Ohio University Office of Career Services

Career Resource Spotlight: Careers for Film Buffs & Other Hollywood Types
August 18, 2010, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Career Resources

Do you love watching movies? Dream of becoming the next big director? Check out this Career Resource!

Careers for Film Buffs & Other Hollywood Types

“The only career series designed expressly to turn passions into paychecks! These inspiring books let career explorers look at the job market through the unique lens of their own interests. Each book reveals dozens of ways to pursue a passion and make a living–including the training and education needed to polish hobbies and interests into satisfying careers. Describes a variety of motion picture careers, including work in animation, film scoring, special effects, editing, direction, publicity, and makeup.”

Stop in to the Career Resource Center in Baker 533 to check out this books and more! Also visit our LibraryThing catalogue for a list of all our resources.

Career Resource Spotlight: Design for Success
June 28, 2010, 9:47 am
Filed under: Career Resources

Design for Success

“You are not imagining it. Women do face unique challenges at work. The playing field is not always even, the rules are often unspoken, and the path is rarely well marked. In Designed for Success, Dondi Scumaci gives you the tools you need to take charge of your future and achieve the success and satisfaction you deserve. Learn how to get ahead in today’s workplace and make a difference to the organizations you serve and the lives you touch-without changing who you are.”

Stop in to the Career Resource Center in Baker 533 to check out this books and more! Also visit our LibraryThing catalogue for a list of all our resources.

Congrats Class of 2010
June 10, 2010, 10:52 am
Filed under: From the Staff

Congratulations Ohio University graduating seniors!

The Office of Career Services would like to congratulate OU’s Class of 2010 and wish you all the best of luck on your future endeavors!

Don’t forget, many of our services are available to alumni! Make sure to stay involved – Check out the Ohio University Alumni Association

Career Resource Spotlight: The Big Book of Jobs
June 3, 2010, 10:22 am
Filed under: Career Resources

Looking for an all-around job hunting resource? This book may be just what you’re looking for.

The Big Book of Jobs 2009-2010

“With up-to-the-minute data from the U.S. Department of Labor, plus cutting-edge career strategies from McGraw-Hill, The Big Book of Jobs saves you precious time by offering everything you need for job hunting in a single volume. From building career management skills and writing resumes to exploring 250 career possibilities, this resource arms you with the tools to effectively pound the pavement.”

Stop in to the Career Resource Center in Baker 533 to check out this books and more! Also visit our LibraryThing catalog for a list of all our resources.

From the Classroom to the Workplace

From the Classroom to the Workplace: How to apply your classroom skills in the job market

Besides refining your résumé and earning that college degree, there may be more to consider in order to make yourself more marketable. As you prepare to enter the job market, students are encouraged to look closely to how their experience in college can be beneficial to the job hunt. The article, “Which Classroom Skills Translate To The Job Market?” provides a list to see how your school experiences can become valuable job skills.

  1. Communication skillsCan you effectively share ideas?

    Class presentations and group projects provide an opportunity to develop valuable communication skills that will be helpful when it comes to selling ideas or products, running meetings and more.

  2. Analytical skillsAre you detail oriented?

    Classes promoting analytical skills can help in solving problems and analyzing information. Analytical skills are particularly prized in professions where you are expected to multi-task under pressure.

  3. Teamwork skillsDo you work well with others?
    Although some group projects in school may seem like a waste of time, they can really help you when you enter the professional world. Working well with others is important as almost any level of employment. You can gain skills that help in managing organizations, supervising others and delegating responsibility.

  4. Technical skillsAre you computer savvy?

    Being able to work with complex systems or equipment is an invaluable tool for applicants. Technical skills developed in the classroom can help launch a career in technology or media.

  5. Strong work ethicHave you made special efforts to reach your goals?

    Employers look for applicants that can meet deadlines, stay committed to tasks and handle pressure. Taking online classes or going to night school requires the dedication and time management skills, which come in handy when you have tight deadlines and meetings to attend.

To read more about classroom skills, check out this article and more at Yahoo! Education.

Employer Perspectives: Common Interviewing Mistakes

Interviewing Mistakes

During our Winter Career, we asked our employers to give us some insights and feedback. When we asked employers what some common mistakes students make during interviews, the top three responses we received from the employers who responded were:

  1. Unprepared/ Don’t do homework about the company

  2. Lack of eye contact

  3. Lack of focus/ Don’t know what they want from a career

These resources may help you improve your interviewing skills:

Career Services’ blog: “Wow” an Interviewer by Doing your Research Beforehand

Career Services’ Basic Interviewing handout

Career Services’ Mock Interview Program

Career Services On Demand Presentations: Behavioral Interviewing & Phone Interview

Last-Minute Interview Prep

Interview Skills: 10 Tips to Improve Interview Performance

“Wow” an Interviewer by Doing Your Research Beforehand

One of the best ways to differentiate yourself in an interview is to show an employer that you have done your research. In order to conduct your research, a number of strategies and resources should be considered.

A good place to start when researching a company is to identify and research the industry it operates within. In doing so, you should recognize key competitors in the industry along with past and projected industry performance. Also, be aware of recent and current media events affecting the industry. A number of specific resources can be used:

  • Yahoo! Finance provides company profiles by industry of publically traded companies.
  • Hoovers.com provides information on millions of companies and their industries worldwide.
  • Vault’s Career Insider provides industry overviews and is available through Bobcat CareerLink
  • Newspapers are valuable resources that you may also choose to read in order to gain industry knowledge. Copies are available at Alden Library.
  • Google News compiles news headlines and allows you to search through a variety of sources.

Once you understand the industry a company operates within, you should research the company itself and browse through its corporate website. In doing so, a few key areas are important:

  • “About Us”: This section will generally give you a brief profile of the company and may include its history, key figures, mission, competitors, culture, locations, products, and services.
  • “Annual Reports”: Annual reports for publically traded companies summarize past performance statistics as well as provide some direction for what the company is trying to achieve in the future based.
  • “Awards and Recognitions”: Identify achievements and recognitions that the company has received based on its performance and philosophy.
  • “Recent News”: Review past and current media coverage about the company.
  • “Careers/Employees”: Learn about employee policies, programs, and selection process.

After researching the industry and company itself, networking should also be considered and taken advantage of if possible. For specific networking strategies, check out Career Services’ Networking Tools. An insider’s perspective will allow you to fill in research gaps by asking questions and find out what it is really like within a specific company.

Lastly, don’t forget to research market salaries to be prepared when asked during the selection process. See Career Services’ Job Search Resources for guidance. It is important to do this research in order to be taken seriously and be knowledgeable.

—Jeff Sfiligoj, PACE Mock Interview  Coordinator for Career Services