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Employer Perspective: Making the Most of Career Fair (Part 1)

If you have yet to secure a summer position then preparing for and attending the SWE Career Fair on January 30th is a “must” on your to-do list. I know, I know—career fairs can be overwhelming, but they are also an invaluable step in the job search process. Luckily, Keith Lunsford, who works within College Recruiting for Harris, is here to offer some advice for making the most of this upcoming fair.

How can candidates stand out among the competition at career fairs?

I find if candidates have researched the company and have a little idea of what we do and the type of positions we are looking for, it really helps. These candidates can go more into themselves and what they are looking to do in their careers right out of the gate! It is nice to have a candidate hand over a clean resume (1 page, nice white space, GPA … 

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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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Use the Career Fair + app to streamline your EXPO experience!

Today's ECS Job Blog is written by Career Fair + app Co-Founder, Hussain Frosh. 

Career fairs can be a very intimidating event for the uninitiated; thousands of students trying to impress hundreds of employers in order to secure a coveted follow-up interview, all within five intense hours.  Nonetheless, for recruiters, career fairs are one of the best ways to meet and select future internship, co-op, and full-time candidates, which means they are an essential part of your on-campus recruiting process.  

To succeed in such a pressure filled environment, you need to be confident and knowledgeable, which takes preparation.  Setting aside time for this can be difficult, especially when you have a full class load.  Enter OSU Career Fair +, a mobile application introduced by ECS to help simplify the process of preparing for a career fair.  The app is available for iOS and Android devices and can be … 

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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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Don't be discouraged, technical interviewers expect you to fail

Today's blog post is written by Ohio State alum, Nathan Stuller, who has a degree in Computer & Information Science. He's currently a programming consultant living in Cincinnati who primarily focuses on Microsoft technology. He has over nine years of experience developing, designing, and supporting enterprise software systems has come from a variety of roles, including Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble and Charter Communications as well as software start-ups. Nathan will be providing tips on how to keep your cool during a technical interview...

Do not strive to “ace” a technical interview. To try to do so would be flawed thinking because:

 


  • Trying to be perfect is stressful

  • It is not necessary to get the job

  • The interviewer is trying to stump you


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Consider this, interviewers challenge many candidates and have a great deal of experience evaluating responses. They are trained to increase … 

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