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Why Should I Job Shadow?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a R&D Engineer for an automotive company or a Project Engineer in the oil and gas industry? Well, here’s your chance to find out!

The 2015 OSU Engineering Job Shadow Program will allow you to ask questions from the experts and experience the normal day-to-day activities engineers face while working in that specific role.

What are the key benefits from participating in the 2015 Job Shadow Program?

NETWORKING:

The earlier you start building relationships with people in your field of interest, the better! If you make a good impression during your job shadow events, you’ll likely be kept in mind as a candidate for a current/future opening. In fact, 80% of employers utilized the Job Shadow Program as a recruitment tool for their company in 2014.

LEARNING:

Job shadowing also allows you to become aware of trends in the field, witness … 

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Use Informational Interviewing to Develop Job Prospects

The holidays are fast approaching.  Hooray! Time to rest, relax, and take a break from school work and the job search. Right?? Well, almost.

Actually, winter break is the perfect time to practice networking and conduct informational interviews.  Remember your dad’s coworker’s wife who works for Honda? Oh yeah – maybe you should talk to her.

What is an informational interview?

It is a one-on-one conversational with someone who has a job you might like, who is employed by a specific company that you’re interested in learning about, or who works within an industry you might want to enter.  The purpose of this is to gather advice and information. Let’s make this clear: you are not interviewing for a job/asking for a job.  You are having this conversation strictly to learn, and hopefully, build a relationship and your network.  If you do this right, you … 

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Now Is the Time to Troubleshoot Your Job Search

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.  

  1. 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!
  2. 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 … 
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The “Not-So-Secret” Secret to Job Search Success; Pt. I: How to Research

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) … 

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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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