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Making an Effort

“Ninety percent of success is showing up.”

One of my more successful family members shares this philosophy with us regularly. The older I get, the more life experiences I have, the more this seems to be true.

Working here at Career Services I have learned that “showing up” is crucial to job search success. First and foremost, if you are lucky enough to get an on-campus interview, show up. If you have to walk two miles uphill in the snow, show up. If you are not going to show up, don’t sign up.

Show up for information sessions of companies that are interesting to you, even if you are not looking for a job. Learn about the company, what they do and what the culture is like from someone who works there all from the comfort of your own campus.

Show up for a resume review. If you are … 

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Transferable Skills

You may be asking…

What are transferable skills?
Transferable skills are the skills that a person develops by performing a job or task that can be applied in other situations. In other words, these are skills that you may acquire through jobs, classes, internships, co-ops, research opportunities, study abroad experiences, campus or community activities, etc., that can be “transferred” to your next career pursuit.

Examples of transferable skills: dependability, time management, teamwork, customer service, decision making, problem solving, organizational skills, oral and written communication skills, responsibility, creativity, initiative, integrity, interpersonal skills, technology skills

Many students have some part-time and/or full-time experience, either related or unrelated to the position(s) for which they are applying through ECS. These experiences may be in restaurants, lifeguarding, construction, landscaping, baby-sitting, volunteering in the community, studying abroad, and so forth; the type of experience doesn't matter. You're developing transferable skills without even thinking about it. It's … 

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Do you have trouble answering this interview question: "Tell me about yourself?"

Or how about these questions:
• “Why should we hire you?”
• “Do you believe your GPA is an accurate reflection of your abilities?”
• “Why are you interested in this job?”

How can you be better prepared to answer these STANDARD interview questions? ….Create YOUR Personal Brand!

Let’s face it, now is not the best time to be looking for a job. With an unstable economy, employers’ hiring practices are unpredictable. But there are steps you can take to make yourself a more attractive candidate and help land the position you WANT!

First you have to think of yourself as a ‘PRODUCT’:
• You are a student with a unique combination of skills, abilities, education and work experience.
• You MUST utilize that information to create a unique personal brand and learn how to SELL yourself to an employer.
• If you don’t know what added value you … 

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Update on the economy and hiring

The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently released Job Outlook 2009—the student version, entitled “How You Fit into the Tight Job Market.” Employers say they expect to decrease their hiring numbers for the Class of 2009 and will hesitate in making hiring plans as they watch the economy. If economic trends continue, the job market will continue to shrink. 

"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money."
-Joe Weinstein


 

Considering a Study Abroad Program? Then a Wolfe Scholarship is something you should look into...

To receive the scholarship, students must:

• Be a full-time student of sophomore, junior, or senior rank.
• Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75.
• Be an Ohio resident who has graduated from an Ohio high school.
• Be admitted to an Ohio State approved quarter/summer-long study abroad program.

For more information on the Wolfe Scholarship and other scholarships for Study Abroad Programs, check out the Office of International Affairs (OIA) web site at:

http://oia.osu.edu/content/blogcategory/101/475/

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-Mark Twain
 

Authored by Olga Stavridis.

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