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2015

Networking Series Part I: Making Small Talk

Networking.  The word alone makes some people cringe.  Me included!  The thought of making small talk to people I don’t know, often in an uncomfortable setting, is just not the most appealing thing.  I get it!  However, networking is a part of life and is essential while you are job seeking. 

Part one of our two part series on networking will give helpful tips to making small talk.

PREPARING TO MAKE SMALL TALK:

  • Create a list of topics that you enjoy talking about and can do so with ease.   Specific to your job search, this can include your career interests, projects, favorite classes, etc.  Even if it is a career-related networking event, feel free to talk about passions and interests OUTSIDE the realm of engineering; doing this provides an inside look at who YOU are, and you never know what interests you may have in common.  This … 
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Writing a successful cover letter

While it may be rare that you are required to write a cover letter for an engineering job, when the time comes, it had better be good.  At the very best, a cover letter can help you, as a job-seeker, stand out from the crowd.  At worst, it can actually make you, already a qualified and promising candidate, seem like a bad writer, uncreative, or even (gasp!) a “copy and paster.” You do NOT want to fall into any of those categories.

Below are tips to make your cover letter help, not hurt, your chances of getting hired.

  1. Tailor it to the job and company.
    The first paragraph of your resume should state the position you are applying for, how you found out about the job, and most importantly, your genuine interest in the company.  So many students use standard, generic templates for cover letters that … 
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Double your job searching fun--Engineering Expo is 2 days!

Have you heard?  This year, we will have our first ever two-day Engineering Expo!  Day 1 is on 9/22/15 and Day 2 is on 9/23/15 giving you two days to connect with over 275 employers!  There will be a completely different set of employers each day, so you are strongly encouraged to attend BOTH days.  PLUS, some employers will be conducting next-day interviews on 9/24/15.  It will be another year before you have an opportunity to meet and talk with this many employer representatives over a two-day period!  So, if you’re looking for co-op, internship, part-time or full-time employment, NOW is the time to get ready!

Expo Dates:  Tuesday 9/22 & Wednesday 9/23

Time:  11:00am**-4:00pm
Location:  The Ohio Union with employers located in the Great Hall Meeting Rooms and the Performance Hall on the 1st floor and in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom on … 

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Consider attending the upcoming campus-wide Career & Internship Fair

Did you know that Ohio State has a campus-wide career fair that is for all majors and all degree levels?  If that’s not clear enough—this includes engineering, so mark your calendar!  The 2015 Career & Internship Fair is a three day event, happening next week—on Sept. 15-16 (the two day fair) PLUS Sept. 17 (the on-campus interview day). 

Here are some reasons you should consider attending in addition to the Engineering Expo:

  1. Recognize that there are a LOT of companies attending—198 to be exact.  Download the OSU Career Fair Plus app on your phone if you don’t already have it (you will use it for EXPO too!).  Go to “Employers”--> ”Filters” and narrow down by major, degree level, etc. to come up with a list of companies to target. 
  2. Know that not as many engineering students will attend this fair as EXPO.  This may … 
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Professional Organizations: To Join or Not to Join

What are the things you’ve considered in the past when joining extracurricular activities? Stakeholders? Community service? Socialization with others? Costs? Extracurricular activity considerations do not have to be completely different when thinking about joining a professional organization.  

Professional organizations can be formal or informal. One of the most resourceful, but often missed opportunities for a professional organization is staying connected with your classmates. Your classmates likely have similar professional interests. Think of ways to stay connected with them after graduation or throughout college, whether that be a LinkedIn group or creating your own focus groups that meet monthly to discuss current trends in your industries of interest.

On a more formal side of professional organizations, there are numerous professional organizations to choose from, but how to find the right one is the ultimate dilemma.

Consider:

  1. Defining your interests.

  2. Understanding the mission and vision of the organization.

  3. Knowing your time constraints … 

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