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2013

Writing Tips for the Engineer

When starting your job search, the first step is to have an excellent resume. But don’t forget that every bit of communication with an employer will have an impact on your chances of landing a job!

More and more job search communication is happening electronically, whether it is an online application form, an attached resume, or a prospecting email.  Electronic communication doesn’t mean that the standards of grammar are relaxed though. Employers often receive emails with typos, grammatical mistakes, and overly casual language that leave a bad impression.

What can you do about this? First, always run spell check! It’s not perfect, but it can help you catch simple errors. Another great way to avoid mistakes is to have someone else read your document before you send it. One problem with self-proofing is that YOU know what you meant to say, but sometimes it’s difficult to catch missing words … 

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SWE Career Fair Details

 

Today's blog is written by Amy Franklin, ECS' Employer Services Coordinator.  She manages both engineering career fairs on campus.  

Don’t miss the 2013 SWE Career Fair next week on Wednesday, February 6th from 11:00am-4:00pm! The event is sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), but it is open to ALL engineering students, not just women.  The career fair will be held at the Ohio Union with companies in two locations – the Performance Hall on the 1st floor and the Grand Ballroom on the 2nd floor.  Be sure to check out BOTH locations, as there will be representatives from over 140 companies on hand to discuss their co-op, internship, and career employment opportunities!  More information is located on the SWE Career Fair website.

It’s time to start preparing by attending a career fair success workshop, getting your career fair professional … 

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Job Shadow sign-ups start next week!

These days almost your entire job search is conducted online.  Many engineering students wish they had more contact with employers and a chance to make an impression…in-person.  The 2013 OSU Engineering Job Shadow Program allows you to do just that.  Job Shadow allows you the opportunity to visit an Ohio company’s site to network with company representatives, observe engineers, and learn more about jobs in your major. 

Here are this year’s participating employers:

Abrasive Technology, Accenture, American Electric Power, AMETEK Solidstate Controls, ARCADIS, ArcelorMittal, CallCopy, Cardinal Health, Charter Steel, Control Devices (Stoneridge), Diebold, DuPont, Eaton, Elford, Emerson Climate Technologies, Emerson Network Power, EWI, Exel, FeneTech, Franklin County Engineer's Office, GE Aviation, GE Lighting, General Motors, Heapy Engineering, Hirschvogel, Husky Energy Lima Refining Company, Hyland Software, IBM, KLH Engineers, Lake Shore Cryotronics, LuK USA, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Micro Industries, ms consultants, NiSource, Rimrock Corporation, Rockwell Automation, Rosetta … 

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Practice professionalism during your job search

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

Students often hear a lot about professionalism in the workplace.  You may be aware of how to behave on a job or during your internship/co-op.  However, equally important is practicing professionalism during your job search.  You might even consider it more important because of the effect it can have on your ability to find and acquire a job.  An entire series of blogs could be devoted to the interviewing component of this conversation, so for now, we’re going to focus on other aspects where you should apply professionalism, such as:

Missed Appointments:  Missing an appointment with an advisor or other administrator at ECS (or in any office at Ohio State) can begin to diminish your reputation.  Advisors are sometimes asked to comment on students’ abilities … 

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Avoid the Resume Database Black Hole!

There are numerous ways to apply to jobs—through your CareerEngine account, at a career fair, via a job search engine, or by directly visiting a company’s website.  When you visit a company’s website to apply, applicant tracking software is typically used to scan the information on your resume.  This means there are guidelines that you should follow to ensure that your resume is “universal” enough to be scanned by this kind of software. 

How to optimize your resume for applicant tracking systems:

  • Use language from the job description and include “keywords” related to your field: computer skills, software packages or technical knowledge from classes or work experiences.
  • Choose a functional (aka commonly used) font (recommended:  Arial or Times New Roman) in a standard size (between 10 and 12 point). 
  • Include your name as the first line of the page and your contact information at the top … 
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