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Greet the greeter!

Let’s face it- when going in for an interview it is often easy to be a little less cognizant of your surroundings, especially when your mind is in many different places. How does my suit look? Is there anything in my teeth? What questions did I have in mind again? Can I explain everything on my resume in-depth?

Although these thoughts are completely normal, it is wise to try your best to be aware. Reason being, in many interview settings there will be what is known as a “greeter”...this person is typically a member of the company’s recruiting team and is available to talk to you before your actual interview even begins. If your interview is at ECS, it is likely that you will see a “meet the greeter” note on the interview schedule to remind you. This means that they are there to talk to you!  Whether they’re … 

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How to fall in love...with the perfect job (Valentine's Day Edition)

Dear ECS,

I’m heartsick! February 14th is right around the corner, and you know what that means…it’s prime recruiting season for employers! To be honest, I am starting to worry that I haven’t fallen in love with a job…or even found anything yet. Is it me? Am I doing something wrong? At this point, I would take any advice you could give me!

Sincerely,

Jobless in Jones Tower

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Dear Jobless,

It’s understandable to be nervous about your job search; many students feel the same way! However, don’t worry! I think you will be in a much better position to find a job you will fall in love with if you follow these principles below:

  1. Make a commitment – Whether you are looking for a full-time job or a co-op/internship, you need to invest time into your job search. ECS recommends starting two semesters in advance and putting a … 
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Why bother with information sessions

Have you ever heard of company information sessions? Better yet, have you ever been to one? Info Sessions are when a recruiter, and usually an engineer or two, come to campus and give a presentation about their company and the kinds of jobs they are currently looking to fill.

I’ll be honest. When I first started working for ECS, I didn’t really think info sessions were that big of a deal. I would tell students during their first appointment that info sessions existed, but I didn’t really explain anything further. To me, and probably to a lot of students, they seemed like a glorified “show and tell” set up by companies.

At least that is what I thought before I attended a few last semester…

Since last semester I have become somewhat of an unofficial advocate for company information sessions, and here are a few reasons why (listed in increasing … 

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Sign-ups starting soon for the 2014 Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program

It’s never too early to begin developing your professional network! The Job Shadow Program is an opportunity to build connections with some of OSU’s top employers. Job Shadow allows you to gather information about companies, career paths, and industries that are related to your major. You will experience company culture, become aware of trends in the field, and see technologies in action. Some students even secure internships, co-ops, and full-time offers by making a great first impression.  In fact, 80% of participating employers utilized the Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program as a recruitment tool for their company last year!

All job shadowing opportunities are unique. Depending on the company you visit, you may participate in a number of activities such as:

  • Company presentation
  • Tour of company facility
  • Engineering panel Q & A
  • Lunch
  • Observe an engineer

Job Shadow takes place over OSU’s Spring Break (March 10-14th) … 

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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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