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February 2020

Career Competencies Most Valued By Employers

The results are in… and for the past few years, critical thinking, teamwork, professionalism, and communication have been consistently rated by employers as the four most desired competencies according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Engaging in activities, projects, and experiences that develop these competencies will not only enhance your resume, but will also provide strong examples for upcoming interviews.

Most employers use behavioral based interviewing questions to learn from your past experiences and understand how you might approach a similar situation in the future. These questions require a specific example and often relate to a competency or personal characteristic. As a step in your interview preparation, reflect on the eight keys to career success and recount stories that show your mastery of the competency. This will help you anticipate question topics and recall the specifics of the situation. Using the STAR format to respond to questions ensures you … 

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How to Organize Your Job Search

The job search process can be intimidating. There’s a lot to consider with online job boards, interview questions, resume prep, and everything in between. While it can be overwhelming, finding ways to organize the job search will help you feel more confident, comfortable, and prepared.

Use these quick tips to create an effective strategy!

Reflect On Your Job Search Goals

Before you start anything else, make sure you take some time to reflect on what your job search goals are. Do you have a specific industry you’re interested in? A role? A city? How important are company values for you? Can you be flexible with company size? Are you interested in a structured leadership development program?

Knowing what your professional and personal goals for the job search are can help you prioritize. The more confident and clear you are on your goals, the better you’ll feel when everything really kicks into … 

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Connect with Multiple Companies This Spring Break: A Student Success Story

Photo of Jeffery. He is wearing glasses with sandy hair, a blue blazer jacket, and white tie.Jeffery Morhous, Computer Science and Engineering December 2021

Looking for Spring Break plans and want to experience “a day in the life” of an engineer? Consider signing up for ECS’ Job Shadow Program! The Job Shadow Program is a ONE day commitment over Spring Break (March 9-13) where you can spend time with industry professionals at an employer’s site. You get to select from 30+ companies and have the option to sign up for more than one job shadow as long as the dates do not conflict. Discover how Jeffery Morhous, a current Computer Science & Engineering student, found success in the 2019 Job Shadow Program. Jeffery job shadowed at CoverMyMeds in Columbus, OH and has accepted a co-op with the company.

The job shadow day that I participated in was a little over half a normal workday. After we all arrived, Maria Moore (Technical Recruiter at CoverMyMeds and our … 

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Preparing for an On-Campus Interview

So you’ve taken all of our advice and now you’re preparing for your interview—bonus: it’s right here on campus! The company obviously likes you and thinks you’re qualified – so how do you make the most out of your interview? Follow these tips to prepare, and hopefully ace, this opportunity.

Prepare All of Your Materials

It seems simple, but having all of your materials prepared can show employers that you are organized and offer you some peace of mind. Having copies of your resume, cover letter, and questions ready to go for the interviewers and your own personal use is a worthwhile step in preparation.

Prepare Follow up Questions

At the end of every interview you’ll get the opportunity to talk with your interviewer or company representative, and this is a crucial step in the process. They’ll expect you to ask questions, so make sure you come with a few … 

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