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Your First Month on the Job

The first month of any new job is an extension of the interview process. Both you (the new hire) and the company are still assessing each other, so your behavior will determine how successful you are during the first thirty days. Make the right impression by following these tips:

Observe

Every company has its own culture---specific values, beliefs and habits that guide employee behavior. Observe how people communicate, what procedures are followed, the different working styles and then adjust your behavior accordingly. No matter the company size, people dynamics are a major component in how people get hired, promoted and the overall day-to-day experience at work.

Ask Questions

Soak in as much information as possible! Understand how things are done and why. Don’t get worried about asking too many questions, it’s better to clarify an issue right away than to find yourself struggling to get answers later, when everybody expects you to … 

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“Adulting” 101: Considerations for a Working Adult

As you are evaluating job offers the first thing you look at is likely the salary, while the rest is white noise. But I’ll be the first to tell you that the “boring stuff” matters. In fact, your understanding of it will make a difference in your standard of living. As you are learning how to “adult” you probably also have questions about savings, budgeting, taxes, and even living arrangements. Below you will find brief tips and additional adulting resources.

For more on what to look for in a full-time job offer letter, view our past blog here.

Retirement

  • Know your company’s matching policy. The Society for Human Resource Management reports that dollar-for-dollar is now the most common 401(k) match. Be sure to pay attention to the matching formula of your specific company as matching percentages vary.
  • Pay attention to when you are vested (i.e. when you can get … 
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March Mock Interview Month Winner

During the month of March, ECS hosted a mock interview competition via InterviewStream. InterviewStream is an online mock interview platform. InterviewStream allows students to do a virtual mock interview from any computer with a webcam and microphone. Engineering students were to choose one of eight mock interview options and complete a mock interview following the S.T.A.R. model for behavioral interviews. Their interviews were then submitted to an ECS advisor for feedback.

The winner for ECS’ Mock Interview Month is…Jack Hsueh. Congratulations!

Get to know more about our mock interview winner and his interview advice.  

About Jack

Jack Hsueh is an Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student graduating in May 2017. He chose Ohio State University because of its depth and broad research. His favorite engineering class at OSU is Advanced RF IC. That class has taught Jack about circuit design of the entire receiver front-end … 

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Tips for Landing a Last Minute Summer Internship

"I don't have a summer internship!  Is it too late?"  In short: NO.  However, with only 4 weeks until summer break. It’s going to take a lot of work and effort to land a summer internship.  You’re going to need to really want it. Below are some tips for obtaining a position.  

  1. If you haven’t already done so, register with ECS!! As of this week, there are over 350 engineering internships and co-ops posted on our job board, CareerEngine.  If you aren’t registered with us, you won't have access to these OSU engineering specific job postings! Info for registration can be found here.
  2. Assuming you are registered, start/continue applying! We recommend applying to at least 30 jobs per semester.  While it may be a stretch to apply to that many this late in the game, there are certainly jobs out there for which … 
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Avoiding Fraudulent Job Opportunities

As you likely know, Engineering Career Services works with a multitude of employers who are looking to hire Ohio State engineering students.  Some of the employers come on campus to do their recruitment.  Other employers prefer to simply post jobs that are specific to our students.  While ECS puts a lot of time and effort into screening the high number of job postings that we receive, there is always a possibility that a fraudulent one could slip through unnoticed.  Additionally, when you are searching on public job boards, you may encounter postings that are not trustworthy.  Below is some advice on warning signs to look out for, so that you know if the job you are about to apply to is legitimate—or not.  Avoid being taken advantage of by using these tips to spot fraudulent job postings.

The ad is poorly written.
If the … 

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