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2019

Finding Affordable Professional Attire

"Dress for Success". We have all heard this common adage before, and there is definitely meaning behind it! Over the years, there have been various studies showing that our clothes and overall style can affect how we feel and how others perceive us. With that being said, the topic of dressing for success often comes up in the world of work. When you are interviewing for a job or attending a networking event, first impressions are critical. You’re marketing yourself to a potential employer and the first thing they see is your clothing. Of course, just dressing properly won’t get you the job, but it will likely give you a boost of confidence and create a positive first impression.

Figuring out what to wear for interviews, employer networking events, work, etc. can be a source of anxiety for anyone. Factor in a college student budget -- and there’s likely an added layer of stress … 

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Determining Your Expected Salary

When preparing for the job search there are so many things to remember: network, apply, interview, etc. One thing that is often left out of preparation strategies is determining your expected salary. By researching the current market and average salaries for your target position, you can determine if an offer is on par with market value. Here are a few resources and strategies to help you uncover your target earning range as you approach your first full-time position.

ECS Salary Data

Engineering Career Services collects employment data, including salary, to maintain ABET accreditation. That data is then stripped of any identifying information and organized to show average, 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile numbers for each major and degree. This information helps determine your degree value as it is accurate for Ohio State engineers.

National Data

Educate to Career keeps a database of national salary information collected from over 50 different … 

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Steer Clear of Fraudulent Employment Scams

Even though you may not be on campus this summer, you are probably still checking your email every once in a while. Unfortunately, there have been occasions where Ohio State email accounts were compromised through a phishing attack and then used to send fraudulent emails to students and staff. We want all of our students to pay attention to these types of emails and use best judgment and discretion when reviewing emails from potential employers.

Below are excerpts from an actual fraudulent email sent from a compromised Ohio State student’s account. There are several things to look for when deciding if an email from an employer is legitimate or not. I will point out of a few of the red flags from this specific email below:

Includes poor grammar, spelling, punctuation, and misinformation.

“My name is (Ohio State Student Name) and I work with the HandShake, and my job is … 

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Starting an Internship? Here's How to Make the Most of It

Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource written by Chaim Shapiro.

Congratulations—it’s the last day of finals week! I bet you’re looking forward to your summer internship, and you might even be a little nervous. Internships are an incredible opportunity, and you will want to hit the ground running to take full advantage. Here are 6 tips to make the most of your internship/ co-op right from the first day!

1) Understand the Opportunity. Companies have internship programs so that they can test drive the talent. They want to see you and how well you work in a professional setting.  Take your responsibilities seriously from day one.  A successful internship is the best way into many companies full-time!

2) Recognize that They WANT to Hire You. Most interns don’t realize that the company is invested in your success. If you were hired as an … 

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No Summer Internship? Consider This!

With spring semester winding down, do your summer plans seem in flux? If you don’t have internship or co-op plans there are still valuable ways to spend your time. Try these things to build not only your resume, but also insight into your field of interest.

Informational Interviews

Spend your time networking. Summer can be a great time to reach out to professionals in your field and ask them about their experiences. Using LinkedIn, search for job titles you might be interested in, companies you would want to work for, or locations where you would like to end up. Then connect with individuals and ask if they have time for an informational interview (either in-person or over the phone). Use this time to ask about what it’s like to work in the industry, learn more about the company, get advice for how to best market yourself, and make valuable connections … 

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