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Frequently Asked Questions About Serving as 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 – Visit SOAR Advisor Information Session to view dates/times and register for an Info Session.
    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 Monday, February 19, 2018.
    3. Online 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 University staff or faculty member. See application for details and directions. The deadline for references is 12pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
    4. Advisor Experiential – Upon successful submission of the online application and two personal references, those selected to continue in the process will be invited to attend the Advisor Experiential which is an interactive, large group team-building activity. 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 6, 2018.
  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 Long Beach State undergraduate or graduate student. (Special consideration may be given to graduating seniors and candidates applying to a University 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 the University
    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 some experience with public speaking and working with groups of various sizes.
  3. When & where are applications due?

    The Online SOAR Advisor Application is due by 12pm on Monday, February 19, 2018, while both Online Personal References are due by 12pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

  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 Online Personal References. At least one reference must be from a University 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, other University undergraduates, and/or family members will not be accepted.
  5. How are my Personal Reference submitted?

    Upon successful submission of the Online SOAR Advisor Application, applicants will receive a message with directions and a link to the Online Personal Reference Form. Applicants should copy and paste the included message, as well as provide their references with their name and Beach ID number (campus ID number). All references are due by 12pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.


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 2018 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 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 and the number of years worked.

  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 University programs such as Homecoming and Spring Break Kick-Off. Advisors hired to work Summer 2018 will be required to work Winter 2019 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.