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July 2012

Join the OSU Engineering Career Services Students, Alumni, & Employers Group on LinkedIn!

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Tara McCarron, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with over 160 million members and growing rapidly.  Unlike Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn focuses on managing and building your network of professional connections.  LinkedIn is a valuable career resource and an excellent way for you to control your online presence.  LinkedIn enables you to build a professional online presence by creating a profile.  LinkedIn will also provide you the opportunity to network with alumni, industry professionals, and employers.  This social networking website allows you to post your resume, connect with recruiters and engineers, and join groups that pertain to your job search, school alumni, and professional organizations. 

 

Engineering Career Services at The Ohio State University connects students, alumni, and employers and provides relevant career information to its … 

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Student Perspective: Find Success with Internship and Co-op Experience

Today’s blog is written by Amber Owens, who is a senior in Industrial & Systems Engineering.  She’s in the process of completing her fifth co-op rotation and looking forward to graduating this year.

Currently, I work for GE Aviation in the Test Facilities Engineering department. This is my second co-op with GE Aviation; I worked in Engine Services at one of our repair shops last fall. I also completed two co-op rotations with Omegadyne, an instrumentation manufacturer, and one internship with Great Lakes Assemblies, a supplier of tire, wheel and center console parts for Honda. My co-op experiences have helped me gain expertise in manufacturing, process improvement, and design roles. I highly encourage you to do as many co-ops and internships as possible and if you are unsure of the experience, I can say firsthand that it is definitely worth it.

Gaining valuable work experience while in college is … 

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Using Social Media and the Internet to Your Advantage before an Interview

“So, can you tell me what attracted you to our company?” 

Are you prepared to answer this question during a job interview? All too often students show up for an interview dressed to impress and prepared to answer questions about themselves, but balk when the conversation turns to the company itself.

It is imperative to research the company with whom you are interviewing so you can sell why you’d be a great fit. You can be spot-on with all other responses, but if it’s apparent you don’t know anything about the company, it’s an immediate turn-off to a recruiter. Plus, how do you know you’re a qualified candidate if you haven’t done your homework about the employer?

It’s not necessary to memorize the entire profile of an organization, but it is smart to at least browse their website, especially the “About Us” section. Also, many employers hold information sessions prior … 

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