#tbt Career Management Style: Let’s Get Personal (NOT).

Written by Undergraduate Consultant, Marlina Frederick

How to Find a Job

With recruitment season in full swing, our office is all business, all the time! In the midst of recruitment events, career fairs, and interviews we stumbled across this gem. How to Find a Job: A Plan that Works was published in 1950 and contains tips for job seekers. Believe it or not, some of the advice is still relevant! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite throwbacks from this pamphlet and the do’s and don’t’s of the job search process. Enjoy!


How to Find a Job recommends that in a “blind” letter of application, candidates provide certain personal data: “your age, whether married or single, whether you have children, whether you are in good health.” These qualities were thought to provide perspective employers with an understanding of the candidate’s character. For example: married, family man = reliable, responsible. Today, it is illegal for employers to ask you about your marital status, family life, or health. Volunteering information that employers are legally not allowed to ask for may put the recruiter in an uncomfortable position. When in doubt, DON’T get personal!



Technology & the Job Search

Written by our Undergraduate Career Consultant, Kaitlin Bressler

Technology is transforming how companies hire and recruit their top talent. Therefore, it is important to understand how recruiters are using technology to source new candidates, and also understand how you as a job seeker can use technology to your advantage.

Fisher Fall Career Fair App


Because there are so many companies registered for the Fisher Fall Career Fair, it is a good idea to map out exactly which companies you’d like to visit at the career fair. Through the app, you can pull up a map with each company’s specific location at the career fair. To download the app, search for OSU Career Fair Plus on the App Store and Google Play Store. Once downloaded, you will be able to see a list of all companies attending, view an interactive floorplan, see additional event details, receive real-time announcements, and even view career fair tips.

Social Media


LinkedIn is a great online tool for you to use in searching for jobs as well as networking with alumni. Ohio State and the Fisher College of Business have large alumni networks, and LinkedIn makes it easy to sort by industry, location, or even company.  Connect with people who share similar interests with you by sending them personalized messages asking if they would be willing to conduct an informational interview with you to learn more about their career path.  Make sure you’re also aware of how your public profile looks on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and that you are mindful of how that could potentially impact your interviewing process with employers.  Additionally, be sure to follow the Office of Career Management’s Twitter handle @fishercareermgt and Instagram account fishercareermgt for updates on happenings in the Office of Career Management and tips!

Video Interviewing


At some point in your job search, you might be asked to do a video interview. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get set up, and if possible, test out your internet connection before your interview occurs. You should also dress in professional attire, like you would for an in-person interview. Although it is sometimes a challenge, do your best to maintain good eye contact with the person on the other end of the video conference. As always, if you need a quiet space to do your video interview, you can reserve an interview room in the Office of Career Management in Gerlach.

Good luck with your job search! See you at the Fisher Fall Career Fair on the 9th!

10 Tips and 10 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. Double Check! Pull your suit out and check to make sure it’s in great shape. Did you just buy a new suit? Please, please, please remove the threaded “X’s” from your suit jacket or skirt in the back and cut open the pockets on pants or a jacket if they are sewn shut. Check out this YouTube link before you ruin your new suit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeHlSbJ2b04
  2. Do bring positive energy! Don’t act tired or like you don’t want to be there. You may have just raced over from your very boring two hour lecture and it’s extremely hot outside, but don’t let that show.
  3. When you talk about your work experiences, describe your accomplishments rather than your duties.
  4. REMEMBER NAMES! Nothing is worse than going in for an NDI (Next Day Interview, for those who don’t work in the best office ever…cough cough… Office of Career Management…cough cough), being asked whom you met with yesterday, and having absolutely no clue except that you think he was wearing a red tie. Pay attention to their name tag, ask for a business card, use their name while you are talking, and jot it down in your padfolio once you leave their table.
  5. Always ask for a business card at the end of your conversation, the best way to contact them, or what the next step would be. I have an app called “SamCard” which is a business card reader. I just take a quick picture of the card and it automatically uploads their information to your phone’s address book.
  6. Don’t interrupt a conversation. If an employer sees that you have no problem being rude to a fellow Buckeye, they definitely don’t want you being rude in their office.
  7. Don’t spend time with companies if you have no interest in working there. Yes, their free pens look super temping, but it’s not worth your time when someone else may be impressing the company you’ve always wanted to work for while you hunt down the place with the cool magnets.
  8. Don’t be intimidated; THEY aren’t going to walk up to the nervous looking students an awkward distance away from the table and introduce themselves, that’s YOUR job (they already have one)!
  9. Don’t use a loose fish grip as a handshake. Nothing says I have no idea what I’m doing like a terrible handshake. Make sure to practice before hand if you’re worried about this part. Also, make sure to make great eye contact. Walk up with confidence and make a killer first impression!
  10. GET EXCITED! Follow @FisherCareerMgt for last minute information about the fair!

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!

L Brands Cares

Though there are 100 interns at L Brands in Columbus, I am one of the only interns in my building, so I really enjoy events where I can meet the other interns and hear about how their internships are going. From the Clippers game we attended at the beginning of the year to the Senior Speaker Series, I am always meeting interns in different parts of the business.

One of these large intern events was an afternoon of volunteering at Camp Mary Orton here in Columbus. The camp offers summer and after-school camps for underprivileged kids and serves as a beautiful camp for retreat groups. We were tasked with doing general ground clean-up of the camp. While trimming trees and mulching trails, I was able to give back and meet other L Brands interns in different functions that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. Even though the weather wasn’t great, it was a chance to get out of the office on a Friday afternoon and have fun while giving back.

I was surprised by how common volunteering is at L Brands. There are so many opportunities to give back, even during work hours. Each week I am approached for a new volunteer activity that L Brands has organized. They can be events going on at the company or community organizations that employees partner with. For example, right now Pelotonia is everywhere-it seems like everyone is riding, donating, or volunteering for the cause. Much more to come on how my volunteer experience goes at Pelotonia in a couple of weeks!