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January 2010

Open your mind while job searching

This entry features guest writer, Geoff Sieron, who is a mechanical engineering student graduating this June...

When I began my job search, I thought I knew which companies I was going to target. These were companies I'd been looking at in the past and ones that I thought I'd like to work at. I hadn't really given much thought to branching out to companies that were not on my "list" before. Once I spent more time researching the job market; I came to realize that it was going to be difficult to get a decent job in the current economy. I knew I had to do something different in order to increase my chances of getting an offer, so I decided to take an alternative approach to job searching.

Rather than just applying to the companies I had previously thought about, I decided to submit my resume to just about … 

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Considering Internships Abroad?

Students interested in interning abroad often ask us how to get started. Before I can answer that, however, I have questions for them. The first question I ask engineering students who are interested in international opportunities is "What language (other than English) do you speak?" Next I ask, "What do you hope to get out of an international experience?" The answers to those questions can help you find the experience that's right for you, whether it's work, service, or study abroad.

At OSU, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) is where you want to start to explore what kind of international experience is right for you.

There are also international opportunities for engineering students sponsored by the College of Engineering. For example, there is a weeklong trip toHonduras for service learning. Other opportunities through the COE are the ECOS (Engineers for Community Service) sponsored project in Guatemala and a … 

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Surviving and Thriving in Technical Interviews

Engineering Career Services is excited to present guest writer, Gabe Brown, who is a System Center Configuration Manager at Microsoft...

Technical interviews are the cornerstone for most employers to evaluate candidates in just about any field of engineering. These interviews test your technical knowledge in a short period of time to ascertain your current potential and ensure that your resume matches your abilities. However, walking in and demonstrating your knowledge isn’t as straightforward as most engineers think.

"Tell me why doubly linked lists are useful?" "What are the advantages of LIFO versus FIFO?" "How would you build an application to store the contents of a major library in digital format?" If a candidate is not prepared, it can be easy for them to stumble over these questions or go down a rabbit hole of details that the interview doesn’t care about. By using a structured method for answering questions, candidates … 

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A Jobseeker's New Year's Resolutions

As you know, 2009 was characterized by one of the most difficult job markets in decades. If you’re ready for a fresh start in the New Year, consider these resolutions to gear up for a successful search in 2010.


  • I will review which tactics did and did not yield results last year, and I will work to understand how I might improve in those areas that did not do as well as I had hoped.

  • I will set myself weekly goals during my job search and keep to their deadlines. I will organize my job search time, structuring my daily and weekly calendar with specific activities.

  • I will prioritize my job search above television, video games, or recreational internet use.

  • I will not spam my resume to companies where I am seeking employment. Instead, I will tailor my resume to each company, so that my relevant skills are stressed for … 
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