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September 2008

How long should your resume be?

If you’re an intern, co-op, or graduating senior, one page is the standard resume length. If you’re a graduate student with multiple publications or presentations (especially if you have four or more years of engineering experience), you will probably need at least two pages to effectively market your background.

If you’re a senior with a lot of work experience, a long list of campus activities, and a full “qualifications” section, you may be thinking, “How can I fit everything on one page?” or “What should I cut?” The answer depends largely on your unique circumstances, but these guidelines should help.

  1. Everything on your resume must be accurate – but everything doesn’t need to be on it. You probably have been adding things every year without editing out the earlier information that should be replaced with more current stuff. For example, by the time you’re a senior, those first-year engineering … 
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Is your GPA Preventing You from Applying to Jobs?

Listing a GPA on your resume is optional. However, if you choose not to include your GPA, you should be prepared to discuss it, since it will probably come up in conversations with employers. (“Do you believe your GPA accurately reflects your abilities?”) One option: If your major GPA is higher than your overall GPA, you can list just your major GPA. Everything on your resume should be accurate…but you don’t have to the highlight items that may work against you.

If your overall GPA doesn’t match the minimum an employer has set for an on-campus interview, you may still be able to apply by submitting an override request form. Not all employers accept overrides, but if you have related experience, a GPA that is just under the minimum, or a major GPA that matches / exceeds the requirement, you are welcome to submit an override request. These forms are … 

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Most Employer Interviewing Takes Place Fall Quarter

How quickly summer flew by…it’s hard to believe it is mid-September. Employers have already started interviewing on campus at semester schools, and fall on-campus interviewing is just around the corner here at Ohio State. In fact, if you check out your job search account, you’ll notice that you can start applying for Preselect schedules this coming Monday, September 22nd. The first deadlines won’t be far behind that either. It’s common for many students to miss out on on-campus interviews due to the early timing. Keep in mind though that approximately 65% of on-campus interviewing takes place in October and November.



Are you ready to begin your job search? Make sure you’ve got your ducks in a row…



  • Is your resume updated to include your summer job, recent projects, and updated coursework? Be sure the document reflects your recent experiences!

  • Is it time for a resume … 
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ECS Blog Introduction

Welcome to the Engineering Career Services / Engineering Co-op & Internship Blog! Blogging is a new endeavor for our office, but we hope to use this portion of our web site as a tool to communicate timely job search advice, promote related events, and occasionally, feature guest writers, such as recruiters and engineering students. Our goal is to offer you varied perspectives on finding success during your engineering career, co-op, or internship search. We hope that the blog will become an interactive part of your job search that you’ll use often. Have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered? Email to make suggestions!

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