Don’t forget to take that Buckeye Pride into your interview…

Last week, the Fisher Futures class was given the opportunity to listen to Jeff Rice, the executive director of the Office of Career Management. While there were many “pearls of wisdom” in his talk, the single most important piece of advice he gave us was to remain confident in the job search and to take pride in ourselves as Buckeyes. As we prepare for our futures and begin to journey toward internships, interviews, and other challenges, it is very important to keep in mind Jeff’s message of confidence building. Often times, we will be competing with students from other schools who misguidedly believe they have the upper hand in competing with us and we need to keep Jeff’s thoughts in mind and maintain our internal self-confidence regarding the quality of our school and Fisher College of Business.

Fisher is a premier business school, recognized by Businessweek as the 34th and 12th best public business school for undergraduate and graduate studies, respectively. Beyond that, Businessweek states we are the 9th best worldwide for the executive MBA. Our business school produces CEOs of companies and leaders around the globe. These statistics and confidence builders are so important to remember as we go forth. Jeff was very astute in telling the Fisher Futures class that, as Buckeyes, we must be proud and understand there is no geographical constraint to our job search and the opportunities are infinite.

Katherine Stith – Fisher Futures Program

Quick formatting tricks to keep your resume to one page!

Many students will come in to career coaching with a two page resume and no idea how to fix it.  Their first thought may be to eliminate some of their less business relevant experiences or pick and choose what they think is the most important to keep.  But I look at many resumes and contrary to popular belief, the second page can usually be avoided just by using some formatting tricks!  These are a few of the easiest formatting secrets to make sure your resume is one page and still full of your great experiences!

Margins:

First things first, you do not have to conform to one inch margins like most of your school papers will require.  The margins can be much smaller, mine are at 0.5 all around.  I can’t tell you how much more room you gain for your accomplishments this way.  Sometimes a larger margin up top or around the sides can even give your resume the false illusion that you are missing something.

Font Sizes:

Fonts can be smaller than point 12 Times New Roman!  I know it goes against everything you have learned in English class, but I recommend having between 10 point and 12 point.  Any larger will probably be too big, and any smaller and the resume may look too busy and recruiters will have to squint to read it.  Making the font even a little bit smaller might make your two line bullet point into one line and give you the space you need.

Contact Information:

Keeping your contact information to one line helps so much.  A lot of students come in struggling to make room for all of their internships and activities, but I see that they have a permanent address, local address, and then two lines for email and phone. By containing all information to one line below the name, you save so much room! Why take up space for contact info when you could be highlighting on your newest internship that you are excited about?

High School Activities:

Once you have gotten involved in tons of new exciting organizations, clubs, and job opportunities in college, it is time to take off those high school activities and education!  This is a pivotal moment in your undergraduate college career, when you have so many cool college experiences that you don’t have room for high school clubs anymore on your 1 page resume.  Many students will at first be nervous about taking high school education or sports off of their resume, maybe because it was such a big part of their lives, but trust me, when you are running out of space on a resume, those things should usually be the first to go.  Granted there are exceptions to that rule, but for the most part, recruiters like to hear and see what you have been up to at OSU.

Transfer Credit: 

Transfer credit is also something that can be reformatted to fit the one page requirement.  Many students believe that you have to format your college transfer credit the same way as your OSU education section, but this is not the case.

If you have actually received a degree from the previous institution, you would want to format it that way, but if it is just transfer credit you might even confuse recruiters into thinking you have received a previous degree if you format it that way.  A better way is a quick bullet point explanation. This easily condenses your education section so you have more room for leadership, work, and extracurricular activities.

Need some help?

For additional tips and tricks when formatting your resume, see a career coach during walk-in hours: http://fisher.osu.edu/offices/career-management/student-resources/undergraduate/career-coaches/

Jill Spohn – Career Coach

Fisher Spring Internship & Job Fair 2015 – Everything You Need to Know!

2015 Fisher Spring Internship and Job Fair
February 3, 2015
2pm – 6PM
The Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballrooms
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THIS YEAR’S FAIR:
  • There is NO admission fee for students
  • Get the OSU Career Fair mobile app to access the Company Major Charts and the Fisher Spring Job and Internship Fair Map now! Booklets with company information will NOT be printed
  • Bring your BuckID, as you will need to swipe to get in
  • $1 per item coat check –  located on first floor across from Station 88

Spring Internship & Job Fair Company Hiring NeedsGet the app!  Download the OSU Career Fair+ mobile app to research companies attending the event along with the majors and job types employers are recruiting.

Log on to FisherConnect to view attending companies and submit your resume before the event. There is no preregistration required; students will register as they arrive at the fair.

Internship & Job Fair Prep Workshops

Wednesday, January 28  12:30-1:30pm  Schoenbaum 315

Thursday, January 29  1:00-2:00pm  Schoenbaum 209

Friday, January 30  2:30-3:30pm Schoenbaum 209

Deloitte Battle of Ohio Competition

 by Patrick Goth, Yuan He, Levi Palmer, and Andrew Topinka

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Following the end of the Deloitte Battle of Ohio Case Competition, my teammates and I were asked to write a blog post on our experiences. We were all excited to have the opportunity to share what we learned with our fellow Fisher classmates.

In order to participate in the event, we had to submit our resumes, case experience and why were interested in competing. Following a short interview featuring a market-sizing question, we were admitted and placed into two teams that would compete in Fisher’s name. Some of the more popular reasons that we stated why were interested in competing included:

  • Representing Ohio State and Fisher in a large statewide competition
  • Compete against top students from other schools in Ohio
  • Learn about the consulting industry
  • Network and hear from Deloitte Consulting

We all had a meeting with Dan Oglevee where he discussed the best practices for approaching a case. He worked with us in order to decide upon the following structure:

  1. Financial Results and Effect on Share Price
  2. The Strategy
  3. The Timeline for the Project
  4. The Cost of Implementation
  5. Risks

This structure was what we used to guide us through the case, and ultimately it was how we presented our solution in the live competition.

When working on our case in the beginning of the week, we worked mostly from the information provided and discussed what we thought the actual problem even was. We met in the evening after receiving the case to discuss what we thought the problem was and what our initial reactions to the provided information were. On the second day, we built a model that would work as our “baseline” for what the company would do without implementing any changes. It was not until the third day that we began to lay out our strategy.

We were lucky to have a PowerPoint template from Deloitte to work with, which allowed us to focus on our content, rather than our style. This was especially important in the last few days of the case when we were deciding upon individual roles and who would be presenting what. This way, we could create our slides individually according to the template, and they would easily fit together in the final presentation. In retrospect, it may have been better to divide our roles earlier in the week. However, we had one of our teammates focus on the introduction and conclusion of our presentation, so not splitting up the work early allowed everyone to have a hand in the strategy of the case.

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Our case dealt with introducing a new manufacturing process to a company in the aerospace and defense industry, which opened up many doors in terms of points of research and factors that could risk our implementation. For example, the financial markets could change the rates at which a company could borrow just as much as international relations could change the sales potential of the company. Either way, it changes the bottom line and the share price for the company. We had to learn to make assumptions to build our case.

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It was a relief when it came to the actual day of the presentation, as we all felt confident with the work we did over the previous week. There were six schools present, with eleven teams. The eleven teams were divided between three different rooms for the first round of judging, with one team from each room moving on to the second round. We were lucky to make it through the first round, and have the opportunity to present to the entire crowd. The panel of judges for the second round included several partner level consultants.

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Following all the presentations, we waited patiently to hear the results of our effort. We ended up taking second place, which was fantastic considering the number of schools present and the caliber of students present. Overall, it was a great week and an awesome learning experience.

Washington Academic Internship Program

Interested in living and working in our nation’s capital while earning a full semester of Ohio State credit? Make the Capital your classroom! Become a John Glenn Fellow with the Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP).

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WAIP is an Ohio State program that selects outstanding undergraduates from any major to spend a semester in Washington, DC as John Glenn Fellows. Students are placed with internships that reflect their particular areas of academic interest. While in Washington, John Glenn Fellows remain fully registered Ohio State students. Students earn academic credit hours for their internship, the research seminar in which a policy paper is developed, and a course in policymaking in Washington. Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet professionals working in their field while in Washington, allowing them to begin to build a strong network. To learn more, visit the WAIP website, meet the current WAIP fellows, or follow WAIP’s Twitter. The deadline to apply for summer 2015 is January 20, 2015. For more information, watch our website for upcoming on-campus info sessions, or contact the Program Manager, Katy Hogan, at hogan.124@osu.edu.