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Use winter break to assess your job search

This is an exciting time of year with students deciding among offers and others increasing their job search efforts. Those of you who have not accepted employment shouldn’t despair. There will be opportunities next quarter. You should take advantage of break to reconsider your job search strategy.

Sometimes, employers ask me to print out candidate resumes. You gave us permission to do so when you signed your registration card. Sometimes the resumes are bad. They may have misspelled or misused words, formatting errors or other problems. I cringe when an employer points out errors on a student’s resume. Don’t count on spell check. It will not pick up word usage errors. One student wrote that he maintained an impressive grade point average while working 40 hours weakly (vs. weekly.) If it has been a while since you have had your resume reviewed, have it done again before winter quarter … 

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Student Perspective: Questions to ask yourself before accepting a job offer

This entry features guest writer James Rule, who is a senior welding engineering student...

It's been my experience thus far that at a young age of being a freshman or sophomore, you start hunting and dreaming of jobs that pay a lot of money and what you will do with all this money. All good and fine. It is also my experience that a majority of my classmates went looking for the highest paying jobs first, fairly obvious. Now to my personal experience thus far in my short life and shorter career, money isn't everything. That's right, I said it. Money is nowhere near everything. I am sure that eventually everyone will get to this point in their careers but sometimes it's too late to change. There are so many more factors that a student or young professional should ask themselves before they accept an offer, or even before they … 

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Ohio Professional Engineers Exam

Have you considered the importance of obtaining your Professional Engineering licensure to become a registered engineer within the State of Ohio? If so, please visit the following web site to learn more about first taking the FE (fundamentals exam) when you graduate and when to take the PE exam. Typically, engineers that have graduated from an ABET accredited 4 year BS engineering program need to wait to take the PE after having 4 years of experience within their engineering discipline. Once you obtain your PE, you’ll be able to practice engineering within the State of Ohio and create drawings, for example to have a structure built to your specifications with your PE seal stamp! Learn more about what you need to do now to prepare for becoming a licensed Professional Engineer for the state of Ohio at

"Be a student so long as you still have … 

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Struggling with landing interviews?

How is your job search going? If you have been active in your search and you aren’t getting any invitations to interview, then it’s time to assess the situation.

Possible problems…

Issue #1:
You haven’t applied to enough jobs. I don’t want to put a number on the optimal number of resumes you should submit, but when I hear students tell me they have only applied to three jobs, it does make me cringe. You need to aim high...that doesn’t mean apply to everything, but it does mean that if something sounds somewhat interesting…you should apply to it and then plan on learning more in an interview to determine if it’s a good fit.

Issue #2:
Your resume objective is too limiting. “Seeking a summer internship dealing with renewable energy, specifically wind power, with a focus on design located in Smalltown, Ohio” is an objective that includes too many … 

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Update on the economy and hiring

The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently released Job Outlook 2009—the student version, entitled “How You Fit into the Tight Job Market.” Employers say they expect to decrease their hiring numbers for the Class of 2009 and will hesitate in making hiring plans as they watch the economy. If economic trends continue, the job market will continue to shrink. 

"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money."
-Joe Weinstein