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  • SF State Career Center
    more vivid specifics you include without getting overly detailed the more memorable you will be to the employer Question What are your weaknesses Your approach When people get nervous they sometimes feel the need to confess all their faults An employer does not want to know every weakness that you possess they actually want you to give a realistic picture of your abilities in a persuasive manner A proper phrased answer to this question proves that you have a good attitude and can find the silver lining in any situation Be positive when discussing weaknesses and remember that they can always be viewed as potential assets Explain how you have either overcome a weakness or used it as a strength Take a look at the two examples below When I first started in my advertising internship my desire to avoid conflict was a real problem I sought out a mentor to coach me on ways to deal with conflict situations and I ve now become much more effective in this area I know that I tend to get bored by working on one project for too long and lose my intensity So now I concentrate on one main project until I feel restless and take a break by working on a secondary project for a short while I find that by doing so I get new ideas on the main project and my work overall is actually much better Question Tell me about yourself Your approach The interviewer will often begin by asking this or a similar open ended question such as Why are you interested in the position This is a perfect opportunity for you to make the point most important to yourself and the job position Regardless of the specific question you can make a confident first impression and help establish a direction for the rest of the interview For example I was destined to work in corporate communication because even as a kid I was comfortable speaking in front of groups and I liked to put on skits and shows in school When I started high school I began working part time in my mother s office and realized how much I would like to put my communication skills to work in a corporate atmosphere Or you might include a statement that ties your academic background to a particular field I decided to major in Finance because it offered a wide range of courses related to analysis and quantification of results In my current internship I have been able to put these skills to use in various projects dealing with vendors and purchasing contracts Question How does your background fit the position I am hiring for Your approach Your entire goal in the interview is to help the employer see the fit between you and the vacant position As you explain your skills and background continually emphasize your connection to the job It is not pushy to state that you want the position For instance Through my

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  • SF State Career Center
    415 338 2979 Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Click here to download and install Adobe Reader Last Update February 22 2013 The Job Offer Four Topics to Consider What If I m Still Waiting What If I Don t Want This Job What If I m Considering Relocating Four Topics to Consider Job Duties What are the job duties and responsibilities Are they realistic and exciting Will the work be challenging to you Is there variety to the work How is there opportunity for growth Work Environment Do you like the physical work environment Do you feel comfortable with your future supervisor and fellow employees Is your supervisor likely to be a good mentor Do your values and lifestyle correspond with the values and culture of the organization Organization What is the organization s reputation Is the organization growing or downsizing Compensation What is the compensation package Does the salary meet your financial needs and obligations If the salary is low are there opportunities for significant responsibilities and advancement What is the benefits package offered Be aware that some smaller employers offer creative benefits to attract good employees including stock options transportation costs meals flextime telecommuting etc Back to top What If I m Still Waiting On average a company will allow 1 2 weeks for you to evaluate and sign an offer Depending on the position size of company and the job market this time frame may be negotiable Come into the Career Center for a Career Counseling appointment to discuss the offer you have received and how to negotiate with the employer if you need more than two weeks to make a decision Back to top What If I Don t Want This Job Consider the employer s side of the equation They ve determined

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    from other employers Are they offering more Your negotiating power will increase as your career progresses As you build your portfolio of skills and accomplishments you ll have more to offer an organization In turn they ll be willing to negotiate your salary depending on their immediate need for your skills and the estimated value of these skills to their company A Note About Government Non Profit Organizations Government and nonprofit employers usually have less room to negotiate salaries Government salaries are based upon education and experience and publicized on the job announcement Benefits packages are often very comprehensive and may amount to 20 30 of your salary Back to top Discussing Salary Expectations If at all possible avoid discussing salary during initial interviews On the other hand you want to make sure that you get market value for the work that you will potentially be doing There are several options for dealing with this dilemma Turn the question around and ask what the hiring range is for the position This way you won t under or over value yourself when the job offer arrives Let them know that while money is important it s more important for you to learn about the company and the position in order to determine if you are a good fit After you learn more about the position you ll be better prepared to research the fair market salary Back to top How Do I Find Out What The Salary Range Is Research research and research Generally salary ranges are not the easiest data to uncover It s relatively feasible to find nationally reported salary levels for specific industries and functions However finding more specific regional salary data can require some creative research The following resources can be helpful to you Talk with your career counselor who is familiar with employment salary trends Review current job listings on various job boards including GatorJOBS which provide current comparable salaries Consult with professional associations who often conduct salary surveys or have information about local salaries Check with web sites such as JobStar org or Salary com SF State Library also has a plethora of resources for career research including resources for salary and wage information for a variety of occupations and professions To visit the SF State library job reference blog click here Back to top What Can I Negotiate Besides Salary If the salary that is offered to you is firm there are other parts of a compensation package that you may be able to negotiate Start Date If possible schedule a vacation before you start work It may be many months or an entire year before you ll be able to take vacation time from your new job Vacation Time Many employers are quite generous with vacation these days As a new employee however you are lower on the seniority list in terms of how much vacation you ll accrue and in terms of choices for vacation dates If you and your family are

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  • SF State Career Center
    you are interested in Consult reference materials online Review department homepages on the internet Email individual graduate departments and ask them to send you detailed information on their program and school Ask about joining email lists associated with such programs Visit the schools you are considering Departments sometimes hold orientation sessions to educate interested students about their program Make an appointment to speak with a department chair and or students already in the program SF State Graduate Degree List Back to top Evaluating Graduate Schools Here are some guidelines to use when evaluating which graduate program is right for you Admissions Requirements Admission requirements usually include your GPA work experience classes test scores etc You may want to choose one or two schools that you feel confident about getting into and one or two more competitive schools Curriculum Look at the courses of the program Do they meet your educational and professional goals Is a thesis or final exam required Is there practical experience or internship included How long is the program Programs can vary in credit hours from one school to another Reputation Quality What is the reputation of the school in general and what is the reputation of the program within the field Is the program accredited and if so by whom How many of the graduates find employment in their field and does the department assist students with this process What kinds of employment do students find Faculty What is the student faculty ratio Are the faculty members accessible to the student Are the faculty members committed to teaching research or both Identify a faculty member who has research interests similar to your own if you are attending graduate school for research in a specific discipline Location Size In what geographic area would you like to attend school Do you need to be close to family and or friends Would you like the school to be in an urban or rural setting How available is housing Cost Financial Aid What is the cost of the program How much financial assistance is available in the form of assistantships loans and fellowships Culture of the Graduate Department Some departments are small tight communities Others are impersonal and comprised of mostly commuter students Visit your graduate programs to determine if they are compatible not only with your learning styles but also with your social needs Don t overlook the opportunity to contact student organizations to speak with students currently enrolled in your program Back to top Admission Requirements Application and Fee The application should be neatly typed and received by the deadline If the schools you are applying to have rolling admission you should apply as early as possible Even schools with regular admission process like to see applications submitted in advance of the deadline Admission Test Score Each institution has its own requirements regarding admission tests which can be found in school catalogs or on the school web site For more on grad school exams visit the SF State

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  • SF State Career Center
    Information Explore Graduate School Student Organizations Resources Resource Library General Career Links For Veterans For International Students By College Major By Industry Area Handouts Videos EMPLOYERS Services Posting Jobs Internships ALUMNI Services Service Packages FACULTY STAFF FAMILY MEMBERS HANDOUTS VIDEOS SF State Links Advising Center Department Directory Division of Student Affairs My SFSU Login Search SICC Search Career Center Contact Hours of Service Location Monday Friday 8am 5pm Student Services Bldg Rm 206 Quick Questions Tuesdays 10 30am 11 30am Wednesdays 10 00am 11 00am E mail sicc sfsu edu Phone 415 338 1761 Fax 415 338 2979 Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Click here to download and install Adobe Reader Last Update February 22 2013 Student Organizations Career Presentations Career Events Grant LEAD Career Presentations The Career Center is available to develop custom tailored presentations for your student organization Take a look at our current workshops to get an idea of what s possible Contact the Career Counselor associated with your organization s college if applicable or email Dr Al E Gator for more details Back to top Career Events Grant Are you interested in funding to help your organization put on a career event Career

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    School Student Organizations Resources Resource Library General Career Links For Veterans For International Students By College Major By Industry Area Handouts Videos EMPLOYERS Services Posting Jobs Internships ALUMNI Services Service Packages FACULTY STAFF FAMILY MEMBERS HANDOUTS VIDEOS SF State Links Advising Center Department Directory Division of Student Affairs My SFSU Login Search SICC Search Career Center Contact Hours of Service Location Monday Friday 8am 5pm Student Services Bldg Rm 206 Quick Questions Tuesdays 10 30am 11 30am Wednesdays 10 00am 11 00am E mail sicc sfsu edu Phone 415 338 1761 Fax 415 338 2979 Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Click here to download and install Adobe Reader Last Update February 22 2013 Resource Library Career Center Resource Library Roadtrip Nation Career Center Resource Library The Career Center Resource Library provides a variety of resources to assist you in your major and career research Books videos CDs and DVDs are available to be viewed in the Career Center during the hours of operation listed at right They can not be checked out Books Career and major options Resume writing and tips on interviewing Finding internships Employer and industry directories Free Magazines Women Engineer Science Spectrum Minority Engineer The Black Collegian Hispanic Business JobPostings Workforce Diversity for Engineering and IT Professionals Women of Color Job Binders job announcements mailed and faxed to the Career Center Videos CDs DVDs Roadtrip Nation Careers in the Sciences 6 P s of Interviewing The Enterprise Computer Lab Including the PBS program Roadtrip Nation which highlights informational interviews with people in different careers For a listing of internship related library titles click here For an exhaustive listing of library titles click here For additional resources provided by the SF State Library jobs blog click here Back to top Roadtrip Nation Roadtrip Nation is

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    For Veterans For International Students By College Major By Industry Area Handouts Videos EMPLOYERS Services Posting Jobs Internships ALUMNI Services Service Packages FACULTY STAFF FAMILY MEMBERS HANDOUTS VIDEOS SF State Links Advising Center Department Directory Division of Student Affairs My SFSU Login Search SICC Search Career Center Contact Hours of Service Location Monday Friday 8am 5pm Student Services Bldg Rm 206 Quick Questions Tuesdays 10 30am 11 30am Wednesdays 10 00am 11 00am E mail sicc sfsu edu Phone 415 338 1761 Fax 415 338 2979 Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Click here to download and install Adobe Reader Last Update February 22 2013 Career Links Job Search Links Internship Links Job Search Links America s Job Bank www ajb dni us Bay Area Careers www bayareacareers com Bay Area Jobs Services www bajobs com Career Mosaic www careermosaic com Career Magazine www careermag com Career Net www careers org Career Path www careerpath com Career Site www careersite com Career Tips www careertips com Craigslist Bay Area Jobs sfbay craigslist org jjj College Grad Job Hunter www collegegrad com Contract Employment Weekly www ceweekly com Employment Development Department EDD www edd cahwnet gov Exam2Jobs www exam2jobs com Flipdog www flipdog com Government Jobs www careersingovernment com Help Wanted www helpwanted com Hire Live www hirelive com Idealist www idealist org Indeed www indeed com Job Bank USA www jobbankusa com Job Center www jobcenter com Job Web www jobweb org Manpower Temp Agency www manpower com Monster com www monster com Monster College www monstertrak com Nation Job www nationjob com New York Job Source www nyjobsource com Opportunity NOC s www opportunitynocs org San Francisco Jobs www sanfranciscojobs com TrueCareers www TrueCareers com Westch Career Expo www careerexpo com Back to top Internship Links After

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    net transition resumetips html Tell Me About Yourself The Toughest Question in the Interview www baseops net transition communications html Back to top Employment Resources American Corporate Partners www acp usa org Best for Vets www militarytimesedge com projects best for veterans best employers for veterans 2011 Career Command Post www careercommandpost com Career One Stop www jobbankinfo org Center for Veterans Enterprise www vetbiz gov Corporate Gray www corporategray com CPOL www cpol army mil Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve www esgr org Helmets to Hardhats www helmetstohardhats org Google for Veterans and Families www googleforveterans com Hire Heroes USA www hireheroesusa org Hire Veterans www hireveterans com LinkedIn Veterans Microsite www linkedin com veterans MC2 www militarycandidates com Military Hire www militaryhire com Military Job Zone www militaryjobzone com Military to Civilian www militarytocivilian com Military Vet Jobs www militaryvetjobs com My Next Move for Veterans www mynextmove org vets New Directions Inc www newdirectionsinc org Next Step Center www nextstepjobs org Project Return to Work www return2work org REAL Lifelines www dol gov elaws vets realifelines menu htm Recruit Military www recruitmilitary com Soar Consulting www soarcareers com Swords to Plowshares www swords to plowshares org Transition Assistance Online www taonline com Vet Jobs www vetjobs com Veteran Job Board www military com Careers Home 0 13373 00 htm Veterans Employment Training Service VETS www dol gov vets Veterans Employment Committee of San Mateo County www vecsamnet org Back to top Skill Assessment SF State Career Center www sfsu edu career students majors html assessment Military to Civilian Occupation Translator vetsuccess gov resources milskills Vet Success Skills Identification www acinet org acinet moc Back to top Transitioning Military to Civilian Career Change Strategies carolinanewswire com news News cgi database columns db command viewone id 54 Military to Civilian Tips For Making the Transition ezinearticles com Military to Civilian Tips For Making the Transition id 1317331 Military to Civilian Transition From Service Member to Business Owner www education4military com reblog 2007 07 military to civilian transition from html The Riley Guide Job Banks Recruiters www rileyguide com vets html Separation Career Resources www armytimes com benefits getting out online hbml08 separation careerresources Service Members Must Network www education4military com reblog 2007 06 importance of networking html The Transition Plan www education4military com reblog 2007 06 transition plan 07 html Back to top Government Sites California Department of Veterans Affairs www cdva ca gov Center for Veterans Enterprise www vetbiz gov Center for Women Veterans www1 va gov womenvet Department of Veterans Affairs www va gov National Center for PTSD www ncptsd va gov ncmain index jsp REAL Lifelines www dol gov elaws vets realifelines menu htm Vet Center www vetcenter va gov Vet Success vetsuccess gov index Veterans Employment Coordination Service www va gov vecs Vocational Rehab and Employment www vba va gov bln vre Back to top Veterans Associations American Coalition of Filipino Veterans usfilvets tripod com American Legion www legion org American Veterans www

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