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ECS Director's job search "musts" for the 2015-2016 school year

Welcome back to campus!  EXPO and on-campus interviews will be here before we know it, and your job search will be in full swing.  To make sure you are geared up for the busy hiring season, take a look at my job search "musts" for the upcoming school year!  

  • Be prepared—do you have a suit/dress suit/shoes for interviews? How about your LinkedIn Profile—is it up to speed? Are you ready for those interview questions? Be ready to articulate your value!
  • Do your research—what do you know about the company besides what is on their main website? (This is one of the biggest complaints I get from employers—"student didn’t know what my company does!")
  • Be patient—job searching takes a lot of time with some missteps along the way. Keep at it, and use ECS for help!
  • Put yourself in the employer’s shoes—make them feel special—target your resume and cover letter, be enthusiastic about the position you are applying to (another complaint I get from recruiters—"student didn’t act like s/he was interested in the  job").
  • Diversify your networking—mix it up with face-to-face interactions, as well as on social media.  Attend an info session of a company you’ve never heard of before that does interesting work. Go up and talk to the employer afterwards. Get out of your comfort zone, and attend a seminar or some kind of event you’ve been avoiding. You might be pleasantly surprised!
  • Use social media in different ways—ever heard of Talent Communities? Find them on employer page career sites, Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In.   “More people use Facebook (67 percent) to search for a job than LinkedIn (40 percent), according to Jobvite's 2015 Job Seeker Nation study. Another way to take advantage of Facebook is by "liking" company career pages or groups and participating in discussions”  (according to US News and World Report, MONEY—ON Careers Blog).
  • Find a mentor/advocate—we all need someone to get advice from, bounce ideas off of and admit mistakes to.  This could be a professor, a work supervisor, an OSU staff member, etc.
  • Use ECS for sure…this goes without saying right? We are automatically your advocates and have the resources to help you acheive your goals! 

"You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction."
-Alvin Toffler

About the author

Amy Thaci

Amy Thaci is the Director of Engineering Career Services.