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Finding Balance: Soft Skills and Technical Skills

Being prepared to talk about your strengths and to support them is a common interview tip. Many of us cite soft skills such as teamwork, adaptability, or communication as some of our answers, but may fall short when highlighting technical skills. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported in 2017 that “a composite ‘ideal’ employee… [is] a hard-working individual with appropriate technical training…solid problem-solving skills, and the abilities to communicate well, work in teams, and to continually learn new things.” Finding an appropriate balance between soft and hard skills shows that you are a well-rounded candidate.

What are the main differences between hard (technical) skills and soft skills?

Hard skills can be learned or taught. Think of the skills you have developed thus far in your academic career. Have you learned how to program? Do you have a lot of experience using a certain software system? Do … 

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Financial Wellness: Invest in Your Future

According to the National Student Financial Wellness Study, 7/10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances. And for many individuals, this stress does not go away once they secure a full time position upon graduation. According to PWC’s Employee Financial Wellness Survey, Fifty-three percent of all employees are stressed about their finances. The study also cites that those who are stressed are more likely to be distracted by their finances at work.

Dealing with personal finances can be overwhelming for anyone, especially for college students! And so, it is with good reason you should take initiative in learning how to effectively manage your money now rather than later. There are many ways in which you can improve your financial wellness as a college student. Here are a few resources that can steer you towards money-managing success:

Student Wellness Center

Ohio State offers financial education and coaching through Scarlet and … 

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Conquering One-Way Recorded Interviews

One-way recorded video (on-demand) interviewing, otherwise known as “asynchronous” interviews, are on the rise and since it can be somewhat awkward for candidates, it is all the better to be prepared! What exactly are these types of interviews, you ask? They are conducted with software that companies use for distance interviewing that takes the place of an actual “live” person asking you the questions.

There are 2 kinds: either the employer will request a video from the candidate in which you answer pre-scripted questions due by a certain deadline OR in the video interview, you will be the only one visible but you’ll hear an interviewer ask you the questions. Certain software might only allow a specific number of attempts at answering the question, so being prepared will ensure that you provide an impressive response with the time and attempts allotted. Here are a few tips to ensure your success with … 

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Attention Seniors: Network with Employers Before Expo at ECSC

Not only is it a new semester, it’s FALL semester! And fall semester means seeing your college friends again, football games, changing leaves, cool weather… the list could go on! For all of you seniors – this is an exciting yet bittersweet time. Be sure to enjoy your last year as a college student while also planning for your future.

Even though graduation is several months away, NOW is the time to begin your full-time job search! Yes, you read it correctly – seniors should begin job searching as soon as the first week of classes kicks off. Many companies begin to seek out career employment talent in the fall by participating in information sessions, career fairs and on-campus interviews. Make it your goal to network with employers at all of these events! One unique event that is exclusive to seniors and offers the chance to interact with employers is the … 

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Mobile Etiquette

The mobile phone…possibly one of the best conveniences created in recent history (some of the time). We can think of many positives for having a mobile device, but the one thing that many of us may forget is our manners when using our phone or tablet. Mobile etiquette is important, but it is probably most critical to observe at work. Here are eight tips when using your mobile device to ensure you are remembering your tech manners.  

  1. Pay attention to other people. Put your phone down when others are talking and really listen to what is being said. What your co-workers are sharing with you may be an important piece of information that you may not want to miss.  
  2. Notice others’ mobile manners. Are other co-workers bringing their phone to meetings, lunch, one-on-one conversations? If you must bring your phone for an emergency, let others know at the beginning … 
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