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March 2011

Improve your interview skills with InterviewStream!

Would you like to find a way to tune up your interviewing skills? Look no further than your ECS job search account! We recently incorporated an exciting new feature, InterviewStream, into students' individual job search accounts...which means you can start practicing sample interview questions today. InterviewStream uses a webcam to simulate interviewing online for job seekers to practice both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. You can use the tool anytime it's convenient for you and anywhere you have access to a webcam-so no appointments are needed. To get started, just follow these easy steps:

1. On the "Home" page of your job search account, click on "Interview Stream"-then click "Conduct Interview."
2. Select the set of interview questions you would like to practice. There are standard and behavioral questions, as well as more specialized areas.
3. Test your webcam and audio to ensure your interview is recorded properly-this … 

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Help with cover letters

In this week's blog we want to discuss a few tips for writing strong cover letters.

The most important point about cover letters is: do not make a generalized letter to send out to multiple employers. Each cover letter should be tailored to the company you are interested in applying for, and more specifically, the exact position you are applying to.

To achieve this, I recommend the following prep work:


  • If searching online, print the job posting - highlight/underline every qualification listed within the posting (i.e. education, experience, interests/hobbies, personality qualities, technical skills).

  • Using the qualifications specified, identify which qualifications you have that match those they are looking for. Note: even if you do not meet all of their qualifications, don't be discouraged from applying! They may be happy to find a candidate that fulfills most of the qualifications.

  • This preparation can help you determine if the position is … 
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Preparing for the "real world" of engineering

How prepared are OSU engineering students for the "real world"? When ECS asks this question of our employers at the end of each quarter, we are looking to uncover ways that our students can become stronger candidates overall. Last year, engineering co-op and internship employers made the following suggestions to our students, based on student performance:

Understand the business, financial and statistical considerations that affect the professional engineering practice. Engineering-related decisions are not made based upon the laws of math and physics alone. Project managers must consider situations from various angles - for example, how do profitability and loss factor into a project? Statistics are also essential for engineers. Such things as risk assessment, probability, and cost analysis are essential for making smart choices. Consider courses that incorporate this aspect into their curriculum. Think about joining student organizations such as Society of Business and Engineering (SoBE). Start reading publications in … 

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Jobs to Junk (Make sure you receive your offers!)

Did you know that many employers will e-mail your offer letters? That's right! E-mail has become the standard method of communication for things like interview invitations, offer letters, HR pre-employment forms, job details, and other paperwork associated with your job search.

Most students opt to use their OSU e-mail address, which we enourage because it's a professional, standard e-mail address; however, because OSU has a very sophisticated anti-spam filter system, some messages (even those from legitimate sources, like employers or ECS) can go right into the trash. If an employer is sending out a message to several students at once, for example, invitations to interview, these messages are more susceptible to the anti-spam filter because it risks being seen as a solicitation. We've also noticed that messages sent from Blackberries will often end up in junk mail.

Additionally, employers with messages containing unusual words (for example, bio, human, request, devices) … 

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