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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

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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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In coming weeks we will be featuring student career success stories to motivate you to take the next step on your career journey.  We’ve outlined some key steps each student took to reach his/her goal and will share relevant resources.

 Edward Leeedward intern
B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Lab Assistant Intern at UL Inc.

“… Represent yourself well and understand the importance of your network.”



Edward’s Steps to Success:
• Networked with friends, family and classmates
• Spent time writing a strong resume
• Prepared and practiced interviewing
• Utilized career center: Resume review and appointments with career consultants

Edward’s Story:

Edward was a freshman planning on majoring in Electrical Engineering. He chose to pursue that major because he enjoys working with his hands, has a keen interest in renewable energy, and truly believes he can make a difference in the world by becoming an engineer.

Edward wanted an internship to gain experience in engineering, but was lost on how to begin his search. He talked with his friends, family and even networked with classmates about where to find internships. At one of his classes, career consultants from the Career Center came to present a Resume Workshop that helped him find out where to begin his search and motivated him to work on his resume. Afterwards, Edward applied to many positions he found off of Google and after one full semester, his efforts received no responses from the perspective employers. Discouraged, Edward took a break from his internship search until he heard from a friend about an internship opening. Edward wanted to know more about it, and his friend gave him the email of the hiring manager.

Edward made sure his resume was well written, and then spent time making sure he wrote a professional email to the hiring manager, clearly explaining who he was and what kind of skills he can bring to the table. Not long after, he received a response asking if he’d like an interview. Edward was thrilled, but he felt extremely nervous as he never had any interview experiences.

Edward sought assistance with the career consultant he had met from his class workshop and they worked together to prepare for the interview.  On the day of the interview, Edward arrived ten minutes early to review his notes and was ready. A few weeks later, he received an offer. His two pieces of advice to those who are searching for internships are to represent yourself well and to understand the importance of your network.

Feeling Inspired?

Don’t miss Internship Awareness Day February 11, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at Student Union Ballroom B. Students can win prizes, grub on free food and check out our fun resource tables to learn about internship opportunities, their value and important tips to finding one.

Still Looking?

Check out our “hot internship” list of current opportunities on SpartaJobs!

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By Britany Tufnell – Career Counselor Intern, SJSU Career Center

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Happy New Year Spartans! As you start to plan for the year ahead and begin the spring semester, it’s also time to starting thinking about your career goals for 2015. Whether you are a graduating senior returning for the home stretch or a “frosh-faced” student chipping away at requirements, this semester offers much potential for success!

Take this time to reflect a bit and envision some of your career goals. What steps can you take this year to bring you closer to the career of your dreams? How can you better yourself professionally and build your brand? I offer you a catalyst for becoming your future self: INTERNSHIPS. Whether you have already started preparing to apply or have never considered an internship-you are in luck! This is internship season and the Career Center is here to help you reach your goals.

I cannot express enough how beneficial internship experiences can be on your professional journey.  I did not become aware of the benefits of an internship until my second year of graduate school. The professional experience and personal growth gained are priceless. I wish there had been more emphasis on internships in my undergraduate program; it would have made a huge impact on many of my career choices. To spare you the regret of not starting internships earlier in my career, I’ll pass on my top reasons to get an internship, so that you can seize these opportunities NOW!

  1. Try Before You Buy

Internships are the best way to get your feet wet in an industry that you are interested in. They offer you the opportunity to discover your niche and what a company’s culture is like. Interning is a great way to build on your strengths, discover your weaknesses, and find out if this occupation is the right fit for you. You may discover it is everything you thought it would be and more or that you may actually want to take a different path in life. Whatever you decide, you will come out on the other side wiser and prepared to make an educated decision about your future.

  1. Expand Your Network

Networking is the key to success. This has been one of the most used skills I have picked up from my internship and graduate program. You will be amazed at how connected your co-workers, professors, and fellow classmates are in the realm of your desired career field. Social media has made it convenient and easy to form and keep up with those relationships. If you do not have a LinkedIn yet, create one today. If you have an account keep it updated, active, and professional. LinkedIn is the best way to make and find connections, as well as research your industry, and find internship or job opportunities. A wise professor once told me, “treat every day at your internship like a job interview,” so when that job opportunity arises in the future, your name will come to mind.

  1. Become a Professional

Hands down, one of the greatest benefits from my internship has been increased professionalism. From writing emails, to participating in staff meetings, to one-on-one sessions with clients, I have learned to examine and perfect how to communicate as a professional. As an intern you are a member of the team with the advantage of being the one there to learn, observe, and practice. Take every shift seriously and put forward your best self. Set up informational interviews with co-workers and practice interviewing and conversational skills while gaining valuable insight into the field. Be sure to send follow up thank you notes. Jump on opportunities that arise such as assisting with projects and events or interviewing for open positions. Everything will be a learning opportunity; even if you stumble you will have that experience to grow from for the future.

  1. Gain a Competitive-Edge

We all face that Catch-22 when it comes to landing a job; you cannot get the job without experience, but you cannot gain experience without the job! Taking on an internship in your field will teach you valuable transferable skills that can boost your resume and give you the competitive-edge needed to land the job. Building your brand starts with self-awareness of your skills. The most beneficial part of my graduate program has been my internship with the Career Center. The hands-on experience has prepared me more than all of my classes ever could because I am able to apply my skills and knowledge in real situations.

Feeling inspired to check out internships in your field of interest?  Here are some steps to launch a successful internship journey!


Sign up for SpartaJobs Create your SpartaJobs profile today and gain access to more than 2,000 internship and job postings  (across all majors) only open to SJSU Students & Alumni. 


Career Center’s Internship Resources Check out our awesome online resources to help you get started on your internship journey from the comfort of your home. Learn how to write a successful resume, prep for the interview and select the right position for you.


Gain all the tips and insights you need to make the most of your internship through our Internship Success Stories (via this blog and Facebook Fan page) as well as by attending Internship Awareness Day  February 11, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at Student Union Ballroom B.  Don’t have time to attend? Then, watch our Top 10 Tips for Internship Success Workshop


BTufnellPic (1)Britany Tufnell is career counselor intern at the Career Center and graduate student in the Education Counseling Program here at SJSU. She has a background in Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development where she spent many years as a youth counselor, teacher, and caregiver. Britany currently enjoys working with adults in higher education and is passionate about helping others reach their goals that bring them closer to creating a meaningful life.

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Congratulations!  You are almost finished with the semester.  Some of you will be graduating and starting the next step in your career journey and others of you are getting ready for summer internships or other adventures.  Wherever you are in your journey, check out this roadmap with tips on how to navigate the job or internship search and links to key resources to help you launch your career!  If you would like to get even more details on how to manage the job search process as a new graduate, check out our Graduated, Now What?  Webex workshop for specific tips on resumes, job search, and networking.


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By Allison Jones, Editor at Idealist.orgidealist

Q: How would a student get started on their internship search within the nonprofit sector?

  • Be clear about the kind of work you’d like to do: One thing people tend to underestimate is the sheer size and diversity of the nonprofit sector. On the one hand this is exciting as there really is a place for everyone! On the other hand, this means there is no single path to landing an internship or building a career in this sector. Of course, you don’t have to have it all figured out, but there is a huge difference between “I want a nonprofit internship” and “I want to intern at an education-focused nonprofit in Cleveland where I can put my writing, research, and social media skills to work.”
  • Reach out to current interns: If you have a particular organization or industry in mind, find a few interns who are already there. Ask them about their experiences, what they’re learning, what their next steps are, and how they landed the opportunity.
  • Ask your network for introductions and guidance: Does your career center know about nonprofit internships? How about your alumni office…can they introduce you to grads who are hiring at nonprofits? Or outside of school—are there nonprofits you volunteer with or that your family and friends support? Let people know you’re looking for opportunities, you’ll be surprised by the advice and support you might receive.
  • Hop online: Idealist.org has over 13,000 (!!!) internships listed by nonprofits, government agencies, and social enterprises from around the world.

Q: When interviewing for a nonprofit internship, how can a student set themselves apart?

  • Do research about the organization before you arrive: In addition to understanding their mission, has the organization been in the news recently? Who are the organization’s leaders and what have they accomplished? Good research helps you craft better answers and questions and gives you a sense of how you might fit in.
  • Emphasize what you can contribute AND what you hope to learn. Yes, an internship is a learning experience, but hiring someone is a big deal. It can’t be all about what you want.
  • Ask smart questions: What would you consider to be the most important aspects of this internship? What are some of the characteristics of past successful interns? Do you have any concerns about my qualifications as a potential intern? Here is a list of job interview questions: http://idealistcareers.org/175-questions-to-ask-during-a-job-interview/
  • Prepare for common questions: Why this internship? What are your strengths and weaknesses? I recommend Jenny Blake’s interview spreadsheet, which helps you gather information to common interview questions.
  • Be nice and professional. Seems obvious, but I’m putting it here anyway.

Q: I’ve heard that many internships within the nonprofit sector are unpaid.  Is this true?  What might be the value of having an unpaid internship for a nonprofit organization?

  • It’s called the job-seeker catch 22: You need experience to get a job but how can you get experience if you can’t land a job? Internships give you a leg up in terms of getting the experience you need to land better jobs in the future. However, there is a big debate in the nonprofit sector about the ethics around unpaid internships, specifically how they exclude people who can’t afford to take on an unpaid opportunity and how it can be hypocritical to support social change yet not pay people for their labor.

Q: What makes an intern different from a volunteer in the nonprofit world?

  • Legally? You can learn about that here from the Department of Labor: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm and here http://form1023.org/what-are-employees-interns-volunteers
  • In terms of your career: How volunteer opportunities and internship opportunities look vary from org to org. Internships tend to be a bit more structured in terms of duties, title, support, and time than volunteer opportunities. The article I reference above from Nonprofit Quarterly also explores the difference between an intern and volunteer in terms of how they work within a nonprofit.

Q: What skills could a student focus on developing in their classes or activities that might be valuable to showcase on their resumes when seeking an internship in the nonprofit sector?

Two things:

  1.  A commitment or interest in the social sector, demonstrated through volunteering or praxis. Yes, courses are important, but getting hands-on experience is always best. 
  2.  The ability to start and complete a project that has compelling and successful results. You want to demonstrate that you’re a high achiever and can get things done.

Q: What are some tips that will help them have a successful internship with a nonprofit organization?

  • Make sure you get tangible accomplishments under your belt. You want to show future employers you can be successful so work with your manager on setting clear goals. Here’s how to keep track of your accomplishments at work http://idealistcareers.org/are-you-keeping-track-of-your-accomplishments-at-work/
  • Set personal goals. Outside of what you need to do on the job, are there skills you want to learn? People you want to meet? Leverage the internship to help you get there.
  • Learn how to manage your manager. Best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten, not just for internships but for work in general. This is likely the most important relationship you’ll have at work so getting a good sense of his/her needs and how you’ll best work together is key.

Good luck!

Allison Jones is the editor of IdealistCareers.org, a publication of Idealist.org that shares tips and tricks for people who want social impact careers. Join Idealist Careers on Twitter @IdealistCareers or on Facebook at facebook.com/IdealistCareers.

Upcoming Connect Event!  Allison’s colleague, Kara Montermoso, HR Manager at Idealist.org, will be on campus on Tuesday, March 18. Come join us at the Student Union, in the Umunhum Room at 12pm for a workshop on building a career in the nonprofit sector. Stick around for the Nonprofit and Public Service Forumto take place in the Ballroom from 2pm-4pm.  This is a great opportunity to network and learn about interning or working with organizations and agencies right here in the bay area.



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By Pin Tsan, Graduate Counseling Intern

going globalHave you ever thought about pursuing a career abroad? Are you an international student looking for information on employers in the US who have sponsored H1B visas in the past? If you find that you have an interest in pursuing a global career then you will find a market with many opportunities.  Most companies have a global presence and seek employees who have travel, language, and cross-cultural experience.  In order to support students in expanding their job and internship options, The SJSU Career Center is excited to introduce access to Going Global, an employment resource to enhance your search for both international and domestic jobs and internships.

Here are some details about how Going Global can help launch your international career:  

 What is Going Global?

Going Global is a career and employment resource that features country-specific information on careers and employment to help you on your job search. Going Global boasts more than one million individual users, and is used around the world by university career centers, educational and institutional organizations, libraries, corporate HR departments, and government agencies.going global homepage

How can Going global help me in my job search?

 Going Global has a database of 16 million worldwide job and internship listings that are updated daily in English and the native language where the employer is located. In addition, the website also provides the following:

  • 450,000 key employer profiles in 196 countries
  • 36 country career guides (updated by local researchers)
  • 44 US city career guides.
  • work permit & visa regulations
  • location-specific cost of living & financial considerations
  • professional & networking groups
  • employment outlook & industry trends
  • country-specific resume/CV guidelines & examples
  • country-specific interview & cultural advice

How can Going Global help international students?

Going Global offers an H1B information database searchable by job title, occupation area, company name, location, and wage rate. For example, let’s say you’re an international student looking for a computer engineering position in Atlanta, Georgia. You can use Going Globals’ database to identify which employers in the area have submitted the greatest number of  H1B visa petitions.  You can also determine which companies may be in need of non-US resident employees.

 How do I get started?

Current students and registered alumni can access Going Global through their SpartaJobs account.  Once you have logged into Spartajobs, you will see two icons on the top left of your screen. The “Going Global” icon will give you information on international jobs, and the “USA Career Guides” will get you started on domestic information and opportunities.

These are just a few tips on using this new resource for your international job search.  Once you have a chance to identify some opportunities, feel free to visit us to discuss your job or internship search plan. We can help you develop a timeline to keep you on track and meet any required deadlines or applications.

Pin Tsan is a graduate counseling intern. He spent 10 years studying, working, and enjoying life in 3 international locales. He is in the process of finishing his M.A. in Counselor Education at SJSU, and hopes to continue working with international and domestic students in the future.


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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.


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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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