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December 2009

Co-op/intern students win $500 or $1000 toward your college tuition!

The Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) is currently accepting applications for their Bachelor's Degree College Scholarship for students enrolled at a four-year college.

The scholarship criterion includes:



  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

  • Must be enrolled in an OCEA member four-year college or university (Ohio State is an OCEA member!).

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 15 weeks of equivalent full-time co-op work by March 20, 2010.

  • Must have a minimum of one term of school left at the time the scholarship is awarded. The scholarship is awarded in April or May of each year.

  • Must work for a co-op employer in the State of Ohio.

  • Must submit letters of recommendation from both the four year college and employer.

  • Available to all undergraduate four-year college majors. Past scholarship winners are not eligible for future awards.


"One chance is all you … 

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Job Search Tips for International Students

International students seeking full-time employment in the U.S. often find their job search more challenging than they expected. Here are some tips to help you be more successful in your job search:

  1. Know when you can work. This means understanding the legal terms and limitations of your work authorization well enough to explain it to a potential employer. Not being educated about these terms and limitations will seriously impair your job search. It's a good idea to meet with OIA (the Office of International Affairs) to make sure you have a clear understanding of your ability to work in the U.S.

  2. Take a strategic approach and focus on the opportunities that you can apply for. Create a search agent in your ECS job search account for "Job Listings". Don't apply for opportunities if the job description says, "U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required" or "must be able … 
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International Student FAQs

Below are two commonly asked questions that international students seeking employment in the U.S. have for ECS staff...

"There aren't many on-campus interview jobs that include F-1 students in my ECS job search account. Why aren't there a lot of U.S. employers who would hire me?"

  1. If an employer has hired an F-1 Visa student in the past, it doesn't mean they will always hire international students. Sometimes U.S. employers will hire international students because they have need for a specialized skill set and you have the unique skills. Employers must be able to show that they sought to hire a citizen or permanent resident but were not able to find an equivalently qualified candidate.

  2. That employer must sponsor you for an H-1B. If the employer wants you to work beyond the initial 12 months of work authorization granted with your OPT (Optional Practical Training), the … 
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More Resumania!

It's time for another installment of Resumania! It may be hard to believe that these blunders are from real resumes...but believe me, they are! Even though these are good for a laugh...resume mistakes are no laughing matter. A recent USA Today survey of 150 senior executives found that 40% of employers will discard your resume if they see even one typo. 36% of employers will eliminate a candidate because of two typos. Bottom line: if you want to have a fair shot at a job, proofread your resume-again...and again...and again!

Any one will do.

SKILLS: "Ability to work over pressure."
And how do you respond when under it?

JOB HISTORY: "Restaurant manager. Cleaned and supervised employees."
That is clearly going above and beyond the call of duty.

OBJECTIVE: "To obtain a position that will enable me to utilize my professional … 

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