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How to target your resume for jobs

You’ve heard that you should tailor your resume to the job. How do you go about that? How do you know what keywords are being used? Applicant tracking systems (ATS) may have a rank and score system based on how your position description and resume match. Think of resume and position description matching like a dating website...how compatible are you with the job? The system will provide a score or ranking to the recruiter on your “compatibility”.

Consider the following when tailoring your resume:

  • Use the company’s vocabulary – if the company has a job posted for an Operations Engineer, does operations experience show up in your resume or does industrial engineering experience show up?
  • Match the company’s position description.
  • Check for keywords – again, avoid “keyword stuffing.”
    • Use these two websites to consider using to help identify keywords: TagCrowd.com and Wordle.net
    • Copy and paste the … 
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Understanding online application processes

Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are being used by a lot of organizations to screen resumes to increase recruiting efficiencies. Taleo is one of the largest ATS systems. This blog will cover some tips for applying to jobs that use an ATS system. How do you know the employer is using an ATS system? Typically if you look at the URL, the ATS system will be included.

As we know, data analytics is becoming a big player in many industries. ATS systems were initially used to help insert resumes into the employer’s database, have basic functions of screening, and follow the applicant through the hiring process. System are now more advanced. Systems can be programmed for just about anything including but not limited to: scanning for keywords, years of experiences, job title similarities, past employers, educational background, skills, projects, qualifications, and the list goes on and on. Companies have a hiring strategy … 

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Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Job Shadow

Have you heard of the Ohio State Engineering Job Shadow Program?  Are you debating it, but not sure you want to spend your spring break doing “professional stuff?”  Let me try to convince you that job shadow is totally worth your time—plus each job shadow event is only ONE day, so it’s not like you have to spend your whole break being productive.   

  1. Unlike almost every other job search related event, YOU choose companies you interact with rather than waiting for them to select you. 
  2. You’ll be doing something useful over Spring Break that will further your career.
  3. In ONE day, you can find out if you like a particular industry/company/job type…much quicker than deciding during a full summer internship or co-op.
  4. Your interest could be sparked in an area of study or industry that you previously didn’t know about or think you would like. 
  5. You will … 
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Career Fair Coaches: Who are they? How can they help me? How do I become one?!

Making connections. Landing Interviews. Receiving job offers. Many engineering students have mastered the art of a successful career fair. It’s an overwhelming experience, but if you prepare well, it can also be the start of a fruitful job search. This year, ECS implemented a new program that gives seniors the chance to “give back” to the college and help other students in their co-op/internship and full-time job search.

Who they are:

“Career Fair Coaches” are graduating seniors who have had great success at prior fairs and in their search.  They are students who are energetic and have excellent communication skills.  They have maintained solid GPAs and have completed multiple co-op or internship rotations. Most importantly, they have a desire to help other students be successful too!

What they do:

Career Fair Coaches are assisting ECS in preparing students for the upcoming fair in two main ways:

  1. Career Fair … 
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Starting the New Year Off Right: TedTalks for Career Motivation

Welcome back! If you are like me, then this is the time of year that you realize all those things you thought would get done over winter break were never actually accomplished. Goals like getting organized, catching up on a semester’s worth of laundry, or starting your job search might still be looming over you. While this entry isn’t about organization skills and won’t help you with the laundry—watching these inspiring videos will undoubtedly motivate you as you start or progress through your job search.

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

In this talk Shawn presents the research to support that happiness and success can (and arguably do) go hand-in-hand. The video highlights the importance of enjoying what you do in your career and how some positive psychology principles support a productive workplace.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

What characteristic determines success in a … 

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