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Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a SOAR Advisor

Selection Process Answers

  1. How is the selection process conducted?

    There are several steps to the selection process that include the following:

    1. Attend a SOAR Advisor Information Session – Check the Recruitment & Selection schedule for specific locations, dates and times.
    2. Complete the online application – only applicants who attend a SOAR Information Session will have access to the online application. Candidates must fully complete the application by 12pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
    3. Personal References – In addition to submitting the online application, applicants must submit two (2) personal references, of which at least one must be a current CSULB staff or faculty member. See application for details and directions.
    4. Advisor Experiential – Upon successful submission of the online application and two personal references, candidates will be invited to attend the Advisor Experiential, which an interactive, large group interview. Two dates will be offered, but applicants are required to attend only one Advisor Experiential.
    5. Group Interview – After completing the Advisor Experiential, candidates will sign up for a one-hour, group interview with the SOAR staff.
    6. Selection Announcement – applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, April 7, 2017.
  2. What are the criteria for the SOAR Advisor position?
    1. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
    2. Applicants must be a current CSULB undergraduate or graduate student. (Special consideration may be given to graduating seniors and candidates applying to a CSULB graduate program for the upcoming fall semester.)
    3. Must attend a SOAR Advisor Information Session during the current academic year
    4. Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at CSULB
    5. Must be flexible, adaptable, enthusiastic and motivated
    6. Must be able to work with a culturally diverse campus community
    7. Must display effective communication and interpersonal skills
    8. Must have experience with public speaking and working with groups of various sizes.
  3. When & where are applications due?

    The online application and personal references forms are due to SOAR located in Foundation, Suite 160 by 12pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

  4. What is a completed application?

    A completed application is a packet that includes:

    1. A clearly written and complete Personal Information section (Part I).
    2. Well thought out and thorough responses to the questions posed in the Short Answer Responses (Part II). The assignment should not exceed two pages. Responses showing lack of effort or thought will be disqualified.
    3. Two, completed Personal References. At least one reference must be from a CSULB faculty or staff member. Other acceptable references may be current or former employers or other professionals who know your abilities, potential, and or work ethic. References from friends and/or family members will not be accepted.
  5. Where should my Personal Reference forms be submitted to?

    The two Personal Reference forms should be submitted to SOAR, which is located in Foundation, Suite 160. Completed forms can be faxed to (562) 985-1899 or sent as a PDF/JPEG to Please ensure these two forms are received by SOAR no later than by 12pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.


SOAR Advisor Answers

  1. What type of training is provided?

    SOAR Advisors participate in intensive and thorough training of approximately 100 hours. New SOAR Advisors are required to attend SOAR Advisor Pre-Training sessions that provide a solid foundation which transitions into the summer training program. The SOAR Team participates in an overnight retreat designed to build a sense of community. Some of the topics training covers include department and General Education advising, 49er history and traditions, faculty expectations, public speaking and leadership skills, classroom management, etc.

  2. Can I be a SOAR Advisor if I’m graduating or applying to graduate school?

    Students who graduate in May 2016 can work the full summer up to the last day of summer classes. Students who are applying to graduate school can be hired under the condition that they are admitted into a graduate program at CSULB for the following fall semester.

  3. How are the SOAR Advisors compensated?

    SOAR Advisors are compensated by a predetermined hourly wage. The pay range starts at $10 per hour, depending on the level of knowledge, the number of years worked, and completed leadership classes.

  4. What else should applicants know about this job?

    SOAR Advisors work primarily in the summer, but do have responsibilities throughout the academic year. Advisors will be paid for the work supporting Classroom Tours and Lifeguard Stations. Additionally, SOAR Advisors are asked to volunteer their time as support staff for a wide range of CSULB programs such as Homecoming and Spring Break Kick-Off. Advisors hired to work Summer 2017 will be required to work Winter 2018 SOAR workshops as well.

  5. Additional questions or concerns?

    Should you have further questions about the selection process or about the position, please contact SOAR by emailing or calling 562.985.5515.