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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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Last minute job search strategies

Have you put off your search for a summer internship? Are you graduating in June but have yet to apply for any career positions? Have you recently started applying for postings but haven’t received any offers? This blog entry will assist you with finding a position as soon as possible.

If you’re looking for a summer internship or co-op, it’s not too late to find a job. However, realize that as the remaining weeks pass by, there will be fewer summer internship/co-op opportunities available. Apply for as many positions as you are interested in within the next few weeks before the options for summer are exhausted.

If you’re looking for full-time career employment after graduation, there is no impending “cut-off deadline” for job postings in your job search account like there are for summer intern/co-op opportunities. However, know that a career search can take several months. If you’re looking for … 

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Why do I have to activate (aka unblock) my account every quarter?

“Activating” or “unblocking” your job search account should be done the first week of every quarter (soon to be semesters). Activating early in the quarter ensures that you don’t miss out on job opportunities. The benefits of being an active candidate are twofold:

1) You can submit your resume to on-campus interview opportunities and job postings through the ECS job search system.

2) Should employers be inclined to pull resumes from the job search system (or contact ECS to do so), yours will be included if you match up with the qualities they are seeking.

The bottom line: If your account is unblocked, you are visible to employers and can engage in a proactive job search. If you are blocked, you are essentially invisible to employers and won’t get very far obtaining an internship, co-op, full-time or part-time job.

Activating your account is comprised of two quick and painless steps … 

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What does this button do? Making the most of your job search account

At the beginning of each term, students upload an updated resume and unblock their job search account to apply to co-op, internship, part-time and full-time job postings. In addition to hitting the “Apply” button, are you getting the most use out of your job search account? Here are a few ECS tools within your job search account that you can use to maximize your efforts:

- Shortcuts: These are not fillers for our front page; they’re really effective tools for your job search outside of ECS! Resources like us.jobs and indeed.com are aggregate websites that scour the Internet for job postings – the Google-like results of these search engines take you directly to the job posting on the employer’s web page, which is convenient and saves time.

- NACE Salary Calculator: Does your job application ask that you provide a “Desired Salary”? In every single job posting in … 

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View from the front desk: Developing job search skills takes time and patience

Two of the most frequent questions I get at the Engineering Career Services’ front desk are:

“Is it too late for a summer internship?” Short answer: No. True answer: The sooner in the school year you start looking, the greater your opportunities.

“Can you help me find a job?” Short answer: Yes. True answer: We can help as much as you are willing to seek help and are the earlier you look the better your chances.

Don’t wait until you are about to graduate to learn job search skills. Just like any skill, looking for a job improves with practice and patience. Start as soon as you can and keep a steady pace.

What happens if you fall behind the recommended path and have to catch up? I can relate to this happening with regards to parenting. My 5th grade daughter can’t ride a bike. I was too busy to … 

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