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

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

Tip Tuesday: Top Five Reasons to Participate in the Fisher Undergraduate Job Shadow Program

Written by Career Advisor, Lauren Kume

Welcome back Fisher students! All of us at the Office of Career Management hope you had a restful winter break.  This winter weather may have you dreaming of your favorite Spring Break destination already—

But before you book your cruise you should consider staying in Ohio for at least one day (just one!) to participate in Fisher’s Undergraduate Job Shadow Program. Why? Here’s are 5 reasons:

  1. Gain exposure to career fields you are exploring with no strings attached! Want to “try-on” a career for just a day? This is your chance and we do the work behind the scenes to match you to the opportunity.
  2. Network with potential employers in a no pressure environment. Trying to find a way to build your network in a certain industry or specialization but finding the process a little tedious or awkward? Here’s your opportunity to be handed a professional contact on a silver platter (figuratively speaking of course).
  3. Observe the professional work environment and learn about company culture. Transitioning to the workplace (adulting) can be hard. This opportunity allows you to work with professionals who can show you the ins and outs of navigating the professional world.
  4. Get a reality check about your future. We all love a nice reality check every once in a while. Think you know everything about your future plans in the business industry? Sometimes the BEST thing you can do in your career is ultimately experience something that changes your mind or “enlightens” you about a profession.
  5. Learn about potential opportunities that could result in an internship or job offer. Yes—in just one day you could impress a company enough to start the recruiting process. Talk about a win-win over Spring Break!

Interested in participating? Here are the student participation requirements:

  • Must be a first-year through junior undergraduate business student
  • Must be available during business hours on the day of shadow
  • Must arrange transportation to employer site

Registration opens today via FisherConnect! Visit https://fisher.osu.edu/careers-recruiting/students/undergraduate-students/explore-careers for more information







Winter Break is Coming

Written by Undergraduate Career Consultant, Jennifer Burns

Congrats! You’ve finished all of your exams, you’re officially done with Fall semester, and you’re about to head home for a month of not thinking about school.

At first you’re probably relishing in all the time you have to do nothing but sleep in, see friends and family, and eat as many Christmas cookies as you want without worrying about any homework, exams, or papers.

But then reality hits, and you realize that you still have two more weeks of winter break and nothing left to do.

So what can you do to pass the time? Take advantage of your time off with some of the ideas below:

  • Winter break is the perfect time to set up a job shadow or informational interview with someone in your home town. You have lots free time during the work week and this is a great way to learn more about a specific company, role, or career path you are interested in. Use your personal network, LinkedIn, or AlumniFire to connect with professionals near you.
  • Haven’t become QUIC yet? There are a lot of QUIC interview openings available right now on FisherConnect and you can get a head start on prepping for your interview. The QUIC interview is a great way to practice your interviewing skills and get 1-on-1 feedback from a Career Consultant. Make sure you’ve made a profile on FisherConnect and have completed the QUIC modules before signing up!
  • Take advantage of those awesome after-Christmas sales and purchase a suit. That way you’re ready the next time you need to be in business professional attire for an interview! (bonus tip: you will need to wear a suit for you QUIC interview too!)
  • Still looking for an internship or full-time opportunity? Start prepping for the Career Fair coming up on February, 6th by downloading the OSU CareerFairPlus app, doing some preliminary company research, working on your elevator pitch, and making sure your resume is up to date. Starting preparation for the Career Fair early will help keep stress to a minimum when you are well into your spring semester classes and getting ready to attend the fair.
  • Did you recently receive or accept an internship or full-time offer? Upload it to FCDC (Fisher Career Data Central) and look at the salary data to compare your offer to what your peers have been offered.
  • Trying to make a decision between multiple job offers you have received? Review the evaluating and negotiating job offers resource available on the OCM webpage, or make an appointment with a Career Consultant to discuss what you are thinking. (bonus tip: there are appointments with Career Consultants available to you over the break, either in person or over the phone!)

Enjoy your time away from school, relax, and spend lots of time with family and friends. But don’t forget to take advantage of all your time off!

Tip Tuesday: Securing a Sophomore Internship

How to get an Internship without much Experience

Written by Tyler Allen, senior marketing student

We’ve all heard the word hundreds of times while in our first few years of college: internship. Whether this is a daunting, exciting, or even confusing word to you, rest assured that the idea of getting an internship doesn’t have to be as scary as you might think! Yes, even if you don’t have much experience. In my opinion, the way to do this is through networking and self-confidence.

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Networking can be easy when considering the fact that you attend one of the largest universities in the country with an alumni base of over half a million strong. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a fellow Ohio Stater that you know from back home or to talk to that random person wearing an OSU sweatshirt on your flight back home. One of those alumni is my older brother Matt, a 2014 graduate of the Fisher College of Business who works for a large company in Columbus. I’ve always desired to work for his company. January of my sophomore year I texted him to ask what opportunities were opening at the company for summer internships – networking can be as easy as a text. Like many students, I was overly nervous about finding an internship and was so worried I wouldn’t find one due to what little marketing experience I had from my high school job. Luckily my brother gave me the email address for the University Relations HR representative. I constructed a cover letter, beefed up my resume (with the help of the Office of Career Management), and sent out my introductory email. Six days later I had an interview, and two days after that I was the newest employee at one of my dream companies with an internship. You never know the connections you might have with someone, so don’t be afraid to take a chance and reach out to whoever you think could be a potential resource for you!

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                To me, perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when searching for an internship is to apply, interview, and sell yourself with the confidence that you should have in yourself. Getting accepted into Ohio State and Fisher requires for you to have accomplished a lot in your academic and professional life already. Don’t count yourself out of anything just by reading the job description. Send in your resume, the worst thing that can happen is that you don’t get the job – which you wouldn’t have gotten had you not sent in your resume anyway. The interview process is as much an interview for you as it is you interviewing the company. Without losing your sense of professionalism, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Discuss your passions, smile, ask questions. The more relaxed you are, the more the person interviewing you can see who you are in a relaxed setting like what a typical work day would be like. Finally, interviews are the time and place to sell yourself and your accomplishments. If you don’t have a lot of professional business experience, take your experiences from group projects, sports, student organizations, or class to shape the idea of who you are and what you are all about. Often for internship roles, recruiters like to hear more about what you do outside of the business world in your different student organizations. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to hit on some of your strengths. Go into the interview confident in the things you want to talk about that best sell yourself. Have confidence in yourself that you are capable of learning and adapting in a job or role that is unfamiliar to you.

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I know finding an internship can be scary! As someone who is nearing the end of his college career with four internships on his resume, take it from me that it doesn’t have to be a scary experience. Take advantage of those in your life who know you well and who would be willing to serve as a reference of point of contact for you. If they happen to be a Buckeye then that can only be a bonus. Finally, once you find yourself in that interview room shove all your insecurities or feelings of insufficiency to the side and know that you wouldn’t have been given an interview if you weren’t seen as competent by the recruiter. Go in there and sell yourself! Be proud that you are an Ohio State Buckeye and guide the conversation and your answers in a way that plays to your strengths. Meet with advisor in the Office of Career Management to learn a bit more on how to do this!

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Demonstrating Your Passion in the Sophomore Internship Search

Written by Jacob Catron, junior accounting student

Even the small act of submitting resumes, let alone landing interviews, can be frustrating as a sophomore.

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Last year, I only successfully landed one interview for a summer internship through FisherConnect. It often feels like companies don’t value your skills or the valuable experiences you’ve had over two years of college, and it seems that the word “sophomore” is enough to make recruiters ignore your resume. However, I found that if you can manage to score an interview, demonstrating your passion for something and your willingness to grow is one way to break through the sophomore stereotypes and allow prospective employers to see your true value as a candidate.

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At the time of my first interview with the company I ended up working for, I was knee-deep in helping with my friends’ Undergraduate Student Government (USG) campaign. This was something relatively new for me because I am normally not very outgoing. However, I found myself enjoying talking to people about the work that USG does and my belief in my friends’ potential as the next leaders of the student body. Becoming more comfortable talking to strangers was one benefit of my experience campaigning.  However, I believe that what really helped set me apart in my interview was that I could talk at length about something I enjoyed doing, why I was doing it, and what I was getting out of it. Employers love to see that you’re able to commit to something, and that you’ve used your time in school to do something above and beyond attending the classes that everyone else in Fisher takes. Expressing why you love doing something that occupies a significant portion of your time—and going beyond the fact that it looks good on a resume—speaks volumes about the kind of person you are and the kind of work to which you are capable of committing.

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Near the end of my internship, I had a chance to speak with the person who interviewed me the first time. She told me that the department I was hired into requested that she only refer juniors onto the second interview (the bias exists!), but after interviewing me, she asked them to give me a chance for a second interview with them. I ended up beating out several upperclassmen for the position, and I believe that demonstrating my passion in my interviews gave me the leverage I needed to overcome their perceptions of sophomores. The main takeaway from my experience is this: find your passion and run with it. Who knows where it will take you?

For more tips on securing your sophomore internship, read the OCM Sophomore Tip Sheet and take advantage of networking over winter break!