On Campus

Students looking for work on campus should first check with Financial Aid to see if they are qualified to participate in the Federal Work Study Program. If you are awarded Federal Work Study, then you can visit the Career Services Office and begin the process of finding employment in one of the many campus offices and departments.  The majority of the positions on campus are usually funded by the Federal Work Study Program.  On the Eastern Campus, students would need to visit the Campus Activities Office for more information.

In addition, students should check with your campus Book Store to inquire about possible positions; and ask your cafeteria services if they have any openings. There are some departments/programs that may hire academic tutors and/or office help.  Keep in mind that you need to have very good grades to qualify for tutoring positions; you may want to contact the departments/programs directly.

Off Campus

If you are looking for employment opportunities off campus, then visit Suffolk’s Purple Briefcase through MySCCC student portal and click on the designated box. To gain access to this program, you must login to your student portal.

Suffolk’s Purple Briefcase

Suffolk’s Purple Briefcase is an online job listing database available to students and alumni.  Consider your interests and abilities, identify the job categories that best match your skills, review the list of potential prospects, and browse through the jobs that fit your needs.

Jobs posted on the Suffolk’s Purple Briefcase are listed for approximately 60 days and are removed at the end of that time frame if the position is filled.

Job Search Tips

For a successful job search, it is important to keep several things in mind:

  • An employer is going to hire the best candidate he/she can.  Research each employer and check their websites.
  • Always make sure that you are capable of performing the job that is being advertised and that you meet their qualifications. In addition, check that you are able to work the hours designated on the job listings.
  • Before you call or follow-up, be sure to read and follow the directions for application as outlined by the employer's instructions.
  • Employers specifically look for strong communication skills.  Practice what you want to say about your talents and abilities and how they fit with the job. Speak clearly and distinctly.
  • Make it a priority to have an up-to-date résumé that has been reviewed by the Career Services Office for the best impression. Always prepare a résumé that is error-free and relevant to the position for which you are applying.

Remember to dress appropriately for the job interview – neat and presentable.

Once you have applied, follow-up to ensure that they received your application and/or résumé, ask about the interviewing process, and the next step to follow.

Again, follow-up in a professional manner if you do not hear from them within two weeks.

For job search assistance, visit your Career Services office.