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Career Conference Feb. 18

Industry Experts Offer Employment Advice in Challenging Job Market


Cal State Fullerton’s Career Center presents its first “Career Jump-Start Conference” to show soon-to-be graduates what they can do to stand out from their peers to land their first professional job in today’s challenging job market. Event features industry and career planning experts, workshops and a networking social. The conference is free and open only to current CSUF students. Journalists are welcome.


Thursday, Feb. 18
1 to 5 p.m.


Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831


“Right now is the ideal time for college students to jump-start their career. The fact is that the worst of times are also the best of times to stand out,” said Jim Case, director of Cal State Fullerton’s Career Center. “College students demonstrating a winning attitude and performance beyond their peers now will be remembered long after this challenging job market turns around.”


1-2:15 p.m. - Opening Session: “Getting a Jump-Start on Your Job Search”
A panel of industry experts will present tips, tools and techniques to effectively conduct a job or internship search in today’s tough job market. Topics will include how to leverage students’ brand as a California State University graduate; using the principles of behavioral-based interviewing; and applying effective strategies between now and graduation. Featured panelists are: Jim Wilson, executive-vice president, Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Susie Arellano-Reed, recruiting manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Jim Case, Career Center director; and Laura Neal, Career Center arts, entertainment and communications specialist.
2:30-3:30 p.m. “Job Search 101: Putting Your Education to Work Workshop”
Mark Ely, a recruiter at the Orange County Transportation Agency, will join Elizabeth Zavala-Acevez, Career Center assistant director, to review the critical steps to effectively pursue a job or internship search. These steps include identifying marketable skills; organizing a self-initiated job search; identifying and contacting potential employers; and taking advantage of the resources available at the Career Center and across campus.
2:30-3:30 p.m. - Internships for Communications/Radio-TV-Film Majors
Pamela Caldwell, faculty internship coordinator, will reveal secrets to secure a successful internship in the communications field.
4-5 p.m. Netiquette Workshop
Elizabeth Muñoz, Career Center internship specialist, will provide an overview of the various options for pursuing an internship. This workshop offers an overview of academic internships, paid/unpaid internships and provides resources for students to find the ideal internship.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the corporate sponsor of the conference.

Media Contacts:
Jim Case, Career Center, 657-278-2499 or
Debra Cano Ramos, Public Affairs, 657-278-4027; 657-278-2414 or