Attend the 2016 Summer Internship and Opportunity Fair!

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All students are welcome.  There’s something for every student at this fair!

The fair is designed to help students find resume-building experiences for the summer.  Registered organizations will be recruiting for volunteer positions, internships, and part-time/full-time summer jobs (some will also be recruiting for career employment in addition to summer opportunities.)  There is a great list of organizations registered, ranging from nonprofits and summer camps to Fortune 100 companies. The full registrant list, and positions they’ll be recruiting for, can be viewed at http://go.osu.edu/ishipfair2016participants.

Walk-In Appointments Now Available for LinkedIn Profile Checks

Did you spend some time over your winter break creating or developing your LinkedIn profile? 

Well, starting this semester, we have added a new resource to help you continue to perfect your presence on LinkedIn!  Our Career Coaches will now meet with students during walk-in hours to review LinkedIn profiles, in addition to examining resumes and answering minor career management questions.  The Spring 2016 Walk-In Hours are listed below:

Mondays 8:30 am-1:15 pm; 2:00-4:45 pm
Tuesdays 8:00-8:45 am; 10-10:45 am; 1:00-3:15 pm; 4:00-4:45 pm
Wednesdays 9:00-10:45 am; 12:00-4:45 pm
Thursdays 10:00 am-3:15 pm
Fridays 9:00 am-12:45 pm

To help you get started on your LinkedIn profile, review the resources below:

We look forward to seeing you in the Office of Career Management this semester!  Feel free to stop by 150 Gerlach Hall from 8 am – 5 pm weekdays to schedule an appointment or call 614-292-6024.

The 12 Days of Career Prep Success

Can you believe winter break is just 10 days away?!

Between napping, hanging out with friends and family, celebrating the holidays, and eating delicious homemade food, you might be thinking, “are there any ways I can be productive over Winter Break?”  Well, the Office of Career Management has some ideas for you!

Alas, we have compiled the 12 Days of Career Prep Success.  Now, this doesn’t mean you need to devote 12 whole days of your precious three-week break to prepare for your career.  We suggest you pick out three or four items on our list and dedicate a few hours over the three-week span to feel accomplished!

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  1. On the first day of your Career Prep journey, the Office of Career Management said to you, “Relax!”  You just conquered a busy, and possibly, stressful, semester.  Take advantage of this time off and find ways to provide you with stress relief! Follow the Buckeyes Blog Linkto see how other students are finding ways to relieve stress or download the Counseling and Consultation Service App on your phone and click on the “Stress Busting” page.
  2. On the second day of your Career Prep journey, the Office of Career Management said to you, “Prepare your application for your specialization (if you are changing your specialization).” To declare or change your specialization for the summer semester, you must submit your application by January, 31st.  Follow the Undergraduate Admissions Link for more information regarding this process.  If you are having trouble making a decision about your specialization or want to explore different career paths, make an appointment with Katie Reynolds in the Office of Career Management by stopping by our office or calling 614-292-6024.
  3. On the third day of your Career Prep journey, the Office of Career Management said to you, “Revise your job search materials.” Spend time reviewing your resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letters, etc.  The more people looking over these materials, the better!  Refer to our Job Search Handouts Page
  4. On the fourth day of your Career Prep journey, the Office of Career Management said to you, “Update your FisherConnect profile.” If you’ve never logged onto your FisherConnect profile, do so ASAP and start exploring the different features.  If you are active on FisherConnect, but you have some outdated information on your profile, take some time to ensure all of your information is accurate.  Go to the FisherConnect Link to log-in to your account.
  5. On the fifth day of your Career Prep journey, the Office of Career Management said to you, “Set FisherConnect ‘job agents’ to send to your email.”  To create a job agent, click on the “Jobs” tab and then choose “Job Search.”  You’ll then submit the job criteria you’re looking for, such as “Accounting Internship.”  Click “Save Search” and create an easily identifiable title for this search.  You will then click on “Email me New Jobs” to notify you of new opportunities.
  6. On the sixth day of … okay, you get the point: “Set LinkedIn goals.” Maybe your first goal is to create a LinkedIn page.  Or maybe you are already have a profile, but aren’t sure what to do with it.  Set small goals, like checking LinkedIn daily, making three new connections per week, or following one new site a week, to help you get started!
  7. Schedule informational interviews.  Many students return home for winter break or spend their time surrounded by family and friends.  Why not take advantage of these personal connections by arranging times to ask them about their career path and experiences?  Maybe you have a family friend who has worked as a consultant for the last 25 years.  Reach out to her to see if she would be available to meet over coffee or have a phone conversation with you.  LinkedIn is also a great way to arrange informational interviews.  Search The Ohio State University and/or the Fisher College of Business’ alumni network to connect with people working in your field, company, or geographic location of interest.  Refer to our Networking – Informational Interview Guide for assistance!
  8. Conduct company research.  Do you have a dream company?  Are there companies you know will be at the Spring Career and Internship Fair on February 2nd, 2016?  Review companies’ websites, speak with current employees, and Google the companies to see what is going on with them currently.  Look through our Company Research Guide for some tips!
  9. Read the news.  To help supplement your company research, start reading the news to stay current.  In this day in age, the news is constantly around us – on TV, at our fingertips, and in our e-mail inboxes.  Make it a point to follow reliable news sources on Twitter, check the news on your Facebook, and/or sign up for daily news emails from sites like TheSkimm.
  10. Make progress with the QUIC program.  If you’ve been admitted into your specialization, you’ve already accomplished Step 1 of the QUIC process!  Refer to the Become QUIC Webpage to learn how you can become certified as a Qualified Undergraduate Interview Candidate and gain access to on-campus recruiting opportunities.
  11. Report your internship or full-time employment to Career Management through Fisher Career Data Central (FCDC).  Have you already secured a summer internship or full-time employment post-graduation?  Report your plans to FCDC by following this How-To Report Your Plans Guide.  The Office of Career Management uses this data to help current students gain an understanding of companies hiring for their specializations and average salary levels, etc.
  12. Go shopping!  If you have an upcoming internship or full-time position, think about purchasing business casual and business professional clothing to complete your wardrobe.  Or add them to your holiday wish list!  Feel free to refer to the mannequins within the Office of Career Management for some tips!

We hope you have a safe, happy, and healthy winter break!  The Office of Career Management will remain open during the break, if you are interested in meeting with our staff members during that time.  Call 614-292-6024 to schedule an appointment.

The Employer’s Perspective

Written by Undergraduate Consultant, Maddy Ozvath

As students at Fisher College of Business, we are expected to be extremely well prepared as we begin the interviewing process for internships and full-time jobs. Have you ever thought, “I wish I knew what recruiters were thinking?” or “I wonder how I can set myself apart from the other candidates?” If so, today is your lucky day! The Office of Career Management has reached out to numerous recruiters from Fortune 500 companies all over the United States to get the inside scoop on the employer’s perspective.

Below you will find common scenarios that we face as Fisher Students and advice from recruiters on how to cope with these tricky situations.

  1. A student is interested in a company that does not actively recruit at OSU. What steps would you suggest that a candidate take in order to get noticed by a recruiter?

“OSU has countless connections with employers—use your network! Career Services is a great place to start, they have lists of alumni that work for companies around the world—if you are interested in a particular company, most likely, there is a Fisher alumni connection there that you can leverage.”

“I think connecting on LinkedIn is always a great strategy. And be specific with your request. When you make a very open ended request to a recruiter (i.e. “Tell me about the types of opportunities your company has) you are way less likely to receive a response. Knowing what you’re looking for and how I can help you is a more effective way to connect.”

  1. Sarah, an undergraduate student at OSU, interviewed at a company over a week ago. In the interview, the recruiter mentioned that he would have made a decision within a few days. She sent a thank you note but still no response. What should Sarah do next?

“First, check your junk mail. Many times, we send mass emails or even automate responses to candidates about next steps in the interview process. Since our emails are “.coms” they may get trapped by a well-intended firewall.

If you still cannot find a response, it is appropriate to follow up with an email to the recruiter. If they told you a specific date, please wait until after that date. We give you those dates to ensure that every candidate has had a chance to interview for the position and decisions can be made.”

**Click here for how to create a thank you note**

  1. Do you have any suggestions for students to stand out during the portion of an interview when they have the opportunity to ask questions?

“We love getting questions that are truly specific to our company. It shows research and forethought on your end, and it’s nice not to hear the same questions over and over again! Try to limit the number of “generic” questions and instead focus on asking questions you truly want the answers to.”

“At some point during the interview, the interviewer will ask you what questions you have for them. This is your chance to get the information you need to make an educated decision on future employment! Tailor your questions to things you really want to know. Is it important to you that a company has a strong value of corporate responsibility? Ask about it! Is it important to you that a company has a focus on wellness initiatives? Ask about it! The professionals are there to answer your questions and they are the BEST resource to find out more about the company. “

**For more information about asking good questions, visit our interview guide**

  1. Resume Paper – does it matter? Does this factor come to play when deciding between potential candidates?

“With everything being online now, paper is less of the issue…it’s all about FORMATTING and then save your resume as a PDF. When you send a resume as a Word document via email, I may see something completely different when I open the document. Whether it’s because my computer has a different version of Word or my computer doesn’t support the font you chose, it makes it difficult to decipher what the resume is supposed to look like. Please do yourself a favor and get your resume updated to Fisher format and then save as a PDF before you send it out into the world.”

“True story: it doesn’t matter to us at all! I can’t speak for every recruiter, but when you go through hundreds or resumes a day it’s not a detail I notice. The experience speaks for itself, and we often would like a soft copy of the resume anyway. However, a crumpled resume, no matter what kind of paper it’s on, is definitely a no-no.”

  1. As LinkedIn becomes more prevalent – is this a preferred method of contact vs email?

“Every recruiter will feel differently about this. Personally, I do not use LinkedIn very often, so if a student reaches out on there, they may not get a timely response. I know other recruiters who use LinkedIn daily to source candidates for specific jobs. So maybe the answer here is…ask the recruiter!”

“Yes. We meet so many students through career fairs, info sessions, networking events, etc. that it is difficult to remember who I met with and when. If I can attach a face to a name through LinkedIn, you will be much easier to remember. Make sure to include a personal note on how we met when you send the invitation.”

  1. When are cover letters appropriate?

“The best use of a cover letter is to explain something your resume does not. You should use it to introduce yourself and highlight skills and experiences. Make it relevant to the position—if possible, read over the job description and customize your cover letter to match your skills and abilities to what they are looking for in an applicant.”

**Need more information about crafting the perfect cover letter? Click here**

  1. For students handling multiple offers – do you have any advice for coping with this situation without burning bridges with their recruiters?

“Yes. Please be transparent and honest! We will go out on a limb for candidate but we can’t do that if we don’t know what you’re thinking. For the right person we are willing able to negotiate on timing, so please be sure to work with us so you don’t miss out on a great opportunity! Being upfront will always go over well.”

**Wondering how to ask for more time? Schedule an appointment with a Career Consultant by calling 614-292-6024**

  1. For students preparing for the interview process, do you have any last words of advice?

“Do your research. Fisher provides you with so many opportunities to get to know the companies that recruit there—use them! You have alumni, classmates who have done internships, mock interviews, resume reviews, info sessions, career fairs, faculty, staff, etc. This is the one time in your life when searching for a job is easy! Take advantage of those opportunities and GOOD LUCK! The right job for you is out there-you just have be ready for it!”

 

I hope this advice helps you as you move through the job search process! While it can be daunting, being well prepared, doing your research, and acting professionally is a great place to start. GOOD LUCK!

 

 

#tbt The Waiting Game

Imagine the following situation: You apply for a position that you’re very excited about. You meet the qualifications and are really interested in the company. Over the next few days, you check your e-mail constantly. Every time you see a new e-mail alert, you think “this could be it!!” One week passes. Nothing. Two weeks pass. Nothing. You start to wonder, “Did I remember to press ‘submit’?” Three weeks pass. No response. It’s over, they’re not interested… right?

You might be wrong! How to Find a Job advises:

“The list of prospective employers you have prepared is a “live” list and it is certainly worth more than one follow-up. Do not consider that the prospect is “dead” just because you received no reply…”

It is appropriate, and recommended, to follow-up a few weeks after applying for a position. You can follow-up by calling or e-mailing the hiring manager or HR representative and requesting information about the status of your application. Make sure to introduce yourself and reference the position that you applied for and the date on which you submitted your application.

Companies that post positions on FisherConnect will often provide an application deadline, but companies that advertise elsewhere may not provide this information. In these cases, it can be very helpful to follow-up about 2 weeks after submitting your application. A word of caution: make sure to respect the employer’s timeline, if provided. For example, do not follow-up if the application deadline has not yet passed. Additionally, avoid repeated and frequent inquiries. You might need to move on to other prospects, but it never hurts to follow-up!