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Improve your skills with mock interviews!

Did you know that ECS is offering mock interview sessions spring quarter on Friday, April 24th, Tuesday, April 28th and Wednesday, May 6th? Top performers in any field improve through coaching, practice, and feedback. In a competitive job market, ECS is ready to help you become a top performer. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hone your interviewing skills!

ECS staff members will be “interviewing” students using commonly asked standard and behavioral interviewing questions. Interviewees will be formally assessed during the interview and will receive feedback following the mock interview. Qualities we’ll be focusing on for behavioral questions include:

• Achievement
• Teamwork/Conflict Management
• Technical Knowledge
• Initiative/Effort

Sign up for a one hour time slot through your job search account. Simply log in, click on the “Jobs” tab and type in keyword “mock” to schedule. Sign-ups are first come, first serve basis, so don’t delay!

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The US government hires engineers

While many other employers lay off employees, the federal government—the nation’s largest employer—will fill more than 200,000 dynamic, well-paying jobs annually during the coming years. The federal hiring wave, which will continue no matter how bad the economy may get, is being generated by record numbers of retiring baby boomers.

The federal government hires all types of professionals at all levels of their careers—from students to seasoned executives. And federal jobs are based all over the United States and overseas. (Only about 15 percent of federal jobs are based in Washington, D.C.)

Federal jobs are desirable because they provide:

1. Opportunities to serve your country: No matter what job you choose as a federal employee, you will impact large numbers of people and vast resources. And the ultimate aim of most federal jobs is to, in one way or another, better the world.
2. Excellent salaries: Contrary … 

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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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Making an Effort

“Ninety percent of success is showing up.”

One of my more successful family members shares this philosophy with us regularly. The older I get, the more life experiences I have, the more this seems to be true.

Working here at Career Services I have learned that “showing up” is crucial to job search success. First and foremost, if you are lucky enough to get an on-campus interview, show up. If you have to walk two miles uphill in the snow, show up. If you are not going to show up, don’t sign up.

Show up for information sessions of companies that are interesting to you, even if you are not looking for a job. Learn about the company, what they do and what the culture is like from someone who works there all from the comfort of your own campus.

Show up for a resume review. If you are … 

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"Tell me about yourself!"

During the past couple of weeks, students applying to join Texnikoi [the engineering activities honorary] have been coming to my office in a steady stream because my signature is one of half a dozen required on the application form.

Most seemed surprised that I wanted to talk with them, instead of quickly signing the form. But I wanted to meet them - to learn a little about each person, to find out about their current and future plans, and to hear how their job searches were coming along.

My first question was one typically asked by interviewers: “Tell me about yourself.” Surprisingly, most students seemed taken aback by the question and stumbled in their answers. Do they do the same in interviews, I wonder?

A few had ready answers. Here are a couple of examples. “I’m from a small town in NW Ohio, and currently I’m a junior, majoring … 

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