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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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Top 4 Job Search Resources You Didn't Know About

Happy New Year! Maybe it is a new year’s resolution or time spent fielding questions from family about future plans over the holidays, but this time of year I sense a rejuvenated interest in the job search from students. It can be overwhelming to look through all the resources available, and what’s worse is that many valuable tools get lost in the sheer amount that exist. ECS recommends that you start your job search using Jobs for OSU Students within CareerEngine since postings are from companies specifically seeking Buckeyes. But, there are some great resources for supplementing your CareerEngine search. Let’s take this time to de-clutter and discover four external job search resources that you probably didn’t know about.

Extended Job Search: This is a subcategory under the Jobs tab within CareerEngine. You can browse through over two million domestic and international positions.

  • TRY THIS: Narrow your search by entering a keyword … 
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Hidden Gems in CareerEngine

Last year, ECS featured a blog that reviewed “hidden gems” on our website. For this edition, I’m going to highlight aspects of CareerEngine that you may not be aware existed—but are completely worth checking out! 

  • “Employer Directory”: Did you know there are over 21,000 companies that have recruited at Ohio State? If an employer is in this database, it’s because at some point in time, they expressed interest in hiring a Buckeye. This is a great place to research companies and learn about employers you haven’t heard of but that you might want to consider. Maybe you know you are interested in wind power, but are not sure what companies fall in this category. A simple keyword search returns 37 such companies! Employers can opt in to including their contact information as well, so if you are lucky, you may come across an email address so you can better … 
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Columbus Series: Smart City's Impact on Your Job Search

In 2016, Columbus was selected out of 77 other cities to build Columbus into a Smart City. As part of this initiative Columbus earned $40 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and $10 million from Vulcan Inc., with additional contributions from local and national partners propelling the total to over $500 million. Smart City’s goal is to improve people’s quality of life, drive economic growth, enhance logistics, and foster sustainability through 15 USDOT projects and 5 Vulcan Inc. priorities.

There are some projects anticipated to be finished by 2018 with others yet to begin. Amidst all this change and innovation, how could your job search not be affected by these activities?

  • There are 30 different sponsors who are taking advantage of the Smart Columbus initiative. These range from local sponsors to big multi-billion dollar corporations. These sponsors all have a vested interest in what goes on throughout the city … 
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Columbus Series: The Idea Foundry and Why You Should Know About It

To kick off our two-part series with a spotlight on Columbus, OH we will take a look at the Columbus Idea Foundry. This is an invaluable resource to anyone that enjoys watching their ideas come to life—and it’s located right in our back yard! At the Idea Foundry you can see artists and entrepreneurs alike working on anything from furniture, sculpture, and jewelry to motorcycles, 3D printers, and video games. They even have a blog too! You can check it out after you read this one.

The Idea Foundry is divided into three floors. There is a 20,000 square feet workshop with a wide range of equipment, tools, and design/ assembly space to create and shape ideas. The second and third floors have offices and workspace for members.

If you are looking for a way to gain applicable experience to list on your resume for your intern, co-op, or … 

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