training.

If you’re still wondering what you want to spend your life doing, let us help. Using Focus 2 software, we can help you make career choices based on your skills and interests. It is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool for use by college students which enables you to self-assess your career relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your skills and talents.

Let Optimal Resume help you create a polished, professional resume & cover letter.

Optical Resume Student Instructions (pdf)

Optimal Resume has everything you need to begin your job search:

  • Create a resume and cover letter with this easy-to-use software.
  • Upload a resume you previously created.
  • Search through the jobs and employers on the website.
  • Create Practice Interviews
  • You can even put together a Portfolio that contains documents that show the employer why they should hire you.
  • Create your own website.

Webinar links to help make the best use of Optimal Resume:

Optimal Resume Overview: This brief five-minute video provides a great overview to the Optimal suite of tools and demonstrates just how Optimal helps job seekers make the optimal first impression!

Optimal Resume Builder: Recording of Optimal Resume webinar held on June 6, 2012. Learn about the free career tools available, including our Resume Builder, Letter Builder, online Portfolio Builder, Skills Assessment, Interview Prep, and Video Resume (60 minute video)

Updating a Resume: In this session, we'll discuss how to take an existing resume in another program (such as Microsoft Word) and import the content into Optimal. Even if you're in the draft stages of resume writing, you can incorporate existing content into the Optimal Resume Builder (30-minute video).

Searching & Applying for Jobs Online Part 1: Discusses valuable skills for job seekers. In this session, we'll discuss the benefits of using the Internet and cover common online tasks such as visiting websites, using a search engine, and creating an email account. If you've ever been overwhelmed by online activities, this session will help you become a more confident Internet user (35 minute video).

Searching & Applying for Jobs Online Part 2: Part 2. In this video, we'll discuss how to locate and apply to online job postings. Learn about our favorite online resources and tips (35 minute video).

Creating a Video Resume: The Video Resume Module makes it easy for users to introduce themselves and highlight their professional capabilities to prospective employers. Learn the two ways that you can create a video resume (15 minute video).

Virtual Career Library accesses more than 6,000 digital pages of career guidance information. Inside you will find hundreds of career advice videos, digital career books and directories, virtual job data cards, job bank resources and occupational videos to help you achieve career and life Zuccess.

The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Learn more about the O*NET project partners.

What do you want to do for a living? Visit My Next Move and describe what your dream career is and browse careers by industry. There are more than 900 career options for you to look at. This site will suggest careers that match your interest and training.

Texas Reality Check:

  • Learn how to build a budget.
  • Find professions that will match your desired salary.
  • See how much you’ll have to pay in taxes, what your monthly income would be and so much more.

Let the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) help you find a job.

Here is some of what you can find:

  • Resume & interview advice
  • Tips on how to market yourself to employers
  • Guidance for on-the-job success
  • A salary calculator - search by occupation, location, experience, and more
  • Your rights and responsibilities as a job seeker
  • Information on why you should use career services

Texas Cares:

Texas Cares is a collaboration of helpful links and videos for career exploration. It is a product of the Texas Workforce Commission/Labor Market and Career Information (TWC/LMCI) and is modelled after the desktop application of the same name.

Work-Study Information and Jobs Available On Campus

The Work-Study program is just one source of financial aid for college students. These on‐campus jobs are available only to Kilgore College students while they are enrolled who demonstrate financial need. In order to assess financial need, students need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Work-Study Coordinator for KC is Rebekah Metcalf.

Work Study Jobs Currently Available:

Work Study jobs are listed on the Career Services webpage.

Please read the job descriptions carefully and submit an application for a specific position to be considered for it. Students interested in multiple positions will need to submit an application for each position in which they are interested, specifying which position the application is for on each application. Incomplete applications will be discarded. Applications will not be kept on file once a position is filled. Please submit a copy of your current class schedule with each application. Submit applications for work‐study employment in Campus Connect.

Typically, all positions are advertised “open until filled.” It is up to each student to submit an application for each position. Individual departments will contact students about interviews and conduct those interviews. Once a hiring decision is made, that department will contact Financial Aid regarding the offer of employment, and to complete the hiring process and necessary paperwork. Paperwork MUST be completed prior to the student beginning work in order to be paid on‐time and correctly.

Areas on campus which rely on student workers include:

  • KC Residence Halls
  • Student Services Offices such as: Registrar, Financial Aid, Testing, Counseling, Admissions and Housing
  • Business Office
  • Purchasing
  • Watson Library
  • Child Development Center
  • Receiving and Physical Plant
  • Computer Labs
  • KC Police Department
  • Photography Lab
  • The Flare and Ranger yearbook offices

Residence Hall Assistants:

A limited number of Residence Hall Assistants are employed through the Department of Residential Life each year. These students perform specified duties and live in the Kilgore College dormitories in exchange for a free private room and one-half of board charges. Assistants must be enrolled full time (12 hours or more), maintain a 2.0 GPA per semester, and will be required to work nights and weekends. Applications may be submitted to the Department of Residential Life located in the Devall Student Center, first floor.

Applying via Campus Connect:

  • Log-in to your Campus Connect account.
  • Under the Student Information tab, select “Review Financial Aid.”
  • On the next screen, select the correct academic year and click “View Aid.”
  • A new screen will appear. Scroll to the bottom and click on “Work Study Application” to submit the electronic application.

For information about Career Services:

Career Services
Phone:
(903) 983-8678
Office:
Student Support Bldg. (SS), 111
Fax:
(903) 988-7543
Patty Bell
Director
Career Services and Service Learning
Phone:
(903) 988-3713
Office:
Student Support Bldg. (SS), 112
Fax:
(903) 988-7543
Candace Heezen
Support Specialist
Career Services and Service Learning
Phone:
(903) 983-8678
Office:
Student Support Bldg. (SS), 111
Fax:
(903) 983-8678