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by Guest Student | November 6, 2018
Mitchell Giese, Computer Science and Engineering student
This week’s blog features Mitchell Giese, a third year Computer Science and Engineering student graduating in December 2019. Over fall break, Mitchell was selected to attend the annual Buckeye Trek event in San Francisco, CA area. Buckeye Trek is an initiative to send some of the best and brightest CSE students from Ohio State to Silicon Valley to soak up the environment of innovation and entrepreneurship. On this year’s Buckeye Trek, Mitchell and other students visited a total of 12 companies including:
A typical company visit included a tour of their office space, an info session with university recruiting, Q&A with a panel of current employees, and networking time.
Based on your visits, what do tech companies in the Bay area look for in candidates?
Most of the companies we visited expressed … Read More
by Guest Employer | October 16, 2018
This week’s blog is written by Kevin L. Parker, Regional Sales & Marketing Operations Manager for Rockwell Automation, Inc. and 2011 Ohio State B.S. Mechanical Engineering Alum.
"You're an Engineer. Why would you want to be in sales?" I’ll never forget my mom asking me that question. I understood where she was coming from. She’s the one who had to listen to me complain about the busy weeks and all-nighters (usually self-inflicted) that came with engineering. To her, it seemed like a waste of a technical degree. If that’s the direction I wanted to take, why wouldn’t I have pursued a business degree? In actuality, I considered that at one point but Scott Lab was pretty cool and new at the time, plus we had motorcycle parking right in front! What my mom failed to recognize then, were the experiences and career opportunities that come with technical sales. She has … Read More
by Ashley Taylor | October 2, 2018
Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource titled “Student’s Guide to Working with Staffing Agencies and other Third-Party Recruiters.”
NACE defines third-party recruiters as “agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs.” There are several different categories of third-party recruiters, including employment/ staffing agencies, contract recruiters, and resume referral firms. Ohio State career services offices work with third-party recruiters but require that these firms adhere to our policies before posting positions.
Employment agencies list positions for a number of organizations and receive payment from the hiring organization when a referred candidate is hired. They often do not have an exclusive contract to place an individual in a role with a client organization. Campus and online job boards may include job postings from employment agencies or staffing firms, along with postings directly from … Read More
by Ashley Taylor | September 25, 2018
Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource titled “Considering an Opportunity to Work as an Independent Contractor?”
For many individuals, self-employment as an independent contractor can be a rewarding and satisfying career option. As is true with any employment relationship you enter, it is important to understand the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved.
What would my employment status be as an independent contractor?
Independent contractors are self-employed and enter into a contracted agreement to provide services to a client in exchange for an agreed upon fee (lump sum, hourly, weekly, monthly, piecemeal, per assignment, and so forth.). Independent contractors are not placed on an employer’s payroll; instead, the independent contractor typically invoices the client for work performed, and the client pays the independent contractor directly. The client does not withhold federal, state, and local taxes from the payment, and the independent contractor is responsible … Read More
by Alex Austin | September 18, 2018
Hundreds of employers trying to sort through thousands of students with everyone looking for the perfect pairing. How are you supposed to stand out as a top candidate? Below are ten tips to standing out at the career fair. Five focus on body language and are written by Mary-Kate Wintz, a Process Development Engineer at The Lubrizol Corporation, while the other five highlight the impact of preparation and follow-up.
- Start with good posture. Use power posing before the fair begins to get your confidence set and to practice the posture that you want recruiters to see you using. During the fair, standing with your knees ever so slightly bent to reduce the risk of passing out will allow you to continue to…
- Breathe! Take a deep breath both prior to and within your conversation with a recruiter to not only calm your nerves, but naturally open your chest and …