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Should I Have an Online Portfolio?

Do you ever get tired of trying to fit all of your experiences on a single page resume? Do you feel that simply explaining your projects doesn’t give them justice? Trying to figure out ways that you can set yourself apart from the competition?

If you responded yes to any of these questions, then the answer might be creating an online portfolio. Online portfolios are a great addition to your resume and other application materials. In a Forbes article they explain that, “According to Workfolio, a newly launched company that develops applications for professional visibility, 56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool—however, only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website”. Take advantage of those numbers by standing out with a work portfolio. Here are some benefits to creating one:

Creative Freedom. Resumes need to be structured so … 

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ECS launches Buckeye Engineers Work!

Join the #BuckeyeEngineersWork campaign for the month of April and enter to win a free suit!

Are you excited about your upcoming co-op, internship, or full-time employment? Or are you looking for that right opportunity? During the month of April, ECS is celebrating the exciting work opportunities our engineering students have done and will be doing, and we are also doing a push to help those who are looking! See below for opportunities!

Every student who participates in ANY of the below activities will be entered in a drawing to win a $300 gift card to Easton Shopping Center to buy a new suit.  Multiple activities = multiple entries!

Already got work?

If you’ve already accepted a position, participate in any or all of the following:

  1. COOKIES! Report your internship, co-op, or career employment, and then come to ECS to receive an individually wrapped Cheryl’s cookie.  Note: Enrollment in … 
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Do Employers Really Screen Students' Social Media Accounts?

We’ve all heard online warning phrases like “what you put on the Internet stays forever” or “what you say or do online is permanent.” But checking our social media accounts has become part of our daily routines. The rise of social networking sites has opened up various platforms for us to express ourselves, which also means our digital footprints are increasing. Anyone, including a potential employer, can learn a lot about you based on your social media profiles in a relatively short time. But do employers actually look at your Facebook or your most recent Tweet? The answer is yes. According to the 2014 Social Recruiting Survey led by Jobvite, 93% of recruiters will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. Therefore, whether you agree with this as a screening practice or not, here are the top dos and don’ts for using social media.

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  • Use … 
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The Value of In-Person Interactions During Your Job Search

No one is denying it, we are right smack dab in the age of technology. Many people prefer texting to calling and scrolling social media to paying attention in class. Despite our dependence on technology and new ways of connecting with companies, it remains just as important as ever to make face-to-face connections with recruiters.

Personal connection is powerful.

The power of personally connecting through human interaction speeds up the relationship building process. In a ten-minute conversation we can learn more about each other than in six months of online searching. This goes both ways, meaning that you are able to gather much more information about a company’s culture by interacting with a representative than by simply researching online. Why do you think companies continue to travel to university campuses for recruitment? Despite the financial cost, personal interactions continue to be the top method for recruitment. The National Association of Colleges … 

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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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