We are now accepting applications for various student employment opportunities at the LRC! All application materials can be found here on our Opportunities Page. Flyers that can be shared with students via email, social media, or print will be sent out soon.
Here are the open positions for Fall 2022:
- Student Assistants
- Lower Division Writing Consultants (ISA) and Writing Center TA's
- Math & Science SI Leaders
- Writing SI Leaders
- SMART Lab Tutors
Three cheers for the graduating class of 2022!
The end of a bachelor’s is just the beginning. Our choices for starting this journey to higher education are endless, whether it’s honoring a parent’s wish, proving something to yourself that you can still finish what you started after life got in the way, an act of beating the odds stacked against you, or the curiosity that enamors your life. Whatever the choice may be, we must take a moment to reflect and celebrate how far we’ve come. What comes after is up to us whether that is pursuing graduate or doctorate school, taking a year off or leaping straight into the workforce.
At the Learning Resource Center, we know what those preemptive jitters of applying to jobs and internships are like. While we can’t control the outcomes of any job application process, we do know that there is no better sense of security than being prepared.
Anne Crawford, an Upper Div consultant, has had her fair share of being on hiring committees at CSUN. She shared some tips on how to make yourself stand out as a solid candidate:
“The candidates who stood out were the ones who had clearly done their homework. They knew not only the job they were applying for, but the wider context of the organization. They knew what institutional goals and "hot topics" - that is, what is being talked about in the organization now?”
Crawford explains that they key is to do your homework on the organization. Be ready to “cast a vision for the future” of that organization: "Here's how I fit what you have now," but also "And here's what I bring that you don't have now that will make you even better,” writes Crawford.
Dennis Hernandez, a writing consultant who also worked at the Career Center, shares a few tips on resume and cover letter formatting.
- The key is consistency.
- Experiences can include paid and no paid experiences in which you have developed certain skills, knowledge, techniques etc. which you can apply elsewhere, anything which can be transferred to a new position. This includes fellowships, internships, jobs, tutoring babysitting etc.
- Bullet points should describe the duties, responsibility's and or activities that you performed in your role AND the outcomes or goals for those activities.
For cover letters:
- Described how you learned about the positions and why you are interested in it. How o you fit in that particular company, organization, institute etc.
- Why work there as opposed to other places? Maybe they do a certain kind of work or offer something that you want to learn more about, gain experience in etc. It's always great to end inviting them to contact you and interview you.
- We should remember that the goal of both the resume and cover letter is to get you to the next step which is interviewing. You should be prepared to speak about and expand upon anything you have written in these documents. For this reason you should be candid and honest.
Kiana Requena recently went through the nerve-wracking process of interviewing for the Writing Programs Coordinator position. As former student assistant at the LRC and current graduate student, she counted on her experiences and knowledge to feel confident that she was fit for the position.
“I had the interesting challenge of knowing that I needed to "sell" myself in these interviews and trying not to rely on the fact that almost everyone who interviewed me already kind of knew me and a lot of my work. This was tricky because if I relied too much on these existing relationships, I likely would've done a poor job at demonstrating my experience, knowledge, skillset & goals.”
She writes that what kept her calm was reminding herself that she worked hard and is good at what she does. “If the committee didn't recognize that, then the job wasn't for me. It can be hard to do so at times, but it's important to know your worth,” Requena writes.
One last piece of advice she shares to those in entering the job search purgatory is to write a cover letter, whether the position requires it or not. She explains that a resume is not enough to share who you are and what you bring to the table, so go the extra mile and write a cover letter.
“Have someone who is willing to give you honest, constructive feedback on your cover letter and who you can bounce ideas off of, whether that's one of our wonderful writing consultants or a mentor, friend, peer, etc.”
by Gillian Moran-Perez, Upper Division Writing Consultant
Read below for some reading recommendations from the LRC!
Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez (ISBN13 # 978-1616209919). Recommended by Kate Russell, LD & UD Writing Consultant
“A poignant and approachable YA novel about a girl in Argentina who is a secret futbol star. Méndez also explores important issues like sexism, domestic abuse, and personal exploration in a way that makes Furia an excellent read for readers of any age.”
You and I Eat the Same: On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another, edited by Chris Ying and Rene Redzepi. Recommended by Gretchelle Quiambao, Upper Division Writing Consultant
Leonard Cohen: On a Wire, By Philippe Girard. Recommended by Dennis Hernandez, LD and UD Writing Consultant
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi. Recommended by Israel Muratalla, LD & UD Writing Consultant
“A 2020 novel following an eclectic group of characters who are coming to terms with who they are while being confined by the restrictions of their society. This forceful book explores themes of self-identity, queerness, and gender fluidity in Nigeria, offering a powerful perspective on what it means to be alive.”
The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh. Recommended by Brian Rivera, UD Writing Consultant
“Explores how humanity has purposefully blinded itself to the realities of our impending climate catastrophe. Ghosh analyzes the way literature, history, and politics have obfuscated the realities and dangers of our climate crisis.”