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Creating an Effective Strategy for Online Career Fairs and Events

Many of us find ourselves doing things via technology more often these days. Your job search activities are no different! Companies continue to look for ways to connect with students virtually, often via webinars, information sessions and career fairs. To make the most of virtual events, create a plan, stay engaged and follow-up with the tips provided below.

Before: Prepare, Practice, and Apply!

Although the format may be different, the preparation is much the same as attending an in-person event. Be sure to register in advance. This will give you access to the information you need to prepare, including the format and topics. 

  • Career Fairs: Upon registration you should receive a full list of attending companies to research and submit applications prior to the fair. Have you updated your resume recently? If not, schedule an appointment in advance to have an ECS Advisor review it. Begin to think … 
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Virtual Interview & Presentation Tips

To say things seem a little chaotic right now would be an understatement, and a lot of companies (and people!) are working and interacting digitally. You may find that your interviews are now happening online; either through Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or a variety of other programs. I hope to provide you with a few tips to make the most of your upcoming virtual interviews or professional presentations.

Be Prepared and Practice

As with any interview, it is imperative that you are prepared before you begin. Make sure you research the company, understand the position, and reflect on your matching skills. Have some questions prepared to ask the interviewers, and make sure you have thought through your answers to potential questions you may get asked. They’ll expect the same level of preparedness and engagement as if you were there in person!

To practice for this different type of interview format, visit OhioMeansJobs’ … 

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Staying Connected and Visible from Afar

In light of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), ECS is fully committed to assisting you with your career related needs and concerns. We understand that you may have a lot of questions about your next steps. Rest assured, there are plenty of ways to connect virtually with employers that can help set you up for success. Consider these 6 strategies.

Create and/or update your Handshake profile.

If you are not yet registered with ECS, find out how to register here. Your ECS Handshake job search account is a “one-stop shop” for finding jobs, researching employers, keeping updated on ECS events, and accessing helpful documents.

If you recently created your account, consider exploring the “Students” tab to get profile ideas from your peers who have made their profile public. Stand out to employers by keeping your interests up-to-date and discover three Handshake profile “must-haves” here.

Apply to positions online.

Apply to jobs … 

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How to Politely Avoid Shaking Hands

Adapted from a  National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)  resource written by Will Zwikelmaier.

Whether for health, personal, or religious reasons, turning down a handshake in a professional setting can be uncomfortable. If you are actively interviewing or networking and find yourself asking “Can/ Should I decline a handshake?”, you’ll want to read on. 

You have likely heard that a confident handshake can set the tone for a great interaction. While it’s true that people can pick up on cues like nervousness and confidence from body language, it is also important to note that your handshake is not indicative of your professional skills. Shaking hands is a learned activity and, in many cases, simply a social norm. 

It is your choice to decide whether or not to handshake, and it can sometimes be best to err on the side of caution. But, with no communication things can … 

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You've Accepted the Internship Offer, Now What?

Congratulations to you, your hard work has paid off. You have officially accepted an offer, reported it to ECS,  and are ready to soak in this new opportunity! Now that you have settled back into the normal routine from time spent interviewing or maybe even traveling to your future internship site, you may be thinking “what are my next steps”? If you are looking to get the most out of your experience, consider the following 4 checklist items prior to your first day!

1. Map out the logistics

Learn the commute. Map out the best route to your new position and if possible, practice the commute if you plan to drive to your new location. Practicing the drive around the same time you would plan to leave will get you familiar with the traffic patterns especially if you are commuting within the city. If you are going to be … 

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