Lowcountry Job Hunting

Whether you're a Charleston native, looking for a change in workplace scenery or new to town and looking for a job opportunity, this post is for you. This overview of job hunting in the Lowcountry is a pathway to a fresh start.

Overall tips:

Charleston is ultimately still a small town. Networking can get you far in finding connections to jobs that might interest you. It never hurts to meet new people or connect with people you maybe haven't seen in the years since you were in your previous workplace role. The new, every day Charleston newsletter, Chs Today, sends out daily networking suggestions, like the Lowcountry Local First Mixer or East Cooper Networking. We'd even suggest joining a social sports league, Meet-Up, or volunteering around town.

Even in the age of email, texts, and networking, Resumes and Cover Letters are relevant. Some tips and tricks here. 

This summer, National Career Fairs is hosting a Charleston Career Fair, free for job seekers. You could also set up a Google alert to be notified when a new search with the words "Charleston job fair" or "Charleston career fair" become available. 

If you're on Instagram, they now allow you to follow hashtags. Check out #chsjobs and #charlestonjobs for a start.

Photo via @chstoday

Some of our largest and most known local employers and links to their career sites:
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Roper St. Francis Hospital
East Cooper Medical Center
Charleston County School District
Charleston County Parks & Recreation
Charleston County Public Library
City of North Charleston
Town of Mt. Pleasant
Berkeley County Government
College of Charleston
Trident Technical College
The Citadel
South Carolina State Ports Authority

Local and national employment sites:
Lowcountry Classifieds
Digital Corridor
Simply Hired
Glass Door
Facebook (yes, they've even jumped on board!)

Contract work:

Non-profit specific job listings:
Together SC

(the use of home computers, telephones, etc, to enable a person to work from home or in a shared office space while maintaining contact with colleagues, customers, or a central office)
Local Works
Work Nest

This post has been a long time coming, packed full of useful information, but we would love to hear your feedback, as well. What did you find as your best resource when you were job hunting in the Lowcountry? Do we need to expand on any details of continuing the search?

Ultimately, we hope you find something fulfilling, challenging, and FUN and we believe there are plenty of opportunities for that in Charleston.

Updated 3/7/18:
Center for Women, Ready 4 Work program

Local vs. Newcomer: Ginny & Sarah share what they love about the Lowcountry!

In Gullah, they use the terms binyah and cumyah to describe those who have always “been here” and those that have “come here.” As I was looking across a group of friends at a happy hour recently, I started to think about how most of us are from places other than Charleston, but how we all have a love for the Lowcountry and all that it has to offer. I decided to interview two friends, one who was born and raised in the Lowcountry, and one who, like myself, relocated here. What I found was that it doesn’t matter if you grew-up here, or found yourself here, the love for the Lowcountry is strong and means something different to everyone.

Ginny Carson (left) and Sarah Coe (right) tell us what they love about the lowcountry.

Ginny Carson (left) and Sarah Coe (right) tell us what they love about the lowcountry.

Check out how Ginny Carson, our native, responded compared to Sarah Coe, who answered the same set of questions from the perspective of a newcomer:

  1. Where were you born?
    Ginny Carson's (GC) response: Roper Hospital – the real one, on Calhoun Street.
    Sarah Coe's (SC) response: Buffalo, NY

  2. How long have you lived in Charleston?
    GC: All but 7.5 of my 39 years.
    SC: Almost five years exactly.

  3. Where else have you lived?
    GC: Clemson SC (GO TIGERS!); Atlanta, GA and a short stint in Conway, Arkansas
    SC: Buffalo, London, Chicago, San Antonio and Houston TX

  4. How does Charleston compare to other places you have lived?
    GC: Nothing finer.
    SC: I’ll put it this way – it’s the longest I’ve stayed in one place since Buffalo, where I was raised. I love it here. It really is a bit of paradise.

  5. What do you like to do in your spare time?
    GC: I love to play outside: paddle board; fish in the creeks; run the local trails, bridges and South of Broad.
    SC: Walk the oak tree-lined streets of my neighborhood, check out one of the countless, world-class restaurants, take in some of the amazing cultural scene – theater, live music, dance, comedy and art – the beaches, of course!

  6. What is your favorite thing about living in Charleston?
    GC: I love the history here – the (mostly) classy presence the city has had since our country’s beginning and my own personal history – I never know when a casual social gathering will resurface a childhood friend!
    SC: There is an ease to southern living I would never have expected to enjoy. Perhaps it’s right for this time of my life. There are many options of things to do and see and I feel I can take my time to take it all in. No rush.

  7. Do you have any Lowcountry rituals?
    GC: I run the Cooper River Bridge almost every Wednesday with this crazy running group and whenever I have a little staycation time our family commits to watching the sunrise one day – Morris Island and Sunrise Park on James Island are our favorites to date!
    SC: Great question, I love that “Lowcountry rituals”. This is so boring, probably, but I love my daily, round-trip work commute. I derive so much from bodies of water and I cross two rivers on my way in to work and on my way home. I always turn my head (bad driving practice, I know). The riverbanks here are exquisite.

  8. What is your favorite Charleston season?
    GC: Fall – because it feels like a cooler version of summer and I already have a tan.
    SC: Fall – but it’s my favorite everywhere.

  9. What is your favorite local festival and why?
    GC: I like the Charleston Wine + Food Festival for what it has done to put Charleston on the map as a culinary destination. SEWE is a close second – I have excellent memories of my father taking us out of school so we could go see the wildlife exhibits when I was a kid (back then, we called it “The Expo”)!
    SC: Restaurant Week – ALL the good foods for a fraction of the cost and its semi-annual. What’s not to like??

  10. If you could tell others looking to move to Charleston one thing, what would it be?
    GC: Commit to taking it all in; try things that may seem a little crazy (they’re the most fun!). And try not to tell us how good it is up north!
    SC: I think expectation management is important. The cost of living here in *some* regards is less but be prepared for salaries to be significantly lower. Really build your network – that is how you hear about opportunities or get referrals. Be open to trying very southern things like Oyster Roasts, grits, and greens on New Year’s. When in Rome!