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Professional Organizations: To Join or Not to Join

What are the things you’ve considered in the past when joining extracurricular activities? Stakeholders? Community service? Socialization with others? Costs? Extracurricular activity considerations do not have to be completely different when thinking about joining a professional organization.  

Professional organizations can be formal or informal. One of the most resourceful, but often missed opportunities for a professional organization is staying connected with your classmates. Your classmates likely have similar professional interests. Think of ways to stay connected with them after graduation or throughout college, whether that be a LinkedIn group or creating your own focus groups that meet monthly to discuss current trends in your industries of interest.

On a more formal side of professional organizations, there are numerous professional organizations to choose from, but how to find the right one is the ultimate dilemma.

Consider:

  1. Defining your interests.

  2. Understanding the mission and vision of the organization.

  3. Knowing your time constraints … 

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ECS Director's job search "musts" for the 2015-2016 school year

Welcome back to campus!  EXPO and on-campus interviews will be here before we know it, and your job search will be in full swing.  To make sure you are geared up for the busy hiring season, take a look at my job search "musts" for the upcoming school year!  

  • Be prepared—do you have a suit/dress suit/shoes for interviews? How about your LinkedIn Profile—is it up to speed? Are you ready for those interview questions? Be ready to articulate your value!
  • Do your research—what do you know about the company besides what is on their main website? (This is one of the biggest complaints I get from employers—"student didn’t know what my company does!")
  • Be patient—job searching takes a lot of time with some missteps along the way. Keep at it, and use ECS for help!
  • Put yourself in the employer’s shoes—make them feel special—target your … 
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The importance of leadership and the job search

We’ve all seen the page-long job description asking for every qualification imaginable that leaves us to wonder exactly which skills and attributes (out of the 10+ listed) are really going to land us the job.

According to NACE's Job Outlook 2015 survey, when employers were asked which attributes they look for on a candidate's resume, the biggest group of respondents (77.8 percent) chose both "leadership" and "the ability to work in a team structure."

The survey results show that leadership skills can make or break a hiring decision. Figure 2 suggests that when employers are forced to choose between two equally qualified candidates, they will choose the candidate with experience in a leadership position over the other.

Assess

With that being said, it’s time to assess when and where you’ve been a leader! Think about projects/labs, volunteer work, and student organizations in which you exercised some type of … 

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Tips for obtaining an international internship

Are you ready to go global with your internship search? Have you ever dreamed of applying your engineering knowledge and experiences in China, India, Brazil, or some other exciting country of the world? Here are some questions to think about and guidance to help you along the way - from someone who was in your shoes just a few years ago, interned internationally in Brazil during his time at Ohio State, and is currently living and working in São Paulo.  Ok, let’s go!

1) Decide where you would like to go

Where in the world would you like to gain on-the-job and life experience?  Why do you want to go there?  Thinking through these questions will help guide your search and be handy to have ready to share with people who can help you along the way.

2) Think about what experiences you want to gain

What would you … 

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Similarities between dating and your job search

Have you ever considered that the best dating advice could also be applicable to your job search?  Considering most people will spend nearly a third of their waking life at work, it's pretty important that you put your best foot forward so that you can find the "one"--professionally that is.  Here are some tips that are applicable to both your romantic and your work life.  

Be sincere
No one likes a phony. Resist the temptation to send the same cover letter/email to every employer. Vague statements of interest will not help your cause. Just like in dating, no one wants to think that they are just a face in the crowd.  You want to make your subject feel special. Make sure every communication with a potential employer conveys your knowledge of and enthusiasm for their opportunity.

Never put down your ex
While some discussion of past experiences is helpful … 

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