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May 2009

Make Your Cover Letter Count in a Competitive Job Market

Today's blog is written by Kelli Robinson from JobWeb.

Today’s primary modes of communication are e-mail, text messages, and web pages. The job search process is no different. Most job searches are done on the Internet, and job seekers e-mail their resumes or complete online applications.

Given these facts: Are cover letters still necessary?

While the answer varies, the majority of human resource representatives and recruiters say yes. Done the right way, a cover letter can capture the second glance needed in a competitive job market.

There are two tips for crafting a catchy cover letter: follow the formula and personalize it.

Tip #1: Follow the formula
Cover letters contain four components with one essential question answered in each.

Paragraph One – Introduction
Who are you and why are you writing?

Paragraph Two – Highlight of Qualifications
How has your education, previous employment, or other experiences repared you for the … 

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As an advisor in ECS, I see a lot of resumes in need of improvement...some students need to make formatting adjustments, others could use work on their content or wording, and occasionally, there are resumes that need to be entirely revamped. Lucky for me (and my coworkers), most engineering students understand the reasons behind the recommended resume improvements. Just remember: proofing your resume is a must! Check out some of these resume blunders from some unfortunate job seekers taken from Resumania

OBJECTIVE: "To find a challenging and rewarding job in a _______."
Should we fill in the blank?

OBJECTIVE: "I am looking for the medical field."
Let us know when you find it.

JOB DUTIES: "Assist callers and answer heavy phones."
That's one way to build up your biceps.

JOB DUTIES: "Relieved on the front desk."
Well, maybe no one noticed.


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Get a head start on becoming a P.E.!

Engineers: are you graduating in AU 2009 or WI 2010?

Get a head start on becoming a P.E.! [professional engineer]


Application Deadline: Friday, July 24, 2009 [July 16 for Dean’s letter]
Exam date: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

1. Obtain an official application form:
2. Graduating seniors must include an "Engineering Dean's Statement of Certification" with their applications. Go to the College Office, 122 Hitchcock Hall, to request this “Dean’s Statement.” Please allow five (5) working days for processing.
3. Send completed applications to the Ohio Professional Engineers and Surveyors Board, postmarked by Friday, July 24, 2009.
For detailed instructions, visit:
4. You must be approved by the Ohio’s Engineers & Surveyors Board to register for the … 

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Make your own career fair

There is no career fair in the spring for engineering students. Career fairs are great because you get to speak to a company representative in person. Often, however, companies will just use that person to collect your resume. So, as long as the company gets your resume and considers you for a job, does it really matter that you did not submit it to a person?

If I were an engineering student, whether looking for my career job or a co-op/internship, I would make my own Career Fair. For this fair, no suits are required until I get an interview. Most of it could be done on my deck with a laptop and an ice cold drink.

First of all, I would log into my job search account and apply for all the current postings that fit me. I’d check out the useful link on my account’s ‘home’ page, too … 

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