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The Importance of the Information Session

Information sessions are one avenue for companies to get the word out at OSU about who they are and what they are all about. Companies of all sizes hold these events for students, but they can be especially important for companies who may not be household names. It is always a good idea for you to take advantage of this valuable time with a company, especially if you’re interested in potential job opportunities. 

So what can you expect from an information session? Well, the short answer is…great information about a company! There is only so much one can learn from perusing a website or reading a pamphlet. Sometimes it takes interacting with employees to get a good feel for not only the potential opportunities available, but also for the company culture, which is sometimes just as important as the job itself. Sometimes companies will incorporate a few additional components … 

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5 Golden Rules of Student LinkedIn Profiles

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Tara McCarron, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

The need for a professional online presence is growing as more and more employers are using social media to learn about and connect with job seekers.  LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with over 160 million members, is a valuable career resource and an excellent way for you to control your online presence. 

Creating a LinkedIn profile is similar to creating a resume; it should serve as an abbreviated auto-biography and encapsulate your motivations and accomplishments.  Creating a thoughtful and professional profile can showcase your skills and talents so the right people and opportunities find you. 

Here are 5 tips to help you create a stronger profile:

  1. Professional photo of you alone – Your image is conveyed through your profile picture.  Be sure to send the … 

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Changes to Your ECS Job Search Account

Today's post is written by Rachel Kaschner, the ECS Student Services Manager, who oversees graduating and graduate student services in Engineering Career Services.  

Perhaps you’ve logged in recently to your ECS Job Search Account (aka “CareerEngine”) and noticed a few changes?  ECS has spent the summer—and is still making modifications—to the online job search system.  You may remember us notifying you of this upcoming change in the spring.  In a nutshell, in the spirit of “one university”, all OSU career services offices merged job search systems to provide more consistency regarding students’ job opportunities. 

The software being used for CareerEngine is the same as the old version; however, there are some distinct differences in the version being used.  Here are some of the changes you will notice…

  • You’ll now log in to your CareerEngine job search account the same way you login to Buckeye Link … 
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The Benefits of Social Media in Your Job Search

Following the last blog entry, you should now be aware of the potential detriment of irresponsible social media usage during your job search. Inappropriate profiles and postings can even cost you a job! But this doesn’t mean that you have to go on a mass deletion spree. Social media sites can actually be a benefit to you if used properly. Many companies are creating Facebook fan pages to get the word out to consumers and even using Twitter to promote special events or products. In fact, some large companies have entire departments dedicated to social media.

Today we’ll focus on LinkedIn—a social networking site that many consider the professional equivalent to Facebook. Your profile on this site is essentially your resume, and you can network with others though varying channels.

In an article published in the OSU newspaper, The Lantern, Pierce (2012) quotes Steven Redd, a Public Affairs student … 

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Important changes coming to your ECS job search account

First things first—login to your ECS job search account and download any resumes you have saved to the job search system and save them to your PC prior to June 1.

Why do this? Ohio State is consolidating all career services job search systems this summer (starting June 1). Engineering Career Services and the online engineering job search system will be part of a larger OSU system of career services called the Buckeye Careers Network. The consolidation is happening in order to create a “one stop shop” for all OSU students to conduct their online job search through a single resource. This means that your job search account is going to be somewhat different than what you are used to. Some major changes that you will notice include:


  • A new name…the engineering version of the new job search system is being named CareerEngine. It’s essentially still your job … 
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