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Why bother with information sessions

Have you ever heard of company information sessions? Better yet, have you ever been to one? Info Sessions are when a recruiter, and usually an engineer or two, come to campus and give a presentation about their company and the kinds of jobs they are currently looking to fill.

I’ll be honest. When I first started working for ECS, I didn’t really think info sessions were that big of a deal. I would tell students during their first appointment that info sessions existed, but I didn’t really explain anything further. To me, and probably to a lot of students, they seemed like a glorified “show and tell” set up by companies.

At least that is what I thought before I attended a few last semester…

Since last semester I have become somewhat of an unofficial advocate for company information sessions, and here are a few reasons why (listed in increasing … 

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Requesting recommendations via LinkedIn

An important part of your professional identity is a solid LinkedIn profile. Take your profile from mediocre to above average by including recommendations! Recommendations help showcase your experiences and illustrate your strengths to others in the professional realm. Since potential employers will often go to LinkedIn to scope out a candidate, it's a great idea to have positive comments on your page. It's easy for us to talk about ourselves, but the opinion of others can carry much more weight. LinkedIn provides an easy way to ask for recommendations from your connections, but you want to make sure you do it in a way that is most likely to yield results! Here are a few steps to follow to be successful in requesting recommendations:

1.      Decide whom you’d like to ask – recommendations should come from someone who knows your work. This can be a supervisor, co-worker, or supervisee … 

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Job Shadow sign-ups start next week!

These days almost your entire job search is conducted online.  Many engineering students wish they had more contact with employers and a chance to make an impression…in-person.  The 2013 OSU Engineering Job Shadow Program allows you to do just that.  Job Shadow allows you the opportunity to visit an Ohio company’s site to network with company representatives, observe engineers, and learn more about jobs in your major. 

Here are this year’s participating employers:

Abrasive Technology, Accenture, American Electric Power, AMETEK Solidstate Controls, ARCADIS, ArcelorMittal, CallCopy, Cardinal Health, Charter Steel, Control Devices (Stoneridge), Diebold, DuPont, Eaton, Elford, Emerson Climate Technologies, Emerson Network Power, EWI, Exel, FeneTech, Franklin County Engineer's Office, GE Aviation, GE Lighting, General Motors, Heapy Engineering, Hirschvogel, Husky Energy Lima Refining Company, Hyland Software, IBM, KLH Engineers, Lake Shore Cryotronics, LuK USA, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Micro Industries, ms consultants, NiSource, Rimrock Corporation, Rockwell Automation, Rosetta … 

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The Importance of the Information Session

Information sessions are one avenue for companies to get the word out at OSU about who they are and what they are all about. Companies of all sizes hold these events for students, but they can be especially important for companies who may not be household names. It is always a good idea for you to take advantage of this valuable time with a company, especially if you’re interested in potential job opportunities. 

So what can you expect from an information session? Well, the short answer is…great information about a company! There is only so much one can learn from perusing a website or reading a pamphlet. Sometimes it takes interacting with employees to get a good feel for not only the potential opportunities available, but also for the company culture, which is sometimes just as important as the job itself. Sometimes companies will incorporate a few additional components … 

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Creating Your Personal Brand

In today's competitive job market, it is important to distinguish yourself as a candidate. Creating a "personal brand" will allow you to present yourself in a way that demonstrates who you are and what you are about. It is an image that you want others to see. When interviewing for a position, you are essentially trying to sell that employer your "personal brand". In order to ensure that you have a "quality product", take a look at some of the following tips:

Be Relevant.

In order to be relevant, you must ensure that what you have to offer has a place in today's world. You want to be sure that your skills are closely aligned with what the job requires in terms of technology, current business practices, and so forth. Being aware of and knowledgeable about what is taking place in the world around you is one way to ensure … 

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