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Maximize Opportunities for Human Interaction During the Job Search

Have you ever submitted a job application online and then never heard anything back from the company? The job search can be quite frustrating, so it’s important that you have a strategy in place! Instead of exclusively applying online, I recommend job seekers adopt a hybrid model. Once you submit an application via the website, make it a priority to follow up with the company at an on-campus event whenever possible.

Making a positive impression in-person could move your resume to the top of the stack, or lead to a referral when a position opens. Job candidates can go into much more detail regarding their experience during a face-to-face conversation as opposed to a one page resume that’s submitted online. Recruiters can also pick up on a candidate’s personality during an in-person interaction which can help them imagine how the individual would fit in with a particular role or team … 

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On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) Outlook--Fall 2014

Get excited – fall recruiting season has arrived! For those of you who are new to the job search scene and aren’t familiar with the recruiting cycle, on-campus interviewing opportunities are the most abundant in the fall. In fact, over 65% of on-campus recruiting visits happen in the months of September, October, and November. Maximize your chances for securing an internship, co-op, or full-time position by making sure you are active and engaged with our office in the fall! Here are some tips for how to capitalize on your efforts:

Look for companies who will be interviewing on campus – on-campus interview opportunities are listed in CareerEngine under the “Jobs” tab. Quickly identify them by the semester/year designation following the job title. For example “Engineering Intern (AU14)”. Once you click into the posting, you’ll also see a notification that the job is an on-campus interview opportunity. Pay close attention to … 

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Just how important are internships and co-ops?

I recently asked a third-year engineering student what she is doing this summer.  Her response? “What do you mean? I worked hard all year long on my grades.  I earned a 3.5 GPA! I deserve a break. My summer is all about rest and relaxation.”

Unfortunately for this student, her “rest and relaxation” will almost certainly hurt her in the long run professionally. The days are gone where a high GPA is all you need to be prepared in your field and get a job upon graduation.

Just a few quick stats about the advantages to having co-ops or internships:

  • Your competition has it: Last year, 83% of OSU grads with firm plans at graduation had a co-op or internship.
  • Potential job offer: Approximately 50% of students who intern/co-op accept positions with their intern/co-op employer upon graduation.
  • Higher starting salary: OSU engineering graduated in 2013 who … 
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International Students and the Job Search, Part II

Use your international background to your advantage:

Don’t try to hide the fact that you are an international student; you should be proud of your background! Most international students have been exposed to different cultures and systems. The fact that you are an international student can be a huge advantage, as it shows that you are flexible, adaptable, and independent just by virtue of coming to the US to study. Are you fluent in multiple languages? These are all qualities that are sought after by employers. Highlight your unique background! It will make you stand out from the crowd.

Target companies that have locations in your home country:

Be strategic during your search by focusing on employers that have ties to your home country. Those companies may take an interest in developing your talents in the US and continuing your employment in your home country. 

Attend ECS events geared … 

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International Students and the Job Search, Part I

Anyone searching for an internship/co-op or job in today’s market faces tough competition and being an international student can add an extra level of difficulty.

Although the job hunt can be frustrating, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many international students who have secured internships or full-time positions while hosting career related events on campus. Based on my experience, I’d like to share a few common themes I’ve found to be true in student success stories:

Develop a well-written resume:

The resume will determine how successful you are in attracting potential employers – focus on your strengths and achievements! Check out the ECS resume template for international students.

Don’t put your eggs all in one basket:

In other words, do not place ALL your time, energy, and effort into studying and getting that 4.0 GPA. Take some time outside of classes to speak with people who are working … 

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