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You're an Engineer. Why Would You Want to be in Sales?

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This week’s blog is written by Kevin L. Parker, Regional Sales & Marketing Operations Manager for Rockwell Automation, Inc. and 2011 Ohio State B.S. Mechanical Engineering Alum. 

"You're an Engineer. Why would you want to be in sales?" I’ll never forget my mom asking me that question. I understood where she was coming from. She’s the one who had to listen to me complain about the busy weeks and all-nighters (usually self-inflicted) that came with engineering. To her, it seemed like a waste of a technical degree. If that’s the direction I wanted to take, why wouldn’t I have pursued a business degree? In actuality, I considered that at one point but Scott Lab was pretty cool and new at the time, plus we had motorcycle parking right in front! What my mom failed to recognize then, were the experiences and career opportunities that come with technical sales. She has … 

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Benefits Other Than Salary

According to Glassdoor.com, nearly 3 in 5 people report benefits and perks being among their top considerations before accepting a job. Make sure you’re getting the best possible package by researching, asking questions, and discussing the details prior to accepting any position. Below are a few benefits that you should thoroughly review and understand:

Vacation

Some employers may grant all vacation days at the beginning of the year and allow the employee to use them as needed. However, some employers will offer an accrued vacation plan. The accrued plan is set up so that the employee earns a specific number of vacation hours toward their total vacation time per pay period.

Insurance Premium

The amount you pay for your health insurance every pay period. In addition to your premium, you usually have to pay other costs for your health care, such as deductibles and copayments. When shopping for a … 

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Crash Course in Career Fair Networking

Hundreds of employers trying to sort through thousands of students with everyone looking for the perfect pairing. How are you supposed to stand out as a top candidate? Below are ten tips to standing out at the career fair. Five focus on body language and are written by Mary-Kate Wintz, a Process Development Engineer at The Lubrizol Corporation, while the other five highlight the impact of preparation and follow-up.

Body Language

  1. Start with good posture. Use power posing before the fair begins to get your confidence set and to practice the posture that you want recruiters to see you using. During the fair, standing with your knees ever so slightly bent to reduce the risk of passing out will allow you to continue to…
  2. Breathe! Take a deep breath both prior to and within your conversation with a recruiter to not only calm your nerves, but naturally open your chest and … 
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Have You Seen ECS' New Resources?

Buckeye football kicked off this past weekend, so it’s officially fall at Ohio State! As you get acclimated to your new class schedule and life on campus, don’t forget to carve out time for the busy fall recruitment season! Here are a few (NEW) resources to review as you prepare for the internship/co-op or job search:

Check out the ECS 101 Video to learn how ECS can help you! Find out best practices that can increase your chances in securing interviews and offers.

Log in, complete your profile, and upload your resume to Handshake. Handshake is your go-to resource for all things career! If you haven’t logged in yet, what are you waiting for? Get a jumpstart on your search now by clicking HERE. By doing so, you will have access to:

  • 6,000+ postings
  • 125+ on-campus interview schedules
  • 160+ events (workshops, company information sessions, career fairs, meet and greets, etc … 
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Graduating This Year? Check Out This One-Stop Shop Event!

The checklist is endless when you are searching for a full-time position during your last year. Not only do you have to contend with the time it takes to complete your assignments, but you have to manage to update your professional documents and presence, network with employers, and figure out how to nail the interview. The Engineering Career Success Conference (ECSC) on Friday, September 21st (11:30am-5:30pm) will lay the foundation for a successful job search by helping you complete that checklist!

Polish your professionalism.

An employer panel will offer insider advice from hiring managers and engineers in a variety of industries. You’ll also choose from a selection of career workshops to enhance professional skills. A few of the workshop topics include: salary negotiation, interviews, LinkedIn, networking, and managing your finances. View full event agenda HERE.

Interact and improve.

During the ECSC Interactive Lounge, you will have the chance to … 

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