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January 2009

Avoid frustration at career fairs... understand resume collection

I’m sure this is a frustrating point for many of you, as you have surely encountered some employers who do not take resumes at career fairs. In this blog I hope to provide advice for what to do when that happens, and give you some insider info as to what employers are paying attention to during conversations at career fairs.

What can you do if an employer will not take your resume?

1) Get a business card from the recruiter(s) you talked to
2) Email a follow up message and that demonstrates interest in the company/position
3) In that email, remind the recruiter of the conversation [“I enjoyed talking with you at the Ohio State engineering career fair yesterday] and explain your relevant skills and interests [As I mentioned when we spoke, I’m very interested in the “blank” industry and would be extremely interested in an opportunity to interview for … 

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The view from the other side of the interview desk, Part II

Now guest writer, Carmen LaTorre (Advanced Engineer from Owens Corning) is going to discuss what an interviewer looks for in potential employees...

Side of the Desk #2: The Interviewer
As the competition for engineering jobs increases, the need for engineers with certain qualities also becomes more essential to employers. Here are several key qualities that I often look for when selecting candidates:

1. Emphasis on teamwork – I discussed this in the previous section, and it cannot be overstated. Your ability to work on a team is ABSOLUTELY critical for running successful projects in industry!!! Thus, this is a highly valued trait to see during interviews.
2. Emphasis on accountability – There is significant value in an employee who does what he/she says will be done. When productivity and/or technology breakthroughs are needed to realize significant financial gains for your company, this accountability becomes even more critical. Citing specific examples … 

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The view from the other side of the interview desk, Part I

Engineering Career Services is excited to present guest writer, Carmen LaTorre who is an Advanced Engineer with Owens Corning. This blog will be a two part series, with the first part focusing on the Interviewee and the second part on the Interviewer...

You sit in the ECS waiting area in your formal business attire. One foot nervously taps the floor. You run through your notes and try to organize your thoughts one last time. You’ve anticipated every question and memorized every accomplishment. You’re ready to show why you’re the best candidate for the job. Suddenly you hear the recruiter call your name…it’s time to interview!

I’ve had the privilege to be on both sides of the interview desk at Ohio State University, first as a BS and MS student seeking mechanical engineering internships and full-time positions, and now as an interviewer for Owens Corning for the past 3 years. The … 

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Do you have trouble answering this interview question: "Tell me about yourself?"

Or how about these questions:
• “Why should we hire you?”
• “Do you believe your GPA is an accurate reflection of your abilities?”
• “Why are you interested in this job?”

How can you be better prepared to answer these STANDARD interview questions? ….Create YOUR Personal Brand!

Let’s face it, now is not the best time to be looking for a job. With an unstable economy, employers’ hiring practices are unpredictable. But there are steps you can take to make yourself a more attractive candidate and help land the position you WANT!

First you have to think of yourself as a ‘PRODUCT’:
• You are a student with a unique combination of skills, abilities, education and work experience.
• You MUST utilize that information to create a unique personal brand and learn how to SELL yourself to an employer.
• If you don’t know what added value you … 

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