By Krystina Pedersen |Staff Writer|
The CSUSB Alumni Association kicks off the New Year with a new way to help CSUSB alumni and future alumni strengthen their career development and networking opportunities through a new and free webinar set to be launched Jan. 18 at noon.
The main focus of the webinar is to provide easily accessible tips on how to successfully compete for public sector career opportunities.
The webinar will provide students and alumni with expert advice and insider knowledge on how to break into the federal recruitment process and sharpen their resumes’ said Joanna Oxendine, assistant director of Alumni Affairs.
The webinar series will be the first in expanded career support services offered through the Alumni Association. Future webinars, career workshops and conferences, as well as networking opportunities, will be offered through the association.
The first webinar will be presented by Alex Najera, who has been successful in his career as a human resource analyst for the County of Riverside, Nejera will help build resumes for the public sectors said Oxendine.
Following will be webinars based on private sectors, etiquette for job search, preparing for job fairs, interviewing skills, transitioning to a new career, social media and the job search.
Oxendine is very excited to be a part of establishing these new career development programs.
“It’s a great way for students to make connections and have one-on-one time with qualified alumi,” said Oxendine.
Student Alejandra Sanchez, aware that job layoffs and discharges have increased 5.68 percent since this past October, falling 1.19 percent below the level seen last year, feels this online webinar will “give me a competitive edge while hunting for jobs in the near future and allow me to network.”
Sanchez believes that everyone should take advantage of this webinar because it sounds very interesting and has beneficial ways to help people advance in whatever work force they chose to enter.
“It’s great the school is willing to help and provide resources to those who have already graduated and moved on to pursue careers in their intended professions,” said graduate Krystian Mora. “It’s definitely tough for some, I have fellow peers who have graduated years before me and are still having difficulties finding jobs.”
Mora said she would be interested in taking part in this webinar and would recommend any CSU alumni or soon to be graduate to take advantage of what is being offered, “It’s free. It’s online, so it’s easily accessible. Why not take advantage?”