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International Students--Have Parallel Job Search Plans

Searching for internships and full time jobs in the US as an international student can be competitive and difficult. ECS advises all students to maximize the job search by laying out a parallel plan. What exactly is a parallel plan? It’s a way of making progress in two different career objectives, for example, two locations of interest, so if one doesn’t work out, you haven’t fallen behind in the search. Setting up a parallel job search plan keeps you on track in case it needs to become your main plan.

If your goal is to find an internship or full-time position in the US, be persistent and devote multiple hours per week to your search. Your search should involve submitting applications, signing up for employer information sessions, networking with contacts, attending career fairs, as well as ECS workshops. While you search for positions in the US, be sure to pursue … 

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ECS launches Buckeye Engineers Work!

Join the #BuckeyeEngineersWork campaign for the month of April and enter to win a free suit!

Are you excited about your upcoming co-op, internship, or full-time employment? Or are you looking for that right opportunity? During the month of April, ECS is celebrating the exciting work opportunities our engineering students have done and will be doing, and we are also doing a push to help those who are looking! See below for opportunities!

Every student who participates in ANY of the below activities will be entered in a drawing to win a $300 gift card to Easton Shopping Center to buy a new suit.  Multiple activities = multiple entries!

Already got work?

If you’ve already accepted a position, participate in any or all of the following:

  1. COOKIES! Report your internship, co-op, or career employment, and then come to ECS to receive an individually wrapped Cheryl’s cookie.  Note: Enrollment in … 
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How to target your resume for jobs

You’ve heard that you should tailor your resume to the job. How do you go about that? How do you know what keywords are being used? Applicant tracking systems (ATS) may have a rank and score system based on how your position description and resume match. Think of resume and position description matching like a dating website...how compatible are you with the job? The system will provide a score or ranking to the recruiter on your “compatibility”.

Consider the following when tailoring your resume:

  • Use the company’s vocabulary – if the company has a job posted for an Operations Engineer, does operations experience show up in your resume or does industrial engineering experience show up?
  • Match the company’s position description.
  • Check for keywords – again, avoid “keyword stuffing.”
    • Use these two websites to consider using to help identify keywords: TagCrowd.com and Wordle.net
    • Copy and paste the … 
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Understanding online application processes

Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are being used by a lot of organizations to screen resumes to increase recruiting efficiencies. Taleo is one of the largest ATS systems. This blog will cover some tips for applying to jobs that use an ATS system. How do you know the employer is using an ATS system? Typically if you look at the URL, the ATS system will be included.

As we know, data analytics is becoming a big player in many industries. ATS systems were initially used to help insert resumes into the employer’s database, have basic functions of screening, and follow the applicant through the hiring process. System are now more advanced. Systems can be programmed for just about anything including but not limited to: scanning for keywords, years of experiences, job title similarities, past employers, educational background, skills, projects, qualifications, and the list goes on and on. Companies have a hiring strategy … 

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Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Job Shadow

Have you heard of the Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program?  Are you debating it, but not sure you want to spend your spring break doing “professional stuff?”  Let me try to convince you that job shadow is totally worth your time—plus each job shadow event is only ONE day, so it’s not like you have to spend your whole break being productive.   

  1. Unlike almost every other job search related event, YOU choose companies you interact with rather than waiting for them to select you. 
  2. You’ll be doing something useful over Spring Break that will further your career.
  3. In ONE day, you can find out if you like a particular industry/company/job type…much quicker than deciding during a full summer internship or co-op.
  4. Your interest could be sparked in an area of study or industry that you previously didn’t know about or think you would like. 
  5. You will … 
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