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You're an Engineer. Why Would You Want to be in Sales?

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This week’s blog is written by Kevin L. Parker, Regional Sales & Marketing Operations Manager for Rockwell Automation, Inc. and 2011 Ohio State B.S. Mechanical Engineering Alum. 

"You're an Engineer. Why would you want to be in sales?" I’ll never forget my mom asking me that question. I understood where she was coming from. She’s the one who had to listen to me complain about the busy weeks and all-nighters (usually self-inflicted) that came with engineering. To her, it seemed like a waste of a technical degree. If that’s the direction I wanted to take, why wouldn’t I have pursued a business degree? In actuality, I considered that at one point but Scott Lab was pretty cool and new at the time, plus we had motorcycle parking right in front! What my mom failed to recognize then, were the experiences and career opportunities that come with technical sales. She has … 

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Crash Course in Career Fair Networking

Hundreds of employers trying to sort through thousands of students with everyone looking for the perfect pairing. How are you supposed to stand out as a top candidate? Below are ten tips to standing out at the career fair. Five focus on body language and are written by Mary-Kate Wintz, a Process Development Engineer at The Lubrizol Corporation, while the other five highlight the impact of preparation and follow-up.

Body Language

  1. Start with good posture. Use power posing before the fair begins to get your confidence set and to practice the posture that you want recruiters to see you using. During the fair, standing with your knees ever so slightly bent to reduce the risk of passing out will allow you to continue to…
  2. Breathe! Take a deep breath both prior to and within your conversation with a recruiter to not only calm your nerves, but naturally open your chest and … 
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Graduating This Year? Check Out This One-Stop Shop Event!

The checklist is endless when you are searching for a full-time position during your last year. Not only do you have to contend with the time it takes to complete your assignments, but you have to manage to update your professional documents and presence, network with employers, and figure out how to nail the interview. The Engineering Career Success Conference (ECSC) on Friday, September 21st (11:30am-5:30pm) will lay the foundation for a successful job search by helping you complete that checklist!

Polish your professionalism.

An employer panel will offer insider advice from hiring managers and engineers in a variety of industries. You’ll also choose from a selection of career workshops to enhance professional skills. A few of the workshop topics include: salary negotiation, interviews, LinkedIn, networking, and managing your finances. View full event agenda HERE.

Interact and improve.

During the ECSC Interactive Lounge, you will have the chance to … 

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Employer Perspective: FAQs and Mythbusting

Photo of Audrey Inniger holding an Instagram frame signAudrey Inniger, Senior Talent Management Consultant at Worldpay

Audrey Inniger is a Senior Talent Management Consultant at Worldpay (formerly Vantiv). Before college career fair season is set to kick off, we asked her for general advice and how to make the most out of interactions with employers.

What are the benefits to attending an information session or networking event?

Oftentimes information sessions or networking events aren’t as crowded as a career fair. Therefore, you are able to spend valuable time with a recruiter or company professional showcasing your unique skillset. From a recruiter perspective, I typically remember those students better who I meet at an information session or networking event due to the meaningful conversations held!

What are some tips for college students or recent graduates looking to stand out at a job fair?

Showcase what makes you, YOU. The best and most memorable conversations I have are those in which … 

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It All Starts With a Handshake

While we know that you probably aren’t thinking about us during your summer break, we have been spending a lot of time thinking about YOU! ECS, along with the other career offices at Ohio State, has been preparing the past several months for the launch of Handshake, our new job search system. As of TODAY (June 5), all students have access to this new platform which we hope you will find intuitive and easy-to-use. Can you tell we’re excited?

Handshake connects you with internships and jobs from thousands of employers. Some perks of handshake include:

  • Discover jobs you are truly interested in. Handshake shares job recommendations based on your interest, major, and skills. You can explore collections of jobs just for you. Pro Tip: “Favorite” jobs. Handshake’s smart software will start showing more similar jobs once it learns what you are most interested in.
  • Stand out to employers … 
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