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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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The Benefits of Social Media in Your Job Search

Following the last blog entry, you should now be aware of the potential detriment of irresponsible social media usage during your job search. Inappropriate profiles and postings can even cost you a job! But this doesn’t mean that you have to go on a mass deletion spree. Social media sites can actually be a benefit to you if used properly. Many companies are creating Facebook fan pages to get the word out to consumers and even using Twitter to promote special events or products. In fact, some large companies have entire departments dedicated to social media.

Today we’ll focus on LinkedIn—a social networking site that many consider the professional equivalent to Facebook. Your profile on this site is essentially your resume, and you can network with others though varying channels.

In an article published in the OSU newspaper, The Lantern, Pierce (2012) quotes Steven Redd, a Public Affairs student … 

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Facebook and Your Professional Persona

It’s nearly impossible to avoid social media, especially as a college student. And many of us would agree that there isn’t anything inherently wrong with that. But unfortunately numerous students don’t realize the potential implications of posting things irresponsibly—especially when the time comes to make the transition into the professional world.

Once you decide to pursue an internship, co-op or full-time job, you’re likely spending a lot of time focusing on your job search. After all, that’s the whole point of getting a degree, right? Something that doesn’t occur to a lot of students is that they may need to do some “cleaning up” of their online presence prior to kicking off their job hunt…especially if it is indicative of your partying habits.

Employers have begun turning to social media sites, especially Twitter and Facebook, to pre-screen their candidates. Recruiters don’t want to see photos of you dominating in beer … 

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Important changes coming to your ECS job search account

First things first—login to your ECS job search account and download any resumes you have saved to the job search system and save them to your PC prior to June 1.

Why do this? Ohio State is consolidating all career services job search systems this summer (starting June 1). Engineering Career Services and the online engineering job search system will be part of a larger OSU system of career services called the Buckeye Careers Network. The consolidation is happening in order to create a “one stop shop” for all OSU students to conduct their online job search through a single resource. This means that your job search account is going to be somewhat different than what you are used to. Some major changes that you will notice include:


  • A new name…the engineering version of the new job search system is being named CareerEngine. It’s essentially still your job … 
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Last minute job search strategies

Have you put off your search for a summer internship? Are you graduating in June but have yet to apply for any career positions? Have you recently started applying for postings but haven’t received any offers? This blog entry will assist you with finding a position as soon as possible.

If you’re looking for a summer internship or co-op, it’s not too late to find a job. However, realize that as the remaining weeks pass by, there will be fewer summer internship/co-op opportunities available. Apply for as many positions as you are interested in within the next few weeks before the options for summer are exhausted.

If you’re looking for full-time career employment after graduation, there is no impending “cut-off deadline” for job postings in your job search account like there are for summer intern/co-op opportunities. However, know that a career search can take several months. If you’re looking for … 

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