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Recruiter Advice: How to Stand Out in the Crowd

My money says that you want a job, perhaps not this semester, but eventually. The problem is that all of your peers reading this also want a job, possibly even the same job you want. There is a lot of competition in the job search. Many of your resumes are practically identical to each other. Same first year project, same list of technology, a similar list of organizations, and a quick print of a degree audit shows that your classes and GPA are also neck and neck. So how do you stand out?  Show them what’s not on the resume. Show them you. Show them that you are professional and prepared.  

It seems like common knowledge, but many recruiters report that students aren’t prepared and/or lack common professional behavior. You can’t add classes or gain industry experience a week before a job interview, but there are things that you … 

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On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) Outlook--Fall 2014

Get excited – fall recruiting season has arrived! For those of you who are new to the job search scene and aren’t familiar with the recruiting cycle, on-campus interviewing opportunities are the most abundant in the fall. In fact, over 65% of on-campus recruiting visits happen in the months of September, October, and November. Maximize your chances for securing an internship, co-op, or full-time position by making sure you are active and engaged with our office in the fall! Here are some tips for how to capitalize on your efforts:

Look for companies who will be interviewing on campus – on-campus interview opportunities are listed in CareerEngine under the “Jobs” tab. Quickly identify them by the semester/year designation following the job title. For example “Engineering Intern (AU14)”. Once you click into the posting, you’ll also see a notification that the job is an on-campus interview opportunity. Pay close attention to … 

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Employer on-campus interviewing feedback

As generally the last person to talk to recruiters after they finish a day of on-campus recruiting at ECS, I hear a lot of feedback about our students. Most of it is positive; I often have recruiters tell me how refreshing it is to interview so many great candidates in one day. However, I also hear about it when students don’t exactly meet their expectations. Here are a few of the most common recruiter complaints—and what to do to avoid these mistakes!

  • Wear proper interview attire!

I cannot stress this enough! First impressions are absolutely critical. If not explicitly stated by the interviewer in advance, formal interview attire is expected every time. I’ve had recruiters tell me that a candidate had great credentials but that the casual dress made them reconsider. Formal interview attire may seem a hassle when you are also have class and other activities on the same … 

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Greet the greeter!

Let’s face it- when going in for an interview it is often easy to be a little less cognizant of your surroundings, especially when your mind is in many different places. How does my suit look? Is there anything in my teeth? What questions did I have in mind again? Can I explain everything on my resume in-depth?

Although these thoughts are completely normal, it is wise to try your best to be aware. Reason being, in many interview settings there will be what is known as a “greeter”...this person is typically a member of the company’s recruiting team and is available to talk to you before your actual interview even begins. If your interview is at ECS, it is likely that you will see a “meet the greeter” note on the interview schedule to remind you. This means that they are there to talk to you!  Whether they’re … 

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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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