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International Student Success Stories, featuring Ishan Mann

Today's blog features an Ohio State international engineering student who has been successful in their job search. Ishan Mann is a May 2018 B.S. Mechanical Engineering student. Ishan’s most recent internship was at Illinois Tool Works.

Ishan Mann headshotIshan Mann, Illinois Tool Works

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:  

I worked as a Mechanical Engineering Intern in the Welding Division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW). I worked in the maintenance department and hence most of my work was to maintain the machines that produce and pack welding wires and work towards reducing downtime by incorporating a Preventive Maintenance (PM) schedule. 

What resources did you use during your internship/job search?

I used Engineering Career Services a lot during my job search. I would go to ECS to get my resume reviewed before the career fairs. In addition, attending the career fair helped me land many interviews (TIP … 

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Employer Perspective: Making the Most of Career Fair (Part 2)

We are joined by Nathan Derry, Professional Development Training Program staff at Bosch, for the second part to our career fair preparation blog series. Take notes as Nathan offers first hand advice for making connections and impressing recruiters during your interactions.

How can candidates stand out among the competition at career fairs?

A lot of what makes candidates stand out is not only their experience, but the ability to talk about it. I’ve seen resumes with lots of experience that looks great on paper, but what counts the most is the 1 on 1 exchange about that experience.

I may not be inspired to move them forward unless I’m confident that my coworkers would enjoy working side by side with the candidate after our brief exchange at a career fair. It is often times during this exchange that experience would go from being labeled “good” to “great”. Sometimes this boils … 

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Employer Perspective: Making the Most of Career Fair (Part 1)

If you have yet to secure a summer position, then preparing for and attending the SWE Career Fair on January 30th is a “must” on your to-do list. I know, I know—career fairs can be overwhelming, but they are also an invaluable step in the job search process. Luckily, Keith Lunsford, who works within College Recruiting for Harris, is here to offer some advice for making the most of this upcoming fair.

How can candidates stand out among the competition at career fairs?

I find if candidates have researched the company and have a little idea of what we do and the type of positions we are looking for, it really helps. These candidates can go more into themselves and what they are looking to do in their careers right out of the gate! It is nice to have a candidate hand over a clean resume (1 page, nice white space, GPA … 

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Top 4 Job Search Resources You Didn't Know About

Happy New Year! Maybe it is a new year’s resolution or time spent fielding questions from family about future plans over the holidays, but this time of year I sense a rejuvenated interest in the job search from students. It can be overwhelming to look through all the resources available, and what’s worse is that many valuable tools get lost in the sheer amount that exist. ECS recommends that you start your job search using Jobs for OSU Students within CareerEngine since postings are from companies specifically seeking Buckeyes. But, there are some great resources for supplementing your CareerEngine search. Let’s take this time to de-clutter and discover four external job search resources that you probably didn’t know about.

Extended Job Search: This is a subcategory under the Jobs tab within CareerEngine. You can browse through over two million domestic and international positions.

  • TRY THIS: Narrow your search by entering a keyword … 
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Hidden Gems in CareerEngine

Last year, ECS featured a blog that reviewed “hidden gems” on our website. For this edition, I’m going to highlight aspects of CareerEngine that you may not be aware existed—but are completely worth checking out! 

  • “Employer Directory”: Did you know there are over 21,000 companies that have recruited at Ohio State? If an employer is in this database, it’s because at some point in time, they expressed interest in hiring a Buckeye. This is a great place to research companies and learn about employers you haven’t heard of but that you might want to consider. Maybe you know you are interested in wind power, but are not sure what companies fall in this category. A simple keyword search returns 37 such companies! Employers can opt in to including their contact information as well, so if you are lucky, you may come across an email address so you can better … 
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