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Why do I have to activate (aka unblock) my account every quarter?

“Activating” or “unblocking” your job search account should be done the first week of every quarter (soon to be semesters). Activating early in the quarter ensures that you don’t miss out on job opportunities. The benefits of being an active candidate are twofold:

1) You can submit your resume to on-campus interview opportunities and job postings through the ECS job search system.

2) Should employers be inclined to pull resumes from the job search system (or contact ECS to do so), yours will be included if you match up with the qualities they are seeking.

The bottom line: If your account is unblocked, you are visible to employers and can engage in a proactive job search. If you are blocked, you are essentially invisible to employers and won’t get very far obtaining an internship, co-op, full-time or part-time job.

Activating your account is comprised of two quick and painless steps … 

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ECS says goodbye to Jessica Hall

If you’ve visited Engineering Career Services in the past two years, while looking for a co-op or internship position, perhaps you’ve met with Graduate Advisor, Jessica (Santaguida) Hall. Jessica has met with hundreds of students in a variety of capacities…resume building, interviewing help, and workshop facilitation to name a few. While Jessica was here, she developed a “Personal Branding” workshop that has helped numerous engineering students understand how to better distinguish themselves in a tight job market.

Jessica’s duel Masters Degrees in Higher Education and Human Resources has provided a unique viewpoint through which she advises students in their job search. To quote Jessica, her favorite things about working at ECS were “meeting with smart, ambitious engineering students and helping them realize their full potential in the job market. Every day was different; each engineering student presented a unique resume and discussion about how their life experiences could uniquely position … 

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Make your own career fair

There is no career fair in the spring for engineering students. Career fairs are great because you get to speak to a company representative in person. Often, however, companies will just use that person to collect your resume. So, as long as the company gets your resume and considers you for a job, does it really matter that you did not submit it to a person?

If I were an engineering student, whether looking for my career job or a co-op/internship, I would make my own Career Fair. For this fair, no suits are required until I get an interview. Most of it could be done on my deck with a laptop and an ice cold drink.

First of all, I would log into my job search account and apply for all the current postings that fit me. I’d check out the useful link on my account’s ‘home’ page, too … 

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T. Boone Pickens Town Hall Meeting

Alternative energy is a hot topic right now. A growing number of engineering students that I meet with are interested in pursuing career goals that revolve around creating greener technology. That’s why I was excited to hear that oil-tycoon-turned-renewable-domestic-energy-activist, T. Boone Pickens, was partnering with AEP CEO, Mike Morris, for a town hall style meeting to discuss the future of our country’s energy needs.

Pickens is 80 years old, and jokes that he can only remember the past 40 years. He started off the town hall meeting by recalling how in 1970, President Richard Nixon promised to put an end to America’s dependence on foreign oil. He recalled that every president since has made the same promise. In 1970, 24% of oil was imported. Today we import approximately 70%. T. Boone Pickens sees this as not only an energy crisis but also a security crisis, since much of the imported … 

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The 2009 Engineering Job Shadow Program

The economy might be struggling, but there is a great way to keep your job search moving in a positive direction…

The 2009 Engineering Job Shadow Program is the chance for you to visit a company, observe engineers, and learn more about professional roles related to your major. The program takes place for one day over OSU’s Spring Break week (March 23rd -27th). All of the participating companies are located in Ohio…usually (but not always!) in a metropolitan area like Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, etc. As long as you are registered with ECIP/ECS and are available during Spring Break, you can participate!

Since each employer offers limited space, you can look forward to knowing that you’re not only going to get an inside look at an industry or company, but also that you’re going to get a day’s worth of face time with an employer (unlike a career fair where there’s … 

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