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Job Search Strategy
by | November 21, 2014
The job search can be compared to a roller coaster ride, from the excitement of receiving a call from an interested employer to the letdown of finding out you lost an opportunity to a more qualified candidate. What should you do when frustration sets in and hope starts to fade? Now is the time to evaluate your strategy. Ask yourself if you are implementing the following best practices below.
- Creating a game plan? Aim to submit a target number of applications each week. It’s important to set short term goals to avoid feeling overwhelmed. ECS encourages students to submit approximately 30 applications per semester. Yes, you read it correctly—30 applications per semester!
- Using a variety of resources? The job market for graduates looks like the strongest in several years, with employers looking to make significantly more hires than last year. According to NACE’s Job Outlook 2015 report, employers …
by | November 14, 2014
Every semester I facilitate workshops on interviewing strategies for engineering students. in the presentation the following question is asked: “What do you think employers say the number one interviewing problem for our students is?”
Do you know the answer? You probably do. In fact, I have yet to lead a workshop where the right answer was not guessed right away. The number one constructive statement from ECS employers is that students are not prepared by doing simple research about the company.
Did you know that you are supposed to do research before going into an interview or a career fair? You probably did! Most students seem to know the importance of research and claim to practice this prior to an interview, but still most employers say students don’t know enough about the company and industry.
Consider that (a) students may not know how to research effectively and, more importantly, (b) … Read More
by | October 3, 2014
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 … Read More
by | September 5, 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 … Read More
by | June 27, 2014
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 …