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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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Summer is slowly coming to an end and the new school year is around the corner!  Many of you are getting ready to look for part-time or on-campus jobs as well as internships.  Here’s a short tutorial on how to breakdown a job description to develop a great resume that will get you results!

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by Richard Saroyan, Career Consultant

treat-to-self-2Welcome 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?


No, we won’t take bribes to get you in the Expo early.

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.

aboutus_index_newstaff660Connect 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 bio picRichard 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.

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By Anita Manuel, Career Consultant

It’s job fair time!  The SJSU Career Center is very excited to invite current SJSU students and alumni to the largest Job & Internship Fair that we’ve hosted in the past five years.  There are 175+ employers registered to come to campus next week  (Thursday, September 27, 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Event Center (Indoors) and the Paseo de San Carlos Plaza (Outdoors) *entrance @ noon with Early Bird registrationto specifically recruit SJSU students.  This is your chance to meet directly with hiring managers and recruiters from top companies in Silicon Valley who are interested in meeting students of various majors.  In order to give you a competitive edge, we’re going to outline some top tips in preparing for this event:

1. What are employers looking for?

  • 40+ organizations are seeking accounting/finance students
  • 58% of the employers are looking for technical majors
  • 61% of the employers are looking for business majors
  • 30% of the employers are looking for liberal arts students
  • 36% of the employers are looking for all majors
  • 25% of employers offering internship opportunities
  • Attending employers represent the fields of: Technology, Business, Non-Profit, Government, Financial, Broadcast/Media, and Retail (management/sales)

It’s important to research the attending organizations before the fair so that you have a good idea of who you’d like to speak with and what positions or skills they are seeking.  The Career Center has put together a Job Fair Publication (available online through SpartaJobs) which gives you this information so you can determine which employer to visit and how to develop your targeted resume and one minute commercial (your introduction/pitch).

Access the Job Fair Publication:

  1. Go to http://www.sjsu.edu/careercenter >Student Login
  2. Select Events > Fall ‘12 Job Fair
  3. Select positions recruited
  4. Select job title of interest ( review job description— and created atargeted resume/prepare one-minute commercial)

Regardless of major or specific position, employers are looking for students who can demonstrate and articulate that they have an understanding of what their company does, can clearly state what relevant skills/strengths they have and can give examples of how they’ve used those skills/strengths to accomplish a goal.  Employers are also looking for candidates who are professional and passionate. You can express this by dressing the part and exuding confidence.  Smile, give a firm handshake and talk about why their position or industry is exciting to you.  View this clip from the last job fair which includes employer feedback on what they seek in candidates.  For further tips on what to wear and what to say at the job fair, check out the Job Fair Success workshop.

2.  What to do when job posting information is not available?

Most employers will post the job titles or types of positions that they will be hiring for in SpartaJobs.  However, there are a few that  do not specify their open positions-what do you then?  Here are some quick tips for presenting yourself effectively when you’re not sure what positions are available:

  • Research the organization that you want to work for.  What is their mission? Who are their clients or customers? What products or services do they provide?  Get to know a little about them so you can speak intelligently about why you would want to work or intern there.  Besides going to the company website, be sure to check out the company page on LinkedIn, investigate if they have a fan page on Facebook and follow them via Twitter for up to date and targeted information.
  • Identify your skills or strengths.  What are you good at?  In which classes, or on what class projects have you excelled?  What are the accomplishments of which you are most proud?  What skills did you use to achieve them?  Being able to articulate your top three strengths with an example is a great way to showcase your unique skills that could be transferable to any organization.
  • Develop your pitch. Introduce yourself to the employer and express your interest.  Include:
  1. Your name and major
  2. Your skills and strengths
  3. An opening question

Example: “My name is Samantha Spartan and I am a junior studying psychology.  I am very interested in an internship with Company XYZ.  In researching your organization prior to the fair, I did not see a job description; however I do have strong skills which I believe would help me be an asset. In my coursework and class projects, I have found that I am very good working in teams because I am a good listener and have been able to facilitate discussions between team members to move our project forward. I have also developed strong analytical skills through my research papers.  Are there positions in your organization for someone with my skill set?  (example provided by Moira Kolasinski, Employment Specialist) 

3. Prepare questions to ask representatives

Everyone seems to know that you need to develop some sort of introduction or pitch when meeting with employers at a job fair, but what many candidates forget is that the “one minute commercial”  is actually the start of a dialogue.  They key to a good impression is to be able to engage the recruiter in a conversation versus a memorized speech.  Once you introduce yourself, then be ready to ask some specific questions of the employer so that you can engage them in conversation.  You don’t need to do all the talking–let the recruiter also share some key information that will help you determine what details are best to share with them as it relates to their needs.  For example:

  • What types of assignments are given to new graduates or interns?
  • What key skills/experiences are highly desirable to your organization at this time?
  • What are some of the current challenges or projects that your company is tackling at this time?
  • Are there areas within your organization where there is anticipated growth?
  • What type (if any) of professional growth/development opportunities are available?
  • How did you start your career with XYZ company or  What do you enjoy best about working at XYZ company?
  • When do you anticipate to hire for this position?  or What are the next steps in the hiring process?

4. Great, I’d love to come, how do I get into the fair!

Sometimes the hardest part of attending the job fair is managing the logistics of crowds and finding your top employers.  Given that this will be a large scale fair, it makes sense to prepare your game plan ahead of time.  Be sure to bring a notepad/pen for notes, several copies of your resume,  and your Tower Card (or career center membership card for alumni)  to get into the event.  A map of employer table locations will be provided upon check-in to the fair.  You will then be able to locate your top employers and do a walk through before meeting them.

“The early bird gets the worm”…or in this case “gets the interview”  is a very true statement for job fairs.  We offer an early bird entrance (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.) for those who have completed the online  Job Fair Success Webshop  to attend the fair and access the employers first.  There are many advantages to being the first candidates to meet employers: recruiters are fresh and excited to meet you, you have less of a crowd to manage and most importantly you have reviewed specific tips which will make you more prepared to engage employers.  Many employers have expressed that they make the most of their interview offers to those who came during the early bird session because the candidates they met at that time were the most prepared and professional.

Location & Logistics:  Thursday, 9/27 Event Center and the Paseo de San Carlos

  • *EARLY BIRD ACCESS to the Event Center from noon-2:00 p.m. (*registration online after completing Job Fair Success Webshop)
  • GENERAL ADMISSION to the Event Center: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • No early bird registration needed on the Paseo de San Carlos, meet with employers 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • CURRENT TOWER CARD is needed for Job Fair entrance (Alumni must show Alumni Membership Card or Career Center membership card)
  • The fair is open to all current SJSU students and alumni

 BEST OF LUCK! and we’ll see you at the fair.  

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by Moira Srago, M.A.

As we get closer to the end of the school year, you may be wrapping up your job/internship search, or you may just be getting started. Regardless of where you are in the process, it’s important to maintain your reputation with the employers with whom you are interviewing – Silicon Valley is a small place, and you never know where you might bump into that recruiter or hiring manager again! With that said, here are the top 5 ways to ensure that whatever the outcome of your job search you come out the other side looking great! (more…)

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Contribution by Nathan Parcells, Internmatch.com

Black holes in space consist of collapsed stars where neither sound nor can light escape. In the job world, the term black hole is used when applicants send countless resumes to employers and hear nothing in response.

Few things are more frustrating than spending hours crafting an internship application, only to submit it, and hear nothing back. Fewer than 5% of employers follow-up with every applicant they receive and even fewer communicate the real reasons about why they made the choice they did. While it might seem easy to blame companies for not doing a better job of responding, the reality is that most HR managers are overworked reviewing hundreds of applications every week – so it is up to you to stand out. By learning a bit more about the online application process, you can figure out how to navigate this abyss and make sure you emerge on the other side with a rock-star internship.

Where do all the resumes go?

As you can probably guess, not all internship applications follow the same path. Some employers ask you to apply directly to their email inbox. Others ask for you to apply using a job website like Taleo or InternMatch so that they can save the applications in a database online and share them with other employees in the office. Depending on the size of the employer and how they are accepting applications you need to think up the best strategy to make sure you don’t get overlooked when it comes to decision time.

5 tips to help you land at your ideal destination!

1.) Follow-Up!

The biggest piece of advice we can recommend to avoid getting ignored is to follow-up consistently with an employer after you submit an application. This is an art not a science. Most students are way too hesitant to follow-up with employers even if just to ask what their time frame is on responding or to remind them that you have applied and are excited to get the internship. For best practices see our guide on how to follow-up with employers.

2.) Remove all typos from your resume

Another reason you may not hear back from employers is because they tossed out your resume. One of the most common reasons your resume might get thrown out is because it has typos and grammatical errors. In fact almost 50% of employers that we work with (InternMatch.com) stop reading a resume if they see just one typo! Do double check your resume and check out our resume guide and template for extra help. Also, take advantage of  the SJSU Career Center—they offer resume writing workshops and individual critique sessions.

3.) Be unique

As an employer who has hired many students I can safely say, my job is a lot easier when a particular student breaks the mold. Don’t just spam employers with a standard cover letter, take the extra hour to write something unique. If the employer is on Twitter, then send them a tweet about how excited you are to apply to their company or specific position. If they are coming to your school for a career fair, go and introduce yourself to the recruiting staff. Your hard work will pay off when it comes to decision time.

4.) Don’t use scammy websites to apply for positions!

Top job boards like your Career Center website, Indeed, or InternMatch work hard to make sure every position that is online is up to date and is a high quality position. If you are finding positions by doing a Google search or on Craigslist, you can find some great opportunities but as a rule of thumb the further you go from trusted sites the more likely you are to be applying to a position that has either already closed or doesn’t exist altogether.

5.) Don’t get discouraged.

Last but not least don’t get discouraged. A lot of employers are overwhelmed with applications, so even if you are over qualified for a position you simply might not hear back. If you keep at it and keep improving your application skills you are going to start getting interviews and eventually find a position.

Nathan Parcells is co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at InternMatch.com. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Nathan joined long-time friend and co-founder, Andrew Maguire in starting InternMatch to build a better way for students to find interesting internships. Nathan has spoken at countless universities including Stanford and the University of Washington and been featured in publications including WSJ and Business Insider on how students can break through a tough job market and find careers they love. Feel free to email him with questions at nathan@internmatch.com.

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