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A Jobseeker's New Year's Resolutions

As you know, 2009 was characterized by one of the most difficult job markets in decades. If you’re ready for a fresh start in the New Year, consider these resolutions to gear up for a successful search in 2010.


  • I will review which tactics did and did not yield results last year, and I will work to understand how I might improve in those areas that did not do as well as I had hoped.

  • I will set myself weekly goals during my job search and keep to their deadlines. I will organize my job search time, structuring my daily and weekly calendar with specific activities.

  • I will prioritize my job search above television, video games, or recreational internet use.

  • I will not spam my resume to companies where I am seeking employment. Instead, I will tailor my resume to each company, so that my relevant skills are stressed for … 
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Co-op/intern students win $500 or $1000 toward your college tuition!

The Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) is currently accepting applications for their Bachelor's Degree College Scholarship for students enrolled at a four-year college.

The scholarship criterion includes:

 

 


  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

  • Must be enrolled in an OCEA member four-year college or university (Ohio State is an OCEA member!).

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 15 weeks of equivalent full-time co-op work by March 20, 2010.

  • Must have a minimum of one term of school left at the time the scholarship is awarded. The scholarship is awarded in April or May of each year.

  • Must work for a co-op employer in the State of Ohio.

  • Must submit letters of recommendation from both the four year college and employer.

  • Available to all undergraduate four-year college majors. Past scholarship winners are not eligible for future awards.



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"One chance is all you … 

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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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