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Have You Seen ECS' New Resources?

Buckeye football kicked off this past weekend, so it’s officially fall at Ohio State! As you get acclimated to your new class schedule and life on campus, don’t forget to carve out time for the busy fall recruitment season! Here are a few (NEW) resources to review as you prepare for the internship/co-op or job search:

Check out the ECS 101 Video to learn how ECS can help you! Find out best practices that can increase your chances in securing interviews and offers.

Log in, complete your profile, and upload your resume to Handshake. Handshake is your go-to resource for all things career! If you haven’t logged in yet, what are you waiting for? Get a jumpstart on your search now by clicking HERE. By doing so, you will have access to:

  • 6,000+ postings
  • 125+ on-campus interview schedules
  • 160+ events (workshops, company information sessions, career fairs, meet and greets, etc … 
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Well-come Back! Wellness Resources for Success

The start of fall semester might bring a mix of emotions. The excitement of being back on campus to see friends is generally met with the realization that summer is over. Sure, the first week might be relatively easy, but as an engineering student the pace of classes picks up pretty quickly. Not to mention the job search, which can bring added stress. We often make sure that everyone and everything else is taken care of before ourselves. But, I challenge you to put yourself first this year. Lean on your buckeye community and take advantage of the great resources out there to ensure you feel the best you can so that you can be successful!

What are some resources on campus?

  • Student Wellness Center provides student empowerment resources to support balance and overall holistic wellness.  The office’s initiatives promote 9 dimensions of wellness: emotional, social, spiritual, physical, financial, intellectual … 
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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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