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Criminal Justice Career Fair is truly a catalyst for Cal State L.A. students

Social Services, Judiciary and Law, Law Enforcement, Business and Education: all are areas where someone majoring in criminal justice can establish a career. These are also areas of particular interest for students at Cal State L.A. That’s why the Criminal Justice Career Fair was established.

This week the Career Development Center and the Criminal Justice Student Association hosted the third annual job fair in criminal justice. Approximately twenty local, state and federal organizations attended. Among them were the LA County Probation Department, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, the LA County District Attorney, the LAPD, the LA Sheriff’s Youth Foundation and People’s Coordinated Services.

The Criminal Justice Career Fair was spearheaded by Adam Bonilla, founding president of the student organization. We asked Adam about his mission for the event and what he thought about its evolution.

“My inspiration lies in the debt that I feel I owe to CSULA and the Criminal Justice Department. The University and the Program have benefited me in more ways than I think I have benefited them. They have helped mold the person that I am and have enhanced my leadership skills.”

“The genesis of the Criminal Justice Career Fair began with the Criminal Justice Student Association’s (CJSA) lack of resources. … I was eager to find a connection with the school and the fair was an opportunity that would benefit everyone; myself, the students, the school and employers.”

Cal State L.A. Criminal Justice Career Fair 2014“Each year we attempt to surpass the accomplishments of the year before. The most vivid memory and accomplishment that I can rave about [at this third annual fair] is the student engagement with employers. The Los Angeles County Probation Department had students filling out applications on-site. All parties were eager to begin the hiring process. I’m convinced that this face to face interaction wouldn’t have occurred without the fair.”

The fair turns out to have been a continuous win-win for both Cal State L.A. and local employers. A majority of employers said the event was excellent and all said they would return. We quote from an anonymous survey of employers, “Several [students] were very well prepared, viable candidates.”

CJSA President, Adam Bonilla, shares, “Without the continuing support of the Career Center, especially Zeidy Cabrera, Joanna Martel and Michelle Myers, the Criminal Justice Career Fair could not be possible. In addition, the support of the [Cal State L.A. Criminal Justice program] faculty has provided students with the confidence to approach employers. This confidence is something that will resonate with them as students seek employments.”

“The prior Vice President of the CJSA is a testimony to the success of the fair. He attended the fair last year and approached the Glendale Police Department table and thus began his journey into law enforcement. This is a proven example that the fair is truly a catalyst for Cal State L.A. students. Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t share my appreciation with the students and employers that participate every year. Their participation is vital to making a successful event.”

Los Angeles Employers Prepare Students for Success in the Job Search Process

For soon-to-be graduates and current students, what can be more meaningful in career development than one-on-one advice from employers themselves?

Twenty-three (23) recruiters from companies who have partnered with Cal State L.A. did just that.

Cal State L.A. Career Center hosts Get Your Future GoingCal State L.A. Career Center's 2014 Get Your Future Going2014 Get Your Future Going career fair prep session, Cal State L.A. Career Center

Get Your Future Going, an educational and networking event, combined three elements for success when presenting oneself at a career fair: an elevator pitch, a resume, and company research.

Initiated and organized by Cal State L.A. student organizations in conjunction with the Career Development Center, the event was designed to provide students a personalized career prep session with employers, focused on refining resumes and sharpening job candidates’ elevator pitches.

Cal State L.A. Career Center career fair prep 2014, Get Your Future Going

To give tips on how to craft pitches and what to research in a company, students and Career Center counselors drafted interactive worksheets provided upon entry. And to ease any nervousness job candidates might have when working so intimately with recruiters, student event coordinators set up the space to allow for a free flow between rooms and included areas just for hanging out. The feedback from students and employers alike was very positive.

Get Your Future Going career fair prep 2014, Cal State L.A. Career Center

The Cal State L.A. Get Your Future Going event was a joint effort of the following campus partners: Association of Information Management, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting CSULA Chapter, American Society of Civil Engineers CSULA Chapter, Criminal Justice Student Association, Professionals in Human Resources Association CSULA Chapter, Pre Law Society, Career Development Center, and College of Business and Economics Placement Services.

Special thanks goes to the employer volunteers from the following Los Angeles area companies: City Year, CSI Professionals Inc., Defense Contract Audit Agency, DIRECTV, Farmers Insurance District Operations, Global PR Marketing, Law Offices of Peyman and Rahnama, MUSE/IQUE, Museum of Latin American Art, New York Life, Panda Restaurant Group, Pasadena Unified School District, QTC A Lockheed Company, Southern California Edison, Techtronic Industries N.A., The Boeing Company, Trea Day Management & Publicity, and Unilever.

Cal State L.A. Student Leaders Share their Stories as Interns with Local Non-profits

Pro-active, determined, and passionate to give back – These are qualities that distinguish Cal State L.A. student guest speakers at last week’s event “Ready. Set. INTERN.” hosted by the Career Development Center; an event coordinated for the second time with student Cynthia Aguilar, Public Relations Officer with the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) of Cal State L.A.

Guest speakers Karen Hernandez, Nancy Aragon, Cynthia Aguilar, and Abigail Juaner shared their experiences interning at non-profits around Los Angeles.

“Most of us started as volunteers. I feel it increased our chances for internship opportunities.” – Karen Hernandez, FMLA CSULA President and intern at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

Cal State L.A. Career Development Center and FMLA CSULAKaren recounted her persistence when applying for the internship. At first she was a volunteer and, as such, she wasn’t able to work with case studies. Karen wanted to be an intern though, so she could contribute more to the cause. She shared this with her mentor and followed up by showing her dedication to the goals of the organization. “The opportunity matched my interests in law and immigration,” she said as she talked about what helped her stand out as an applicant.

“Sometimes we don’t know how to sell ourselves. I focused on knowing myself and I started by looking at where I came from. I was surprised to realize how much volunteer work I had done in my community and how my life experiences could contribute to the organization,” she shared.

“Thinking about ‘selling yourself’ is sometimes uncomfortable. Instead, I focus on what I can contribute to the organization. When considering an internship, I look at how I can relate to it,” added Abigail Juaner, FMLA CSULA Social Media Editor and former intern at Media Done Responsibly.

Connecting with an internship opportunity took center stage. From the application process to having a worth-while internship experience, knowing yourself and how your unique life experiences can advance an organization played an important role for the speakers.

“I got my internship because I was passionate and like-minded.” – Nancy Aragon, senior in Liberal Studies and former intern at the Los Angeles Alliance for New Economy.

Cal State L.A. Career Development Center, Ready. Set. INTERN. 2014 with FMLA CSULA guests“Before considering an internship, I thought I was never going to find like-minded people,” shared Nancy. By identifying volunteer opportunities with causes that she cared about, she meet people like herself, who then recognized how her passion was fueling her efforts and invited her to become an intern.

Taking an internship is not always easy. Each speaker expressed initially struggling with the idea of giving 15 hours per week for, in some cases for free. And, yes, it is difficult to be at an internship at 8am on the only days your academic schedule allows you to sleep in. “But looking back, it is worth it,” says Nancy. “It opened opportunities for me to gain free training in para-legal studies with CHIRLA,” shared Karen.

For Cynthia Aguilar, a junior in Urban Learning and intern at 826LA in Echo Park, “My internship helped me avoid a melt-down of ‘what am I going to do’. I got a chance to experience a new method of instruction which I hadn’t seen in the usual school system. I had found something I like!”

In closing the speakers advised: “Get an internship. Represent Cal State L.A. And pay it forward!” – Karen Hernandez, FMLA CSULA President.

Special thanks to our guest speakers for volunteering their time to give back to the Cal State L.A. community. If you would like to explore your career goals and interests or would like advice on developing your internship application, the Career Development Center is your on campus resource for assistance. Visit us at www.calstatela.edu/careercenter

Cal State LA Management Career Fair Offers Wide Range of Leadership Career Paths

This Monday, Cal State LA Department of Management Chair, Dr. Angela Young was pleased to welcome notable employers to a special Management Department Career Fair, presented in coordination with the Career Development Center. Management majors were equally pleased to meet directly with employers, and access a wide range of entry-level career paths, many of which included comprehensive leadership development plans (full list provided below).

Cal State LA Management Career Fair 2014The event also saw the return of several Cal State LA alumni, now in the role of successful professional, in search of classmates eager to embark on similarly exciting journeys.

Cal State LA Management Career Fair 2014“Did you know that several of our employer guests are Cal State LA alumni? Some of them took my classes and it’s great to see their success.” exclaims Dr. Young.

Kenneth Wong, Territory Manager for Techtronic Industries, achieved his Bachelor of Science in Business and Management with additional certification in Human Resources Management from Cal State LA in 2011.

Arselia Guerrero, recruiter for Foster Farms, graduated summa cum laude in Business Administration with an option in Human Resource Management in 2002. Mrs. Guerrero was also President of the PIHRA, CSULA chapter in 2011.

John Romero Jr., a 2009 Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration graduate, returned to Cal State LA with Sales Manager positions at New York Life Insurance Company, Pasadena.

“Students often ask, ‘what can I do with a Management degree?’ This fair presents a wide variety of exciting career options!” shares CSULA Management Department Chair, Dr. Angela Young.

Employers and Career Openings at the Management Career Fair 2014:

Cal State LA Management Career Fair 2014The Leadership Career Track

 24Hr HomeCare

Account Manager Training Program

A leader in the healthcare industry providing a needed service for the aging U.S. population; with over 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day for the next 25 years, the Account Manager Training program, including base salary and commission, can provide optimal growth potential.

WEB: www.join24hr.com

FB: @24HrHomeCareCareers

TWTR: @Join24hr

PNTRST: @24hrhomecare


American Honda Motors             

Japan Global Trainee Assignment, Part-time Student Opportunities, and 2014 Summer Internship

Honda’s Global Trainee Assignment allows highly-motivated, ambitious, and proactive international management students to become global leaders with Honda across all locations.

WEB: http://corporate.honda.com/careers/



Leadership Development Program

Offers learning opportunities, on-the-job training, and mentorship over a 2.5 year program; a perfect fit for Cal State LA MBA and Master’s in General Management graduates. AT&T LDP participants complete customized job rotations including two supervisory roles in high-growth areas of the company like Technology and Customer Care while gaining a global perspective of other functional areas such as Mobility, Marketing, Sales and Finances.

WEB: http://att.jobs/

FB: @ATTCareers


LNKD:  company/at&t


Bridgestone Retail Operations

Retail Store Manager Trainee Program

Trainees experience running a successful store developing and retaining positive teammates, creating high customer satisfaction, and providing individual automotive tire and service solutions to customers.

WEB: www.onwardcareer.com

FB: @FirestoneCompleteAuto

TWTR: @firestonejobs

G+: +firestonecompleteauto


Foster Farms

College Graduate Program

Supports Bachelor graduates as well as second year M.B.A. candidates in acquiring skills within all aspects of various departments before embarking towards their specific area. Careers serve a wide range of areas including Operations Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Accounting/Finance, Marketing and several other opportunities that span our campus Colleges and Departments.

WEB: www.fosterfarms.com/careers/

FB: @FosterFarms


Panda Restaurant Group

Restaurant Manager and Assistant Manager

For entry-level Management graduates also interested in a focus on healthy lifestyle, continuous learning, developing others and acknowledging others.

WEB: www.pandacareers.com


Seiki represented by TongFang Global Inc.

Management Trainee Program

For graduates of Business, Finances, and Economics

WEB: http://en.thtf.com.cn/


Techtronic Industries (TTI)

Management Trainee Leadership Program

A world-class leader in quality consumer and professional products marketed to the home improvement and construction industries, the TTI leadership program focuses on developing and maintaining strong value added relationships with store managers and personnel.

WEB: www.ttirecruiting.com


The Sherwin-Williams Company

Management Trainee Program

Combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training in sales, marketing, financial management, store operations, and human resource management. Sherwin-Williams Company’s internal job posting system allows employees to take an active role in defining their own career path, with over 96% of positions filled via internal promotions. One more feather in the hat for The Sherwin-Williams Company, turnover rate is stated at less than 6%, whereas most companies’ turnover rate is between 40%-60%.

WEB: careers.sherwin-williams.com/careers/


UPS – Central California

Inside Sales Representatives (ISR)

A long-standing partner with the College of Business and Economics, UPS – Central California continues to connect Cal State LA students and graduates to career paths with high growth trajectories. The promotion-from-within-culture at UPS allows for candidates who choose to start their careers as an Inside Sales Representative (ISR) to be provided future promotional opportunities as Field Account Executives throughout the U.S.

WEB: ups.managehr.com/careers.htm


G+: +UPSJobs

Cal State LA Management Career Fair 2014Summer Internships to Apply Management Strategies

Wells Fargo Securities

Leadership Pipeline Program in Wholesale Banking with a Project Management Track

Apply concepts from the classroom during a summer internship with assignments that cover developing an implementation strategy for a new application or sales tools; developing and implementing strategies for increasing cross sell activity; developing and implementing staffing models and resource management tools for projects; and managing projects associated with identifying alternate product solutions.

WEB: www.wellsfargo.com/careers

FB: @wellsfargo

TWTR: @wellsfargojobs


Ross Stores, Inc.

Assistant Store Manager Internship

Store interns will assume shared supervisory responsibility for up to 20 Retail Associates in an assigned store.

WEB: www.rossstores.com/careers

Cal State LA Management Career Fair 2014Entrepreneurial Career Paths for Business Administration

American Income Life Insurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Torchmark Corporation (NYSE: TMK), an S&P 500 Company

WEB: www.ailla.com


TWTR: @ailsouthwest

G+: +Ailife

LNKD: company/american-income-life



Farmers Insurance District Operations, 3rd Largest Insurance Company in the United States

WEB: www.farmersagent.com/jlucero1

LNKD: www.linkedin.com/pub/john-lucero/7a/415/179


New York Life Insurance Company, a fortune 100 company and the largest mutual insurance company in North America

WEB: www.newyorklife.com/careers/sales-careers

FB: @newyorklife

TWTR: @newyorklife

LNKD: company/new-york-life-insurance-company

G+: +newyorklife

Cal State LA Management Career Fair 2014Gain Experience While Studying

Penske Truck Leasing

Part-time Rental Representative

For those students seeking extra pocket change and career developing experience while in school, Penske Truck Leasing has a part-time Rental Representative option. This is a great chance to gain experience for the resume and an entry way into Penske’s Supply Chain Leadership Programs.

WEB: http://www.gopenske.com/career_paths/

FB: @penske

TWTR: @gopenskecareers

 G+: +Gopenske

LNKD: company/penske-truck-leasing

Cal State LA Management Career Fair 2014For more information on active job openings from these employers and many more, visit Eagle iJobs.

Eagle iJobs, provided by the Career Development Center, is the Cal State LA job board for students, recent graduates, and associated alumni. Employers hosted on Eagle iJobs post free of charge and reach a diverse network of Cal State LA candidates.

Eagle iJobs and campus career fairs are hosted by the Career Development Center. For more information contact us online at www.calstatela.edu/careercenter.

To learn more about Management programs offered by the Cal State LA College of Business and Economics, visit www.cbe.calstatela.edu.

Cal State L.A. Students Talk Internships

Last Monday, the Cal State L.A. Career Center was proud to host Ready. Set. INTERN. a Career Voices event spotlighting student interns from across campus.

Ready. Set. INTERN. a Career Voices student discussion seriesNarciso Jimenez (Civil Engineering), Flintisha Wilson (Communications and PR), Chewson Huang (Computer Information Systems), Stephanie Rodriguez (Mechanical Engineering), and Carlos Tejada (Accounting) shared with fellow CSULA students stories about the responsibilities, projects, and life-lessons they encountered in their internships.

Chewson Huang, two-year intern for Boeing, had this advice to share with students, “It’s not where you go to college but what you do there.”

That was a common theme among our student panelists – get involved!

Chewson Huang, President of the newly established non-profit student organization, Association of Information Management

Chewson took his first internship with Toyota while in high school. As a freshman at Cal State L.A. he joined Boeing. In the two years there, Chewson moved in and out of high security departments exploring areas from IT/Engineering to his major in Computer Information Systems.

Flintisha Wilson, CSULA Communications Major advises peers on internshipsFlintisha Wilson, Administrative support for the CSULA Cross Cultural Center

Flintisha holds an internship with Prezi where she communicates with her supervisor weekly via Skype, and is looking forward to taking on her next internship with GLAAD, an organization dedicated to amplifying the voice of the LGBT community. For Flin, knowing your products and tasks thoroughly was an important take-away.

“Never just wing a presentation. Always make an outline with listed points of discussion and how you will transition between them. It’s a lot harder to rebuild a relationship after a mistake so be ready and professional beforehand.”

Stephanie Rodriguez, President of the Society of Women Engineers, CSULA chapter

Stephanie’s previous role as Corporate Liaison in the organization put her in touch with the CSULA Career Center and Farmer John where she gained an internship drafting technical drawings, checking safety and marking technical components of the facility, and later training a newly hired engineer to take over her responsibilities as she completes her degree.

Stephanie shared one experience that surprised her peers. She had to make presentations about the projects she was developing directly to top level executives in the company; a task that opened her to a new sense of professionalism: work as if that is all that will remain after you leave.

“It feels good to know that the training manual I started will remain there as a guide for future employees.”

Stephanie Rodriguez (left) and Narciso Jimenez (right) talk with fellow students about internshipsNarciso Jimenez, Civil Engineer/Architecture Intern at LAUSD

Narciso Jimenez found himself taking on significant responsibilities at his internship with LAUSD. As an architecture intern, he was responsible for construction site progress around Los Angeles. Often he would weave his site visits among his class schedule.

Networking became an important take-away from his internship. Narciso was not only offered an entry-level position which he had to postpone to complete his degree this year, but he also made professional acquaintances who will continue to mentor and connect with him in life.

His advice to students, manage your time – starting with the interview.

“Bring your class schedule to the interview and know already what days and times you are available to work.”

Carlos Tejada shows his career portfolioCarlos Tejada, Lead Clerk at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

“Create a portfolio of work you’ve done in class. Include pictures of the volunteer work you’ve done and other samples of your accomplishments in your field of study, like class research. Bring this to your interview!”

As a follow up to our previously released article on Carlos’s internship at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Carlos was recently invited by Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to attend a Halloween party at the mayor’s Getty house residence.

Expressing gratitude to his mentor Rolando Gomez at CHLA, Carlos shares his thanks and pictures with the mayor on his professionally branded Facebook page; a tool that Carlos is now leveraging to build is voice in the work world.


The stories above are a sampling of the accomplishments that Cal State L.A. students exhibit as they transition into a career. Thank you all for participating! We also want to give special thanks to our corporate community for extending these exceptional opportunities to CSULA students and graduates. We look forward to sharing more of your success Cal State L.A.!

You can join our career community and participate in discussions by connecting with us on Facebook and Twitter. To read more articles highlighting our campus and corporate community visit us on WordPress.

Southern California Edison – Career Fair Tips for Students, Part III

A recruiter’s ‘don’ts’ and his most memorable candidate at a career fair

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30th is the big day – the CSULA Fall Career Fair. You have your resumes prepared; you’ve researched the companies attending and read about the jobs and internships available; and you’ve already picked out your professional attire – is there anything else?

In the last of our series to help you get ready for the fair, we speak with recruiter Freddy Rivera of Southern California Edison to find out what students have done that made them successful at a career fair.

CSULA Career CenterPart III. A recruiter’s ‘don’ts’ and his most memorable candidate at a career fair

Career Center:  What is the biggest ‘don’t’ you’ve seen at a career fair?

SCE:  My biggest ‘don’t’ is approaching a recruiter table with “What can a _____ major do for _____ company?” This shows that you haven’t done your research; that you don’t know what you’d like to do; and after the first 3 or 4 hours of the career fair, this is not what a company representative wants to hear.

Other ‘don’ts’ include: rude students and students who are untruthful about their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Career Center:  Can you tell us about your most memorable candidate at a career fair? What did s/he do?

SCE:  The most memorable candidate I’ve ever met was passionate about his major, knew the areas he was interested in working in, knew about SCE (i.e. core values, functions of the distribution network), was technically sound, was willing to learn, was on a student board, and was a good communicator.

As soon as I met him, I knew I needed to hire him. Our conversation was great and was memorable and I got him hired about a week or two after the job fair.

Thank you, Freddy, for sharing tips on preparing for a career fair!

For all those following this series please join us in thanking Southern California Edison. Freddy Rivera will be recruiting at the Technical Annex in the University Student Union – Los Angeles room and his Southern California Edison team will be recruiting business majors at the General Fair in the Golden Eagle Ballrooms.

For more information on the employers registered and the jobs/internships available visit Eagle iJobs or click here.

To get more information and join our conversation with employers, follow us on Facebook.com/CSULACareerCenter or Twitter.com/CSULACareerTalk.

You can make comments to ask specific questions or just thank Southern California Edison for sharing advice that will help you be successful at the fair.

Each article will also be hosted on the CSULA Career Center blog at CSULACareerCenter.wordpress.com for those who wish to follow via WordPress or RSS.

The above interview correspondence is between the CSULA Career Center Employer Relations Team and Freddy Rivera, Recruiter for Southern California Edison.

Southern California Edison – Career Fair Tips for Students, Part II

What employers want to see from job candidates at a career fair

In our countdown leading up to the CSULA Fall Career Fair, we speak with recruiter Freddy Rivera of Southern California Edison (SCE) to get details on the career fair from an employer’s perspective.

Today we hear from Freddy about his expectations of job candidates and the advice he has to offer them.

Part II. What employers want to see from job candidates at a career fair

Career Center:  What do you want to see from students?

SCE FBSCE:  We like to see a genuine interest from students beyond the typical answers (i.e. you’re an established company; you have a good reputation; stable industry).

We like candidates to know about our projects, what SCE as a company is doing in the renewable energy space, or what is going on in the utilities industry.

We also like to see well-rounded candidates who participate or lead student organizations, students who volunteer, and students who have a genuine passion for their major.

Career Center:  What is your advice for a student on how to approach a recruiter at the career fair?

SCE:  1) Be engaged in the conversation with anyone at the table; 2) conduct some research on the company, such as, looking on the company job board and if there are any positions that interest you, ask specific questions relating to the job; 3) Students have smartphones. If you don’t know what a company does, take 10 seconds to look them up on your phone and have a sense for what the company does.

Tomorrow we’ll get Freddy’s last suggestions for students at the career fair. We ask Freddy about the biggest ‘don’t’ he’s seen at a career fair and also about his most memorable candidate.

To get more information and join the conversation, follow us on Facebook.com/CSULACareerCenter or Twitter.com/CSULACareerTalk.

You can make comments to ask specific questions or just thank Southern California Edison for sharing advice that will help you be successful at the fair.

Each article will also be hosted on the CSULA Career Center blog at CSULACareerCenter.wordpress.com for those who wish to follow via WordPress or RSS.

For more information on the employers registered for the CSULA Fall Career Fair and the jobs/internships available visit Eagle iJobs or click here.

The above interview correspondence is between the CSULA Career Center Employer Relations Team and Freddy Rivera, Recruiter for Southern California Edison.

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