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Creating an Effective Strategy for Online Career Fairs and Events

Many of us find ourselves doing things via technology more often these days. Your job search activities are no different! Companies continue to look for ways to connect with students virtually, often via webinars, information sessions and career fairs. To make the most of virtual events, create a plan, stay engaged and follow-up with the tips provided below.

Before: Prepare, Practice, and Apply!

Although the format may be different, the preparation is much the same as attending an in-person event. Be sure to register in advance. This will give you access to the information you need to prepare, including the format and topics. 

  • Career Fairs: Upon registration you should receive a full list of attending companies to research and submit applications prior to the fair. Have you updated your resume recently? If not, schedule an appointment in advance to have an ECS Advisor review it. Begin to think … 
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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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I Attended the Career Fair, but I Still Have to Apply Online?

Today's guest blog features Cheryl Verbeke, Digital Technology Manager and Ohio State Recruiter for Caterpillar.

You just spent several hours visiting with company representatives at the career fair. You are really interested in a few of them, but they asked you to apply online before moving forward with the recruiting process. You are confused because you gave them your resume and maybe even filled out some personal information on a tablet. You are thinking, I have classwork to do why do I need to apply online?

Why companies require you to apply online.

There are multiple reasons companies require students to apply online. The main purpose of job application is to capture all necessary information to be able to evaluate a candidate for a specific job posting. Using online application systems allow companies to quickly gather data in the same format for each applicant. This is particularly helpful when there … 

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Increase Your Chances for an Internship

Did you know that 70.4% of employers surveyed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) have firm or tentative plans to recruit this spring? On top of that, the #1 source for their new hires is through university campus connections and events. With all that said, it’s a “no-brainer” that you should make the most of our events occurring these next couple months starting with Intern Week (January 27th - 31st). There's something for everyone as we help prepare you for the upcoming SWE Career Fair.

ECS will be partnering with Capital One, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Cummins, Eaton, Emerson, General Electric, Nationwide, Navy, and Niagara Bottling to bring you a week full of programming with 28 different chances to interact with engineering employer representatives! A few of those events include:

  • Workshops: Practice your networking skills and enhance your interviewing strategies before the SWE Fair.
  • Lunch & Learns: Brush up … 
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Winter Break Job Search Checklist

For most people, Winter Break is a time to forget all about their studies and get some much needed— and deserved— rest and relaxation. While Winter Break should be used as a time to recharge for the spring semester, there are some things you can do to optimize your search for an internship, co-op, or full-time job. Engineering Career Services has compiled a simple checklist of activities you can do during Winter Break to kick start your spring search and reduce your stress during the semester.

1. Update your resume.

Before you can apply to any positions, it’s important that your resume reflects all of the new projects, roles, and opportunities you completed over the fall semester. Even if your projects or jobs are ongoing, be sure to update it with your recent contributions. A strong resume is a current resume! If you need help updating your document, use ECS … 

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