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"That Didn't Go So Well." How to Avoid or Recover from Awkward Job Search Moments

We have all had at least one—an awkward job search moment that makes you panic even more than you already were.  While I maintain that preparation is key to success, I also understand that sometimes we cannot anticipate situations. And other times (let’s be honest) we just weren’t prepared. Here are a few job search concerns I’ve heard from students and ways to recover or respond.

You can’t think of a response to the behavioral interview question:

First of all, brief silence is OK. If you take a moment to gather your thoughts, you will likely be able to come up with a response. What happens if you can’t? Stay calm, cool, and collected. Let the interviewer know that you are unable to think of a response at the moment and ask if you can come back to the question.

“That’s a great question. I know I have an example … 

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My Internship at Tesla: A Student's Perspective

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Sanchi Arora, a December 2016 Industrial Systems Engineering graduate, shares her experience as an Intern with Tesla. After graduation, Sanchi accepted a full time position with Accenture.

Tell us about your Production Control Analytics Intern role at Tesla:

Once I started working, I soon learned that my role would change from day to day. I mainly focused on improving the line side sequencing and car customization processes.

During my internship, I expressed my keen interest in analytics and using big data to draw insights. Because I spoke up, my team offered to give me work that complimented my interests resulting in live Tableau dashboards that traced inventory around the factory, addressing part shortages, and triggering safety stock replenishments. 

My time at Tesla was an extremely unique experience as the structure of the company is flat and everyone works together to achieve the company goal. I was able to communicate with … 

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Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Job Shadow

Have you heard of the Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program?  Are you debating it, but not sure you want to spend your spring break doing “professional stuff?”  Let me try to convince you that job shadow is totally worth your time—plus each job shadow event is only ONE day, so it’s not like you have to spend your whole break being productive.   

  1. Unlike almost every other job search related event, YOU choose companies you interact with rather than waiting for them to select you. 
  2. You’ll be doing something useful over Spring Break that will further your career.
  3. In ONE day, you can find out if you like a particular industry/company/job type…much quicker than deciding during a full summer internship or co-op.
  4. Your interest could be sparked in an area of study or industry that you previously didn’t know about or think you would like. 
  5. You will … 
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What Can I Do With My PhD?

If you are wrapping up your PhD, congrats!  Completing an advanced degree is quite an achievement.  It's likely you haven't had to think too much about employment prospects, but once the end of the road is in sight...you may be thinking "what now?"  Today's blog will outline some options that you may want to consider.  

Postdoc:  A postdoctoral researcher (postdoc) is a temporary position in academia, industry, a nonprofit organization, or government.  This type of role is primarily for gaining additional education and training in research for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a particular career path.  It may be a stepping stone to a faculty role.  

Faculty: Many PhD candidates pursue their advanced graduate degree with hopes of obtaining a full-time, tenure track faculty position at a university. With an interest in both gaining and transferring knowledge, a faculty position seems a likely career fit … 

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A Student's View--Preparing for a Successful Job Search

This week, ECS is featuring Skyler Reimer, a Computer Science and Engineering student graduating in May 2019. In today's blog, he breaks down his tips for success in obtaining an internship at JM Smucker Company as a Solution Development Intern this coming summer. Skyler has had a lot of experience preparing for interviews and in particular, technical interviews. Learn more about Skyler’s preparation for his job search and interviews below.  Some of the advice is specific to those interested in the computer science field, but there are broader job search tips for other types of engineering students as well.

I changed majors last fall and was completely lacking in anything related to computer science for my resume. I was looking at spending an extra year in college, so I wanted to take advantage of the time between semesters. Most freshman and sophomore students are in the same boat I was … 

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