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Job Search Strategy
by Ashley Taylor | February 5, 2016
No one is denying it, we are right smack dab in the age of technology. Many people prefer texting to calling and scrolling social media to paying attention in class. Despite our dependence on technology and new ways of connecting with companies, it remains just as important as ever to make face-to-face connections with recruiters.
Personal connection is powerful.
The power of personally connecting through human interaction speeds up the relationship building process. In a ten-minute conversation we can learn more about each other than in six months of online searching. This goes both ways, meaning that you are able to gather much more information about a company’s culture by interacting with a representative than by simply researching online. Why do you think companies continue to travel to university campuses for recruitment? Despite the financial cost, personal interactions continue to be the top method for recruitment. The National Association of Colleges … Read More
by Kaitlin Schafer | January 27, 2016
Are you looking for a chance to meet with top OSU employers and learn more about being an engineer? If so, consider signing up for the 2016 Job Shadow Program! The Job Shadow Program is a one day commitment over Spring Break (March 14-18). You can sign up for more than one shadow if you’d like. Below you’ll find Matt Glasgow’s (ISE student) insight into his job shadow experience during the 2015 program.
Where did you job shadow last year?
I attended a job shadow at LuK USA located in Wooster, Ohio. LuK is a German based company from the parent company Schaeffler, and they make torque converters for cars and trucks.
How was the event structured?
Upon arrival, a few members of the HR Department delivered a presentation that provided an overview of the company. The topics included information about LuK’s history, culture, and customer base. After the presentation … Read More
by Laura Pizoli | December 17, 2015
If you are like most students, you know your cumulative GPA. If it is high, you’re probably satisfied with it and will willingly supply it to any recruiter who asks. If it is not as high as you'd like, and a recruiter brings it up, it can potentially create some uncomfortable moments, even causing you to break out in an audible sweat. You start silently yelling at yourself for not taking your history classes more seriously.
All is not lost. If you have worked hard in your engineering classes, with strong grades reflecting that hard work, then it is likely that your major GPA is significantly higher than your cumulative GPA. You can calculate your major GPA, and present it to a recruiter with confidence. (But be sure to present it as your major GPA; it is never okay to mislead or lie to … Read More
by Kaitlin Schafer | December 10, 2015
Are you stressed out with your job search? You are not alone! Frustration and tension can often be side effects of searching for a job. Here are a few tips that will help you conquer the process:
Analyze your search.
You should create a long-term plan for your search, recognizing that it may take several months to land a position. ECS recommends that students apply to 30 postings per semester. Setting a weekly application goal is a great way to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Poor time management can cause a lot of unnecessary stress. If you plan ahead and make sure you don’t exceed your limits, you’ll find yourself calmer and more focused.
Students should also be persistent with the job search. Remain constant with your networking efforts – attend information sessions, career fairs and follow up with recruiters you meet after events. Also, bring your best self to interviews- … Read More
by Lauren Verhoff | December 2, 2015
The interview is over, and the waiting game begins. It seemed to go well, but you’re still waiting to hear back. What should you be doing after the interview?
Send a thank you.
A thoughtful thank you should be sent to the recruiter(s) within 24 hours. CareerBuilder conducted a survey, which showed that 22% of employers are less likely to hire a candidate who did not send a thank you, and 91% of employers liked being thanked for the interview. Recognize that many company representatives conducting interviews are taking on recruiting as an addiitonal task to their engineering job, so thanking them for the the extra effort can go a long way.
Refer to your notes after the interview and write something thoughtful. Email is the quickest way to follow up. A nice additional touch would be promptly mailing out a personal, hand-written thank you note.
Follow the interviewer’s guidelines, and … Read More