Staying Connected and Visible from Afar

Posted: March 24, 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), ECS is fully committed to assisting you with your career related needs and concerns. We understand that you may have a lot of questions about your next steps. Rest assured, there are plenty of ways to connect virtually with employers that can help set you up for success. Consider these 6 strategies.

Create and/or update your Handshake profile.

If you are not yet registered with ECS, find out how to register here. Your ECS Handshake job search account is a “one-stop shop” for finding jobs, researching employers, keeping updated on ECS events, and accessing helpful documents.

If you recently created your account, consider exploring the “Students” tab to get profile ideas from your peers who have made their profile public. Stand out to employers by keeping your interests up-to-date and discover three Handshake profile “must-haves” here.

Apply to positions online.

Apply to jobs that are posted on Handshake. To make sure you are viewing positions of interest, click the “Jobs” tab and expand the filters to sort by “Job Type”, “Paid Roles Only,” and “Major”. ECS recommends that you also include a keyword and location (if necessary) to narrow your search.

In addition to Handshake, apply on employers’ websites. You can find an extensive list of other employment webpages and tools within Handshake under “Career Center” > “Resources” keyword search “job search”.

Create and/or update your LinkedIn profile.

Fill in your LinkedIn profile completely to increase your chances of being found by professionals and colleagues. Consider this handout that outlines key tips on topics such as how to create your personalized headline and what to include in your summary—all helpful for building an effective profile.

Once you have updated your profile, begin to reach out to contacts. Whether that is connecting to Ohio State alumni or a campus recruiter that posted an opportunity, don’t be shy! If it is an alum, mentioning that you are a current Buckeye and seeing if they would have time to chat about their experiences is an example of what you can include in the initial message. They have been in your shoes before, so don’t be afraid to reach out—that’s what LinkedIn is for! After you have made the connection, the next step could be setting up an informational interview.

Set up an informational interview.

An informational interview is a one-on-one conversation with someone who has a job you might like or who works in an industry area that you are interested in learning about. The purpose of an informational interview is to gather advice and information so you can discover opportunities and build your network. To help you start the conversation, consider the following resource about developing your network through informational interviews.

*Pro Tip: If you are looking for an online, face-to-face tool to hold your informational interview, utilize CarmenZoom by signing in with your username and password.

Attend virtual events/webinars.

To find virtual events, log into Handshake > Events > Event Search and on the right-hand side filter by Type: “Virtual Session” along with Career Center: “Engineering Career Services”. This will allow you to view and register for online webcasts, information sessions, and recruitment events with a variety of employers. After attending these virtual events, consider sending a thank you or follow up with questions if you have the presenter’s contact information.

Attend a virtual fair where employers and job seekers meet in an online environment using webcasts, webinars, email exchange or chat rooms to discuss current job openings. Here are a few upcoming virtual fairs:

Enhance your documents and strategy.

Although in-person meetings have been temporarily suspended, schedule a meeting with an ECS Advisor in an alternative format. Whether you have questions about your resume, need advice on strategies for the job search or anything in between, ECS is here to help. More information about meeting with an advisor can be found here.

These are all great ways to build connections and learn more about opportunities in your field of study. Remember that now is not the time to put a halt on applying to positions or building connections with others. With the increase in communication happening within virtual spaces, it is important to remain positive, be open to new opportunities, and know that others are adapting as well. You got this!

 “Opportunity is everywhere. The key is to develop the vision to see it.” - Anonymous