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Holiday Workplace Etiquette

It’s December once again, and the holiday season is upon us. Amidst all the fun and festivity, be sure that your New Year’s resolution isn’t to make up for gaffes at the holiday party. In the season of office gift-giving, parties, and karaoke, some common sense and a few simple rules can make sure that you can both enjoy yourself and face your co-workers on Monday morning.

1.Know the company culture

Company culture is how the company does things and what expectations are. How does the company celebrate (or not) during the holiday season? What are the gift-giving policies? What level of formality is expected at social gatherings? Some companies will have written policies available, but often asking is your best bet to make sure you’re not the only one with your desk decorated with lights (or vice versa).

2.Be friendly and polite

This is also a time … 

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Professional communication key to positive first impressions!

So many of your first encounters with a potential employer will be by email or by phone. Don’t let bad habits sink your interview before you even know it’s being offered! Here are some common sense tips on how to make sure that your phone and computer are helping you in your job search!

1.       Clean out your email inbox!

If your inbox is at capacity, then anyone sending you a message will have it bounced back to them. Likely, an employer won’t try twice, they’ll just move on to their next candidate. Also, if you have a full inbox, you may miss important messages as they get buried in the mix.

2.       Clear your voicemail!

On the same note, make sure that you not only have a professional voicemail message, but that employers can leave a message if they choose. Employers find the canned “This subscriber’s … 

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Professionalism on the Job

Today's blog post is written by Jillian Baer, ECS Graduate Assistant

Whether you will be participating in a volunteer, part-time, co-op, internship, or career employment position this summer, you will want to make the best impression possible to ensure a good reference and build your network for future employment.  You are a representative of The Ohio State University as well as the company that has hired you.  This means you must meet professional standards.  Based on a collection of resources, ECS has compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts to consider when managing your professionalism on the job.

Relationships on the job:

  • Do find a respected co-worker to be your mentor and sounding board
  • Do make sure you clearly understand what your supervisor expects from you
    • Check in frequently and ask a lot of questions!
  • Don’t take things personally, but use the constructive feedback as an opportunity … 
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Most desirable traits in new hires

After visiting several companies in Ohio for the 2013 Job Shadow Program, I found employers emphasizing two necessary skills in candidates. Employees from all levels of companies (vice presidents, managers, recruiters, first year engineers, etc.) stressed the importance of communication and teamwork abilities in employees. Without a doubt, these particular soft skills will help students be competitive when applying for internships, co-ops, and career employment.

An annual survey of the job market for recent college graduates reveals that certain qualities show up on employers “most desired” list time and time again. According to the results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2013 report, employers rated the “ability to communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” and the “ability to work in a team structure” as the two most important candidate skills/qualities.

As a future employee, you will need to work in teams that involve many company departments in order to … 

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Writing Tips for the Engineer

When starting your job search, the first step is to have an excellent resume. But don’t forget that every bit of communication with an employer will have an impact on your chances of landing a job!

More and more job search communication is happening electronically, whether it is an online application form, an attached resume, or a prospecting email.  Electronic communication doesn’t mean that the standards of grammar are relaxed though. Employers often receive emails with typos, grammatical mistakes, and overly casual language that leave a bad impression.

What can you do about this? First, always run spell check! It’s not perfect, but it can help you catch simple errors. Another great way to avoid mistakes is to have someone else read your document before you send it. One problem with self-proofing is that YOU know what you meant to say, but sometimes it’s difficult to catch missing words … 

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