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March 2013

Most desirable traits in new hires

After visiting several companies in Ohio for the 2013 Job Shadow Program, I found employers emphasizing two necessary skills in candidates. Employees from all levels of companies (vice presidents, managers, recruiters, first year engineers, etc.) stressed the importance of communication and teamwork abilities in employees. Without a doubt, these particular soft skills will help students be competitive when applying for internships, co-ops, and career employment.

An annual survey of the job market for recent college graduates reveals that certain qualities show up on employers “most desired” list time and time again. According to the results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2013 report, employers rated the “ability to communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” and the “ability to work in a team structure” as the two most important candidate skills/qualities.

As a future employee, you will need to work in teams that involve many company departments in order to … 

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View from the front desk: Tips for obtaining a summer internship

One of the most common questions I receive at the front desk this time of year is “Can I still get a summer internship?” The answer is yes, of course—a qualified yes.

There are always companies recruiting for summer right up until it starts. You just have to look a little harder to find those opportunities. While the last day for on-campus recruiting with ECS is the week before finals, there are job postings listed all year long.

Some tips for a late search:

  • Think outside the box! Look at small and mid-sized companies. Sometimes the best jobs aren’t with the big names.
  • Make sure you are applying to enough job postings!  Applying to only one or two job postings does not give you good odds.  ECS recommends that you put in approximately 30 applications a semester, and even then getting an interview is never guaranteed. That may seem … 
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Why should you check out Glassdoor.com?

 

Why Should You Check Out Glassdoor.com?

Do you ever wish that you could be a fly on the wall during someone else’s interview with your dream company? You know, get an “insider look” as to what to expect? With Glassdoor.com, you can accomplish just that (sort of)!

Glassdoor is a career-focused website that is a great addition to your arsenal of interview prep materials. While it provides the basics similar to other career sites, such as job listings and company profiles, it also gives you a peek into what an actual interview with a company is like, what employees think of working there, or how much employees actually get paid. It compiles all of this information through its unique sign-up process. Before you have access to the plethora of material, you must first create an account using your email address (or you can sign in with Facebook) … 

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