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March 2010

Got a Search Agent?

Got a search agent? Make sure it's working for you, not against you!

What's a Search Agent?
A search agent is a simple query of current job listings and interview opportunities that you can set up to run at your convenience. You can automate your search agent to alert you to opportunities that fit your criteria. If you have a well-constructed automated search agent, you are less likely to miss deadlines because you'll get regular email reminders to log in to your account and apply.

Anything that can speed up and organize your job search is good, right? Not quite. If you set up your search agent incorrectly, you will definitely miss opportunities! At the end of last quarter, a student who came in for help with his job search said, "I know the economy's bad and there haven't been any jobs for my major, but I wonder if you … 

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Report your offers!

We're waiting to hear from you!

Employed? Tell us. Unemployed? Call us.

Congratulations to those of you who have accepted offers for career employment, co-ops, or internships. Please make sure ECS knows what about your success by reporting both your offers and acceptances. You can quickly do that here: co-op/internship offers ; full time employment offers. Helping us keep these statistics helps maintain the value of your degree since these statistics are one of the factors in determining national ratings.

Did you use our average salaries (career employment) or wages (co-op/intern) in negotiating your job offer? Pass on the assistance to others and "give back" by letting us know your information. We keep it confidential and never display it individually.

If you are still looking for employment, consider how your job search has gone. Have you had many interviews but no offer? Review the Interviewing Strategies PowerPoint in your job search … 

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Could you pass a background investigation?

You probably know that many positions - including internships - require the applicant to pass an initial drug test and to pass future random drug testing once employed.
But you might not have known that it's common for employers to do background checks on job candidates to evaluate their "character, trustworthiness, honesty, reliability, discretion, and soundness of judgment"* and to identify potential safety and security risks. Potential government and defense industry employees must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance, and a background investigation is essential.

It's important to know that even though you may interview successfully and receive and accept a job offer that is conditional upon passing a background investigation, if you fail the required background investigation, your offer will be withdrawn or [if already employed pending clearance] your employment will be terminated.

U.S. Citizenship is required for all defense-related employment, whether in government or … 

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Consider Undergraduate Research

Whether you want to obtain a job upon graduation or are planning on attending graduate school, undergraduate research is a great way to gain practical experience and broaden your knowledge base.
Ohio State is a Research 1 Institution, which means that it has a strong focus on research and advancement in various fields of study. The OSU faculty members are innovators in their fields and the work you do here will be of a high caliber...making research experience a valuable addition to your resume.

Research can provide students with numerous professional and educational benefits:

• Like an internship or co-op, research can help to make coursework come alive through hands-on experience. It's also a way to make a unique contribution to your field.
• Research is a great way to begin exploring possible career fields or specializations by learning more about specific interest areas (or even finding out what … 

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