Conducting a job search is a process that many can find time consuming and overwhelming. It is essential to remember that searching for a job requires your active participation.
The Career Development Center offers online resources that outline how to prepare for a job interview, how to network and how to handle salary and job negotiations; as well as in-person preparation with drop-in counseling and individual career counseling appointments. Get #onestepcloser to a job today!
If you are seeking internships or full-time, professional employment , OCI brings prospective employers to the Career Development Center to interview and hire CSULB students and alumni. Also, employers increasingly utilize On-Campus Interviews to select internship candidates. Each year, these interviews result in employment or internships for scores of students and alumni. In fact, many company representatives who recruit at CSULB were hired as the result of an OCI interview.
Note: OCI is a program designed to assist current or newly graduated students, however, there may be opportunities for alumni on a limited basis. Alumni eligibility for OCI interviews is determined by the specific employer posting the opportunity.
Username: Your Campus ID number
Password: The first letter of your last name in Uppercase, (i.e. 'S' not 's') followed by all nine digits of your Campus ID number.
Complete the profile page. Enter the address of the email account you use most frequently. You now have access to CareerLINK.
If you participate in On-Campus Interviews, it is extremely important for you to complete all profile fields. Failure to do so will cause you to miss out on employment opportunities for which you are actually eligible. It is important that you keep this information updated and accurate. Updated academic profiles, current phone and email addresses are vital for this program. Important: Your CareerLINK personal and academic profiles are not automatically updated like your My CSULB account. You are responsible for manually updating your CareerLINK profiles so they are current and accurate.
Applicant Type gives you three options: Graduating, Non-Graduating and Alumni. In CareerLINK, Graduating refers to students who are graduating in the current semester. Non-Graduating is the Applicant Type for students graduating in future semesters. Alumni refers to individuals who have already received their degrees.
Completion of an online OCI Orientation is required for all students and alumni who participate in On-Campus Interviews. Your CareerLINK account will upgraded to include OCI positions within one to two business days of the orientation completion.
Note: To upload a copy your unofficial transcript, copy the document from My CSULB and paste it into Word, WordPad or other text editor. Save it to your desktop or My Documents, then use your browser to select the document and upload it to CareerLINK.
No. Employers only view your resume if you submit it to them. Career Development Center Corporate Partners are given access to resume books but only on a limited basis. Protecting your privacy is a high priority for the Career Development Center.
Open: Self-schedule an interview if you meet the employer's Screening Criteria on the job posting. Select your interview time on CareerLINK. This option is based on a first come, first served principle. No employer invitation is required for this type of interview.
Preselect: Submit your resume for an OCI position. The employer will review all resumes and select candidates to interview. You will be notified by email if you have been invited to an interview. Then schedule your interview time on CareerLINK. You must first be invited to schedule an interview on a Preselect interview. Employers use this interview type most frequently.
The example below shows Schedule Details for a Preselect interview.
Please note that the dates may change to accommodate the employer so check the dates that appear on the right hand side of the job description page under Schedule Details.
You may not meet the employer's basic Screening Criteria for certain positions. You can review those requirements by looking on the right side of the job posting page beneath the Interview Date section . If you don't meet each criterion, CareerLINK provides a [non-qualify because] message under Application Status at the right, top of the job posting page. See the examples below:
Professional attire is required for these interviews.
When in doubt about what to wear, make the more conservative choice or consult with a career counselor.
Arrive at the Career Development Center, 250 Brotman Hall, 10 - 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Check in at the On-Campus Interview kiosk by keying in your student I.D. number. Have a seat in the lobby and wait for the interviewer to call your name.
Hopefully you will not have to cancel but if you must, you have up to 2 days prior to the interview to self-cancel the interview in CareerLINK. If cancelling within 2 days or less of your interview, call (562) 985-8468 or (562) 985-4151 and we will notify the employer. IMPORTANT: Short notice cancellations should occur only in case of an extreme emergency.
To cancel an OCI interview in CareerLINK (must be more than 2 days prior to the interview.):
A No Show, No Call on a scheduled OCI interview reflects poorly on you and this university and may result in the loss of your OCI and CareerLINK privileges. You may also be required to write a note of apology to the employer.
A job fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with a large number of employers, in one setting, who are specifically seeking CSULB students for the purpose of employment. Companies may have entry-level (or higher) career openings, part-time positions and/or paid and volunteer internships. Be prepared to make a good first impression and prove that you've researched the employers of interest. Dress appropriately and bring copies of your resume.
For more help:
For questions, fill out our on-line form or call (562) 985-8461.
Username: Enter your Student ID number
Password: Enter the First letter of your last name in uppercase, followed by your student ID number.
Name: Joe Fortyniner
Note: After activating your account, you may change your password by clicking the [profile] link.
Please note that your password is not the same as MYCSULB or BeachBoard; the CareerLINK (BeachLink) account is not connected to these systems.
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