Why Should I Build Professional Connections?
It’s important to build professional connections as soon as possible. Getting connected to a network of professionals can help prepare you for your career path and obtain information about companies and organizations you might want to work for.
There are numerous benefits of building professional connections such as hearing about job opportunities before they are posted and potentially being recommended to the hiring manager by someone in your network. A strong professional network can also help you in a job search or help you make important career moves.
Where Can I Meet Professionals to Connect With?
- Professional conferences, such as the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Employers (HACU) annual conference
- Career Center events, such as workshops, career fairs/expos, and speaker panels
- Career Center Insight to Industry program
- Clubs and organizations
- In the classroom and online (i.e. LinkedIn, Handshake)
There are many resources that students and alumni have access to in order to connect with professionals such as mentors, faculty, staff, and employers in addition to peers. Click on any of the resources below to start building connections today!
Be a Part of the Coyote Network!
The Coyote Network is an online community where CSUSB students and alumni come together to promote each other’s growth and success. When you join, you will be able to connect with fellow coyotes who have walked in your shoes and are now working in your field of interest. Alumni mentors can provide you with:
- Professional resume/ cover letter reviews
- Advice on career paths & internships
- Access to a global network
It easy, fast, and free to sign up, and you can find the mentor that’s right for you by searching by career, industry, location, degree, and more. Sign up today at mentoring.csusb.edu to ensure your future success!
Capturing Your Best Self: Tips for Taking a Great Headshot for CSUSB Students
In today's digital age, a great headshot is an invaluable tool for personal branding, whether you're networking on LinkedIn, applying for internships, or seeking job opportunities. At California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), the Career Center understands the significance of a polished headshot and offers you tips to make sure yours stands out.
Dress for Success: Choose an outfit that reflects your professional style. Opt for solid colors and avoid busy patterns or distracting accessories. Dressing appropriately in your headshot not only showcases your personal style but also communicates professionalism.
Mind the Background: Select a neutral, uncluttered background. A solid-colored wall or a clean and well-lit area will draw the focus to your face, ensuring you are the star of the photo. The CSUSB campus offers several great locations for headshots, like the Coyote Commons Courtyard or the iconic Santos Manuel Student Union.
Natural Light is Your Friend: Natural light is your best ally when taking headshots. Position yourself near a window or, better yet, opt for an outdoor photoshoot. The soft, diffused light enhances your features and creates a flattering, even complexion.
Perfect Your Posture: Maintain good posture by standing or sitting up straight. This exudes confidence and presents a professional image. Practice your expressions and experiment with subtle angles to find your most photogenic pose.
Focus on Your Face: Your headshot should primarily capture your face, so focus on a clear, expressive facial expression. Smile naturally, engaging your eyes, and avoid exaggerated expressions. Your headshot should feel approachable and genuine.
Maintain Eye Contact: Make sure your eyes connect with the camera for a dynamic and engaging headshot. This establishes a sense of trust and approachability. Remember, the eyes are the windows to the soul.
Relax and Breathe: Feeling nervous in front of the camera is completely normal. Take deep breaths and relax your shoulders before the photoshoot. A calm, composed demeanor translates into a confident and professional headshot.
Review and Edit: After your photoshoot, take the time to review the images and select the best one. Minor retouching, like adjusting lighting or cropping, can enhance the final result. Keep it professional and authentic.
A great headshot is an essential tool for making a positive first impression in today's professional world. By following these tips, CSUSB students can ensure that their headshots convey confidence, approachability, and professionalism. Your headshot is a reflection of your personal brand, so take the time to make it truly stand out.