Register for BA2601: Job Search Preparation Course

Written by Course Instructor, Audrey Bledsoe, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Career Services and Education

Did you know the Office of Career Management at Fisher offers a class called BA 2601? BA 2601 is a 1-credit hour class that meets twice a week and covers several career-related topics. Basically it’s a crash course in everything you need to know to be a successful job seeker. Interested? You should be! This class benefits nearly any student no matter your major or career goals. You will develop skills that are necessary for LIFE. Some of the topics include:

  • Resume writing
  • Cover letters, thank you notes and other correspondence
  • Interviewing skills
  • Job search techniques
  • Preparing for career fairs
  • Elevator pitch
  • Networking
  • Professionalism and etiquette
  • Salary and job offer negotiation
  • And tons more!

I’m telling you—EVERY business professional needs to have the above skills to be successful!

The best part is the style of this class…most of the above topics are taught not by a professor, but by company recruiters! Tons of great companies have come to BA 2601 to share their expertise and the “insider’s perspective” on what they look for in potential candidates. Eaton, DHL Supply Chain, EY, Discover, Procter & Gamble, Progressive, L brands, Target, 5/3 Bank, PwC, Deloitte, Whirlpool, Unilever, GE Aviation, General Motors, Big Lots, Cardinal Health…the list goes on. And you can chat 1-on-1 with these recruiters after the conclusion of each class; now that’s networking!

Christopher Jackson, a current undergraduate business student in BA 2601 during Spring 2016, weighs in on his experience in the class: BA2601 Student

“BA 2601 will help me in my career by giving me better insight as to what employers are looking for in an ideal candidate. I’ve been introduced to the recruiters of many large companies and learned directly from them what skills and passion they are looking for in a future employee of their business.”

“My favorite class session so far has been the speed networking activity where we gave elevator pitches and connected with the peers in our class. We provided constructive feedback to each person that we networked with, which told each of us what we can do better when we get into the same situation with a company recruiter.”

One of the coolest parts about the class is the Etiquette lunch at the Blackwell. During this lunch you get to practice your networking and conversational skills while eating a delicious 3-course meal at the Blackwell. Here’s a picture from the Fall 2015 Etiquette luncheon:Etiquette Lunch

Doesn’t Filet of Beef Sirloin or Chicken Francoise sound delicious? And you get to eat it as part of a class? At this point you’re probably asking, “how do I sign up?”

Look for this class to be offered every fall and spring semester! The only prerequisites are you must be enrolled in the Fisher College of Business (not open to pre-business students) and you must be at least a sophomore standing.

Contact Audrey Bledsoe ( with any questions!


Tip Tuesday: All You Need to Know About Professional References

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Kaitlin Bressler

We get a lot of questions in the career management office from students regarding references, especially around this time of year, so I thought it would be a great topic to write about for the OCM blog.

What is a professional reference?

A professional reference is someone who can speak to your professional qualifications and skills in a positive way.

Are references different from letters of recommendation?

Yes! Typically, recommendation letters are used for graduate school or scholarship applications and are in a written format. References, however, are used by organizations in the selection process for hiring candidates and are typically done via phone.

How often do companies use references?

Many companies use references toward the end of the application process to check information gathered throughout the interview process. It varies depending on the company and the industry, but the reference process usually comes as one of the last steps in the hiring process.

Who can I use as a reference?

Professional references can include past supervisors or managers, professors, coaches, college personnel, or academic advisors. They typically do NOT include friends or family members.

How do I ask people to be a reference for me?

The important thing to remember is make sure you get permission before you write down someone else’s contact information. It is great if you can give at least a two-week notice, but more time is always better.

Should I include my reference list on my resume?

Typically, a reference list should NOT be included on a resume. It is best to wait until a company has requested a reference list, and then at that time you will be able to submit the names or contact information of your references.

If you have any questions about professional references, please feel free to make an appointment with a member of our team in the Office of Career Management by calling 614-292-6024 or stopping by our office. 

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!