Tip Tuesday: How to “Court” an Employer

Written by Undergraduate Consultant, Marlina Frederick

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner; here are some tips for “courting” an employer!

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Hours can seem like days when you’re waiting to hear back after an interview. After a few days of compulsively checking your e-mail, you might be tempted to call or e-mail your interviewer. Before you do, consider the following:

What’s the employer’s timeline? At the end of the interview, we recommend that you ask about the next steps in the selection process and/or when you might expect to hear back. If the employer has provided a timeline, make sure that you respect it! If you’re still waiting for a response after the indicated time frame, it’s appropriate to politely request information on the status of your application via e-mail.

What’s your timeline? Students sometimes receive multiple offers and employer timelines don’t always match. Whether you are asking for more time to make a decision or informing an employer of other pending offers, recruiters often value transparency because it allows them to plan accordingly. Providing this information up front can help you avoid heartache down the road.

As the courting process comes to an end, check out these tips for evaluating and negotiating job offers to help you seal the deal!

Still Looking for an Internship or Job? 10 Tips Told by all Those Shows I Know You Have Been Binge Watching on Netflix

Written by Career Fair Intern, Courtney Russell

  1. Start preparing now! Landing your dream internship or job will take time. Take syllabus week to do as much preparation as possible so you are calm and ready to go when the day comes! First, if you feel like Lizzie McGuire below, it may be time to go shopping. clothes hilary duff closet nothing to wear

Make sure you are in business professional, that’s a suit. For you guys, it’s pretty clean and dry, girls on the other hand, have a little more freedom. A pantsuit, skirt suit or even a professional dress and blazer would work. Just make sure it fits well and that you are wearing comfortable shoes. Trust me, I waited in line for 45 minutes at the Fall Fair to talk to one company and my feet killed.

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2. Make sure you know what to bring on the day of the fair. I suggest a padfolio to keep your resumes in (also great to hold business cards you receive). Don’t forget single dollar bills for the coat check, your BuckID to check in, and a nametag. Don’t freak out like SpongeBob, gather all of these items this week and put them aside so it’s all ready on February 2!

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3.  Start to utilize the Office of Career Management (located in 150 Gerlach Hall). Here we have walk in hours for resume checks, editing cover letters, helping you with your LinkedIn profile and FisherConnect run by our esteemed Career Coaches. Check online for their hours.

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4.   Did you know that over 30 companies have paid to reserve space to interview the candidates they meet at the career fair the very next day (2/3)? An interview could be coming up sooner than you think! Make sure to get QUIC certified so you are eligible to interview on campus after the fair.

Already QUIC? Make an appointment to refresh your interviewing skills so you won’t sound like Michael Scott. Make sure to ask how to answer those tough interview questions like “What are your weaknesses?” or go over case questions like “How many fire hydrants are in Columbus?”

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5.  Stay connected! Follow @FisherCareerMgt on Twitter and Instagram to stay connected. Also, stop by our Prepare for the Career Fair workshops to get all the information you can! Okay, they might not be as eye catching at Ryan Gosling, but attending could lead you to that dream job!

  • Thursday, January 28 3-4 pm in Gerlach 365
  • Friday, January 29 1-2 pm in Schoenbaum 209
  • Monday, February 1 2-3 pm in Gerlach 265

6.  This list is getting pretty long, but stick with me here, this one’s important. Do your research! Pick 5-10 companies you want to speak with at the fair using FisherConnect and research the position and the company. Treat the career fair just like a mini-interview. There will be over one-thousand students at the fair, make sure to set yourself apart by knowing what to talk about when you meet the recruiter.

7.  Now you’re on your way to that job! You just need to prepare an elevator pitch. But who really knows what that is? It’s really just your way of answering the question, “Tell me about yourself.” Give a quick intro of your name, major, year of school and then add in any unique experiences you have had like previous jobs or involvement in student organizations. Hopefully after your intro, the recruiter will have a few minutes to answer any questions you have and for you to demonstrate your research of the company. Good luck and don’t forget to ask for a business card and give a resume.

8.  After the career fair make sure to follow up on anything you told a recruiter you would do, like apply on their company website. Also, make sure to send thank you emails. If they gave you a business card write a quick email thanking them for their time and remember to add something so they remember you. They will probably talk to hundreds of students so mention something to distinguish yourself that you talked about at the fair. Make sure to reread your email before sending!

9.  Take a deep breath! If you have made it to this step you are almost there! Use those wardrobe, resume and QUIC interview skills you have already shown to land the job. Just be yourself and be confident. Oh and of course, don’t forget to report any offer you get to FCDC high five funny how i met your mother barney self five

10.  Congrats! You made it! Sit back and turn back on the Netflix!

Attend the 2016 Summer Internship and Opportunity Fair!

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All students are welcome.  There’s something for every student at this fair!

The fair is designed to help students find resume-building experiences for the summer.  Registered organizations will be recruiting for volunteer positions, internships, and part-time/full-time summer jobs (some will also be recruiting for career employment in addition to summer opportunities.)  There is a great list of organizations registered, ranging from nonprofits and summer camps to Fortune 100 companies. The full registrant list, and positions they’ll be recruiting for, can be viewed at http://go.osu.edu/ishipfair2016participants.

Walk-In Appointments Now Available for LinkedIn Profile Checks

Did you spend some time over your winter break creating or developing your LinkedIn profile? 

Well, starting this semester, we have added a new resource to help you continue to perfect your presence on LinkedIn!  Our Career Coaches will now meet with students during walk-in hours to review LinkedIn profiles, in addition to examining resumes and answering minor career management questions.  The Spring 2016 Walk-In Hours are listed below:

Mondays 8:30 am-1:15 pm; 2:00-4:45 pm
Tuesdays 8:00-8:45 am; 10-10:45 am; 1:00-3:15 pm; 4:00-4:45 pm
Wednesdays 9:00-10:45 am; 12:00-4:45 pm
Thursdays 10:00 am-3:15 pm
Fridays 9:00 am-12:45 pm

To help you get started on your LinkedIn profile, review the resources below:

We look forward to seeing you in the Office of Career Management this semester!  Feel free to stop by 150 Gerlach Hall from 8 am – 5 pm weekdays to schedule an appointment or call 614-292-6024.

The 12 Days of Career Prep Success

Can you believe winter break is just 10 days away?!

Between napping, hanging out with friends and family, celebrating the holidays, and eating delicious homemade food, you might be thinking, “are there any ways I can be productive over Winter Break?”  Well, the Office of Career Management has some ideas for you!

Alas, we have compiled the 12 Days of Career Prep Success.  Now, this doesn’t mean you need to devote 12 whole days of your precious three-week break to prepare for your career.  We suggest you pick out three or four items on our list and dedicate a few hours over the three-week span to feel accomplished!

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  1. On the first day of your Career Prep journey, the Office of Career Management said to you, “Relax!”  You just conquered a busy, and possibly, stressful, semester.  Take advantage of this time off and find ways to provide you with stress relief! Follow the Buckeyes Blog Linkto see how other students are finding ways to relieve stress or download the Counseling and Consultation Service App on your phone and click on the “Stress Busting” page.
  2. On the second day of your Career Prep journey, the Office of Career Management said to you, “Prepare your application for your specialization (if you are changing your specialization).” To declare or change your specialization for the summer semester, you must submit your application by January, 31st.  Follow the Undergraduate Admissions Link for more information regarding this process.  If you are having trouble making a decision about your specialization or want to explore different career paths, make an appointment with Katie Reynolds in the Office of Career Management by stopping by our office or calling 614-292-6024.
  3. On the third day of your Career Prep journey, the Office of Career Management said to you, “Revise your job search materials.” Spend time reviewing your resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letters, etc.  The more people looking over these materials, the better!  Refer to our Job Search Handouts Page
  4. On the fourth day of your Career Prep journey, the Office of Career Management said to you, “Update your FisherConnect profile.” If you’ve never logged onto your FisherConnect profile, do so ASAP and start exploring the different features.  If you are active on FisherConnect, but you have some outdated information on your profile, take some time to ensure all of your information is accurate.  Go to the FisherConnect Link to log-in to your account.
  5. On the fifth day of your Career Prep journey, the Office of Career Management said to you, “Set FisherConnect ‘job agents’ to send to your email.”  To create a job agent, click on the “Jobs” tab and then choose “Job Search.”  You’ll then submit the job criteria you’re looking for, such as “Accounting Internship.”  Click “Save Search” and create an easily identifiable title for this search.  You will then click on “Email me New Jobs” to notify you of new opportunities.
  6. On the sixth day of … okay, you get the point: “Set LinkedIn goals.” Maybe your first goal is to create a LinkedIn page.  Or maybe you are already have a profile, but aren’t sure what to do with it.  Set small goals, like checking LinkedIn daily, making three new connections per week, or following one new site a week, to help you get started!
  7. Schedule informational interviews.  Many students return home for winter break or spend their time surrounded by family and friends.  Why not take advantage of these personal connections by arranging times to ask them about their career path and experiences?  Maybe you have a family friend who has worked as a consultant for the last 25 years.  Reach out to her to see if she would be available to meet over coffee or have a phone conversation with you.  LinkedIn is also a great way to arrange informational interviews.  Search The Ohio State University and/or the Fisher College of Business’ alumni network to connect with people working in your field, company, or geographic location of interest.  Refer to our Networking – Informational Interview Guide for assistance!
  8. Conduct company research.  Do you have a dream company?  Are there companies you know will be at the Spring Career and Internship Fair on February 2nd, 2016?  Review companies’ websites, speak with current employees, and Google the companies to see what is going on with them currently.  Look through our Company Research Guide for some tips!
  9. Read the news.  To help supplement your company research, start reading the news to stay current.  In this day in age, the news is constantly around us – on TV, at our fingertips, and in our e-mail inboxes.  Make it a point to follow reliable news sources on Twitter, check the news on your Facebook, and/or sign up for daily news emails from sites like TheSkimm.
  10. Make progress with the QUIC program.  If you’ve been admitted into your specialization, you’ve already accomplished Step 1 of the QUIC process!  Refer to the Become QUIC Webpage to learn how you can become certified as a Qualified Undergraduate Interview Candidate and gain access to on-campus recruiting opportunities.
  11. Report your internship or full-time employment to Career Management through Fisher Career Data Central (FCDC).  Have you already secured a summer internship or full-time employment post-graduation?  Report your plans to FCDC by following this How-To Report Your Plans Guide.  The Office of Career Management uses this data to help current students gain an understanding of companies hiring for their specializations and average salary levels, etc.
  12. Go shopping!  If you have an upcoming internship or full-time position, think about purchasing business casual and business professional clothing to complete your wardrobe.  Or add them to your holiday wish list!  Feel free to refer to the mannequins within the Office of Career Management for some tips!

We hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy winter break!  The Office of Career Management will remain open during the break, if you are interested in meeting with our staff members during that time.  Call 614-292-6024 to schedule an appointment.