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The 2009 Engineering Job Shadow Program

The economy might be struggling, but there is a great way to keep your job search moving in a positive direction…

The 2009 Engineering Job Shadow Program is the chance for you to visit a company, observe engineers, and learn more about professional roles related to your major. The program takes place for one day over OSU’s Spring Break week (March 23rd -27th). All of the participating companies are located in Ohio…usually (but not always!) in a metropolitan area like Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, etc. As long as you are registered with ECIP/ECS and are available during Spring Break, you can participate!

Since each employer offers limited space, you can look forward to knowing that you’re not only going to get an inside look at an industry or company, but also that you’re going to get a day’s worth of face time with an employer (unlike a career fair where there’s … 

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Kappa Theta Epsilon

Maybe you’ve heard of the group Kappa Theta Epsilon…you may have received an email invitation to join or have seen a bulletin board in ECS, but perhaps you brushed the group aside thinking it was just another random honorary. KTE is not some random honorary. It’s a national honorary society that is specific to intern and co-op students that are the most qualified in the country. At Ohio State, KTE members officially serve as the “voice of co-op and intern students" for the College and University community and provide feedback to Engineering Career Services (ECS).

There are many compelling reasons to join KTE. Members have access to exclusive employer networking events, unique opportunities to develop leadership and service skills, and the chance to have fun and relax with other engineering students. Last year KTE underwent a transformative process to improve the organization. Some new features include an annual KTE members-only … 

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Avoid frustration at career fairs... understand resume collection

I’m sure this is a frustrating point for many of you, as you have surely encountered some employers who do not take resumes at career fairs. In this blog I hope to provide advice for what to do when that happens, and give you some insider info as to what employers are paying attention to during conversations at career fairs.

What can you do if an employer will not take your resume?

1) Get a business card from the recruiter(s) you talked to
2) Email a follow up message and that demonstrates interest in the company/position
3) In that email, remind the recruiter of the conversation [“I enjoyed talking with you at the Ohio State engineering career fair yesterday] and explain your relevant skills and interests [As I mentioned when we spoke, I’m very interested in the “blank” industry and would be extremely interested in an opportunity to interview for … 

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The view from the other side of the interview desk, Part II

Now guest writer, Carmen LaTorre (Advanced Engineer from Owens Corning) is going to discuss what an interviewer looks for in potential employees...

Side of the Desk #2: The Interviewer
As the competition for engineering jobs increases, the need for engineers with certain qualities also becomes more essential to employers. Here are several key qualities that I often look for when selecting candidates:

1. Emphasis on teamwork – I discussed this in the previous section, and it cannot be overstated. Your ability to work on a team is ABSOLUTELY critical for running successful projects in industry!!! Thus, this is a highly valued trait to see during interviews.
2. Emphasis on accountability – There is significant value in an employee who does what he/she says will be done. When productivity and/or technology breakthroughs are needed to realize significant financial gains for your company, this accountability becomes even more critical. Citing specific examples … 

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The view from the other side of the interview desk, Part I

Engineering Career Services is excited to present guest writer, Carmen LaTorre who is an Advanced Engineer with Owens Corning. This blog will be a two part series, with the first part focusing on the Interviewee and the second part on the Interviewer...

You sit in the ECS waiting area in your formal business attire. One foot nervously taps the floor. You run through your notes and try to organize your thoughts one last time. You’ve anticipated every question and memorized every accomplishment. You’re ready to show why you’re the best candidate for the job. Suddenly you hear the recruiter call your name…it’s time to interview!

I’ve had the privilege to be on both sides of the interview desk at Ohio State University, first as a BS and MS student seeking mechanical engineering internships and full-time positions, and now as an interviewer for Owens Corning for the past 3 years. The … 

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