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Use summer to plan ahead for your fall job search

August is my favorite time to enjoy the sweet smell of sun lotion mixed with chlorine from the local swimming pool. The start of the school year, although approaching quickly, seems far off.

At work, though, I see signs that the fall is quickly approaching and that the aggressive and prepared (and perhaps local) students are scheduling resume reviews and activating their accounts to get ready for the applications and interviews ahead.

Employers are calling daily and have started registering for Engineering Expo 2009. Our calendar is filling up with employer visits.

Are you ready for recruiting season?

  • Activate your job search account so that employers know you are looking for a job.

  • Update your resume and/or schedule a resume review appointment with ECS...we are already scheduling appointments for September!

  • Prepare for your interviews. Practice an introductory statement about yourself.

  • Bring appropriate interview attire and business casual clothes with … 
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Think About Your Safety When You Prepare for an Interview

Most students don’t think about the dangers potentially associated with the interview process. Understanding what’s “normal” and what’s not is an important part of interview preparation. Although an employer or interviewer is in a position of authority and power, it DOES NOT give them the right to manipulate, harass, coerce, or take advantage of you in any way.

When interviewing for a position off campus, or for something that you found outside of the ECS system…

  1. Make sure it’s a legitimate company and job! Know what company you are interviewing with! Some companies may post jobs that aren’t what they advertise to be. For example, a company may advertise that they want “high-energy, responsible mechanical engineers for an exciting opportunity”, but the job is really a sales position and they display the same job description but change the field to draw in as many unsuspecting college students as they can … 
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ECS is open all summer!

Our summer hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. ECS has less student traffic during summer quarter, so if you are on going to be on campus, take the opportunity to meet with an advisor regarding your job search. We can help revise your resume, evaluate your job search strategy, and improve your interview skills, just to name a few things. It’s not too early to gear up for fall recruiting! To schedule an appointment, call our front desk at 292-6651.

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”
-Alan Lakein

Authored by Rachel Kaschner.

ECS says goodbye to Jessica Hall

If you’ve visited Engineering Career Services in the past two years, while looking for a co-op or internship position, perhaps you’ve met with Graduate Advisor, Jessica (Santaguida) Hall. Jessica has met with hundreds of students in a variety of capacities…resume building, interviewing help, and workshop facilitation to name a few. While Jessica was here, she developed a “Personal Branding” workshop that has helped numerous engineering students understand how to better distinguish themselves in a tight job market.

Jessica’s duel Masters Degrees in Higher Education and Human Resources has provided a unique viewpoint through which she advises students in their job search. To quote Jessica, her favorite things about working at ECS were “meeting with smart, ambitious engineering students and helping them realize their full potential in the job market. Every day was different; each engineering student presented a unique resume and discussion about how their life experiences could uniquely position … 

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Creating Your Personal Brand

In today's competitive job market, it is important to distinguish yourself as a candidate. Creating a "personal brand" will allow you to present yourself in a way that demonstrates who you are and what you are about. It is an image that you want others to see. When interviewing for a position, you are essentially trying to sell that employer your "personal brand". In order to ensure that you have a "quality product", take a look at some of the following tips:

Be Relevant.

In order to be relevant, you must ensure that what you have to offer has a place in today's world. You want to be sure that your skills are closely aligned with what the job requires in terms of technology, current business practices, and so forth. Being aware of and knowledgeable about what is taking place in the world around you is one way to ensure … 

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