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October 2012

Check out the International Virtual Career Fair!

Looking for an internship, co-op or job abroad and want to do it from the comfort of your home? Then take advantage of the International Virtual Career Fair Nov 7th and 8th!  This International virtual career fair is open to all students who attend Big 10+ schools. 

October 8 – November 8, 2012
Post your Resume and Apply to Positions

You can post your resume now through November 8th and apply to positions.  Come into ECS for walk-ins Monday - Thursday if you need help with your resume.

November 7 – 8, 2012
Participate in Live Virtual Chats with Employers

Chat with companies such as Apple, Intel, INVISTA, MathWorks, Standard Chartered, Stryker and more! Access our Student Handbook for interviewing tips which will be great preparation for online chatting with an employer.

What students have said about the IVCF:

“It’s easy!”
“The turnaround time is … 
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What People See When You Think No One is Watching

Working at the front desk of Engineering Career Services allows me to have a front-row seat to recruiting season. And while I do my best to make sure that no one goes into an interview with a crooked tie, a flipped collar, or a piece of toilet paper stuck to their shoe,  I can’t fix everything. I’d like to offer some common sense advice on ways to make sure that you don’t sink your interview before it’s even begun.

  1. Be early. It’s the most important thing you can do to make sure that the first thing a recruiter sees is you looking calm, cool, and collected. Planning to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early allows you to not rush (few things are worse than sitting in a small room with someone who just ran in a suit), to check yourself in a mirror to make sure everything’s where it should … 
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Tips for Setting Up a Search Agent in CareerEngine

Today’s post is written by Dean Pidcock, Engineering Co-op and Internship Program Manger

When a student first logs into CareerEngine, it can be a bit overwhelming to see a list of over 2,000 job postings!  CareerEngine is part of the Buckeye Careers Network, which combines all job postings from all colleges at Ohio State into one centralized database.  In order to weed out most of the jobs you are not interested in, it is crucial to create search agents. 

To begin, log into CareerEngine and click the “Jobs” tab followed by “Jobs (for OSU students)”.   Here you will see the master list of all job postings at Ohio State.  Next you will want to pay attention to the two tabs marked “Advanced Search” and “Search Agents”.   Once a search agent has been created, it will be listed under the “Search Agents” tab.  First … 

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Co-Op Lessons Learned


Today’s post is written by Kyle McLaughlin.  Kyle is a junior in chemical engineering and is sharing his “lessons learned” from his recent co-op.


My co-op experience at General Motors has truly been life changing. Working in the “real world” and developing your soft skills truly puts school in perspective. You learn that the content of your classes is not all that is important; your ability to handle multiple assignments at once, engage in critical thinking in a fast-paced work environment, and communicate highly technical topics in everyday language.


The most important lesson I’ve learned from my internship is “people are your most important asset.” You can work in the same company for 50+ years and you will continue to learn new things on a daily basis. You need to learn from those around you. There is no such thing as having “too many mentors … 

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Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Job

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

Interviews are a two-way street; they are an opportunity for employers to learn more about you and for you to learn about a prospective employer.  In order to get the most out of the interview process it is important to have a list of questions ready before you start. 

Here is a list of questions to ask employers before, during, and after the interview process:


  • Whom will I be interviewing with? – Knowing who you are interviewing with ahead of time gives you an edge.  Researching the interviewer enables you to personalize your response and have more insightful questions. 


  • What are your short and long term goals for this position? – Knowing what an employer wants an employee to achieve can help you better evaluate … 
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