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Advice for International Students Seeking Employment

ECS held its first international student panel on Monday, November 4, 2013. Over 70 students and staff attended to learn about successful internship and job search stories from students representing several different countries, majors, and industries within engineering.

Panelists were asked to give job search advice to international students in the audience. All panelists shared the same message – job searching takes time, effort, and persistence. It’s not unusual to for a job seeker to apply for a handful of positions and not hear anything! Maximize your chances of securing industry experience by taking advantage of the panelists’ advice in the following areas:

Resume Quality

Your resume is what opens the door to a job interview! Think quality over quantity. Applying to 50 jobs will not increase your chances of securing an interview if your resume content or format is poor. Be sure to tailor your resume to the specific … 

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Using Pinterest during your job search

Pinterest is known primarily as a place to share the latest recipes, fashion, and DIY crafts. But how about as a place for job searching? Pinterest is now evolving into a unique tool for job seekers. With over 100 million visits a month, Pinterest is becoming a leading force in social media. Consider using the platform to showcase your work, learn helpful job search tips, and find career inspiration all while increasing your (positive) online presence. Here are some ways to use Pinterest during your job search:

Learn about companies you’d like to work for–
You can learn a lot about a company by viewing their pinboards and who they follow on Pinterest. These pinboards will give you an overview of what services the company offers and what topics they find useful and worth sharing. This is a great way to get a feel for the company culture and work … 

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Make a career fair game plan!

The 2013 Engineering Expo is less than one week away! It can be an overwhelming event, so be prepared.  By following the simple steps below, you will be confident and ready to meet the employers.

Before the fair:

  1. Make sure your resume is up-to-date, error free, and formatted properly. Sample, employer-approved engineering resumes can be found here under the “ResourcesàDocument Library” section in Career Engine.
  2. Attend a Career Fair Success workshop: There are two more opportunities, Sept 16th (4:30) and Sept 17th (4:00). For an entire list of fall workshops and locations, click here.
  3. Spend some time on the EXPO web site: and see who is coming to recruit your major. Decide which companies you are most interested in. Familiarize yourself with the company’s profile and get acquainted their web sites.
  4. Apply to companies of interest in advance! Go … 
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View from the front desk: Tips for obtaining a summer internship

One of the most common questions I receive at the front desk this time of year is “Can I still get a summer internship?” The answer is yes, of course—a qualified yes.

There are always companies recruiting for summer right up until it starts. You just have to look a little harder to find those opportunities. While the last day for on-campus recruiting with ECS is the week before finals, there are job postings listed all year long.

Some tips for a late search:

  • Think outside the box! Look at small and mid-sized companies. Sometimes the best jobs aren’t with the big names.
  • Make sure you are applying to enough job postings!  Applying to only one or two job postings does not give you good odds.  ECS recommends that you put in approximately 30 applications a semester, and even then getting an interview is never guaranteed. That may seem … 
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Why you should consider companies you’ve never heard of

Today's post is written by Amy Thaci, ECS Director, and Rachel Kaschner, ECS Student Services Manager.

Not all companies have the brand recognition that corporations like General Electric or Nestle do—in fact, most do not!  We’re more likely to be familiar with large companies (and their brands) that sell consumer products—we know that GE for one, produces light bulbs and that Nestle makes chocolate!

Therefore it is only natural for students to flock to these types of companies at a job fair or when perusing job postings. But how about trying out the companies who aren’t so well known? If you are interested in a particular industry, you don’t necessarily have to work at the “big name” company that delivers the actual product, you can get equally valuable experience by working for a supplier to those major industries. 

Large companies like a P&G or Honda won’t always have … 

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