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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

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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