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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.

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Understanding and Using Your Strengths

Say what you want about positive psychology, but recent findings in the field support the idea that happiness fuels success, not the other way around. And who doesn’t strive for success? Since utilizing your strengths contributes to happiness and happiness influences achievement, let’s talk about YOUR strengths!

Knowing your strengths

Taking a values or strengths inventory such as VIA gives you a vocabulary that is useful in effectively articulating your strengths—an invaluable quality in the job search. Since those who are rarely introspective spend little time in self-reflection, tools like VIA offer a path to starting that internal conversation. The VIA survey takes approximately 15 minutes and asks participants 120 questions to get an idea of their character values. Once complete, you receive a report of your individual order of character strengths.  

Understanding your points of strength make you more aware and apt to use them. According to Lavy … 

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What's the Difference? Resume Objectives, Summaries, & Profiles Explained

Anytime that you can make the recruiter’s job easier, the better. Recruiters typically have an average of 118 applicants per open position according to Forbes if not more applicants than that based on the company size.  Consider the first thing employers may read on the resume...resume objectives, summaries, or profiles. Are these just different names for the same thing? The short answer is no--however, you need to pick just one of these rather than having a combination! Make sure you are using what sells you the best AND helps the person reading the resume understand why you are a fit for the job. The following will explain the purpose of each and how to write them. 


Objectives

Resume objectives tell the employer what type of employment you are seeking—they typically call out a specific position. Objective statements are goal oriented, focus on your future, and may indicate when you are … 

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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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What is Nonverbal Communication?

No matter what environment you are in – a job setting, an interview, a networking event; your nonverbal communication is equally as important as what you say.  In fact, I’d argue that it is MORE important.  Take this example:  your supervisor asks you to come in on a Saturday to complete a project, and you say “yes”.  However, you say it with an obvious eye roll.  While you are being agreeable, he will know that you are unhappy with the idea of working on the weekend.  Our gestures often say more than our words and can indicate our true feelings. 

“Nonverbal cues” refers to all communication between people that do not have a direct verbal translation.  Examples of these are body movements and facial expressions.  These nonverbal cues are extremely important in the work place because how others perceive you impacts … 

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