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It All Starts With a Handshake

While we know that you probably aren’t thinking about us during your summer break, we have been spending a lot of time thinking about YOU! ECS, along with the other career offices at Ohio State, has been preparing the past several months for the launch of Handshake, our new job search system. As of TODAY (June 5), all students have access to this new platform which we hope you will find intuitive and easy-to-use. Can you tell we’re excited?

Handshake connects you with internships and jobs from thousands of employers. Some perks of handshake include:

  • Discover jobs you are truly interested in. Handshake shares job recommendations based on your interest, major, and skills. You can explore collections of jobs just for you. Pro Tip: “Favorite” jobs. Handshake’s smart software will start showing more similar jobs once it learns what you are most interested in.
  • Stand out to employers … 
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Working in the Gig Economy

“Did they say gig economy? What is that?” Despite my millennial status, I had not heard of the “gig economy” until an employer mentioned it in a meeting. As tempting as it was to pretend I knew what that word meant and then Google it later, the look of confusion on my face gave me away. The employer explained that this term is used to describe the high number of independent contractors, or short-term workers, seeking temporary projects or jobs. According to Forbes, “gig” workers represent 34% of the workforce, and will reach 43% by 2020. A Harvard Business Review article reports that approximately 150 million workers left corporate employment and are now independent contractors.

I knew there was a labor market of short-term workers since companies such as Lyft and Airbnb have grown in popularity and provide unique employment opportunities; however, I did not know there was an official term … 

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Resources to Navigate the Job Search as a Graduate Student

For graduate students looking at different career options, ECS can help! We have Career Advisors that are focused on supporting graduate students and have come up with the most common tips and resources.

Consider your path.

As a graduate student there are a lot of different options available, but the most common career decision is between pursuing academia or industry--or considering both! The ECS staff can help with each of these options since your approach will differ. We can help ensure your resume, CV, and cover letter reflect your skills and experience while framing it in an academic or industrial way.

Understand how graduation date impacts job search timeline.

While there can be flexibility in graduation dates (especially for PhD students) it is important to understand when you are going to be looking for a position. The job search can take many months if you are going into industry, and most academic institutions have … 

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ECS is Here to Make Sure Buckeye Engineers Work

Join the #BuckeyeEngineersWork campaign between March 26 - April 20 and enter to win free business attire! Every student who participates in ANY of the below activities will be entered in a drawing to win a $300 gift card to Easton Shopping Center to buy professional attire. Multiple activities = multiple entries!

ALREADY GOT WORK?

If you’ve already accepted a position, participate in any or all of the following:

  • COOKIES! Report your internship, co-op, or career employment, and then come to ECS to receive an individually wrapped Cheryl’s cookie. Note: Enrollment in ENGR 4191 is not a requirement for the summer work term.
  • Photo-op with Brutus! Come to ECS on April 13th between 2:30-3:00pm for a chance to meet Brutus. You’ll get your photo taken with him, holding a chalkboard sign celebrating your upcoming work term.
  • Attend the “Student Success” panel on Thursday, March 29th from 5:00-6 … 
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Employer Perspective: Using LinkedIn Effectively

We are joined once again by several recruiters with CoverMyMeds offering advice for your LinkedIn strategy.

What are the essential elements of a LinkedIn Profile?

  • Include a picture! Profiles without a picture seem pretty bare.
  • Don’t just list a job title and dates of employment. Include a description of what you accomplished. It can be short – 1-2 sentences, or 3 bullets but should give the reader a good sense of what your actual responsibilities are/were, especially if you’re actively looking for new opportunities.
  • Education details can help establish commonality between you and the company/recruiter/hiring manager/etc.
  • The “Featured skills and Endorsements” section does not tend to carry a ton of weight as endorsements do not require much effort for other people to give you. For technical roles, calling out the tech stack/tools you have experience with here makes sense, but you can do that in several different places. “Recommendations” on … 
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