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Welcome to start of a new semester.  The Career Center is here to help you Explore, Experience, and Launch  your career and the best time to start this process is when you first get to campus.  Each one of  our career consultants has shared their top tips for you and are featured below.  Check out our resources, meet the consultants who work with your colleges, and take advantage of the career and internship opportunities available to you through the Career Center.


  1. Connect to your interests

Nellie PhotoSet a goal of finding at least one way to connect with your career interest this semester. Make it a priority to attend at least one employer event on or off campus such as a job fair, a career panel or alumni mixer event. There are so many opportunities to get connected, and if you need some guidance with this, please feel free to connect with us. The earlier you start your career journey, the more successful you will be in reaching your goals.  Nellie Rochon-Ellis

Career Consultant: College of Applied Science & Arts (non health majors), College of Science nellie.rochon-ellis@sjsu.edu


2. Start your job search early

Catherine PhotoMany of the big-name companies start filling their summer-start positions in the fall.  Equip yourself for job/internship searching early.  We’re here to help! Catherine Voss Plaxton, M.A.Ed., M.A., PPSC

Employment Specialist: College of Business catherine.vossplaxton@sjsu.edu


3. Create a Job Search Agent

Donna PhotoYou can’t take advantage of all the jobs and internships available through SpartaJobs if you don’t know how to properly search and find them.  A job search agent will allow you to search by specific major or college and can help you identify the most relevant jobs/internships to your skills and field of study. Donna Gilmour

Employment Specialist:College of Engineering & Department of Computer Science

4. Learn to market your skills 

Denise PhotoStart practicing early in your college career to articulate and speak to your strengths and skills. You can use Big Interview to practice interview questions online without having to leave the comfort of your room.  Recordings can be sent to career consultants and we can give you feedback.  Denise Hamilton, M.A.

Employment Specialist: Colleges of Social Science, Humanities & Arts denise.hamilton@sjsu.edu

5. It takes more than a degree to land a job

Evelyn Photo

Know that a degree by itself doesn’t guarantee you a job after graduation.  In addition to your degree, getting experience while in school will increase the opportunities available to you. Meet with us early to increase your understanding of the job search process and to feel confident in your search! Evelyn Ramos

Career Consultant: Retention Services and College of Education Liaison

  1. Networking is key

aboutus_team_john_s_120Networking and getting internships are the best ways to find out what you want to do and land a job. John Salangsang

Internship Specialist john.salangsang@sjsu.edu

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Student Perspective by: Michael Ching

Freshman year can be TOUGH. As a former freshman, I can tell you that it is a time filled with excitement, curiosity, and most of all, rigorous coursework. At the time, thinking about a career, let alone a job, was the last thing on my mind. Some common phrases I used, included:

“I don’t have time for internships. I have too much work.”

“I have no idea on what I want to major in, let alone find an internship.”

Or my personal favorite: “No one is going to hire me; I don’t have any work experience!”

Fortunately, the SJSU Career Center is here to help students get internships as well as know more about career related skills and opportunities. It is an extremely valuable resource to all students, especially incoming freshman and transfers.

Their mission is to help students create meaningful lives by providing the tools to guide students in identifying their strengths and goals, market their unique skills, and obtain relevant real world experience. Here are their top 5 services that I feel have the biggest impact on supporting incoming students in starting their careers:

  1. SpartaJobs: Access Thousands of Jobs and Internships at Your Fingertips

At some point in your college life, you will need/want a job and want to know what opportunities there are in the job market. SpartaJobs is a job and internship database found on the career center website that contains thousands of opportunities for SJSU students. All job types can be found in SpartaJobs including: Internships, full and part time jobs, on-campus jobs, seasonal and even work study.  You don’t have to be a senior to start checking out what jobs and internships are available.  All you need to login is your 9-digit tower card number (as your username & as your password) and your in!

  1. Career Workshops/Online Resources: Learn the Career Hacks to Land You A Job

The Career Center provides many workshops/webinars both in person and  online to help students in their career exploration. Workshops give you the tips you need to build a great resume, develop interviewing skills (i.e. Big interview), and learn strategies to connect with employers successfully, all from the comfort of your home, dorm, or local coffee shop. Check out the latest topics and tips on our virtual resource page.

  1. Major and Career Exploration: Figure Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

We have all been there. Being unsure of your major is a big issue that all first year students face. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out our online tutorial, “Choosing a Major at SJSU in Under 5 minutes”. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, set up an appointment with a career consultant to help you review your career options and develop a job search plan.

If you’ve pick a major but just don’t know what types of jobs are related to that major, then check out the “What Can I Do With This Major” tool, and discover all of the opportunities that you could pursue.

  1. Job & Internship Fairs: Connect With Employers Without Leaving Campus

So, you’ve polished your resume, have been coached in the secret and complex art of interviewing, and now want to get started on landing your dream job. Your next step is attending one of the many employer connection events hosted by the Career Center.  We offer multiple job fairs throughout the year to help students get connected with hundreds of recruiters both nationally and globally to launch your career/internship journey. The Career Center also provides drop in interviews for students who want to have a one on one with hiring employers.

  1. Challenging Situations: Professionals Who Advocate For You

Whether you are an international student feeling like you need some extra assistance, or a student with a need for accommodations, the Career Center staff is here to help.  There are professionals on staff to help with almost every unique situation, including how to disclose a disability, accommodation requests, and veterans’ services.

So from a seasoned Spartan to all the new Spartans on campus, I welcome you, wish you a great year and hope to see you at the Career Center!  We’re here to help and make your transition to the university and the world of work a lot smoother and stress free.  Be sure to stay connected and get the most updated career information and trends by following the SJSU Career Center on this blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 michael chingMichael Ching is an intern for the SJSU Career Center, supporting the Job Internship Initiative Group. Michael is currently a senior at San Jose state University. His background in Business Marketing gives him a unique perspective when focusing on Marketing campaigns, social media, and innovative ideas in working and understanding students with where they are at with career education.


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By Anita Manuel, Program Manager/Career Consultant

Welcome back Spartans!  It’s an exciting time as we start a new school year.  We know that you have a lot to manage when you return to campus, so I’d like to outline some easy career strategies that will help keep you organized and on track with your career goals.


Students hang out in Village Park

How many times have you heard, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know; or rather, WHO knows YOU?

We encourage you to meet new people, make new friends and have fun! (Just don’t post any embarrassing photos or inappropriate comments on Facebook. That can actually hurt your job search). You can absolutely translate your personal connections to professional connections.  Be sure to create a LinkedIn account to build your “virtual resume” and list your professional accomplishments (this can include courses, class projects and awards).  Invite the new people you meet through class projects and on-campus activities to your professional network.  Also, don’t forget to get to know your professors and other mentors on campus.  When it’s time to apply for internships, jobs or graduate programs, these connections can act as references and provide advice related to a specific industry or field or study.

As it relates to exploring future positions, take time to develop a list of the top 5 companies that you are most interested in working for.  Start to follow these companies through social media.  Most companies now share strategic information via Twitter, Facebook (fan pages), and LinkedIn profiles.  A well prepared candidate, who has some inside knowledge of an organization, always makes a great impression.


mobileChances are that you cannot live without your iPhone or Blackberry.  Regardless of what mobile device you use, more and more of us are organizing our lives with “killer apps” that help us get things done.  You may use certain apps or sites to find restaurant reviews or movie times but there are also some great online tools that can help you manage your career as well.  Here’s a list of our top 10 apps & online tools:

  1. SpartaJobs Search Agent (free tool only available to SJSU students and alumni).  You can set up your job search agent to search for specific jobs or internships by major, field or specific employer.  Once your search agent is saved you can set it up to run the search as often as you would like and email results directly to you. *Remember, employers who post on SpartaJobs are specifically interested in SJSU candidates.
  2.  Webshops Can’t come to a live presentation? No problem!  Our virtual workshops are thorough and cover various career topics from resume writing to job search tips.  The best part is that you can watch them whenever you want (2am or at lunch, it’s up to you).
  3.  Indeed.com (mobile app) This search site is considered one of the most robust and user friendly sites for job search and has both domestic and international postings. 
  4. LinkedIn Mobile (mobile app)Easily add people that you meet to your network and conduct research on companies, professionals and groups on the go.
  5. TweetmyJobs Many job leads are now posted through Twitter.  This app allows you to set up specific search criteria for Tweets that relate to jobs that match your interests and sends you updates via email or mobile updates.
  6. Jobs with Friends (social app)Allows you to link up your Facebook and LinkedIn contacts to see where they work and help you determine potential referrals for jobs or who in your personal network could help introduce you to new connections.
  7. ResumeBear (mobile app) If you ever wondered what happened to your resume once you submitted it, this app will help you find the answer.  This mobile resume tracking service updates you on who viewed your resume and when.
  8. StudentFreelance.com Online job site for students seeking part-time or project based jobs (great for getting professional experience and building your resume)
  9. MyFirstJob.com  Job site for students/new grads seeking internship and entry level positions
  10. BrazenCareerist.com Career site for Gen Y focused on career tips, resources and virtual job fairs targeted to new professionals in the marketplace.


We know that you have busy schedules and that getting off campus to interview or meet with employers can be challenging—so we bring the employers to you.  We will be hosting two on-campus job fairs this semester, numerous employer information sessions and on-campus interview programs to help you land your next job or internship.

Accounting/Finance Job & Internship Fair:

Thursday (9/12) 1:00-4:00 p.m. Student Union, Ballroom (Tower card or career center membership card required)

Fall 2013 Job & Internship Fair (@ Event Center)

Wednesday (10/2) noon-2:00 p.m.* (SJSU students & registered alumni with early bird pass only – Tower card or career center membership card required)
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Open to all SJSU students & registered alumni – Tower card or career center membership card required)

 Employer Information Sessions

Check out our event calendar for all workshops, info sessions and on campus activities.

I hope that these tips will help simplify your job and internship search process.  If you ever get stuck along the way, don’t hesitate to visit us at the Career Center.  Wishing you all a great semester and we look forward to helping you on your career journey!

anita_manuel[1]Anita has been a career professional in higher education for the past 12 years.  She is dedicated to helping clients create meaningful lives and provides advising on career related topics.  She also specializes in development of creative programs to support career education.

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By Anita Manuel, Program Manager

Welcome back SJSU students! We have some essential tips to making your time at SJSU successful and productive. It’s no secret that these are competitive times. You have a lot on your plate and the last thing you need is to worry about how to fight the competition for a part time job, internship or career opportunity. So, be sure to connect with the Career Center so that we can help you eliminate your competition and reach your goals.
Top 3 Reasons to Connect with the Career Center:

1. Get VIP Access

Part of getting you an edge on the competition is to have exclusive access to employers.  So we actually bring the employers to you!  We host weekly events on-campus where registered SJSU students can meet directly with employers for internships, jobs, and part-time opportunities related to various majors. We also have an exclusive job/internship database—SpartaJobs, which is only available to current SJSU students and registered alumni (meaning this information is not shared with other students or groups outside of SJSU).  SpartaJobs has more than 1258 open positions, NOW!  If you want to take full advantage of VIP Access then be sure to attend one of our Job Fair Success Workshops (available live & online) to get Early Bird access to our Job & Internship Expo on March 8th (@the Event Center).
2. Tap into Insider Information

When you register with the Career Center you are able to select various ways to receive our most current information on jobs, internships and events related to your major or interest. The only way to receive these email or text notifications is to access your free account online with us. Once you are registered with the Career Center you can also set up e-notifications for results of your targeted job search criteria and results will be sent to you as often as you’d like. Remember, only registered SJSU students have access to our SpartaJobs database, job fairs and on-campus events which means that the employers we connect with want to specifically recruit SJSU students. We also share the latest tips and hot jobs through our social media networks so be sure to like our Facebook Fanpage, Twitter feed (@sjsucareercntr), and Blog.
3. Find your Career Jedi

And finally, the most important reason to connect with us…find your own personal Career Jedi.! We have a team of very talented and dedicated career counselors who specialize by major/college and can help you develop your personal career strategy. No matter where you are in the process: from choosing a major to finding a career path to writing a resume and job search tips, we are happy to schedule an appointment with you to help you reach your goals. We also offer various workshops to help you perfect certain skills: resume writing, job search, interviewing and many more…check our career calendar for dates and times.
Remember, you are not alone! There may be a lot of competition out there but we are confident that we can help you stand out from the crowd and impress employers with your knowledge and skills. So what are you waiting for? Get your edge on!

Anita has worked in the career counseling and higher education field for the past 10 years.  She has worked in the recruiting field as well as internship program management for higher education.  Anita works with students on all career related topics and specializes in development of creative programs to support career education.

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by Anita Manuel, M.A.  

Program Manager, Career Consultant

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” Dale Carnegie

So, we all want to be successful AND happy, right? But do you really know what you want? And once you achieve it, will it make you happy? 

The pursuit of happiness and it’s relation to success and work are not new concepts and have been studied closely by many researchers over the years.  In particular, The General Social Survey (GSS), supported by the National Science Foundation, has conducted “happiness and work” surveys since 1972 (University of Chicago News Office).  Approximately 30,000 Americans have participated in the study as it relates to job satisfaction and happiness and the results continue to support that people’s feelings about their work usually have a significant impact on their happiness (Tom Smith, Director of the GSS, 2007).  Results from the GSS have also shown that those who identify the most satisfaction (or happiness) with their work happen to be in professions that involve service to others, creative pursuits or align with their personal values.

What does this mean for you?  Well, the bottom line is that your future career happiness really isn’t aligned with money, promotion, and the typical criteria that we associate with SUCCESS, but more simply, whether you feel valued and that you are contributing in a unique way.  Are you using your talents and gifts to make some sort of  difference in the world?

So, maybe Albert Einstein got it right when he said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

Finding your path in life can feel like a daunting task. Regardless of where you are in your journey–new student on campus or  seasoned senior finishing your degree–it may take you some time to clarify your values and determine how you want to make a difference in the world (let alone find your classes and a decent place to eat on campus).

But don’t fret!! We are here to help.  Believe it or not, our number one goal at the career center isn’t to find you a job.  “Gasp!?!”  Our services and resources are primarily focused on helping you figure out two questions: 1) What are my values, strengths, and natural preferences?  And,  2) How can I create a career which will help me fulfill and use those values and gifts?  And, you know what results from being able to answer those two questions?  Amazing resumes, killer interview skills, motivated and excited candidates, internship and job offers….SUCCESSS! 

If you don’t believe me…check out Jessica’s story:

Learn more about us and how we can help you define your path to career success by attending our upcoming Open House, Thursday, August 25th 11-3pm @ the Career Center, Admin. Building 154.

Anita has worked in the career counseling and higher education field for the past eight years.  She has worked in the recruiting field as well as internship program management for higher education.  Anita works with students on all career related topics and specializes in development of creative programs to support career education.

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 by Joe Bucher, Career Counselor

In this day and age with jobs scarce and candidates plentiful we often talk about setting yourself apart from the pack. One of the things I am starting to hear more and more from employers is: Are students willing to relocate for a job?

This can be a complex topic as you could be leaving your home town, friends, family, and your comfort zone. You may want that hot internship or job, but how much do you want it? Are you willing to relocate or at least go somewhere else for a period of time?

I like to look at things from a risk versus reward perspective. For instance, is it worth it for you to take a great opportunity in another city or state if it could set you up for long-term growth? What are you risking and what do you have to gain?

I think that the best way to look at relocation is through a combination of factors including:

  1. The market
  2. Your life situation
  3. Your values
  4. Realizing that all things are temporary


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Greetings SJSU students!

Some of you may be new to campus or the Career Center, while others may be quite familiar with what we do. Whether you are choosing a major, looking for an internship or full-time job, or you just need to know where to get started-we are here to help you. The spring semester is the time to get your career on track!

One of the ways that you can get current  information in addition to our website and facebook fan page is right here at our blog. We regularly post information and tips created by our counselors and employers who hire SJSU students. In addition, we provide quick links to some of our most popular resources and we also link to useful career web sites.

How you can maximize our blog:

  • Subscribe to our RSS feed to save time and stay informed. Read this article, if you don’t know what RSS is and how it can help you.
  • Use the comment section  to let us know what you like, dislike, and what you want more of. 

“What is posted on the SJSU Career Center blog?”

Check out this collection of our most popular posts that have been categorized into sections:

General Information:

Explanation of services and FAQ’s

Choosing a Major:

Does Major=Career?

Internship Information:

Learn about virtual internships

What’s your “Plan B”, if you didn’t get an internship?


10 Interviewing Don’ts from Voce Communications

Are you ready for the phone interview? (Kelli Greene , Yahoo recruiter)

Job Search:

The Art of asking for references

Key tips from employers to land the job you want! 

Student guest posts:

What I wish I knew back in school (Tracy Rosario, SJSU Alum)

SJSU student creates career opportunity ( Benjamin Hernandez, Advertising)


Job Search 2.0: Branding yourself for success workshop slides

Finding a job in a tough economy workshop slides

*Please note this list is a collection of previous posts-the dates, times, and events have passed. However, our calendar reflects the current spring slate of events.

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