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2010

Using LinkedIn Effectively

The Internet is a powerful resource for your job search. There are many useful databases that help you find job postings. What about a website devoted to professional networking? LinkedIn.com is an excellent website devoted to professional networking. Are you unfamiliar with LinkedIn.com? Think of it as a professional version of a social networking website. You can post your resume online, connect with professionals, and join groups that pertain to your job search, school alumni, and professional organizations.

LinkedIn users who complete their profile with detailed information concerning their employment history will benefit the most. List your experiences in resume style format. Use industry-specific key words so that your profile will show up for employers who may use LinkedIn to search for potential candidates. The more industry-specific key words you use in your profile, the more you will show up in employer searches.

Next, you'll add your professional … 

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Avoid Dining Dilemmas

Today's blog is written by ECS's new advisor, Dean Pidcock.

Are you preparing for an on-site interview? Congratulations on making it this far in the interview process! Like most students, you're probably spending time preparing questions to ask and practicing your answers to interview questions. If so, you should be well prepared for the interview - but are you prepared to present a professional image in a restaurant? On-site interviews often include at least one meal with potential co-workers and managers. Believe it or not, your behavior during a meal could be a deciding factor in getting the job - or not.

One of the most common mistakes people make when dining with a potential employer is ordering the wrong item from the menu. This is not the time to order crab legs, an overstuffed sandwich, or pasta with extra sauce dripping off the plate! Instead, order a menu item … 

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What I did this summer...

This summer, I traveled around Ohio to observe Ohio State engineering students on co-ops and internships. Through this experience, I saw firsthand what students actually do once they start working.

Here are some insights that will help you in preparing for your next co-op or internship experience.

My observation: Just because two companies hire your major doesn't mean that the work environment will be the same. A student might be working on the floor of a metals plant LITERALLY getting their hands dirty - it's fast, exciting, and really cool work, but it's definitely not for the timid! With a different company, that same student might be sitting behind a computer and making careful observations throughout the day. Though the student may be applying the same technical skills, these are very different environments.

Lesson learned: Do your research! As a job seeker, understand what companies actually do... AND how they … 

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Learn more about internships & co-ops at upcoming workshop!

Are you currently looking for an internship or co-op opportunity? Do you want to know more about the type of work engineering students do during an internship or co-op? Come talk with a panel of engineering students who have "been there and done that." They will share their real world work experience, provide tips for success, and answer questions you might have about internships and co-ops.

The ECS workshop, "Everything you want to know about internships and co-ops", is being held THIS Monday, Oct. 25th at 5:30 pm in 412 Bolz Hall. The panel of student speakers have interned or co-oped at companies like Nationwide, Swagelok, General Motors, General Electric, Toyota, Lockheed Martin, Duke Energy...and many more. Don't miss this opportunity to hear what students have to say about what it's really like once you get hired!



"Always walk through life as if you have something … 

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The Benefits of a Leadership Development Program

Today's blog features guest writer, Marc Kuttler, who is a Process and Materials Manager at Owens Corning Science & Technology in Granville, Ohio.

Why become part of a Leadership Development Program when you can go straight into a ‘real job'? You can see graduation in your headlights. It's the day you've been working towards for many years. Excitement builds as you prepare for the next phase of your life. You are ready to get down to work and start making good money instead of just getting by. It's going to be great!

But what if it's not? What if that ‘perfect' job you have waiting for you is not your life's calling? What if you don't like it at all - not the responsibilities, the people, the location? Obviously, it's not the start you had planned.

While this does not happen often, it can and does happen. And it's not … 

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