15 Tips because it’s 15 Days Until the Career Fair

Written by Career Events Intern, Courtney Russell

Fisher Fall Career Fair

Wednesday, September 9th 2015 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

  1. Check your email! I hope you ordered a Fisher name tag from https://fisher.osu.edu/store/item.php?item_id=78, keep checking your email to see when you can pick them up in the Office of Career Management located in 150 Gerlach Hall.
  2. Attend an Internship and Job Fair prep workshop! Keep a look out for them on your OSU email account.
  3. Research, research, research… Approaching a table saying, “Hmmm what does this company do?” is probably not a great way to start off a conversation. Knowing the company shows you have initiative, are prepared and well organized.
  4. While doing your research make sure to set goals first. Write a list of personal and professional goals you wish to achieve and see how each company’s available positions and culture would fit with what you want to accomplish.
  5. Get your “1 minute commercial” ready for every employer. It’s a summary of your resume, the answer to the typical “Tell me about yourself” question and is an easy way to get any conversation going.
  6. Ask open ended questions about the company that aren’t simple “Do you have positions for accounting students” or the like just shows that you didn’t care enough to simply visit their website.
  7. Don’t be that kid standing in the middle of a very crowded aisle looking at his phone researching the company for the very first time. Study the information before the fair so you are confident when approaching an employer. Be ready with a few questions to demonstrate your knowledge and interest in the company.
  8. Make the Office of Career Management your new best friend. Schedule a QUIC interview now so that you are QUIC certified before the Career Fair.
  9. Check out what else the Office of Career Management can help you with like resume critiquing and meetings with career consultants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZnu_RSbWw0#t=73
  10. Don’t have time to visit our office? Then look at this website to see cover letters, resumes, thank you letters and other written guides to effective and professional correspondence. http://fisher.osu.edu/offices/career-management/student-resources/undergraduate/job-search-handouts/
  11. Get connected. Update your LinkedIn for (hopefully) lots of employers to see. Remember your LinkedIn page doesn’t have to match your typical 1 page resume. Don’t be afraid to list more details than you normally would on a paper resume.
  12. Log onto FisherConnect and submit your most recent resume before September 9th!
  13. Download the OSU Career Fair+ app to research companies that will be attending the event!
  14. Don’t forget the little things! If you can’t iron your suit or you show up with wet hair it looks like you don’t have time for yourself, yet alone the company. Over 2,000 students will be showing up to this career fair, these companies have a lot to choose from- don’t make wrinkled ties or a short skirt keep you from getting an interview. And remember SMILE!
  15. Did you know that companies registered and PAID for this career fair back in June? It’s a free opportunity for Fisher students and companies know that it’s an amazing place to recruit. Be confident and take pride that you are a Buckeye!

5 Lessons Learned during Freshman Year

-By Taylor Ruby, current Fisher student

Entering college, hundreds of people will tell you that you are going to learn so much in your first year. Without the experiences that come with being a college freshman, it is hard to understand what they are talking about. I would like to discuss a few things that I learned during my freshman year at Ohio State about the business profession and life in general.

1.) You are never too young
A lot of younger students are afraid to start actively developing their professional network because they are so young. While being the youngest one in the room can be intimidating, it can also be impressive. In the business field, it is never too early to start practicing professional skills. I often times will tell my friends about how, in the business field, everything happens 3 years early. For many people, it takes a lot of interaction with professionals before they feel comfortable in professional situations. Therefore, it may actually be an advantage to get that practice before it is crunch time and you are trying to get an internship. Your young age also sets you apart from a lot of the other students. Some things might not go as planned but that is okay because you are young! Practicing professional communication and networking is a great thing to do at a young age. Also, even the smallest of acts may lead to something bigger. There were many instances this year where I said hello to just one person, yet many other opportunities were shown to me as a result! If you are unsure about anything, I would recommend contacting the Office of Career Management. That is what they are there for! They can be a great resource if you are unsure if an event would be a good place to practice your professional communication skills.

2.) Diversify
Many students try to have the perfect resume but there is no such thing. Resumes are supposed to reflect who you are and what experiences you have had. Diversify your involvement and pursue your interests. I am involved in a lot of things on campus. Some of them are business related but not all of them. I enjoy playing tennis so I make a pointed effort to keep playing and have joined the club tennis team at Ohio State. Sure, that is not directly related to accounting or business. However, my experiences with the sport of tennis will help me with many things in the professional workplace, which leads me to my next point.

3.) Soft skills are important
Having a high GPA and working hard on school work is definitely important for success in a professional workplace. However, in order to become truly accomplished you must also have soft skills. By soft skills, I mean the ability to converse and work with other people. Many employers look for food service on resumes because that is one of the best places to learn soft skills. However, it is not the only place. I see every day as an opportunity to practice my soft skills. As previously mentioned, I am very involved on campus. Every time I am talking with someone or participating in a group activity, I am trying to further develop these skills. By interacting with all different types of people, you will get to experience several different types of situations. I interact with business students on a daily basis in my classes. However, business students and art students are very different. Architecture students and science students are also different! It is important to develop relationships with a variety of different people because your clients in the professional world will be very diverse. Also, sometimes the best relationships can develop with people who are nothing like you!

4.) There is no ceiling
As I was deciding between colleges, I wanted a college where there would be no limit to what I could achieve. Honestly, Ohio State was the perfect decision. If you have a dream, pursue it. You have all of the resources you need to do anything that you want to at this university. Do not be afraid to talk to people about your dreams. If you want to do something and are not quite sure how, ask someone! The faculty may have a contact or know something that you do not. Have no fear. If you do not have a dream yet, that is okay. Start trying out new organizations and activities. You will eventually come across something you are interested in. With the seemingly infinite number of organizations and resources at Ohio State, I can confidently say that there is something here for you.

5.) Utilize upperclassman
You will make many decisions in your first year of college. These decisions include what classes to take, what major to choose, what activities to get involved in and more. Upperclassman are great resource. They have already gone through everything that you are going through. They have taken the classes that you are considering taking, they have chosen their career paths, they have been involved in the activities that you are thinking about joining. Through a program in which I participated, I was matched with an upperclassman mentor. She graduated in May and actually took summer classes in order to graduate on time with enough credit hours to sit for the Certified Public Accounting exam. I reached out to her about my goal to graduate on time with enough hours to sit for the same exam. We ended up meeting for lunch and talking about her experiences, as well as mine. I learned a great deal in just that one conversation. It was nice to talk with someone who had just completed the goal that I am currently working towards. There is most likely an upperclassman somewhere around you that is doing or has already done what you are working towards. They can provide great insight.

These are just a few of the things that I learned during my freshman year. I hope that, even if you are not a freshman in college, these lessons can be applied to your life as well. They certainly helped me through my freshman year.

8 Things I Wish I Would Have Known as a Freshman…

By Lindsay Bodenhoff, Career Coach

1. Get involved early! Ohio State is one of the largest universities in the nation and has organizations for every interest. Do you love grilling out and eat ribs? Buckeye Barbeque Qlub is calling your name! You’re passionate about health and fitness? Join CHAARG and learn about new work outs! Fisher also has organizations for almost all specializations and interests. Find something you’re passionate about and stick with it– you’ll meet people, have fun, and hopefully gain leadership experience.

2. Research professors and ask other opinions prior to enrolling in their class. Professors can make all the difference, so it’s important to find ones who can benefit you the most. 14 weeks is a long time to spend in a class you’re not enjoying.

3. Student discounts are awesome. Businesses love college students! There are so many student discounts available and worth searching for. Did you know that you can see a movie at Gateway for $6.50 with your BuckID? Even stores like J Crew and Apple offer student discounts. College is expensive and these deals can make a big difference!

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4. Learn the tunnels throughout Fisher! Did you know Schoenbaum, Mason, Gerlach, and Fisher Hall are all connected by underground tunnels? Learn early on to avoid walking in the rain or snow!

5. Sleep and be healthy. You need it. Stop trying to pull all-nighters. It’s not healthy and it makes you less productive. Make time to work out and try to eat healthy when you can- the freshman 15 is no joke…seriously.

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6. Yes, you actually have to study and be organized to do well. More important than anything, study and keep up with your classes. If you aren’t doing well in school, re-evaluate your schedule. It is so much more difficult to improve your GPA as a junior than it is to start off well freshman year. Trust me, classes will get harder.

7. Start thinking about internships early on. I was baffled when sophomore year hit and students started talking about internships and the career fair immediately in September. Don’t be that person. Research internships and plan to have at least one under your belt before graduation!

8. Treat yourself! You got an A on your Computer Science exam? You deserve that Chipotle burrito and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

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How to Set Up a Job Shadow

Here in the Office of Career Management, we’re constantly telling students to set up informational interviews. “They’re so important!” we say. “Do as many as you can!” we say.

But what happens after the informational interview? What if you want to know more? What if there’s a company you’re SO excited about that you just can’t even imagine working anywhere else? But you can’t yet, because you’re a freshman or sophomore and they won’t hire you yet? This is where a job shadow can swoop in and save the day!

By definition, a job shadow is a career exploration activity that offers an opportunity to spend time with a professional currently working in a person’s career field of interest. In other words, that person has the job you want at the company you want it at. You follow?

So to learn more about this particular job (as in, what does this person actually do all day?!?), setting up a job shadow can be an excellent way to see first-hand the duties and responsibilities of this individual, get a scope of the projects they work on, and even take a tour of the company.

The easiest way to initiate a job shadow is to find a professional with whom you would like to shadow and contact them in a professional manner. We recommend first reaching out to our office (The Office of Career Management) to see if any alumni have volunteered to have conversations with students.

From there, LinkedIn is your best bet. Start with OSU alumni in your chosen industry, and try to narrow your list down to 1-3 individuals. Reaching out to professionals in your chosen industry should always be in a professional, courteous manner. A sample email message to initiate the conversation can be found below.

Hello Mr. /Ms. Last Name

My name is Name, and I am currently a [year in school] at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and I am considering [field] as a future career path. After reviewing your LinkedIn profile, I was wondering if you might be willing to let me spend a day observing you so I can learn more about [field].

I would be extremely grateful if you allowed me to quietly observe you for a half day as you go about your usual schedule. If possible, it would be helpful if we also had a short interview toward the end of the shadowing so I could ask you any questions I might have about [field] after observing your activities and actions.
Thank you for considering my request. I will follow up with you in two weeks to answer any questions you may have.
Best regards,
Your Name
See? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
Check out our Informational Interviewing Guide for tons of other helpful tips, questions to ask, and how to prepare for future job shadowing opportunities. Now get out there and meet someone!

Inside of a Pre-Business Classroom

I have officially finished the first week of my second semester in college. It started with a National Championship win so, really, how could a week start any better?!

My courses this semester are very different than any courses I have taken so far in my education. Many of them are prerequisites that I need to take before starting my business courses. They deal with business concepts and are structured around preparing me for the workplace. This type of course content is new to me and I must admit, I love it.

My professors have already started applying their lessons to the professional business environment. I am not used to hearing professors talk about specific situations in which the concepts we are learning will be applicable in our careers. This is definitely a change for me and it will be more of a challenge, but it really makes me feel like I am in college.

In many of my courses this semester I will be spending a lot of time in Excel. In all honesty, I enjoy it. I love working in Excel and using the syntax (a new concept I learned just a few days ago). It makes sense to me. The rules are very black and white. If you follow those rules, the numbers are neat and the data is accurate. Being an accounting major, those are my favorite kinds of things. Working in Excel and loving it so much just makes me more confident in my choice of major.

The first week of the semester tends to set the tone for following 3 months. My current course load is going to be challenging but it will be a worthwhile challenge. I am excited to see how the information I learn applies to the workplace.