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How ATS impacts your job search

With a competitive job market on our hands, it’s important to be aware of all aspects of the job search process, and how to put your best foot forward. With this being said, the Wall Street Journal recently found that about 90% of all Fortune 500 companies are now using something called “Applicant Tracking Software”.  ATS screens, parses, scores and ranks uploaded resumes by matching job requirements to resumes that document matching skills and experience. The systems used are typically programmed to scan for keywords, previous employers, experience, and schools the candidate has attended.

The following are some “dos” and “don’ts” to ensure your resume is compatible with Applicant Tracking Software:

DO:

  • Read the job description and include keywords within the job (keywords refer to skills or attributes preferred for the position, for example, “MATLAB” or “Leadership”)
  • Use ECS templates (which are preformatted to be ATS friendly; can be found … 
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Greet the greeter!

Let’s face it- when going in for an interview it is often easy to be a little less cognizant of your surroundings, especially when your mind is in many different places. How does my suit look? Is there anything in my teeth? What questions did I have in mind again? Can I explain everything on my resume in-depth?

Although these thoughts are completely normal, it is wise to try your best to be aware. Reason being, in many interview settings there will be what is known as a “greeter”...this person is typically a member of the company’s recruiting team and is available to talk to you before your actual interview even begins. If your interview is at ECS, it is likely that you will see a “meet the greeter” note on the interview schedule to remind you. This means that they are there to talk to you!  Whether they’re … 

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How to fall in love...with the perfect job (Valentine's Day Edition)

Dear ECS,

I’m heartsick! February 14th is right around the corner, and you know what that means…it’s prime recruiting season for employers! To be honest, I am starting to worry that I haven’t fallen in love with a job…or even found anything yet. Is it me? Am I doing something wrong? At this point, I would take any advice you could give me!

Sincerely,

Jobless in Jones Tower

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Dear Jobless,

It’s understandable to be nervous about your job search; many students feel the same way! However, don’t worry! I think you will be in a much better position to find a job you will fall in love with if you follow these principles below:

  1. Make a commitment – Whether you are looking for a full-time job or a co-op/internship, you need to invest time into your job search. ECS recommends starting two semesters in advance and putting a … 
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Why bother with information sessions

Have you ever heard of company information sessions? Better yet, have you ever been to one? Info Sessions are when a recruiter, and usually an engineer or two, come to campus and give a presentation about their company and the kinds of jobs they are currently looking to fill.

I’ll be honest. When I first started working for ECS, I didn’t really think info sessions were that big of a deal. I would tell students during their first appointment that info sessions existed, but I didn’t really explain anything further. To me, and probably to a lot of students, they seemed like a glorified “show and tell” set up by companies.

At least that is what I thought before I attended a few last semester…

Since last semester I have become somewhat of an unofficial advocate for company information sessions, and here are a few reasons why (listed in increasing … 

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Sign-ups starting soon for the 2014 Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program

It’s never too early to begin developing your professional network! The Job Shadow Program is an opportunity to build connections with some of OSU’s top employers. Job Shadow allows you to gather information about companies, career paths, and industries that are related to your major. You will experience company culture, become aware of trends in the field, and see technologies in action. Some students even secure internships, co-ops, and full-time offers by making a great first impression.  In fact, 80% of participating employers utilized the Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program as a recruitment tool for their company last year!

All job shadowing opportunities are unique. Depending on the company you visit, you may participate in a number of activities such as:

  • Company presentation
  • Tour of company facility
  • Engineering panel Q & A
  • Lunch
  • Observe an engineer

Job Shadow takes place over OSU’s Spring Break (March 10-14th) … 

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