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6 Steps to Applying to UC San Diego:

 Employer Wednesday Recap

“6 Steps to Applying to UC San Diego”

You do not need to be a rocket scientist to learn how to apply for a job at UC San Diego. UC San Diego Talent Outreach Advisor, Millicent Scott, came to the Career Centers to share how interested candidates can easily apply to UC San Diego. She showed us how to sign up for an account and shared some inside knowledge on what to look for when looking  at the job descriptions. 

Surprisingly, this information is available to the public! If you go to their Jobs website and click on “How to Apply” you will find the same exact steps that will be described in this blog.  

UC San Diego’s The UCSD Job Bulletin is updated daily. Check out the New Jobs category contains openings posted in the last 7 days.

Application Procedures in 6 easy steps:

Step 1.
Returning Users:
– Sign In using your username and password

First Time Users:
– Select “Create A New Account”
– Create a Username and Password
– Complete the contact and background information, education, work history sections


Well this part is easy. Wait, what’s my password again?

Step 2.  Search for a job. Enter search terms in the box on the upper right corner or browse through positions by clicking on categories listed under the “Job Bulletin” menu.

I know that job was posted here a few days ago.

Step 3.  Select “Apply Here” to begin. The application is divided into sections or “Tabs.”
picking a job

“I choose you!”

Step 4.  Review your profile to ensure it is accurate. Change information in a section using the “update” button before applying. Select “Continue Application” at the bottom of the page.

crying man

I can’t believe I spelled my name wrong!

Step 5.  Select, Upload or Create a customized resume and optional cover letter. After attaching your resume/cover letter select “Continue Application.”
submitting your resume online

I’m on FIRE!

Step 6.  Check the box to indicate you have read the employment agreement then select “Apply Now.” You also have the option to “Finish Later” if you are not yet ready to submit. If you chose this option you can go to “Applications in Progress” under the My Jobs tab to complete your application before the filing deadline.
completed application

Yes! I completed my application!

Once you submit your application with your attached documents for the position you were applying for…

check everything before you submit


YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EDIT/UPDATE your documents for that position nor will you be able to WITHDRAW to REAPPLY for the same position.
Remember your user name and Password to log in later. For advice, assistance, or accommodations to help with the application:
  • Visit the Campus Employment Office in Torrey Pines Center South, Suite 266 (map).
  • Call the Campus Employment Office, (858) 534-6333.

After you submit your online profile/ application and resume, you can apply for jobs any time using the same information or by uploading new resumes for each specific job.

Source: http://jobs.ucsd.edu/HowToApply.aspx

Employer Wednesday Recap part 2: Q&A with MTS


Employer Wednesday Recap part 2:

Q&A with MTS

In our blog “Employer Wednesday Recap 1: Information Session with MTS“, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Kate Van Schyndle hosted a 2 hour information hiring session on the job opportunities at MTS and what a candidate can expect during the hiring process.

After the session, I got to sit down with Kate to conduct a one-on-one Q&A on Periscope to ask her some questions regarding her position, insights about the career opportunities with MTS and answer any questions that viewers had on Periscope.

During our interview I got to learn that for the Bus Operator position there was at least 148 candidates who applied.

“Out of those 148 candidates, only 10 people will be moving on into the training class. It’s very competitive.” 

For a candidate to stand out, its not even about their application but their can-do attitude and their customer services skills. Since Kate gets to meet with candidates in person prior to them applying for the positions, she is looking for candidates who know about the position and why they want to be in the position they are applying for.

“There’s nothing worse than getting into an interview and saying ‘Hey tell me about why your are interested in this position’ and not having an answer for it.”

As you watch the video, Kate provides detailed information for interested candidates to know when it comes to applying for MTS.

If you go to sdmts.com you can check out all their current openings and learn more about the benefits working at MTS.



Employer Wednesday Recap Part 1: San Diego MTS Info Session

Employer Wednesday


MTS Bus Operators

with San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)

On November 18th, we hosted another one of our #EmployerWednesday events at the Central Downtown Library location with 20 interested candidates wanting to learn about MTS and get the opportunity to meet with the MTS Talent Acquisition Specialist Kate Van Schyndle.

The first hour of the session, Kate gave an overview of the company culture and company expectations as a new hire. The job she focused throughout the session was the Bus Operator position.  An important aspect of the session was learning about the extensive 8-10 weeks of training for the Bus Operator Position which is a combination of hands on driving practice and classroom sessions.

The basic overview of Bus Operator training:

checkmark17f22569d-09f0-4e7f-8405-d5074adb6d7boriginalFirst  3 days:

  • Brief intro into training
  • Class room study and testing at DMV for Commercial Permit
  • Outfitting for uniforms

checkmark17f22569d-09f0-4e7f-8405-d5074adb6d7boriginalWeek 1 and week 2: Basic Bus Driving

  • Classes
  • Left and Right Turns
  • Starting and Stopping
  • Driving in Traffic

checkmark17f22569d-09f0-4e7f-8405-d5074adb6d7boriginalWeek 3: Advanced Bus Driving

  • Classes
  • Driving on Freeways
  • Bus Stops
  • Driving in challenging situations (Hills, Railroad crossings, Narrow Streets)

checkmark17f22569d-09f0-4e7f-8405-d5074adb6d7boriginalWeeks 4 and 5: Route Training

  • Drive all bus routs while practicing driving skills
  • Night driving
  • Early call times

checkmark17f22569d-09f0-4e7f-8405-d5074adb6d7boriginalFinal weeks: Licensing Test

  • Pre-Trip test +
  • Skills test +
  • Road Test =
  • You are LICENSED!

checkmark17f22569d-09f0-4e7f-8405-d5074adb6d7boriginalField Training:

  • Drive in actual service with a seasoned Operator
  • Real life situations
  • Real life call times
  • Deal with the public

This is a snapshot of the information that Kate shared with the candidates who were interested in the Bus Operator position. It was recommended that if you have family or any other types of obligations to assess if this position would be a good fit because the positions is very time intensive with the amount of training the employee would need to go through.

The second hour of the session, candidates who were interested in applying for the position stayed to take a video assessment test. During that time, I got to sit down with Kate with a one-on-one Q&A Interview on Periscope. You can read about that interview on our Employer Wednesday Recap Part 2.

Learn more about San Diego MTS and check out their current job opportunities by going to their website.

Coding Interview Prep for the Career Adviser Who Doesn’t Code

The NACE Blog

katie smith at duke universityKatie Smith, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center,
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ksmith258/
Twitter: @ksmith258

As a career adviser who works primarily with undergraduate students in the STEM fields, I meet frequently with engineering, computer science, and other students who are preparing for technical interviews. Technical interviews are used in a variety of fields and can vary significantly between industries, companies, and even individual interviewers. For the purposes of this post, the focus will be specifically on a certain type of technical interview, the coding interview.

Let’s start with a confession. I’ve never taken a computer science course. I’ve watched some online videos, but the only programming I do involves room and food reservations and facilitating presentations, not algorithms and data structures.

Without knowing how to code, helping students prepare for programming interviews can be challenging, and even a little intimidating. However, coding interviews aren’t so different from other types of interviews…

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#JobTipTuesday Video: Most Random Interview Questions

Most Random Interview Questions

By: Diana Saldivar

Interviewing. It’s like getting ready for a first date. What do I wear? What should we talk about? Will this person like my personality? What do I say? All of these questions float around our head and the nervousness sets in.

You ask your friends for advice, you even Google the “10 most common interview questions and how to answer them.” You practice the questions in front of the mirror, pick out your outfit, prepare copies of your resume and cover letter and take a deep breath and think to yourself with confidence “I got this.”  But nothing can ultimately prepare you for what the interviewers have in store for you.

Yessss…Let me ask you a question.


After introducing yourself, the interviewer doesn’t hesitate and starts asking you questions:

“Tell me about yourself.” 

“What made you interested in the position.”

“Tell me about a situation in where you had a deadline you had to complete.”

The interview is going smooth and the questions being asked are the ones you practiced. It feels like the interview is going great and then: 

“If you were stranded on a desert island, what three albums would you want to have with you and why?”

Wait?! Hold on. This was not in any of the interviewing tips and tricks articles I’ve read.


Nothing prepares you or catches you off guard like a good unconventional out of the box interview question. There are no wrong answers to these questions so why does interviewers ask these questions? The interviewer wants to see how you respond can see how you conduct yourself under an unpredictable situation.  The workplace is full of unpredictable events so  why not test out the waters to see if the candidate will sink or swim.

So what random, out of the box interview questions have you experienced? What was your response to the question and did you get the job afterwards? We’d love to hear your experiences.

For a fun send off, here is a list of some fun questions asked at an interview. How would you answer these?

Drums & Totes

Our December Spotlight! is shining brightly on…storage containers? Of the many businesses and organizations–e.g. the ARC of San Diego, the Balboa International Group, the YMCA–participating in the KRA/San Diego Expanded Subsidized Employment Program, San Diego Drums & Totes might well be the most unique!

Angel Stancer, ESE Business Services Representative for the San Diego Metro Region Career Centers, operated by KRA for the San Diego Workforce Partnership, reports, “Drums & Totes is a major distributor and vendor of barrels, buckets, jugs, plastic and metal drums, IBC [Intermediate Bulk Container] totes, and various other accessories and storage containers, in every color, pattern, shape, and size imaginable!

When I approached Starr Skinner, the owner, we developed an immediate rapport and connection when he learned of all the benefits and services available to his business through a partnership with the Career Centers and ESE. Mr. Skinner has been so pleased with our placement results, he has referred us to his sister company, Pacific Exports, which is also hiring through ESE now.”

Starr stated, “I am excited to have a partnership with the ESE Program. Not only do I receive wage reimbursement for my new hires, but I also receive reliable and hard-working employees from our community. Angel has been great to work with. She pre-screens candidates for me, and is prompt in her responses when I have questions or concerns. Whenever I have open positions within my company, I turn to the ESE Program first with my hiring needs.”

Stancer continued, “ESE is a wonderful workplace experience and learning opportunity for our customers, but not a guarantee of permanent employment. Similar to probationary periods that businesses utilize for new hires, ESE provides employers and the new employees a chance to work together and get to know each other. We are pleased that 100% of ESE workers at Drums & d Totes have been successful in retaining their jobs after subsidization ended, even receiving wage increases! Also, at least two ESE customers have been acknowledged for their excellent customer service through Drums & Totes’ Yelp.com reviews.”

Skinner chose to invest some of the ESE funds he received to promote his business, creating a Drums and Totes commercial, which includes ESE employees!

Watch it here: Video

Planning a warehouse expansion of approximately 6,000 SF, Skinner trusts KRA/San Diego, and Angel and her ESE co-workers, to fill his workforce requirements for additional qualified workers, while he focuses his time and energy on the growth of San Diego Drums and Totes!

Source: http://www.kra.com/company-news/kra-monthly-spotlight-55

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

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What is the big deal about #GivingTuesday?

Have you joined #GivingTuesday? What is this #GivingTuesday phenomenon?

Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

#GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

Website: www.givingtuesday.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday

Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues


Why Social Media is important in Workforce Development

Doug Foresta from Workforce 180 hosted a fun and informational podcast with Social Media Coordinator, Diana Saldviar and Workshop Facilitator, Terrance Bowens about “Why Social Media is Important For Workforce.” This 15 minute podcast covers social media topics such as audience engagement, branding and outreach.

Listen to them laugh, share key pointers on what to think about when implementing social media into your marketing strategy and feel inspired to establish a social media presence to enhance your Workforce Development Center.

Introducting a new way for you to meet with employers!

facebook event

Conducting research on a company you are interested in working for can provide you with some information. What if you could ask an employer any questions regarding the company before applying for the job? We are making that possibility a reality by bringing the recruiters to you!

Starting Wednesday Nov 18th, we are inviting recruiters from various industries and companies to sit down and meet with you to answer any of your questions regarding the company, hiring requirements and more.

For the first time ever, you can partake in the event by joining our live broadcast of the event on Periscope! Join us by following the #employerwednesdays to ask your questions and learn more from the employer.

Watch out for clues throughout the week of who our mystery employer of the week will be! The employer will be revealed closer to the day of the event.

Have any questions, curious to know more about #employerwednesdays or want to be one of our mysterious employers? Contact us at metrocareercenters@gmail.com or tweet us at @mtrcareercenter.


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