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Employer Perspective: Making the Most of Career Fair (Part 1)

If you have yet to secure a summer position, then preparing for and attending the SWE Career Fair on January 30th is a “must” on your to-do list. I know, I know—career fairs can be overwhelming, but they are also an invaluable step in the job search process. Luckily, Keith Lunsford, who works within College Recruiting for Harris, is here to offer some advice for making the most of this upcoming fair.

How can candidates stand out among the competition at career fairs?

I find if candidates have researched the company and have a little idea of what we do and the type of positions we are looking for, it really helps. These candidates can go more into themselves and what they are looking to do in their careers right out of the gate! It is nice to have a candidate hand over a clean resume (1 page, nice white space, GPA … 

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Columbus Series: The Idea Foundry and Why You Should Know About It

To kick off our two-part series with a spotlight on Columbus, OH we will take a look at the Columbus Idea Foundry. This is an invaluable resource to anyone that enjoys watching their ideas come to life—and it’s located right in our back yard! At the Idea Foundry you can see artists and entrepreneurs alike working on anything from furniture, sculpture, and jewelry to motorcycles, 3D printers, and video games. They even have a blog too! You can check it out after you read this one.

The Idea Foundry is divided into three floors. There is a 20,000 square feet workshop with a wide range of equipment, tools, and design/ assembly space to create and shape ideas. The second and third floors have offices and workspace for members.

If you are looking for a way to gain applicable experience to list on your resume for your intern, co-op, or … 

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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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