by Richard Saroyan, Career Consultant
Welcome back SJSU students! Now that we’re back in the swing of things, you’re probably wondering to yourself what you can do to help get your career on track. If you weren’t, that’s ok too. But somehow, someway, you came across this entry. That’s pretty awesome in itself. So, while you’re here, why not check out some helpful tips to get you on your way towards earning a volunteer position, internship, or a job.
Tip 1: Connect with all the virtual stuff.
This is the easiest part. Go to our new and improved website. Check out all the great resources that we offer. Are you on SpartaJobs yet? Not sure what SpartaJobs is? Not a problem. It’s our job and internship database that is just for SJSU students and registered alumni. Yep, it’s just for you, and it’s got over 1350 positions posted. In addition, you also get information on various events related to your major and/or occupational interests. What’s an example, you might ask? How about an information session where a company that you’re interested in comes to the career center to answer your questions and potentially interview you for a position. Pretty cool, huh?
Tip 2: View our Job Fair Success Webshop.
Not only will the webshop help better prepare you to mingle with employers, but after you complete it you also get Early Bird Access (you can come in at noon) for the Job and Internship Expo on Tuesday, February 26th. If you took the Job Fair Success Webshop last semester (Fall 2012), you already qualify for Early Bird Access! Could that be any easier? Nope.
Tip 3: Utilize the Career Center.
Connect with a career consultant here on campus! Trust me when I tell you that we all love what we do. Seriously. It makes us happy to help others. That’s how we roll. Our career professionals specialize by the various majors and departments here on campus and can provide a whole bunch of services including writing a resume/cover letter, choosing a major, how to look for a job/internship, interview techniques, and much more.
Some of you might be thinking to yourselves “Oh no, I totally should have started this process a long time ago!” If you are, you’re not alone. Calmly focus on the things that you can do now (ahem…see above tips), to get yourself moving forward. Treat yo self!
Richard is a Career Consultant with the Career Center and the WorkAbility IV program which focuses on assisting students with disabilities. He recently completed his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, and previously worked in marketing for the videogame industry. Richard enjoys working with students on all career related topics.