As you apply for positions and get ready for interviews, please reach out to the Career Services for support, we are here to help. We can help you in your career planning, answer your questions, do a mock/ practice interview with you and provide other assistance so you can achieve your goals.
Finding Jobs and Internships
LinkedIn is largest career network on the internet. Here are resources to help you build your profile, find jobs and internships, connect to Gavilan alumni, expand your network and learn about companies, connect to Gavilan alumni on our LinkedIn Resource Page.
The Welcome Center provides opportunity to work as a peer mentor on campus. Apply now.
The Writing Center & Tutoring Center provides opportunity to work as a Peer Tutor on campus. Apply now.
The Learning-Aligned Employment Program, LAEP, offers eligible students at public colleges and universities the opportunity to earn additional state funded financial air and gain educated -aligned, career-related employment. Students must complete the Interest and Eligibility Form.
Federal Work Study is a program based on financial needs and provided part-time employment at the college. A Federal Work Study award is not guarantee of employment. To be consider students must complete the FAFSA and a Federal Work Study Employment Packet. Click here to learn more.
Signs of a Job Scam: Warning, scammers advertise jobs where legitimate employers do, including online. Do not pay to apply for a job or submit your credit card or bank account information.
Many people get their jobs and internships through personal contacts. When you reach out to people about a job, they many not have an opening for you but you can ask them if they know about any jobs in your desired career, if they know of any people you can talk to (and if you can reference them or be introduced by them) and if they have suggestions on how you can be a better candidate for a job, Networking takes practice, it will get easier and feel more comfortable the more you do it. Here are tips on how to find out about opportunities and expand your network.
Prepare for Career Fairs
- Watch this Building Your Resume Workshop to help you create or update a resume and bring copies with you.
- Dress to impress! First impressions are only once so let's make it a great one.
- Prepare conversations with employers.
- Prepare an “elevator pitch” or personal pitch that is clear & concise.
Elevator Speech Video Tips:
Questions to Ask Employers:
Ask employers questions and show you are genuinely interested in their company/organization. Ask about specific role you are interested in, their work culture, the hiring process, recent company news, and more.
- Is the _role_ you currently have listed more focused on some function or aspect of the company?
- I noticed the job description for _role_ listed _job duties_ in the responsibilities—What do you mean by that?
- In a typical day, what does _role_ do?
- What’s the biggest challenge the new _role_ can help solve?
- Who’s the manager/direct report for this role?
- What’s this team’s biggest goal in the next six months?
- I don’t have a traditional background in field or function but I have worked on something relevant. Would that be a good fit for the role?
Credit to: The Muse
Preparing for Your Interview
Interview Tips & Resources:
- Informational Interviewing Tip Sheet: Information interviewing is a great way to learn about a career you are interested in or about someone’s career pathway and how they got started. You are not being interviewed about an actual job, typically you are the one that will be asking the questions. In addition to learning about a career, it can help you build your network. Many people are willing to talk with students, and don’t mind being asked. Your instructors, friends or family may have suggestions of people you can talk with.
- Best Interview Tips for College Students: From Indeed
- Interview Guide
- Interviewing In-Person Tip Sheet
- Interviewing Virtually Tip Sheet
- Interview To-Do Tips
- Answering Common Interview Questions Tip Sheet
- Dress for Success Men
- Dress for Success Women
Starting at Your Internship or Job
You got the job! Now how do you get started on the right foot on your first day? Check out these helpful tips from College Central Network so you can not only do great on your first day but continue to build your network, move up in your career and gain professional skills no matter your field!