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April 2013

Professionalism on the Job

Today's blog post is written by Jillian Baer, ECS Graduate Assistant

Whether you will be participating in a volunteer, part-time, co-op, internship, or career employment position this summer, you will want to make the best impression possible to ensure a good reference and build your network for future employment.  You are a representative of The Ohio State University as well as the company that has hired you.  This means you must meet professional standards.  Based on a collection of resources, ECS has compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts to consider when managing your professionalism on the job.

Relationships on the job:

  • Do find a respected co-worker to be your mentor and sounding board
  • Do make sure you clearly understand what your supervisor expects from you
    • Check in frequently and ask a lot of questions!
  • Don’t take things personally, but use the constructive feedback as an opportunity … 
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Special H-1B Visa event next week!

Are you an international student looking for full-time positions in the US over the next 1-2 years? When seeking employment in the US, it’s important to learn about the immigration laws and regulations that affect your employment eligibility. By becoming knowledgeable of these regulations, you will be more prepared to discuss your options with a potential employer.

An experienced immigration lawyer from the law firm of McCandlish Holton will be facilitating an H-1B Visa Workshop for graduating international students. This event is hosted by Engineering Career Services, Arts & Sciences Career Services, Buckeye Careers and Fisher Career Management, with support from Buckeye Career Club.  Attending this event will be the first step in designing an effective strategy for competing in the US job market after graduation.

Mr. Rhoads will focus on work visa options for international students after graduation, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and primarily H-1B. He will offer … 

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How to Ace Your Skype Interview

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

If you are unable to travel to visit a job site or participate in a traditional interview, employers may ask you to interview via Skype.  Just like anything else you do – practice makes perfect!  To help you with this, here are some tips so that you can ace your Skype interview.  A list of sources is included below for additional information, but here are a few of our favorites to help you along.

  1. Pay attention to your environment.  Sit somewhere quiet where you’re unlikely to be interrupted or distracted.  Pick a plain background with no personal belongings visible.  Make sure those dirty laundry piles and red Solo cups stay out of the frame!  Additionally, a cluttered bookshelf or brightly colored posters can be distracting for … 
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