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2014

How to fall in love...with the perfect job (Valentine's Day Edition)

Dear ECS,

I’m heartsick! February 14th is right around the corner, and you know what that means…it’s prime recruiting season for employers! To be honest, I am starting to worry that I haven’t fallen in love with a job…or even found anything yet. Is it me? Am I doing something wrong? At this point, I would take any advice you could give me!

Sincerely,

Jobless in Jones Tower

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Dear Jobless,

It’s understandable to be nervous about your job search; many students feel the same way! However, don’t worry! I think you will be in a much better position to find a job you will fall in love with if you follow these principles below:

  1. Make a commitment – Whether you are looking for a full-time job or a co-op/internship, you need to invest time into your job search. ECS recommends starting two semesters in advance and putting a … 
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Help! What do I need to do to prepare for the Career Fair?

It’s the day before the career fair—here’s your guide for successfully cramming for the big event! Career fairs can be intimidating, and at times, overwhelming, but fear no more- these tips will help you “keep your cool” when diving into the sea of employers and students.

1)      Research, research and research some more. It is your job to learn as much as you can about potential companies of interest. Knowing about the company and exactly what they’re looking for in a candidate will be your most powerful tool.

2)      Formulate a 30-second elevator pitch, in which you tell the recruiter a little bit about yourself and what you’re looking for, why you’re interested in their company, and a brief description as to why you believe you’d be a good fit. It would also behoove you to have a few questions in mind ahead of time.

3)      Print copies of your … 

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Why bother with information sessions

Have you ever heard of company information sessions? Better yet, have you ever been to one? Info Sessions are when a recruiter, and usually an engineer or two, come to campus and give a presentation about their company and the kinds of jobs they are currently looking to fill.

I’ll be honest. When I first started working for ECS, I didn’t really think info sessions were that big of a deal. I would tell students during their first appointment that info sessions existed, but I didn’t really explain anything further. To me, and probably to a lot of students, they seemed like a glorified “show and tell” set up by companies.

At least that is what I thought before I attended a few last semester…

Since last semester I have become somewhat of an unofficial advocate for company information sessions, and here are a few reasons why (listed in increasing … 

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Sign-ups starting soon for the 2014 Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program

It’s never too early to begin developing your professional network! The Job Shadow Program is an opportunity to build connections with some of OSU’s top employers. Job Shadow allows you to gather information about companies, career paths, and industries that are related to your major. You will experience company culture, become aware of trends in the field, and see technologies in action. Some students even secure internships, co-ops, and full-time offers by making a great first impression.  In fact, 80% of participating employers utilized the Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program as a recruitment tool for their company last year!

All job shadowing opportunities are unique. Depending on the company you visit, you may participate in a number of activities such as:

  • Company presentation
  • Tour of company facility
  • Engineering panel Q & A
  • Lunch
  • Observe an engineer

Job Shadow takes place over OSU’s Spring Break (March 10-14th) … 

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Tips for success during your co-op/internship

Congratulations! You’ve worked hard in your classes, you’ve researched potential companies that you’d like to work for, you perfected your resume and submitted applications, you nailed the interview, and now you’ve landed a strong co-op or internship opportunity. 

The stress of FINDING the job is over, but the work (and fun!) has just begun.  You will be working for this company full time for at least 4 months.

This experience will be what you make it, and it’s important that you get the most out of your time there.  Below are helpful tips for a successful co-op or internship experience.

1.       Meet your coworkersand network: You will hopefully develop a strong relationship with your supervisor, but it’s important to talk to as many people as you can within the company.  NETWORK! Introduce yourself to everyone you meet and consider seeking out a mentor who … 

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