By Glynn Guerra |Staff Writer|
It’s time to start thinking about graduation and what you are going to do once June rolls around.
As students, our biggest concern is finding a job that relates to our major.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, CSUSB hosted a Career Expo in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center.
Sarai Maldonado, a career counselor at the Career Center, gave me a list of five suggestions to help students make themselves more likely to be hired:
1. Have a professional and enticing résumé.
2. Research and educate yourself about the company.
3. Prepare and practice for your interview.
4. Create a 30 second “commercial” on why that company should hire you (a “commercial” is a short speech in person used to sell yourself to an employer).
5. Be confident and smile consistently.
“Create a career goal, know what you want to do and where you want to go and visit the Career Center,” said Maldonado when discussing what students should do before graduation.
Maldonado and student Amber Williams both suggested that students should create a professional networking account such as a LinkedIn profile.
“It’s a good way to stand out to employers,” said Williams.
Williams also said that attending events like the Career Expo can be beneficial for students because it opens up more opportunities for interviews, jobs or even internships.
“Even if you don’t get something like a job or or an internship, it can help you learn to communicate with employers or get connected,” said Williams.
Williams and student Yari Trabares both talked about the importance of an “elevator pitch,” which is a 30 second summary that describes who you are, where you study and what goals you wish to accomplish.
Your image and how you present yourself are also things to take into consideration when applying for jobs.
It’s important to dress professional.
“[Employers] see what you wear first. That is their first impression of you and image is everything,” said Williams.
As I walked around the Career Expo, I noticed that many of the students even dressed formally as if they were going in to apply for a job or an interview.
I could tell that the vendors there noticed that and took it into consideration when the students approached their booths.
So for students who are wrapping up their college careers, preparing to step into the real world, or want to get ahead, remember that networking is important, image is everything, practice makes perfect and creating a plan for yourself are all important factors when applying for those dream jobs.