Site Visit to Sherwin-Williams

On Tuesday, November 11th, a group of 18 students and 2 staff members loaded up onto an OSU bus and headed north for the day. We participated in a corporate site visit for the Sherwin-Williams company.

Here they are, looking super awake at 8:00am on their day off:

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When we first arrived at their headquarters in Downtown Cleveland, we took a few minutes to admire their gorgeous building. It has so much character, and we later learned that each of the countries flag hanging represents over $1.5 million in sales in that particular country. You can find their products in 122 countries currently, but look for them in about 150 countries within the next 5-10 years.

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Inside the office, we were given a tour of the Center of Excellence, which was kind of a mini-museum that discussed the history of the company, how they’re growing (and BOY, are they growing!) and the culture of the company.

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You could definitely tell that Sherwin-Williams is a values-based company. They have immense pride in what they do, and that pride is reflected in each and every employee.

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It was also really interesting to hear about the evolution of the products and services offered by the company, particularly in the last few years. Did you know they are the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States???

This showcase of collectors items was a glimpse into how Sherwin-Williams has been an icon in American culture.

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From the Center, we were treated to lunch (thank you S-W!) where students networked with professionals and each other. Then, we moved into a theater of sorts where our guide, HR Coordinator Desiree Gwynn, had lined up an impressive panel of speakers.

The students were amazed at how many senior-level professionals came to speak with them. The list included Ellen Stephens, VP of Human Resources-Corporate; Susan Keough, VP of Human Resources – Global Supply Chain; Allen Mistysyn, VP – Corporate Controller; and Thomas Liebhardt, Senior VP, Marketing – North America. As you can see, we had a room full of extremely talented, extremely successful individuals, and we hung on every word.

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The other amazing point to note was that for all except one of these folks, they all started out in entry-level roles with the company and worked their way up the ladder. This is an exciting concept, because it shows that not only does Sherwin-Williams have a positive culture that people want to join and stick around, but they promote from within and are committed to the happiness of their employees.

Fun fact: The CEO of Sherwin-Williams, Christopher Connor, is an OSU Alum! GO BUCKS!

Though we wished we could stay longer, at that point, it was time to head back to Columbus. We want to thank Sherwin-Williams, Desiree Gwynn, and the entire team that helped make this day such a success.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sherwin-Williams and their job/internship opportunities, check out their website at

(Hint: They start posting their summer internships in late February/early March)

2015 Leadership Summit


Want to stand out for job opportunities? The 2015 Leadership Summit is an annual, all-day experience that seeks to bring together aspiring student leaders from across Ohio State’s campus. This event will allow you the opportunity to uncover your leadership strengths and network.  The itinerary includes a VP of UPS opening speaker, break-out development sessions held by industry professionals and dinner with company recruiters.

The 2015 Leadership Summit will be held at the Ohio Union on January 31st from 1-7 PM.

Deadline to register is December 15th.

Find out more information and register online!

The Art of Politely Declining a Job Offer

by Sarah Steenrod, Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation & Programs

You’ve finally accepted a job offer – CONGRATULATIONS! It’s time to celebrate!

BUT…before you do so…Hold up!…Wait a minute!


Take some time to reach out to any employers you have received offers from or if you are choosing to remove yourself from a company’s candidate pool. It’s better to do this sooner rather than later, as it could help another candidate have an opportunity you are no longer interested in.

You might be saying to yourself, this all sounds good, but what is the best way to go about doing so? We thought you might ask, so we went ahead and pulled together some tips:

Pick up the phone. It is likely that a recruiter has gone out of their way to provide you with information and answer any questions you have had throughout the recruiting process. Show them the same respect and personalized approach by reaching out to have a conversation.

Be very appreciative. Declining an offer can be very intimidating to job seekers. Before cutting to the chase, it always helps to lead in to the conversation by showing your appreciation of their time and interest in you.

Avoid the one liner. Whether in an email or over the phone, nothing feels more like a “slap in the face” to a recruiter than when a student sends them a one line message declining the offer.

Be transparent. It can be very helpful for a recruiter to know why you decided to go with another company or opportunity. Students can either feel free to provide some information about their decision making process and why they chose the company they did or be prepared for questions about their decision. Recruiters often have to report back to their team when offers are declined and it can be helpful to have some context. Some factors may be out of their control, such as a geographic or industry preference, but other factors could be within their control, such as offering housing or relocation assistance.

Keep in touch. A company you decline today might be your target five years from now. It’s always good to keep in touch with people you met during the process. Chances are if they liked you well enough to want to hire you, they will have an interest in keeping in touch as professional colleagues.

Remember – It’s a Small World. Recruiters often change companies and they rarely forget when they’ve been burned. They’re human, right? You should be in good shape if you do the right thing, tell the truth, and always say thank you! Not only are you representing yourself, you are representing the Fisher College of Business and The Ohio State University. Feel free to reach out to the Office of Career Management and schedule an appointment if you would like to discuss anything more specific to your situation 292-6024.

Again, congratulations on accepting an employment offer!



Sophomores: It’s time to get QUIC!

Let me paint this picture for you….

It’s the day of the Fisher Fall Career Fair, 2015. Your top 3 dream companies, Amazon, L Brands, and Target are all clamoring to speak with you. With your 3.8 GPA, loads of extracurricular involvement, and part-time work experience, any company would be lucky to have you, and to interview you.

But when they inquire about setting up an on-campus interview, you regretfully inform them that you are not ‘QUIC’ and can’t sign up. They frown in disappointment.

Then you say, “It’s okay, you can make an exception for me.

But the recruiter says “Sorry, if you haven’t made the time to spruce up your interviewing skills, we’ll save this spot for other students. Better luck next time.”

Demi_screamDon’t let this happen to you.

Your sophomore year is the perfect time to get QUIC! You have a year of coursework, work experience, and general adulthood under your belt. You have things to talk about now. You can have stimulating, intellectual conversations with adults now. You go, you.

The Office of Career Management recommends conducting your QUIC interview during your sophomore year. How exactly “quick” is QUIC, you ask????

Here, we’ve broken down the QUIC process into 6 simple steps:

STEP 1: Get admitted to your major with the Fisher College of Business.

Applications to a major in Fisher are accepted twice a year by the Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office, September and January, and take up to 3 months to process.

STEP 2: Polish your resume.

There is a lot of good information on resumes on the Office of Career Management website (go to Undergraduate Students and Handouts for the Job Search.) If you would like additional assistance, come to Gerlach 150 and consult with a career coach during walk-in hours, or call (292-6024) to make an appointment with a career consultant. You must bring your final resume to your QUIC interview. Make sure your most current resume is uploaded into FisherConnect.

STEP 3: Register and upload your resume on FisherConnect.

Go to Fisher Career Management website and click on FisherConnect on the left side menu.Go to the Student Login section. Log in using your OSU name.# and your first-time password is your birth month/year (for example, if you were born in July of 1993, your password would be 071993). You may change your Password later, at any time, in your profile.Complete the registration profile and upload your resume. IT IS IMPORTANT TO COMPLETE THIS STEP BEFORE GOING TO STEP #4.

STEP 4: Complete the online modules on CARMEN.

On CARMEN, under “My Courses” under “Special, Business Administration”, click on Career Management: QUIC Modules. There are 5 modules with a quiz at the end of each. When you have completed all five modules [which will take one hour, on average, to complete,] you will have a better understanding of the services we provide, know how the FisherConnect system works, and understand the FisherConnect policies.

STEP 5: Schedule, Prepare for, and Pass a QUIC interview.

You should be able to sign up for a QUIC interview within two weeks. You will schedule your QUIC interview through FisherConnect. When you sign up for the interview, a company name will be assigned to the schedule. You will be expected to research the company. QUIC interviews will be 1 hour long, and will be conducted by a staff member of the Career Management team. More information on preparing for QUIC interviews is provided in Module 5 on Carmen.

STEP 6: Start using FisherConnect to search for a job or internship!

Resume submission deadlines for on-campus interviews typically end 3 to 4 weeks before the interviews. There is no on-campus recruiting during Summer term. Again, please see the modules for further details on using FisherConnect to your advantage.

Good Luck!

Ch-ch-check me out!

There is nothing more heartbreaking than hearing about a student who loses an amazing career opportunity due to a mistake from their past. It’s important for job seekers to know just how much digging their future employer will do!


Please keep in mind that some of these “screenings” often times don’t happen until close to the employment start date. If you are concerned about something from your past showing up, talk with the Office of Career Management to determine the best approach for discussing it with a potential employer.

Credit Checks

So, you’ve convinced a company to let you manage millions of their company’s dollars, but you keep forgetting to pay your Old Navy bill…Houston we have a problem! An employer will assume that if you haven’t been fiscally responsible in the past, you likely won’t be in the future. If you have any concern about what might show up on your credit report, meet with Scarlet & Gray Financial

Drug Testing

Just like you learned in elementary school, it’s best to “Say Nope to Dope!” It’s plain and simple, if you don’t pass the drug test, you won’t get the job. Keep in mind, taking someone else’s prescription can make you fail a drug test. If you have a drug problem and need some help or resources, please contact:

Background Checks

Employers will ask for your approval to conduct a background check and once they receive it, they utilize a variety of resources to see if there are any causes for concern. Examples include: criminal and civil courts’ records, past employment records (always be honest on employment applications), and driving records (they likely won’t let you drive the company car if you were charged with reckless operation of a vehicle).

The moral of the story is, learn from your mistakes, be honest and transparent, and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do!

~ Sarah