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The importance of leadership and the job search

We’ve all seen the page-long job description asking for every qualification imaginable that leaves us to wonder exactly which skills and attributes (out of the 10+ listed) are really going to land us the job.

According to NACE's Job Outlook 2015 survey, when employers were asked which attributes they look for on a candidate's resume, the biggest group of respondents (77.8 percent) chose both "leadership" and "the ability to work in a team structure."

The survey results show that leadership skills can make or break a hiring decision. Figure 2 suggests that when employers are forced to choose between two equally qualified candidates, they will choose the candidate with experience in a leadership position over the other.

Assess

With that being said, it’s time to assess when and where you’ve been a leader! Think about projects/labs, volunteer work, and student organizations in which you exercised some type of … 

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What makes Engineering Career Services unique?

What makes Engineering Career Services unique?

           U         stands for “US!” We are a dedicated staff of professionals who really care about your professional development and want to see              you succeed

            N         stands for “Number of employers” who use ECS!  We hold the largest career fairs at Ohio State, hosting over 400 employers                 every year

I           stands for our “Internship and Co-op Program.” Over 80% of the students who are successful in securing full time employment have had this kind of experience

Q         stands for “Quality services.” We strive to provide the best services we can such as resume critiques, workshops, mock interviews, connections with employers for internships, co-ops … 

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The Scoop on Non-Compete Agreements

We’ve all done it before. You download a new software program and the next thing you know a small novel of legal jargon pops up on your screen. You could read the entire document and hope to stay awake while doing so, or you could just scroll down, check the box stating, “I have read and agree to the following terms,” and go on your merry way.  After all, what’s the harm of a little virtual white lie? We have become accustomed to scrolling past all the “legal mumbo jumbo,” believing there couldn’t be anything too important in all of those statements.

It can be tempting to apply that same attitude towards employment paperwork, but this is one area you should not “scroll” right through. Careful examination is especially important when it comes to a legal document that is becoming increasingly popular in the hiring process for … 

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Know Your Interviewing Rights!

After graduating from college, I was a supervisor at a coffee shop for a couple years. One of my favorite aspects of that position was interviewing potential new hires. Whether you are looking for a position as a barista or a software engineer, the purpose of an interview is pretty similar across the board: gather information from the candidate and assess whether they fit the position or not. However, while conducting an interview, an employer needs to avoid asking questions or making comments that might infringe upon a candidate’s rights. Be sure you know yours before you step foot in the interview!  This week’s blog post sheds light on what questions employers are—and are not—allowed to ask you, including the following:

Race – As a general rule, an employer may not discuss or ask questions pertaining to an applicant’s race. This can include inquiries into physical characteristics (skin, hair, or … 

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Career Wellness

Today's post is written by ECS Graduate Advisor Jillian Baer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

Making the transition from being a student to working a full-time job can be challenging for many individuals.  Once you start working 40 hours (or more) a week, you might find yourself struggling to find balance with the rest of your life.  Below I have included five tips to help bring a bit of balance to your daily routine:

Build downtime into your schedule. During your college years, you were probably accustomed to having ample downtime to spend however you wanted.Once you are responsible at a full time job, this might not be so readily available.Make sure to prioritize activities that help you recharge.If you have plans with your family or friends, or a date night or softball game on your calendar, you’ll have something to … 

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