Approved COVID-19 Virtual Academic Internships
May 26, 2020
Looking for an academic internship during this pandemic? Don’t know where to start? CSUF Career Center Titan Connection has approved COVID-19 virtual academic internships. Titan Connection is our online database where you can find, not only virtual academic internships, but full-time/part-time Jobs, on-campus jobs and volunteer opportunities.
4 Easy Steps to Access Titan Connection:
- Titan Connection
- Login with your CSUF CWID/Password
- Titan Connection Home Page
- Click on “Search Jobs & Internships”
Now you are ready to search away!
Assistant Director of Career Education and Campus Engagement
Companies that are Now Hiring During COVID-19
May 21, 2020
Seniors, are you still looking for a job? Don’t worry, 90+ companies are still hiring, check-out the The Muse for a complete list.
Wait! Don’t click the apply button just yet! Before you apply, have your resume reviewed by the Career Center or utilize our online resume review system VMock.
Don’t stop there, after perfecting your resume, make sure to practice for the interview. The Career Center has great interview tips and opportunities to practice via InterviewStream or by scheduling a behavioral mock interview with a Career Specialist.
Assistant Director of Career Education and Campus Engagement
3 Easy Steps to Find a Remote Internship
May 19, 2020
- Remote Work Internship Sites
Companies that are advertising remote internship opportunities are less likely to cancel the internship regardless of upcoming COVID-19 rules. Check-out the following sites for remote internship opportunities, The Muse, BuiltinLA, LinkedIn and of course your CSUF Career Center job search database, Titan Connection
- Use Social Media
Already using social media? Use it to your internship search advantage, follow HIRING20 on Twitter for the latest on which companies are still hiring interns and new graduates.
- Making Networking Your New Thing!
You might have some hesitations on networking but let that be out the window during this pandemic. Now is the perfect time to reach out to family, friends, peers, previous co-workers, faculty etc. and let them know you are searching. When reaching, start off with sharing your situation, asking them for advice or people they might recommend to connect with.
Assistant Director of Career Education and Campus Engagement
Improve Your LinkedIn Profile with these 5 Tips!
May 15, 2020
LinkedIn is the world’s largest online professional network. It is mainly used for connecting with past and current colleagues, getting to know new professionals, and searching for jobs and internships. With over 500 million users in over 200 countries, LinkedIn is the go-to platform for building your professional network. Not sure where to start? Here are 5 simple tips to improve your LinkedIn profile and grow your network!
- Fill out as much of your profile as possible.
Include all previous work / internship experiences, any volunteer / community involvement, past and/or current education, skills, accomplishments, interests… all that you can! And PLEASE have a professional headshot for your profile photo. First impressions matter. It doesn’t have to be taken in a studio but be sure it’s a current, clear photo where you’re dressed nice with a simple background. (Yes, that rules out that Coachella pic from 2 years ago)
- Keep it professional.
Duuuude, avoid slang. This isn’t Tinder or Instagram. Write as if you’re emailing a professor or supervisor. It’s okay to have some appropriate non-work-related content (professionals are people, too) but most of your posts and comments should be related to your field (current articles, big work events or projects, academic achievements, etc.) You can grow your network by posting and also by liking and commenting on other posts!
- Polish up your “About Me” section.
The “About Me” section is one of the most important aspects on your profile, as it tells other professionals who you are and where you’re going. It should mention your education and past relevant experiences that align with your career goals. New professionals should not only explain their career goals but mention what they’ve done so far to reach those goals. Keep this section about 2-3 short paragraphs and write in 1st person!
- Have a strong headline.
Even if professionals aren’t connected with you, they can still see your profile photo AND headline. Make sure your headline is clear, short, and to the point. It can be a current title (job title or student) and/or what you’re aspiring to do.
- Make connections!
LinkedIn is all about connecting with other professionals. Connect with past coworkers, professors, or classmates, or reach out to new professionals by explaining your common ground. When connecting with others, always include a message if you can. This is where you can briefly introduce yourself and explain why it makes sense to connect (maybe they are in the same industry that you’re pursuing, or they work at a company you hope to work at some day). Don’t be afraid to connect with others even if you’ve never met them, this is how you grow your network! Just be sure they know why you’re connecting with them.
For additional questions or individual help with your LinkedIn profile, make an appointment here. Let’s stay connected, the Career Center is here to support you!
Virtual Interviewing Tips: Before, During, After
May 12, 2020
- Set an Alarm: Just because we don’t have to plan to drive to a destination doesn’t mean you get to sleep in a little longer. Remember to set your alarm and don’t forget to allow time for internet connection issues.
- Dress the Part: Make sure to wear an outfit you would wear in person to an interview. Just because they cannot see your full attire does not mean that you should not dress head to toe in professional clothing. This will also boost your self-confidence and can help you ace that interview.
- Find a Good Spot: Make sure that you find a convenient, comfortable, non-distracting place with good lighting to conduct your interview. You want to make sure that your entire focus is on the interview and that you look great doing it.
- Silences are OK: Sometimes we may think that a pause or a silence might be taken as a lack of signal or nervousness. It is better to pause before you answer than to ramble during your response so take the pause. If the interviewer is silent it does not mean that things are going wrong; it may mean that they are taking notes or simply reflecting on your answer.
- Make Eye Contact, Smile, Be Yourself: Make sure that you do not get distracted by looking at yourself on your screen. Eye contact is just as important virtually as it is in person to build rapport and make that connection. Be yourself, be friendly, and smile to provide them with a sense of who you are.
- Notes, Bullet Points and STAR: It’s okay to have notes with you during your interview to reference specific points you want to make. Make sure to use the STAR Method for your answers (Situation, Task, Action, Result).
- Reflection and Thank You Emails: Make sure to reflect on strengths and areas of improvement. Also, remember that the interview is not one sided. Therefore, make sure to take some time to reflect on whether you can see yourself working in that company environment and with those individuals that interviewed you. Don’t forget to send Thank You emails to the interviewers to thank them for their time.
Practice! Practice! Practice! Set up an appointment with a Career Coach or Specialist on our website.
Quick Graduate Tool Preparation Tips
May 8, 2020
Why are you pursuing a Graduate Degree?
This is your moment to reflect and decide your reason for pursuing this graduate degree. Is it necessary for your career goals? Are you doing it because your peers or siblings did it? Really take time to assess why you want this degree to make sure it is worth your time and money before you commit.
Explore your options
Research the schools and programs you are interested in and review their curriculum. Although programs have similar titles, their curriculum will show you what courses are taught. This is your opportunity to eliminate schools that do not align with your developmental and career learning. Create some sort of matrix table to include prerequisites, deadlines, etc.
(see examples below)
|Institution & Program||Deadline||Requires GRE||Cost|
CSUF M.S. Education
Concentration in Higher Education
|February 2021||N/A||2 Years
Attend information sessions. This is your opportunity to network with faculty members, current students and alumni to gain more insight on the programs of your interest. An alternative consists of reaching out to current students or alumni in the program through LinkedIn or contacting the program coordinator to initiate that connection. These individuals can serve as mentors throughout your career and help you decide what program is right for you.
Letters of Recommendation
Start thinking about who can write you a strong, solid letter of recommendation. Think about supervisors or professors who know your abilities and can further highlight them in your letter. Allow your recommenders 2-3 months of anticipation to write your letters. Other students might also be requesting letters. Be prepared to provide them with assignments, resumes, a draft of your personal statement (or statement of purpose, letter of intent, etc.) or anything they require on your behalf to incorporate keywords in your letter. However, know that your recommenders might not request these documents but it is a good idea to send them regardless because it will help them write a stronger letter that is more tailored to the program.
Believe in YOURSELF!
Believe in your capabilities to succeed as a student. Graduate school is an opportunity for educational growth but also the time for self-discovery. You got this!
Monica Quezada Barrera
Cover Letter: Paragraph Breakdown
May 4, 2020
This is your introduction to the company. Think of it as if you are meeting them for the first time in person. Set the foundation and find commonalities. Start by introducing yourself with your name and major. State what you are applying (position title) for and explain why.
Consider: Why this specific company? Why are you passionate about the field. What skills do you already possess that make you an ideal candidate?
What 2 or 3 skills does the company really need from someone in this position? SHOW (don't list) previous work experiences that demonstrate your capability of meeting the positions expectations. Remember to be specific and always connect your experiences to the position.
Conclude your letter by summarizing why you are a good fit for the position and thank them for their name and restate where they can reach you for an interview.
Make sure you do not forget your letter formatting. See our career guide for reference (page 36-37).
THREE EASY TO FIX: RESUME MISTAKES
May 1, 2020
#1: REPETITIVE WORDS
Some repetition in your resume is unavoidable; however, this does not include your action verbs. If you happen to have repetitive action verbs, below is your FIX.
Do not fear - the CSUF Career Center is here [to help]. Our Career Guide has an ENTIRE page of action verbs for you to reference.
Check it out: CSUF Career Guide
#2 NOT TAILORING YOUR RESUME
Applying to multiple jobs is hard work. Although it may be tempting to use the same resume for every application, don't do it. When submitting your resume electronically, job databases review your resume before recruiters do. Using the same resume for every job application may prevent your resume from EVER getting in the hands of a recruiter.
The hard work is worth it. To make the process easier, below are two pieces of advice:
- Keep a MASTER resume.
- This means, keep an organized resume of everything you've done - education, work experiences, internship experiences, volunteer experiences, memberships, honors and awards, skills, course projects, etc. When I say everything, I mean...everything.
- Print job descriptions, highlight keywords and include those terms in your resume.
Do this, present yourself as an indeal candidate, and PASS the electronic screening.
#3 MADE-UP INFORMATION
Did you really spend nine months as an intern for Queen Elizabeth II? Did you really increase your TikTok account by 8,000 followers in just a day? If you have to reference your resume to answer these questions, you're not being honest. Remember your interview begins the moment you hit submit, and recruiters can call you at any time to hold a phone screening.
It's simple, be honest.
If you don't find the mistakes in your resume, hiring recruiters will. So, make sure a family member, friend, [maybe a Career Coach - I don't know; just a thought; we're available] look over your resume.
Remember, your resume, as well as your cover letter and supporting documents, are your ticket to an interview [that's the point...right?]. Don't risk losing the opportunity!
GET YOUR RESUME REVIEWED.
Schedule an appointment.
5 Technology Tips You Need To Know
April 28, 2020
Since classess and everything else has been converted to an online format, it can be difficult to manage. In this Blog Post, I will give you 5 Technology Tips You Need to Know to be successful in an online format.
What 5 Technology Tips You Need to Know?
- Go For The Electronic Textbooks: Students still insist on paper textbooks, but trust me, electronic textbooks are cheaper, available instantly and can be downloaded to multiple devices. You can notate, bookmark and highlight them just as you would a hard copy. You can also perform keyword searches - a feature that has saved me an incredible amount of time writing research papers.
- Really Utilize Your Smartphone: Smartphones allow us to access course materials such as e-books, lectures, articles and discussion boards from anywhere with cell service. Turn your waiting time into extra mini study sessions.
- Manage Course Materials With Technology: The organization of class materials is needed to be a successful student in and out of the classroom. Each day, students are responsible for the organization of physical materials, such as pens, papers and assignments.
Google Drive: It is important to have an organizational system for digital materials. Google drive allows for the creation of unlimited color-coded folders and documents. Providing you with models and instructions about how to organize their electronic materials is important to increasing independence.
Dropbox: Similar to Google Drive, Dropbox allows for storing, synching, editing and sharing of documents that were created using a variety of programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. A Google account is not required to use Dropbox.
- Use Grammarly: Take your grammar to the next level. Grammarly checks spelling errors, makes suggestions on correcting grammatical errors and even looks for accidental plagarism. It is cloud based so you can log in to any computer to continue writing where you left off.
- Check Your Email Daily: Email inboxes, similar to social media apps, are also easily cluttered. It's easy to just leave messages unread and not open one's inbox. However, you should learn to free your inboxes from clutter. Forbes suggests setting up a priority inbox and creating filters, among others.