OCM Staff Spotlight: Jeff Rice

Jeff Rice is the Executive Director of the Office of Career Management.  He has worked in the OCM for 25 years.  When asked about his favorite part about his role, Jeff responded, “I work with a great team who are amazing in what they accomplish each and every day. They come to work with energy and optimism, and our students are the beneficiaries of a spectacular team of career professionals.”  His first job was delivering a weekly newspaper in a town of less than 5,000 residents by riding his bike.  It was not unusual for customers to invite him in for cookies when he came by to collect their subscription bills. Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family as much as possible – they enjoy theater, music, and simply hanging out with each other.  He also does a lot of cycling to stay well trained for Pelotonia, and enjoys golf and DIY projects around his home.  If he could be anything in the world, Jeff would be a professional golfer.  Getting paid to play golf – works for him!  Jeff’s favorite spot on Ohio State’s campus is the Grand Reading Room in Thompson Library.  The restoration from 1919 is spectacular!  You might not know, as a senior in high school, Jeff qualified for, and competed in, two events at the Ohio High School State Track and Field Championships which were held at Ohio Stadium.  His advice for Fisher business students is, “Always remember the sacrifices and investments you and others are making in your future. To get a return on that investment will require good decisions from you regarding your career plan. This is exactly why the Office of Career Management exists. Come see us often.”

Tip Tuesday: How to Use Your Global Experience in Your Job Search

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Sheri Sheffel

Did you study abroad or do a global project in Madrid? Vienna? Prague? Budapest? Paris? London? No matter where your global experience has come from, IT IS VALUABLE!!! However, you may be unsure of the best way to talk about this to companies. It can be hard to understand how everything you have done and got to experience throughout your program relates to the internship or job you are applying for. Below are some of the top tips you can use to help show the impact your global experience had on you and how you will be able to bring that experience into your internship or job.

  1. Update your resume!!! The first step of leveraging this experience is to make sure the company knows about it. If you have studied abroad, include your experience underneath the education section of your resume. If you participated in a global project experience you can either put this as a bullet point in your education section or in your experience section. Make sure that you are including specific bullet points to detail your experience.
  2. What should you focus on in your resume and in an interview? Make sure that you are discussing how you communicated with people, challenges your overcame, how you prepared, new business perspectives you gained, and what you learned about yourself. Make sure that you are being specific and including action verbs on your resume.
  3. What should you avoid? Within your behavioral based questions, try to stay away from the tourist sites you saw, food you ate, negative experiences unless they contributed to a specific skill, and broad general statements. However, if the employee you are talking to is specifically asking for these things, share your experiences! You never know where common ground might show up if they have taken a similar trip.
  4. If you enjoyed your experience and are interested in overseas jobs or internships, check out some additional resources at Fisher:
    1. GoingGlobal
    2. FisherConnect
    3. Vault Career Insider

Overall, you are one of the lucky students who was able to have an amazing global experience! Congratulations and make sure to use that experience to differentiate you in your job hunt. If you want help including this on your resume or want help framing your experience for an interview setting, make sure to make an appointment with The Office of Career Management here: https://fisher.osu.edu/careers-recruiting/students/schedule-appointment

OCM Staff Spotlight: Katie Reynolds

Katie Reynolds is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Career Development in the Office of Career Management.  She has held this role for the last two years.  Her favorite part about her job is working with students during their first few years at Fisher, helping connect them to new resources, and then seeing them succeed by the time they graduate!  Her first job was at a Little League Baseball concession stand.  Outside of the office, Katie enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, exercising (sometimes), trying new restaurants, baking, reading, and watching Netflix.  If Katie could be anything, she would be the new Kathie Lee and Hoda with her friend, Hannah, an interior designer, or a graphic designer.  You might not know that she has traveled to 42 states, 18 countries, and three continents – she loves to explore new places!  Katie’s advice for Fisher undergraduate business students is, “take time to explore your options.  Stay open to new experiences because you never know how a new student organization, job, class, or connection will influence your career path.”

Tip Tuesday: Finding a Non-Internship Summer Job

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Jeremy Cantrill

As the semester gets under way, I am sure many of you are thinking about summer opportunities. Internships are something that we as an office work hard to ensure that students are prepared for, and are most definitely a great idea for any business student. Statistically most students have their internship between their junior and senior years. So what should you look for if you decide to work a more traditional summer job during one of the summers prior to your internship? There are several ideas to consider when searching for a job opportunity, as discussed below.

First, a summer job can be a great time to expand your knowledge and experience. Consider working in a different kind of job than you have previously. For example, if you worked in predominantly food service jobs in high school, consider working in retail, manual labor, or an office setting. Different kinds of jobs can lend themselves to contact with diverse groups of people, to learning new skills, and to generally keeping it interesting for you throughout the summer.

Second, be proactive! This is true of the internship search as well. You will want to have a good idea of the kind of job, location, and pay scale you desire. Starting early and using school holidays spent at home for networking opportunities can be great ways to ensuring you get the job you desire. Just as with internship searches, reaching out to the employers and establishing a relationship can be a great benefit both for the summer job you desire, and for your general network overall.

Third, apply to a variety of companies and positions. This can help ensure that you do have a meaningful summer regardless of whether you get a position at your first-choice company or not. Along with this, you’ll want to be organized. Keep an excel spreadsheet, for example, with the contacts and information you need to keep yourself up to date with your application process.

Finally, a summer job can be a great thing to prepare you for a future internship. Many students come to the office fearing that they need to have a specific kind of summer job in order to guarantee an internship. While some companies do have summer events and seminars that can be a great thing to take part in, a summer job does not necessarily have to directly relate to your future career. Instead, ask yourself “How does my summer job relate to the business world?” There are many soft-skills and characteristics that you can develop when working a summer job. Keep these in mind and be ready to talk about them in an interview with a recruiter. All past experiences can be very valuable to becoming a well-rounded candidate, including those

OCM Staff Spotlight: Taylor Ruby

Taylor Ruby is a Peer Career Coach in the Office of Career Management and a fourth-year undergraduate student at the Fisher College of Business.  She has worked in the OCM for two years!  Her favorite part about her role is meeting students and learning about their diverse experiences.  Taylor first worked as a hostess at Outback Steakhouse and, if she could be anything in the world,  she would love to work for a professional sports organization, such as an NHL team.  On campus, her favorite spot is Connecting Grounds, her favorite north campus coffee shop!  Outside of work, Taylor enjoys being active (running, playing tennis, etc.) and going to sporting events.  You might be surprised to know that she has played tennis for 10 years!  Her advice for Fisher undergraduate business students is, “take time to appreciate all of the opportunities and resources that Ohio State and Fisher have to offer.”