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Working a Career Fair

Career fairs can be pretty intimidating...hundreds of companies, even more students, and those distracting freebies. I'm going to put myself in your shoes and share how I would maximize my results for success...

I've arrived early to beat the rush and get more face time with recruiters. (It is usually busiest during lunch time, and it's hard to have a real conversation when lines start forming.) I'm dressed in pressed business attire (although business casual would be fine too). I'm armed with resumes, reference pages, my unofficial transcripts (advising report) and a portfolio (for jotting notes and storing business cards). I've left my coat and book bag at coat check and my cell phone is turned off.


I've identified my top priority companies that I'd like to talk to. I've researched what products or services they provide and determined why I'm interested in their specific company. I've … 

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Career Fair Prep

There’s only one week left before Engineering EXPO…it’s go time! A lot of students have been asking me, “How do I best prepare for the career fair?” Well, there are some things you could be doing to put your best foot forward…

  1. Make sure your resume is up-to-date, error free, and formatted properly. Check out guidelines for formatting in the Resource Library section of your Handshake homepage.

  2. Spend some time on the EXPO web site and see who is coming for your major. Decide which companies you are most interested in. Familiarize yourself with the company’s profile and get acquainted their web sites.

  3. Apply to companies of interest in advance! Go to your job search account and apply if there are postings…if there aren’t, go to the company’s site and view the “careers” section to apply for openings.

  4. Also print out the number of resumes that you will need for the number … 
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How long should your resume be?

If you’re an intern, co-op, or graduating senior, one page is the standard resume length. If you’re a graduate student with multiple publications or presentations (especially if you have four or more years of engineering experience), you will probably need at least two pages to effectively market your background.

If you’re a senior with a lot of work experience, a long list of campus activities, and a full “qualifications” section, you may be thinking, “How can I fit everything on one page?” or “What should I cut?” The answer depends largely on your unique circumstances, but these guidelines should help.

  1. Everything on your resume must be accurate – but everything doesn’t need to be on it. You probably have been adding things every year without editing out the earlier information that should be replaced with more current stuff. For example, by the time you’re a senior, those first-year engineering … 
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Is your GPA Preventing You from Applying to Jobs?

Listing a GPA on your resume is optional. However, if you choose not to include your GPA, you should be prepared to discuss it, since it will probably come up in conversations with employers. (“Do you believe your GPA accurately reflects your abilities?”) One option: If your major GPA is higher than your overall GPA, you can list just your major GPA. Everything on your resume should be accurate…but you don’t have to the highlight items that may work against you.

If your overall GPA doesn’t match the minimum an employer has set for an on-campus interview, you may still be able to apply by submitting an override request form. Not all employers accept overrides, but if you have related experience, a GPA that is just under the minimum, or a major GPA that matches / exceeds the requirement, you are welcome to submit an override request. These forms are … 

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Most Employer Interviewing Takes Place Fall Quarter

How quickly summer flew by…it’s hard to believe it is mid-September. Employers have already started interviewing on campus at semester schools, and fall on-campus interviewing is just around the corner here at Ohio State. In fact, if you check out your job search account, you’ll notice that you can start applying for Preselect schedules this coming Monday, September 22nd. The first deadlines won’t be far behind that either. It’s common for many students to miss out on on-campus interviews due to the early timing. Keep in mind though that approximately 65% of on-campus interviewing takes place in October and November.



Are you ready to begin your job search? Make sure you’ve got your ducks in a row…



  • Is your resume updated to include your summer job, recent projects, and updated coursework? Be sure the document reflects your recent experiences!

  • Is it time for a resume … 
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