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The semester transition & tips for your job search

The switch from quarters to semesters will certainly have an impact on how you approach your job search, whether you are looking for co-op/intern opportunities, or a full-time job. Here are some helpful tips to help you make the most of the switch:

  1. Know your options in terms of timing. Have a few quarters or semesters in mind where you might be able to fit in a co-op or internship. Talk to your academic advisor about your plans and think about your course planning options. For seniors, know the exact month in which you will graduate and plan your job search around that date. Be ready to share this information with an employer in an interview, at a career fair, or a networking event.

  2. Start your job search early. Fall is the best time for a graduating senior to secure a job before graduation. Employers are already posting internship jobs … 
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Resumania Humor

This has been an intense week. With on-campus recruitment in full swing and 220 employers attending EXPO, I'm sure you've been spending your free time updating your resume, practicing your elevator pitch, applying to jobs, and attending company information sessions (at least that's what I hope you have been doing!). I thought we'd lighten the mood on the ECS Job Blog and share some humorous resume blunders taken from some unfortunate job seekers' resumes (taken from Resumania)…enjoy!

"INTERESTS: Chess, soccer, cricket bowling."
Crickets can bowl?

"JOB HISTORY: Restaurant manager. Cleaned and supervised employees."
That is clearly going above and beyond the call of duty.

"OBJECTIVE: I am looking for a challenging career where there is scope for ample demonstration because I am always on the lookout for a positive and bigger outlook, currency and ideas which thrive on imagination, passion and boundless curiosity and rigorous thinking." … 

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2011 Fall On-Campus Recruiting Preview

Autumn Quarter is the ideal time to take advantage of the services offered by ECS--including the opportunities to interview for internships, co-ops, and full-time jobs through the ECS office. Fall is the peak recruiting time for employers who interview on campus. Many recruiters who utilize on-campus interviewing do so in the months of October and November. In fact, ECS has 100+ companies coming here to interview students during these two months alone! Over 60% of all on-campus interviews that take place in the year will occur in the months of October and November. The majority of the other 40% will occur in January, February and March.

If you have not registered with our office, now is the time to do so. You do not want these key on-campus interviewing opportunities to pass you by. While job postings occur regularly throughout the year, on-campus interviewing is seasonal. Application deadlines for the … 

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Graduate Students & Internships

Are you a current graduate student? Are you an undergraduate student who is planning on attending graduate school after you have earned your BS Degree? Graduate study provides students with additional opportunities at completing internships.

As is the case with undergraduate internships, students must plan ahead. If, for example, you are a senior graduating in June 2012, fall is a great time to begin applying for an internship that will take place during the summer months between your BS graduation and the beginning of graduate study. When creating an objective statement, it is a good idea to inform the employer that you are seeking a summer internship prior to beginning graduate study in the fall. This way, the employer knows why someone who has already earned a BS degree is looking for an internship opportunity.

Facts about grad students & internships:

  • From summer 2009-2011, 185 work terms have been reported … 
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When to include a cover letter

When should you include a cover letter? Targeted cover letters (if written correctly) can enhance your application and pinpoint what qualifications you have that an employer is seeking for a particular position (a one-size-fits-all approach is not the route to take!). However, not every application requires a cover letter—in fact, in some instances; employers would prefer not to receive one. It’s likely you will be submitting materials for three types of applications...

Within your ECS Job Search Account:

  1. “P” types (“Preselects” also known as on-campus interviewing opportunities): For on-campus interviews, employers like being able to interview many candidates in a relatively short time frame. Since one of their goals is efficiency, we don’t recommend including a cover letter when applying—in fact your job search account only allows you to submit a resume.

  2. “J” types (“Job Listings” which are opportunities where an employer cannot make it on campus to interview, so … 
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