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April 2009

Common Grammatical Pitfalls on Resumes

Most people pursuing engineering and science careers think that once they have survived the basic grammar and composition courses in high school and college those topics are no longer applicable to their lives. However, when you’re looking for a job –whether co-op, intern, or career - it’s time to dust off those skills once again! This time, rather than writing an essay on your favorite book for English 110, your writing skills will have an immediate practical application – an interview or a job offer.

Proper grammar, particularly noun and verb usage, is essential to creating a top-notch resume and cover letter and creating your image as an educated person. If you want to impress a potential employer, you should demonstrate that you have taken the time to thoroughly proofread the material that you submit to them. This means avoiding grammatical errors as well as spelling mistakes and typos.

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Improve your skills with mock interviews!

Did you know that ECS is offering mock interview sessions spring quarter on Friday, April 24th, Tuesday, April 28th and Wednesday, May 6th? Top performers in any field improve through coaching, practice, and feedback. In a competitive job market, ECS is ready to help you become a top performer. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hone your interviewing skills!

ECS staff members will be “interviewing” students using commonly asked standard and behavioral interviewing questions. Interviewees will be formally assessed during the interview and will receive feedback following the mock interview. Qualities we’ll be focusing on for behavioral questions include:

• Achievement
• Teamwork/Conflict Management
• Technical Knowledge
• Initiative/Effort

Sign up for a one hour time slot through your job search account. Simply log in, click on the “Jobs” tab and type in keyword “mock” to schedule. Sign-ups are first come, first serve basis, so don’t delay!

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The US government hires engineers

While many other employers lay off employees, the federal government—the nation’s largest employer—will fill more than 200,000 dynamic, well-paying jobs annually during the coming years. The federal hiring wave, which will continue no matter how bad the economy may get, is being generated by record numbers of retiring baby boomers.

The federal government hires all types of professionals at all levels of their careers—from students to seasoned executives. And federal jobs are based all over the United States and overseas. (Only about 15 percent of federal jobs are based in Washington, D.C.)

Federal jobs are desirable because they provide:

1. Opportunities to serve your country: No matter what job you choose as a federal employee, you will impact large numbers of people and vast resources. And the ultimate aim of most federal jobs is to, in one way or another, better the world.
2. Excellent salaries: Contrary … 

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