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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.

TOP TIPS:

  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
evelyn.ramos@sjsu.edu 

  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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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.

GET SOCIAL & FIND YOUR NEXT GIG

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.

 USE KILLER APPS & SIMPLIFY YOUR SEARCH

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.

MEET EMPLOYERS WITHOUT LEAVING CAMPUS

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 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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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 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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According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), nonprofit organizations employ 12 million people nation-wide, which is the equivalent to approximately 9% of the U.S. workforce!  Due to an incredible range of organizations, missions, jobs and responsibilities, there are many ways for students across all majors to have a meaningful career in the nonprofit sector.  Just as there are direct service roles like social workers and teachers, nonprofit organizations also need accountants, human resources specialists, engineers, IT professionals, fundraising and event planners, lobbyists, health care professionals and so many more!        

To find out more about this exciting field attend our upcoming Careers in Nonprofits Panel on Wednesday, 3/24 from 3 – 5pm inside the Student Union and learn from local nonprofit professionals what nonprofit work is all about!  As a preview to this event, please check out the below career testimonial from one of our participating panelists – Gwendy Donaker Brown, a Program Director from Opportunity Fund here in San Jose.      

What is unique about nonprofit work?      

Gwendy:  What I love about nonprofit work is that it’s the best of both worlds – mission and focus of the public sector with innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of the business world, without the bureaucracy of government.  Knowing that you are making a difference in peoples’ lives is a much better way to wake up in the morning versus focusing on the bottom line.      

       

What is the most rewarding part about your work?      

Gwendy: At Opportunity Fund, I manage one of the nation’s largest matched savings program and I work with 600 families at any given time to help them manage their money and then match their savings with grants.  What is most rewarding about my work is to help such wonderful people – I am inspired every day by their hard work and dedication.  I also enjoy working with such a smart team of people. I wear many different hats on any given day from managing a team who works directly with clients, overseeing the financial education process and instructors, working with funders, researching and developing programs, and evaluating our program data.      

What advice would you share with students who want to get their foot in the door       

Gwendy:  Volunteering and/or unpaid (or paid) internships are the best ways to get your foot in the door!  Spend at least 3 months in an organization even if it’s just 5 – 10 hours a week.  A longer period of time will allow you to learn more from the experience, contribute more to the organization, and will look more credible on a resume.      

Questions to consider in your job search – does the mission match your passions and interests?  And do the mission and services actually connect (i.e. do they accomplish what they set out to do)?  Do your research and use the web to read up on the mission and values of an organization and look at testimonials of clients.  When you meet people in an organization assess: are these people I want to work with, are they smart, are they dedicated, and are they passionate?  Don’t settle; find the right fit for you!      

To hear more career testimonials from other nonprofit professionals, watch Idealist.org’s Career Profile Videos      

      

Gwendy Donaker Brown is IDA Program Director at Opportunity Fund, a leading microfinance organization located in San Jose, CA. She holds a BA in Economics & Public Policy from Pomona College and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from New York University. Previously, Gwendy bridged the digital divide at One Economy Corporation, fought global warming at the California Climate Action Registry and studied sustainable development as a Fulbright Scholar in Caracas, Venezuela.     

 

   

     

  

 

   

  
 
 
 

 

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by Anita Manuel, Career Counselor

I was recently interviewing candidates for an internship program and was reminded of the characteristics which help make a great first impression. As we gear up for the upcoming career/internship fair (Career Expo, 2/24 noon-5pm, event center) it is time to help students and new graduates put their best foot forward to get that coveted invitation for an interview and secure a job or internship.

Top 5 tips to market yourself successfully:


1. Dress to impress. You can instantly look like a confident professional by dressing the part. For men, this means a conservative two piece suit or khakis and a long sleeved shirt; and, for women, this means a suit or appropriate length skirt (knee length) with a clean blouse and short heels.
2. Fresh breath (bring mints). Yes, I’m serious. We get this feedback from employers often…nothing can kill a conversation like bad breath. You may have the best introduction, skills or experience for a position, but who will care if they can’t focus on what you’re saying because your breath is distracting? Bring mints and be careful of what you eat before attending the fair.
3. Do your research! Who will be at the job fair? What positions are you best suited for? Which company is the best match for your skills, values and experience? If you can not answer these questions, then you have not done enough research for the upcoming fair. Take advantage of checking out the employer list and open positions on the career center website before attending the fair (www.careercenter.sjsu.edu > job fair list (employers, positions & majors)
4. Stellar pitch. What’s your pitch? You will have perhaps 60 seconds to introduce yourself to an employer and make them want to learn more about you. Be sure to say your name, major, and position of interest. Outline your top three skills/traits as they relate to the position and give an example (class project, previous internship or work) of how you’ve used these traits. Ask questions and show that you’ve done your homework about the company (“ I read on your website…, I was impressed with your recent article in Time Magazine…I really love your product and use xyz software in my courses”)
5. Smile, make eye contact and have a good handshake. The ability to express confidence and positivity impact your interactions. Remember that recruiters are standing on their feet for hours and talking to hundreds of students. It’s always refreshing and much more enjoyable to meet with someone who has positive energy and is excited about the possibility of working for their organization. A smile, firm handshake and eye contact are non-verbal cues which can help your chances of making a great first impression.

Still feel like you need some more tips and practice?

Be sure to attend one of our “Job Fair Success Workshops”  or if you have attended before brush up with our online slides.

Anita Manuel, M.A.                                                          Program Manager, SJSU Career Center                      

Anita has worked in the career counseling and higher edcuation field for the past eight years.  She has worked in human resources and the recruiting field as well as internship program management for higher education.  She works directly with students and specializes in developoment of creative programs to support career education.

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