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It's almost Halloween... don't let your job search scare you!

Did you know 85% of OSU engineering students that had full-time jobs at graduation had internship or co-op experience before they graduated? Related work experience is THAT important…even more important than your GPA (though that helps too). Let’s be honest…a job doesn't just magically happen, it takes TIME. And time is not something engineering students have a lot of—though a job search doesn’t have to be scary! Here are some tips for getting the most out of your efforts.


  • Activate your job search account the week before the new quarter starts EVERY quarter that you are looking. Unblocking (aka “activating”) your account consists of uploading your updated resume and submitting the Quarterly Activation Form. It essentially tells employers “I am looking for a job”—it allows you to apply for positions through the job search system AND it allows employers to pull your resume from the database should they be so inclined. Log-in to the system twice a week, so that you don’t miss any deadlines (new jobs are added daily).

  • Get started early. Students seeking career employment should start looking for a full-time job four quarters before they graduate. If you are looking for internships or co-ops, start two or three quarters before you would like to work.

  • Don’t miss the fall on-campus recruiting season. 65%+ of on-campus interviewing takes place during October and November…with many deadlines starting in September. Some of these companies only come on campus once…so don’t miss them by being inactive fall quarter.

  • Apply, apply, apply. The #1 job search problem is low activity level. Aim for a goal of 20 applications per quarter. I know it sounds like a lot—but consider that applying through your job search account is typically just a “click” of a button...it takes just seconds to send your resume to an employer. Completing applications on a company’s website takes more time…but doing one application a day is manageable. Set aside a couple hours a week for your job search—it will go a long way.

  • Be open-minded. Look at both “big name” companies and companies that are new to you. Be flexible geographically. Consider not just an internship but also a co-op (yes your grad date will get pushed back one quarter, but without experiential experience, you will spend 6-9 months longer looking for a full-time job). Remember, most people’s first job is not their “dream job”—but it can be a great learning experience…one that can provide a stepping stone to help you get to where you want to be. You can learn a lot in an interview…so why not apply so you can find out more?

  • Make your applications count. Update your resume (if you are a graduating student…make sure you aren’t still using the ECIP template!). Does your resume market you effectively and does it match up with what you are applying to? Don’t waste your time “spamming” employers with random applications—you will be successful when you can show an employer that you have the qualifications that they are looking for in a new hire.


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Don’t let your lack of time or knowledge prevent you from getting a great job. ECS is here to help. Whether you are just starting your job search or troubleshooting your current one, we want to make sure your search doesn’t make you batty (pun intended). Happy Halloween!

"This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him."
-Conan O'Brien
 

 

 

About the author

Rachel Kaschner

Rachel Kaschner is the Assistant Director at Engineering Career Services.