Career & Counseling Services

The Career & Counseling Services department coordinates career development and employment services for Southern State. We offer students and alumni assistance in clarifying career goals, exploring educational options and acquiring job search skills. We also assist employers with various objectives including recruitment.

Office Hours & Locations

  • Central Campus
  • Student Services Office
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm (Monday)
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm (Wednesday & Friday)
  • Fayette Campus
  • Faculty Offices – Room 103
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm (Tuesday)
  • North Campus
  • Room 316A
  • 8:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
  • South Campus Office
  • Director’s Office
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm (Monday)

Flexible times available upon request. Counseling hours available via appointment. Contact any Campus Location to schedule your appointment.

How We Can Help

From the beginning of your college experience, through graduation and beyond, Career & Counseling Services is here to help you follow your bliss! We are here to help you learn about yourself, careers and occupations and to plan your education accordingly with your desired career path. We also provide job search assistance, resume and cover letter writing techniques, interview preparation, coaching and debriefing, networking and tips and how-to’s.

We are also here to help you when life becomes overwhelming. Personal counseling is free and confidential to actively enrolled students and their family members for problems such as stress, grief and loss, adjustment to life change, job loss and other concerns. We also offer the Ohio Benefits Bank Services.

According to a poll conducted on Right Management, the following responses were yielded for the statement "Sometimes I feel trapped in my current job and want to find a new position elsewhere":

  • Strongly agree — 79%
  • Somewhat agree — 7%
  • Somewhat disagree — 7%
  • Disagree — 7%

  • I am responsible at this moment, not for past failures, but for my current choices and my current direction and I can change.
  • -Robert Wubbolding, Ed. D.
  • Reality Therapy for the 21st Century

Counseling Services

Southern State provides one-on-one counseling services to its students and family members. These services are completely free, are available at all campuses and include:

  • Counseling for adjustment to life changes
  • Couples counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Job loss
  • Life transitions
  • Stress management skills training
  • Time management skills training

Contact Tom Payton to schedule an appointment.

Pass It On Quote of the Week

  • Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
  • – Sylvia Boorstein
  • Author, Meditation Instructor, Psychotherapist

Videos of the Month

The Power of Introverts

How to Make Stress your Friend

The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion

Mental Health Resources

Relationship Resources

Career Counseling Testing Resources

Explore your Career Quality World through these resources:

  • Holland Self-Directed Search
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Values Inventory
  • Strongs Interest Inventory
  • and many more

Contact Tom Payton to get started!

Self-Testing Resources

Job Fairs

There are a few things you should know before attending a job fair. Use this guide to better prepare:

Southern State Annual Spring Job Fair

Each spring, Southern State’s Career & Counseling Services and Library partner with the One Stop Centers in our service areas for a gathering of employer representatives and job seekers. Attendees can complete applications, interview for open positions and research career possibilities. The event is free and open to the public.

Details will be provided as they become available.

Job Board

Local job openings will be posted here as they become available so check back often! Click on the position title for a complete job description.

Position Employer Location Removal Date
Border Patrol Agent U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)   11.15.14
Production Supervisor Georgia Pacific Circleville, OH 11.17.14
Service Technician Diebold, Inc. Cincinnati, OH 11.15.14
IT Project Clinton Woodcraft Company Blanchester, OH 11.15.14
Levi'sŪ Supervisor Levi'sŪ Prime Outlets Jeffersonville, OH 11.15.14
Logistics Specialist Forward Air Inc. Columbus, OH 11.15.14
Teller PNC Wilmington, OH 11.14.14
Social Service Coordinator Heartland of Chillicothe Chillicothe, OH 11.14.14
HR Specialist Paccar Inc. Chillicothe, OH 11.14.14
Staff RN Contingent 1-Infectious Disease Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus, OH 11.10.14
Respiratory Therapist Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus, OH 11.10.14
Quality Engineering Technician Weastec Hillsboro, OH 11.10.14
Licensed Practical Nurse Davita, Inc. Amelia, OH 11.08.14
NETwork Sales Representative TQL (Total Quality Logistics) Cincinnati, OH 11.08.14
Sales Representative TQL (Total Quality Logistics) Cincinnati, OH 11.08.14
Medical Assistant II University Hospitals Bainbridge, OH 11.06.14
Asset Protection Specialist The Home Depot Grove City, OH 11.06.14
Cost Accounting Analyst Print Paccar Chillicothe, OH 11.06.14
Pharmacy Technician PBM Plus, Inc. Day Heights, OH 11.06.14
Clerical The Reserves Network Employment Agency Hillsboro, OH 11.03.14
Test Technician endevis Mason, OH 11.03.14
Bereavement Coordinator HCR ManorCare Portsmouth, OH 10.30.14
Receptionist Staffmark Employment Agency Wilmington, OH 10.30.14
Director of Nursing HCR ManorCare Hillsboro, OH 10.30.14
Receptionist GENEX Services, Inc. Cincinnati, OH 10.30.14
Teacher KinderCare Loveland, OH 10.30.14
Direct Care Aide Frontier Community Services Chillicothe, OH 10.29.14
Registered Nurse Pleasant Hill Manor Piketon, OH 10.29.14
Front Desk Support Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Wilmington, OH 10.29.14
Board Operator Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. Chillicothe, OH 10.29.14
Fuel Specialist Inspector Aircraft Service International, Inc. New Vienna, OH 10.29.14
Receptionist Drayer Physical Therapy Institute Wilmington, OH 10.29.14
Customer Service Skyline Ohio Wilmington, OH 10.29.14
Receptionist/Office Support Staffmark Employment Agency Wilmington, OH 10.26.14
Contracts Administrative Assistant L-3 Cincinnati Electronics Cincinnati, OH 10.24.14
Warehouse Generalist Polaris Wilmington, OH 10.19.14
Administrative Assistant R+L Carriers Wilmington, OH 10.19.14
Teacher Intervention Specialist Eastway Corporation Washington CH, OH 10.19.14
Quality Manager Forward Air, Inc. Jeffersonville, OH 10.19.14
Human Resources Coordinator Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities Batavia, OH 10.19.14

Additional Opportunities & Resources

Job Search Resources

Find assistance and get advice on various topics of job search through these resources.

AARP – Career Tips for Over 50s

Chamber of Commerce – Local Service Area

Job Search – Interview Materials & Aids (Printable Handouts)

Job Search – Job Hunting & Planning (Printable Handouts)

Job Search – Networking Materials & Aids (Printable Handouts)

Job Search – Resumes & Cover Letters (Printable Handouts)

Job Search Sites

Licensure Agencies

Professional Journals

Professional Organizations

Video – Coping with Job Search Stressors

Video – Interviews

Video – Job Search

Video – Job Search & Social Networks

Additional Resources

Student & Alumni Resources

Career development does not end when you start the job but is a lifelong process. As a service free of charge, Career & Counseling Services can help current students and alumni learn about:

  • resumes as a career development summary and tool;
  • adding value to your job and tracking results;
  • career check-ups (Where am I and is my current work experience helping or hurting me in taking me where I want to go?);
  • dealing with on the job stress through hardiness and the "3 C’s"; and
  • career coaching (learning communication, supervisory and management techniques).

Online Resources

Employer Resources

If you’re a local employer, Southern State wants to CONNECT with you! We offer various associate and certificate programs in areas ranging from pre-baccalaureate, nursing, business and technology as well as many training opportunities. We also provide job posting opportunities, annual job fairs, on-site interviews and recruiting, employerer assistance to meet your needs interfacing with Workforce Development and access to a resume database of local applicants through Career Services Online.

Posting Jobs

Use the position posting request form to post a job opening on the Job Board online and on each of Southern State’s campuses. You can submit the form electronically, email it to or fax it to 937.393.6682.

Recruiting & Other Services

To participate in the annual spring Southern State Job Fair, post an upcoming job fair, interview and recruit on campus, request a speaker regarding career/professional development or for any other assistance, please contact Tom Payton.

Online Resources

Labor Market Information

Language for Position Postings or Job Descriptions

Interviewing Guides