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SU Pirate Link

The Center for Career & Professional Development provides online job search services to SU students and alumni free of charge through PirateLink, powered by Symplicity.

What is PirateLink?

PirateLink, powered by Symplicity, is a national website for recruiting college students and graduates for full-time and part-time employment as well as internships. You can search for jobs and internships, store resumes and other supporting documents in the PirateLink database and submit resumes directly to employers. The Center for Career & Professional Development also uses the resume database to screen candidates for on-campus interviews with employers who recruit at Southwestern.

  • Student/Alumni Login to PirateLink (for job seekers). First-time users call the Center for Career & Professional Development at 512-863-1346 for your temporary password.
  • Employer Login to PirateLink (for recruiters seeking to hire)
  • Read the PirateLink Privacy Policy.

Resumes, cover letters, and other documents must be created before they can be uploaded to PirateLink. Students can have up to 10 other documents sitting in the system at any time. You can store writing samples, portfolios, transcripts, or any other document you need to send to an employer when applying for a job.

If you have a question about navigating the system, call the Center for Career & Professional Development at 512-863-1346 for more information or email Pirate2Pro@southwestern.edu.

How Can PirateLink be Helpful in My Job Search?
Employers Have Access to Your Resume

The Center for Career & Professional Development team also uses the resume database to screen candidates for on-campus interviews with employers who recruit at Southwestern.

Employers Can Interview You on Campus

In order to interview with recruiters on campus, you MUST be registered with the Center for Career & Professional Development through PirateLink.

Search Hundreds of Internship, Part-Time and Full-Time Employment Opportunities 

Since hundreds of universities use the Symplicity platform, employers know posting on PirateLink provides “big bang for their buck.” Use employer contact information in the job postings to submit your resume directly. Note that jobs are reviewed by the Center for Career & Professional Development.

On-Campus Jobs are Also Posted to PirateLink

Search under “Southwestern University” and you’ll find the various departments who are hiring.  All students are eligible to work on campus, but students who have federal work-study as part of their financial aid package have priority (all other qualifications being equal).    

How Do I Start Using PirateLink?

Contact the Center for Career & Professional Development at 512.863.1346 or Pirate2Pro@southwestern.edu to request a password.  Then follow the link to log in to PirateLink to register your account and set up your profile.  You will create your own unique password for future entries.

How Can I Get my Resume in the Database?
  • Complete and organize a rough draft of your resume. Download a copy of the Center for Career & Professional Development’s Resume Writing Guide to assist you in getting started and then schedule a resume critique with a Center team member.
  • Once your information is ready in Microsoft Word or converted to a PDF, follow the directions above to register with PirateLink and upload your resume .
  • You must remain active in the system in order to be selected for on-campus recruiting opportunities. More than 60 days of inactivity results in your file being deactivated until you resume activity. This promotes the use of only updated resumes.

Remember : Tools like PirateLink are only part of your search. They can’t take the place of all other job search techniques such as networking, research, job fairs and on-campus interviews.