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Be in the Know: Employer Policies and Guidelines

Did you know that ECS has a list of policies and guidelines that we expect our employers to follow? The purpose for this is to promote a fair and equitable recruiting experience for our employers AND our students. It’s important for you, as a job seeker, to familiarize yourself with the ECS Recruiting Guidelines/Policies. Understanding the guidelines could possibly help you to negotiate an offer, and knowledge of our policies can help you identify unethical recruiting practices.

Some information worth knowing:

Alcohol Policy: ECS does not condone serving alcohol as part of the recruitment process, and we will not promote such events. As a reminder, we do not recommend that students EVER consume alcohol (even a small glass of wine) when offered, whether during the recruitment process or while on intern/co-op with a company. Read more about dining etiquette concerns HERE.

Co-op and Internship Program Policies: ECS has developed a … 

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Discover a Key to Unique Opportunities

ECS offers a wide variety of tools to help students in the job search process. One of the options we provide is located in Handshake under “Career Center” > “Resources” titled “Other Opportunities”. Often overlooked, this section includes information about events or experiences that companies are hosting. Check out some of the most common categories you can find to enhance your resume, job search, or career interests.

Career Fairs

Companies and third party recruiters put on career fairs at no cost to students, and many of these are virtual! Enjoy the experience of looking for specific companies or opportunities while staying in the comfort of your home. Many of these career fairs will target specific industries or majors so that you aren’t trying to navigate through 100s of unrelated companies. You will also see career fairs for veteran jobseekers and students with disabilities.

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Some companies just want … 

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Consider Unique Engineering Career Paths

When you chose engineering as your major, it’s likely you did so because you were good at science and math, or perhaps you had a family member who was an engineer, or maybe you simply enjoyed problem solving. Now that you are at Ohio State, and you are on your way to becoming an engineer, what does that mean job-wise? Typically design engineering is the first role that comes to mind when you are thinking through your options. However, engineers have a multitude of possibilities when it comes to career paths. Consider that there are positions like applications engineer, test engineer, quality control engineer, product engineer, project engineer, and marketing engineer. There's also consulting, technical sales, and entrepreneurship, which is what I am going to focus on in today’s blog. 

If you are an engineer, chances are your technical skills are pretty sharp. Some people, however, really love combining their … 

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How Job Shadow Helped Lead to Employment: A Student's Perspective

Photo of Eva RezekEva Rezek, B.S. Chemical Engineering, May 2018

Are you looking to do something beneficial over spring break this year? If so, consider signing up for ECS’ Job Shadow Program! It’s a great opportunity to test-drive a career… in ONE day! You can sign up for one event per day (five maximum) over Spring Break (March 11-15). Not only will you learn about the day-in the life of an engineer, but you will also meet company contacts that hire students like you! In fact, many participating employers state that they use this program as a recruiting tool. Below, you’ll find out how Chemical Engineering alum, Eva Rezek’s, job shadow experience helped her with the job search!

Where did you job shadow?

I job shadowed at Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, Ohio in 2017. 

How was the event structured?

Lincoln Electric’s job shadow consisted of various tours of the plant … 

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Introducing Intern Week

It’s spring and companies are beginning another round of campus recruitment efforts. The SWE Career Fair is just around the corner and ECS wants to make sure you are a part of the many ways to connect with employers. Intern Week(January 22nd – 29th) was developed for students seeking internship experiences and looking for ways to connect with professional skills and engineering employers. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported that a majority of companies discover new hires through on campus resources, activities, and clubs. So, while your resume is important, it is just as critical to begin building relationships with recruiters in person.

Attending networking events can be intimidating—especially if it’s your first one. Intern Week purposefully includes unique ways to engage with employers in a less formal setting; so no matter your comfort level there’s something for you! These are just a few of the … 

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