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2013

Professional communication key to positive first impressions!

So many of your first encounters with a potential employer will be by email or by phone. Don’t let bad habits sink your interview before you even know it’s being offered! Here are some common sense tips on how to make sure that your phone and computer are helping you in your job search!

1.       Clean out your email inbox!

If your inbox is at capacity, then anyone sending you a message will have it bounced back to them. Likely, an employer won’t try twice, they’ll just move on to their next candidate. Also, if you have a full inbox, you may miss important messages as they get buried in the mix.

2.       Clear your voicemail!

On the same note, make sure that you not only have a professional voicemail message, but that employers can leave a message if they choose. Employers find the canned “This subscriber’s … 

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Registration filling quickly for the Engineering Career Success Conference!

There are only three weeks left to register for the First Annual Engineering Career Success Conference on Saturday, August 24th.  I know that the weekends are so valuable to busy engineering students, however, I can't stress enough how helpful this event is going to be for those of you seeking career employment in the upcoming school year!  

The networking portion of the event will give you access to 25+ company representatives.  The keynote speaker will make you laugh and energize you about your job search.  The etiquette luncheon will teach you how to mind your manners during those important interactions with employers that happen over meals.  The multitude of breakout sessions that you can chose from will ensure a customized day so that you are improving in the right areas of your search.  Participants  will also receive a professional development certificate.

Don't miss this opportunity to get all of … 

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Cool Co-op: Good Perks at a Great Job

Today’s post is written by industrial engineering student, Ethan Salsbury.  Ethan is sharing the perks that came along with his co-op at Entrotech.

"During the winter of 2012, I experienced my first co-op as an Industrial Engineer. Fortunately for me, it turned out to be a great experience because I learned a lot, met some great people, and had fun about every day. Despite these features, which made it a great place for my first co-op, the things I will remember most about my time at Entrotech were the perks that I got to enjoy on a daily basis. The first: it was a great atmosphere to work as everything was clean, comfortable, and modern. The facility included a small workout area, spacious break rooms, and a couple flat screen TVs. Every morning I would be able to come in before eight o’clock, watch a little SportsCenter while brewing … 
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Cool Co-op Project: My Year of Complete Secrecy

Today’s post is written by chemical engineering student, Kyle McLaughlin.  Kyle was selected by ECS as runner-up of the 2013 OSU College of Engineering Cool Co-op Award!  

"For the past year I co-oped with General Motors at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  I had the coolest co-op in the country because of the great projects I was able to work on in the paint shop. I worked almost exclusively on the launch of the 2014 Corvette C7. I was sworn to absolute secrecy and product security was always a top priority.  There were certain areas of the plant where I was escorted through a key card access door to sign it with the security officer before working on my assignments. The car was unveiled on January 13th and there are still many aspects of my work that I cannot discuss publicly or privately … 

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Resume Tips for International Students

Today's post is written by ECS Career Advisor, Kaitlin Schafer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

A well prepared-resume is critical to landing an interview. Ensure your format fits U.S. standards by being aware of the following differences:

U.S. Resume 

  • Highlights achievements, academic background, and work experience related to desired work position
  • One page in length per degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD)
  • Does not include TOEFL score, photo, marital status, age, race, gender, or religion (employers are not allowed to base hiring decisions on these qualities)

International Resume          

  • Provides extensive chronological details regarding academic and work experience
  • Multiple pages in length
  • May include photo, marital status, age, race, etc.       

Additional Tips
See the resume sample for an international student below.

International Student Resume

Employers are concerned about verbal and written communication skills. They may assume that an international … 

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