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What is VIA Character Strengths--and how can I use it my job search?

What is VIA Character Strengths?
The VIA Institute on Character is a non-profit organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio. VIA focuses on the science of strengths through research, surveys, and tools.  To date, over 4.6 million people have taken the VIA Survey. This survey takes inventory of your character strengths, offering a tool for reflection and giving you a vocabulary to use when communicating them. It is a psychometrically validated personality test revealing your positive character attributes.

How can I determine my strengths and why should I know them?
First, take the free survey HERE. Remember that this is an inventory of your character strengths, not an invitation for you to immediately jump to the last page and focus on your weaknesses! 

Upon taking the survey you will receive a report of the 24 character strengths, beginning with your strongest. Short descriptions of each are provided, and it is recommended that … 

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International Student Success Stories, featuring Md Fahad

Today's blog features an OSU international engineering student who has been successful in their job search.  Md Fahad is a 2017 BS Mechanical Engineering student. His most recent internship was at Meritor Automotive.  
  Md Fahad at Meritor AutomotiveMd Fahad at Meritor Automotive

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:  

In summer 2016, I worked as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern at Meritor Automotive in Asheville, North Carolina. Meritor is a Fortune 500 company which manufactures gears, axles and brake components for Volvo, Diamler. My main responsibility was to solve the gear noise issue using the six sigma process and to collaborate with gearing, CNC engineers, and materials engineers on this project. I also designed fixtures for the CMM machine using AutoCAD.

What resources did you use during your internship/job search? 

Engineering Career Services (ECS) helped me a lot throughout my internship search. The ECS advisors reviewed my resume several times and provided constructive feedback … 

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Cocktails with company reps...and other dining etiquette concerns

I’m sure that title got your attention, didn’t it? In this week’s blog, we will cover business dining etiquette, specifically during the interview process. Companies want to hire smart, hardworking, and dedicated new employees.  They also want to hire students with good social skills and etiquette.  A strong GPA or prior work experience may get you an interview, but if you don’t display proper social etiquette, you may not get the job.  To gauge this, companies will often host a lunch or dinner as part of the final interview or site visit. Is this part of the interview? YES! Consider any interaction, including a meal, with company representatives as part of the interview process. Below are my top 5 tips for acing a business meal.

  1. Attire: Many meal invitations will come with an expected attire, but if not, it is acceptable to ask the recruiter.  If … 
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How to target your resume for jobs

You’ve heard that you should tailor your resume to the job. How do you go about that? How do you know what keywords are being used? Applicant tracking systems (ATS) may have a rank and score system based on how your position description and resume match. Think of resume and position description matching like a dating website...how compatible are you with the job? The system will provide a score or ranking to the recruiter on your “compatibility”.

Consider the following when tailoring your resume:

  • Use the company’s vocabulary – if the company has a job posted for an Operations Engineer, does operations experience show up in your resume or does industrial engineering experience show up?
  • Match the company’s position description.
  • Check for keywords – again, avoid “keyword stuffing.”
    • Use these two websites to consider using to help identify keywords: TagCrowd.com and Wordle.net
    • Copy and paste the … 
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Understanding online application processes

Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are being used by a lot of organizations to screen resumes to increase recruiting efficiencies. Taleo is one of the largest ATS systems. This blog will cover some tips for applying to jobs that use an ATS system. How do you know the employer is using an ATS system? Typically if you look at the URL, the ATS system will be included.

As we know, data analytics is becoming a big player in many industries. ATS systems were initially used to help insert resumes into the employer’s database, have basic functions of screening, and follow the applicant through the hiring process. System are now more advanced. Systems can be programmed for just about anything including but not limited to: scanning for keywords, years of experiences, job title similarities, past employers, educational background, skills, projects, qualifications, and the list goes on and on. Companies have a hiring strategy … 

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