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2015

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 … 
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How can the Engineering Career Success Conference (ECSC) benefit me?

If you’ve been checking your email, snail mail, or even your CareerEngine homepage you might’ve seen information about the upcoming ECSC on August 29th and wondered if you should attend. I mean what’s the rush? You still have a whole academic year until you graduate- right? Though there is still time to job search, you might be interested to know that 70% of on campus interviews take place within the Autumn Semester. Recruiting schedules vary by company, but many begin to seek out top career employment talent in the fall. Graduating seniors who attend the ECSC will be prepared with professional success skills from the beginning of the semester.

We all know how busy the year gets after the first few weeks of classes and how quickly you jump from being an exploring candidate to a prospective employee. Getting off to the right start during your last year by attending the ECSC … 

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What NOT to Write: Ten Rookie Resume Mistakes

 

One of the frustrating aspects of seeking resume advice is the likelihood of receiving conflicting feedback from different people. Your mom says to leave off your GPA, but your advisor says to list it. Your teacher said that your student dining job is irrelevant, but your supervisor says you should definitely include it. How do you know what recruiters actually want to see, and do they even agree on what is relevant?

One of the benefits of using ECS is that we are directly connected to engineering employers, and our advice is specifically tailored toward what they want to see. (For example, we would side with your advisor and your supervisor in the examples above). Although there certain aspects of your resume that are up for debate...almost everyone would agree that they don't want to see the following items.

  1. Unprofessional or Out of Date Contact Info: Take a quick look … 
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Relocation considerations

Many of us have been there. It’s your senior year, and you’re applying for various jobs, some of which are located right here in Columbus, while others are what seem to be quite far away-or maybe you already have a job offer and are debating the possibility of moving to a new city.

Location of a job is undoubtedly an important part of any decision, but we often tend to make it bigger than it should be. In fact, studies show that those who move away from their “comfort” zone tend to be more successful socially and professionally- whether this means moving geographically or internally within a company. It’s scary, it’s the unknown, and being unfamiliar with a place or role increases your vulnerability.

Here are a few things to consider when weighing your decision (to relocate):

  • Access the NACE Salary Calculator to help you determine how your salary will … 
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Technical interviewing: from an engineering student’s perspective

Technical Interviewing: from an Engineering Student’s Perspective

The technical interview can be a scary hurdle between you and the dream job you’ve always wanted! In order to set yourself up for success, you need to study and know what to expect during the entire interview process. Below you’ll find two OSU engineering students who shared their technical interviewing experience during the internship/job search.

David Finn is graduating in May 2015 with a B.S. in ECE. He recently accepted an offer with Amazon as a Software Development Engineer.

Ria Sugembong graduated in December 2014 with a B.S. in CSE. She is currently working as an Application Developer for JPMorgan Chase.

Based on your experience, at what stage of the interview process did companies conduct technical interviews?

David: I had very different experiences with different companies. With the bigger more technically oriented companies (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Epic), they would often start … 

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