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5 Golden Rules of Student LinkedIn Profiles

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

The need for a professional online presence is growing as more and more employers are using social media to learn about and connect with job seekers.  LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with over 160 million members, is a valuable career resource and an excellent way for you to control your online presence. 

Creating a LinkedIn profile is similar to creating a resume; it should serve as an abbreviated auto-biography and encapsulate your motivations and accomplishments.  Creating a thoughtful and professional profile can showcase your skills and talents so the right people and opportunities find you. 

Here are 5 tips to help you create a stronger profile:

  1. Professional photo of you alone – Your image is conveyed through your profile picture.  Be sure to send the … 

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Introducing STRENGTHS

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

Do you know what you do well?  Are you able to pinpoint your talent areas?  When you are looking for an internship, co-op, or career employment, you want to make sure you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day.  Gallup’s widely used StrengthsQuest allows you to develop yourself professionally and maximize your talents in order to be a better worker and team member.  Through this assessment, you are able to gain insight into your career areas of greatest potential and the type of work environment in which you thrive.  StrengthsQuest also helps you develop as a leader in your community and workplace by increasing your self-awareness, helping you to understand others’ talents and strengths, and teaching you how best to form and maximize teams … 

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Changes to Your ECS Job Search Account

Today's post is written by Rachel Kaschner, the ECS Student Services Manager, who oversees graduating and graduate student services in Engineering Career Services.  

Perhaps you’ve logged in recently to your ECS Job Search Account (aka “CareerEngine”) and noticed a few changes?  ECS has spent the summer—and is still making modifications—to the online job search system.  You may remember us notifying you of this upcoming change in the spring.  In a nutshell, in the spirit of “one university”, all OSU career services offices merged job search systems to provide more consistency regarding students’ job opportunities. 

The software being used for CareerEngine is the same as the old version; however, there are some distinct differences in the version being used.  Here are some of the changes you will notice…

  • You’ll now log in to your CareerEngine job search account the same way you login to Buckeye Link … 
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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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