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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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Requesting a Deadline Extension

You just received a job offer from a company. They were a good company, however, you have an interview coming up with another employer. You want to interview to see which position is the best fit for you, but you need to respond to your original offer before the interview. How do you approach the situation?

Managing offer deadlines can be a tricky part of the search process and requesting a deadline extension might be an option. Make sure you understand when you are likely to hear back from other companies, so you have a firm timeline for how long you will need. While it may seem impossible to navigate without hurting your chances with a company, there are some steps to help you with the process.

1. Call the person who issued your offer well in advance of your deadline. Calling is usually better than emailing in this situation … 

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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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Employer Perspective: Recruitment Through LinkedIn

Have you ever wondered how companies use LinkedIn for recruiting purposes? Below, several CoverMyMeds’ recruiters weigh in on how they use the online professional tool in part 1 of our LinkedIn series.

How does CoverMyMeds use LinkedIn as a recruiting tool?

  • We use it as a tool to gather additional information, or confirm information, about candidates we’re working with during the hiring process. Sometimes, this is simply curiosity. Sometimes, though, information on a resume doesn’t quite add up, so we’ll cross-check it against the LinkedIn profile. In those cases, sometimes the LinkedIn profile clarifies things (“Oh! That wasn’t job-hopping, it was a new title at the same company!”). But sometimes, we’ve caught folks in a lie (“Hmm… looks like you got laid off 6 months ago, even though your resume says you still work for Acme Company.”) So – make sure your resume and LinkedIn … 
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