Build Your Career

SJSU alumni and affiliates can advance their careers with quality career education and employer connections offered with Career Center membership and a la carte services.  Explore several options to help you meet your career goals.  

SJSU Alumni within a Year of Graduation

Congratulations!  You have earned your degree. 

Get help launching your career.

Alumni, within a year of graduation, maintain access to career services, including career coaching (3 apppointments), career-education resources, SJSU Handshake job board, and select (as indicated by event admission criteria) on-campus recruiting, including career fairs and employer events.

To schedule an appointment, email your career counseling liasion (by career pathway [pdf]).  You can continue to use your SSO (SJSUOne ID  and password) to log into SJSU Handshake for job board and employer connection events.

Connect with SJSU alumni mentors through SJSU², the campus' professional mentoring community.  Log in at using your SJSU ID and password.

Student Services guidelines apply.

Share your plans following graduation.

Help SJSU continue improving career services by sharing your plans in this brief survey.

Return to update your survey responses as you have new information to share.

Free Suggested Partner Resources

The following resources are suggested, but not operated, by the SJSU Career Center.

Growth Hack Your Career
Learn how to optimize your resume and improve your interview skills with free courses from Growth Hack Your Career. Informed by recruiters across dozens of industries, each of the courses includes video tutorials, templates, and quick-start guides. These free courses are only available to SJSU grads within 1 year of graduation. Please use your email address as login. Password: SJSU-GHYC

Job Search Plan for Alumni by NOVA Job Center

Other SJSU Alumni

SJSU alumni who graduated more than a year ago are invited to invest in their careers with a Career Center membership or a la carte career services.

Initial Consultation
Contact to schedule a free, initial career consultation (15-min.) to form basic career-development goals and identify a starting course of action.

Career Center Membership

Options   Benefits Annual Cost
  • SJSU Handshake career-management system and job board
  • Resources for launching your career, including Big Interview, the mock interview practice tool
  • Select on-campus recruiting, including career fairs, employer events, and on-campus interviews (scroll down for event details)
Level 1 Includes Basic Membership benefits plus one, 60-minute appointment with a professional career counselor (a 15% discount off a la carte rate).  $75
Level 2 Includes Basic Membership benefits plus two, 60-minute appointment with a professional career counselor (a 20% discount off a la carte rate). $120
Level 3 Includes Basic Membership benefits plus three, 60-minute appointment with a professional career counselor (a 25% discount off a la carte rate). $160

A La Carte Career Services
A la carte services may be purchased by SJSU alumni and affiliates with or without a membership. 

Options Benefits Cost
Brief career counseling appointment   30-minute task-focused appointment with a professional career counselor. Suggested topics include: resume refresh, LinkedIn profile review, or interview prep. $30
Extended career counseling appointment 60-minute appointment with a professional career counselor $60
Job Search Club Join SJSU's Alumni Job Search Club to build momentum in your job search. Four-week sessions offered annually (late spring/early summer semester). Contact us for more details. $30
Career assessment Complete a recommended career assessment, explore and reflect on career possibilities, and identify potential next steps. Career assessment must be combined with the purchase of one 60-minute career counseling appointment. $20

The Fine Print

  • Maximum of one initial career consultation per calendar year
  • Maximum of three career-counseling appointments per calendar year
  • Memberships are good for one calendar year. All alumni memberships purchased prior to August 2020 will retain Career Center Basic Membership benefits for the remainder of the membership term.
  • A la carte services are available to Affiliate Members

Join Today!

To join, subscribe online and select the Career Center membership level or a la carte career service you'd like to purchase. Be ready to provide your 9-digit SJSU student ID number. If you can't remember your student ID number, please contact for assistance. Credit- or debit-card payments only, please. 

SJSU Students on Leave and Other Cal State Alumni

SJSU affiliates may purchase a Career Center Basic Membership for access to the all the basic benefits except on-campus recruiting (career fairs, single-employer events, and on-campus interviews). Annual cost: $25

For additional career services options, please consider our a la carte career services.

Spring 2021 Recruiting Event Access

Career Fairs

Due to anticipated limited capacity, all Spring 2021 virtual career fairs will be open only to current SJSU students

Other Recruiting Events

Some recruiting events, such as single-employer info sessions or employer days, indicate employer-defined admission criteria, may be open to alumni, and may require advance registration. Consult SJSU Handshake for event access and registration requirements. 

Don't Forget:

Remember to bring the following items to access services and events: a photo ID, a student ID (for recent grads within a year of graduation) or proof of your Career Center Membership (membership card, Alumni Association card (for past combined memberships), or an email confirming your current membership from the Career Center).

SJSU Alumni Networks

Tap your alumni network to build connections for your job search.  Explore opportunities to grow your network through events offered by the SJSU Alumni Association.  Connect to alumni through the following social networks:

Community Career Resources

Silicon Valley offers many career resources that are available to the general community, most of which provide free or low-cost services.

CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success. Find tools to help job seekers, students, business, and career professionals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Find a CareerOneStop near you.

NOVA is a nonprofit, federally-funded employment and training agency that provides customer-focused workforce development services.

SJPL Works is a network of resources available through the San Jose Public Library, providing work and conference spaces, career and industry research tools, and educational and networking events.  

Silicon Valley Career Counselors is a list of Bay Area counselors that see clients in private practice. Career counseling, coaching, resume writing, and job search support are typical services offered by these counselors.

Work 2 Future, the Silicon Valley Workforce Investment Network, operates three One-Stop Career Centers in the areas of San Jose, Campbell and South County. Workshops, job listings and career advising programs are available through Work 2 Future One Stops.