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Gear up for fall recruitment! Pt. II: Interview clothing on a budget

It’s that time of year again! On-campus interviewing season is just around the corner…which means you need to be thinking about your professional wardrobe. You’ve heard that a resume alone won’t get you the job, and that the impression that you make in the interview is a critical step in whether you will succeed in obtaining employment. Your physical appearance is a part of that initial impression.

Physical appearance in an interview is about conveying a non-verbal message to the interviewer. Presenting yourself in a polished, clean, well-kept manner demonstrates that you are ready to take your job search seriously, and that you have respect for yourself – and for the employer. To achieve this goal, you have to consider your hygiene, grooming, and attire. You don’t have to break the bank to look your best, either!

I’d like to offer some suggestions on discount shopping in Columbus and on … 

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Avoiding Dining Dilemmas Pt. II

Today we're focusing on more ways you can be successful when dining with employers. If you missed Avoiding Dining Dilemmas Pt. I, you can read it here.

Students often ask questions concerning proper etiquette for occasions such as dining with a potential employer during an on-site interview. In an earlier blog, I discussed avoiding common dining dilemmas (see link above). I wanted to provide additional tips that will help you avoid some other common issues.

As soon as you are seated, place the napkin across your lap. The napkin should remain folded with the fold pointed toward you. If you need to leave the table for any reason, place the napkin on your chair. Once the meal is finished, place the napkin to the left side of your plate. You should never place the napkin on your table until you have finished eating your meal. Be sure to use your … 

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Gear up for fall recruitment! Part I: Know when you can work

As OSU approaches the change from quarters to semesters, it becomes increasingly important to plan out your availability for co-ops and internships so that you do not fall behind on your progress towards graduation. Additionally, engineering employers expect that students will be able to talk about their availability for work in the interview setting.

The 2011-12 school year will be the final year on a quarter schedule. Summer 2012 will be a transitional summer. There will still be opportunities to intern or co-op. However, students should be aware of the following:

0 The work term will be SHORT! 10 weeks only. Work term = June 11, 2012 – Aug 17, 2012

0 Employers will likely have to make special arrangements to accommodate OSU students

0 Students should expect to work for the ENTIRE summer. Your flexibility is critical.

0 Students should NOT be asked to skip finals or start classes … 

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Get a Jump Start on Interview Prep!

Today's blog is written by Engineering Co-op and Intern Program Advisor, Meg Flood...

Summertime is a wonderful time of the year. It's a time for students to gain hands-on experience at internships and co-ops, network with professionals, and hopefully squeeze in some time in the sun! Summer is also a great time for getting a jump start on preparing for fall interviews.

I know, I know, you just want to enjoy working this summer and not have to think ahead to those interviews where you have to talk about yourself and tell interviewers about a time when you persuaded someone, took initiative, or showed leadership. But if you start thinking about these examples now, you will be ahead of the game when interviews roll around in October.

Here is an effective strategy that doesn’t take much time—but will have big payoffs this fall: once a week spend a little bit … 

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An alternative career path: the Teach For America program

Ever considered giving back to your country through teaching?

Teach For America is a non-profit program that places recent college graduates in teaching positions in under-served schools, both urban and rural, across the United States. These are two year terms that come with multiple benefits. There is an urgent need for teachers with math, science, and engineering backgrounds – you could be a part of the solution to this issue!

There are many benefits for those who are chosen from a competitive applicant pool. “Corps members receive robust training and support to help them lead their students to success and receive a competitive salary, health insurance, and retirement benefits through their schools for their critical work. After two years, they join a growing force of alumni in education, policy, law, medicine, and other sectors who are leading some of the most successful efforts to ensure that all children have the … 

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