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"That Didn't Go So Well." How to Avoid or Recover from Awkward Job Search Moments

We have all had at least one—an awkward job search moment that makes you panic even more than you already were.  While I maintain that preparation is key to success, I also understand that sometimes we cannot anticipate situations. And other times (let’s be honest) we just weren’t prepared. Here are a few job search concerns I’ve heard from students and ways to recover or respond.

You can’t think of a response to the behavioral interview question:

First of all, brief silence is OK. If you take a moment to gather your thoughts, you will likely be able to come up with a response. What happens if you can’t? Stay calm, cool, and collected. Let the interviewer know that you are unable to think of a response at the moment and ask if you can come back to the question.

“That’s a great question. I know I have an example … 

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Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Job Shadow

Have you heard of the Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program?  Are you debating it, but not sure you want to spend your spring break doing “professional stuff?”  Let me try to convince you that job shadow is totally worth your time—plus each job shadow event is only ONE day, so it’s not like you have to spend your whole break being productive.   

  1. Unlike almost every other job search related event, YOU choose companies you interact with rather than waiting for them to select you. 
  2. You’ll be doing something useful over Spring Break that will further your career.
  3. In ONE day, you can find out if you like a particular industry/company/job type…much quicker than deciding during a full summer internship or co-op.
  4. Your interest could be sparked in an area of study or industry that you previously didn’t know about or think you would like. 
  5. You will … 
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Strategies for Writing Effective Emails

Do you ever feel like the emails that you send just disappear? The Radicati Group reports that over 205 billion emails per day were sent in the year of 2015. It is estimated that over one-third of the worldwide population will be using email by the end of 2019. Email is a common platform used by most businesses as well as consumers. Why is all of this information interesting to know? It may be challenging to grab a recruiter, company, or individual’s attention with communication through an email.

Wanting to get more replies from recruiters, companies, or classmates? Get to the point. Keep the language simple, but not simplistic. Speak in a positive fashion. Think about your subject line (shrink your subject line message). Ask a question or two.

If you as a student feel that you get bombarded with emails every day, think about a recruiter recruiting at only … 

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Preparing for Your First Conference

Conferences provide great opportunities to network with professionals and learn best practices in your field. In order to set yourself up for the best experience, aim to do most of your work before you leave home.

Set Goals

Plan out what you want to accomplish at the conference. Consider your personal and professional goals, and how they relate to your reasons for attending. Map out a list of the breakout sessions/presentations you would like to attend. Read through the program to get a sense of what topics seems most interesting and relevant to you. Conferences can be overwhelming with the wide range of activities going on, so you should figure out how your time can be spent the most effectively; be sure to leave some breaks throughout the day.

Identify attendees

Review the list of conference attendees to decide which people you'd most like to meet. Consider connecting with them … 

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Meet engineering employers via ECS' Recruiter in Residence Program

Would you like more practice with interviews? Would you like to receive career advice from professionals from various STEM fields? Then Recruiter in Residence is just for you! ECS' Recruiter in Residence Program provides an opportunity to network with employers while receiving career advice, job search guidance, resume tips, and a chance to practice your interviewing skills. Here are the reasons why you should take advantage of Recruiter in Residence this fall:

  • Network with employers outside of career fairs.  Networking is a great opportunity to build connections with people you may never have thought of connecting with before. Remember, it’s not always about what you know, but who you know!
  • Receive career advice from industry professionals.  Even though the Internet can provide some career tips or job search hints, receiving such advice and/or tips from working professionals is invaluable.
  • Practice makes perfect.  By participating in mock interviews, you are … 
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