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Common Greeting Etiquette Mistakes

How you greet someone professionally is one of the most important parts of your job search. Most people know what constitutes good manners in their culture, and very few people deliberately set out to be rude. And while in my position at the front desk of Engineering Career Services I rarely see anyone with overtly bad manners, I do see many opportunities to have better manners. It’s not enough to KNOW what the right thing to do is, you must then DO it.

Many of the slip-ups that I see come from the same source—nervousness. When your adrenaline is high for an interview or any kind of meeting, you can sometimes forget the niceties that will make the best first impression possible. The key to overcoming this is, of course, practice. Practice your professional greetings until they are second nature. Trust me, with a few minor polishes, you can stand … 

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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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