#tbt Mirror, mirror, on the wall …

Some things haven’t changed since the 50’s. How to Find a Job reminds job seekers to check personal appearance before heading to an interview:

“Did you bathe? Is your hair neatly combed? Are you teeth brushed? Is your breath sweet? Are your fingernails clean? Are your shoes shined? Are your clothes neatly pressed? These may seem like rather personal questions, but you must remember that employers are—and have a right to be—extremely critical. If you are slovenly in appearance, they have good reason to believe that you will be slovenly in your work.”

Take a minute to check your appearance in the mirror (and maybe give yourself a quick pep-talk!) before heading off to an interview. Good luck!

Tip Tuesday: 5 Reasons to Use FCDC

Written by Margie Bogenschutz, Senior Director of Undergraduate Career Management and Recruitment

You probably want to know what FCDC is, before learning about why you should use it! Fisher Career Data Central is a platform for collecting data from students about their job and internship offers, plans for graduate school and more. AND – it provides YOU with a lot of good information to use for your own job/internship search. Here are 5 reasons to use FCDC:

1) You can find average salary data on former Fisher students in your major – see what students in your major averaged in the past year, or 3 years or 5 years. Using last year’s class salary data could be helpful for you to determine realistic expectations about competitive salaries for your own job search.

2) You can find average internship salary data for your major from previous Fisher students.

3) You can learn what the top companies are that hired Fisher students in your major over the last several years. This can be helpful for targeting companies that have a rich history of hiring students in your major.

4) You can get geographic information about both job and internship offers from previous Fisher classes – learn where most Fisher students landed with their jobs and internships.

5) You can report your own internship and/or job – or other post-graduation plans – and help future Fisher students!

To learn more about FCDC and how to use it, go to:

http://fisher.osu.edu/offices/career-management/fisher-career-data-central/

#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!

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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

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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

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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

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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!