Paul Salce, STEM Employment Analyst at Career Services, takes the time to share some tips for our students.
SDSU CS: What school/s did you attend and what degree/s were earned?
I am originally from Chicago, and attended Loyola University of Chicago, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Most folks are surprised I was a history major since I have hired/counseled STEM students for 20+ years, but in my second job at Arthur Andersen & Company (now Accenture) I actually programmed for four years.
SDSU CS: What’s your favorite service we offer and why?
Information sessions, employer panels, any activities that allow students to network with employers. I found 2 of my last 3 employment opportunities through networking.
SDSU CS: What is an offered service that you notice students don’t use as often as they should?
Interviewing workshops, Mock Interviews, and any other ways to practice interviewing. Most students concentrate on a great resume, but the resume will only get you the interview. You need to ace the interview to actually get hired.
SDSU CS: What’s your #1 tip for resumes?
Absolutely no typos or grammatical errors. Most hiring managers won’t even review a resume once they identify a typo. Don’t rely only on a spell checker, but have someone review your resume to ensure there are no typos.
SDSU CS: What’s your tip for students when they first land the job/internship?
Continue to show your interest in the position by asking questions, networking with other workers, and looking for additional work. Many students lose their enthusiasm once they have the internship, and their lack of enthusiasm may cost them the opportunity to convert to a full time employee upon graduation.
SDSU CS: Any additional comments for our Aztecs?
Use your network with other students to help you find a position. If you know someone from class who recently accepted a position with an organization, see if they will refer your resume for positions at the organization. Most companies look at employee referrals before looking at general applications, and your friend may even earn a referral fee for submitting your resume (many companies pay a referral fee for full time positions, but rarely for internships).
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