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Internships and Co-ops from the Employer's Perspective

This week's blog article was written by Dan Lamone, one of the Graduate Advisors in the ECS office.

In this week's blog I wanted to give you some insight into the goal of internship & co-op programs from the employer's perspective. Understanding how employers value and evaluate ECIP experience will hopefully enhance your job search strategy by changing the way you communicate with employers/recruiters.

Let me jump straight to the point. Companies do not hire intern or co-op students because they want to give students industry experience. The experience you gain and the skills that you develop benefit the employer if your productivity increases. Of course, you benefit from increased skills, but that is not the primary concern for the employer. Internship and co-op programs are long-term investments in intellectual capital to increase the value of a company. Companies invest their time and money into training you to work in … 

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Finishing Up Your Freshman Year

Finishing up that first year? Get Registered with ECIP over summer break!

During the latter half of spring quarter after completing your first year at OSU, you'll begin to receive information within your CARMEN account to get started with the Engineering Co-op and Internship Program [ECIP]. ECIP is part of Engineering Career Services and registration for a job search account is a vital first step for your job search for an internship and/or co-op position.

ECIP provides job search assistance through individual appointments, workshops, on-line tutorials, resume consultations, practice interviews and many other job search relevant topics. The earlier you complete the registration after your third quarter here at OSU, the better you'll be positioned to begin interviewing for internship or co-op opportunities.

If you will be on or near campus this summer, then after you have completed the CARMEN registration session, call ECS at 292-6651 to complete your registration … 

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Should you apply for EVERYTHING?

Should you apply for everything?
At one time or another, you may have thought about applying for every job you see, whether you're qualified for it or not. You might be thinking to yourself, "the more jobs I apply for, the more opportunities and chances I have, right? Maybe I'll get lucky."

You're wrong, however. A hastily or randomly sent application says to an employer, "I don't care what the job is, I just want a paycheck. One job is the same as any other to me."

This approach to your job search is a waste of your time and energy. It's depressing, too! After applying for dozens and dozens of jobs [and hearing nothing but rejections] it's easy to become discouraged. It's time to change your strategy! Instead, you should use your time productively to research industries, companies, and jobs. The best, most productive job search efforts … 

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Using Resume Templates Effectively

This blog is presented by one of the ECIP advisors, Daniel Lamone.

One of our responsibilities here at ECS is to review those pesky quarterly activation forms. We are usually looking for large, glaring errors on resumes that have been overlooked or providing advice for those resumes that could use some work. But this spring quarter's activation forms unveiled an issue that concerns our office - we are reviewing nearly the same resume each time. Many of you are utilizing our templates to build your resume (which is fantastic), but an alarming number of you are not effectively applying the templates to best market yourselves. Here is what we mean...

ECS provides resume templates to you as a foundation from which to build and communicate your marketable skill sets to recruiters. After years and years of recruitment, we know what works best (from students' successes) and we know what recruiters … 

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Standard Interview Questions: What Matters the Most?

Standard interview questions: What matters the most?

According to Dr. Allen Huffcutt (as cited in Brafman & Brafman, 2008) there are 10 questions that interviewers ask most frequently:

1. What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
2. Why did you decide to pursue this position?
3. Tell me why I should hire you?
4. What do you see yourself doing in five years?
5. What do you hope to earn in five years?
6. What do you know about our company?
7. How would you describe yourself to others?
8. Which college subjects do you like best? Least?
9. Why did you leave your last job? (Why are you leaving your current job?)
10. What do you really want to do with your life?

As an interviewee, you might wonder "what are these questions really getting at and which ones are the most critical to achieving success in this interview"? The answer … 

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