Ohio University Office of Career Services

Be Smart. Be Civil. Be Safe. BE EMPLOYED!

Be Smart.
Be Civil.
Be Safe.

Though spring weather has not quite arrived, Spring Quarter in Athens sure has. With the first fest weekend now behind us and many more upcoming, it’s important to think about partying smart. The new campaign launched this quarter encourages students to do just that— Be Smart. Be Civil. Be Safe— reminding students that inappropriate party behavior stays on every social media and internet site.

We talk a lot to students about creating a professional online presence, such as getting connected on LinkedIn and keeping status updates and tweets professional. So if statistics about last year’s fest arrests and suspensions don’t get you to think twice about partying smart, civil, and safely, consider how it will affect your job and internship prospects in an already tight market. An employer will think twice about hiring a student whose first link on a Google search is an article discussing their pending court case due to rioting, a picture dancing around a couch fire, or a quote about partying strong since 8 am.

Be Smart. Be Civil. Be Safe. It just makes a whole lot more sense.

—Written by Erin Nunn, Office of Career Services Interim Assistant Director

Hot Careers for College Grads
December 10, 2010, 1:28 pm
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Want to know what recent grads are getting themselves into? According to the UC San Diego Extension, here are the top 14 Hot Careers for 2010 College Grads:

1. Health Information Technology

2. Clinical Trials Design and Management for Oncology

3. Data Mining

4. Embedded Engineering

5. Feature Writing for the Web

6. Geriatric Health Care

7. Mobile Media

8. Occupational Health and Safety

9. Spanish/English Translation and Interpretation

10. Sustainable Business Practices and the Greening of all Jobs

11. Teaching Adult Learners

12. Teaching English as a Foreign Language

13. Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

14. Health Law

For more information about these career paths, check out: http://extension.ucsd.edu/about/images/careerReport.pdf

Make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss the career paths you’re considering. If you’re having a hard time coming up with options you think you may be interested in, take the FOCUS assessment online through our web site: www.ohio.edu/careers and click on Major and Career Exploration.

Networking for Introverts
July 27, 2010, 8:45 am
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Everyone has heard that networking is a top priority for job leads in today’s market and there are tons of articles available on the ins and outs of networking. For introverts or people who are shy, networking may seem a bit overwhelming. After doing some digging, I found lots of articles with some helpful strategies specifically geared toward introverts. Here are my favorite five.

  1. Volunteer. Networking can take place anywhere. Volunteering for something you are passionate about allows you to work alongside people with an instant commonality and develop connections without the pressure of a scheduled network event.  Volunteer for an organization, a special project, or even for a networking event – seeing how the event runs and being a greeter or working registration is a great way to get your feet wet.
  2. Ask for introductions. Ask people you already know to introduce you to someone you’d like to meet. You’ll have a shared connection and your friend can fill in any gaps of silence that may occur.
  3. Listen. The best way to get to know someone is to ask them questions about themselves, sit back, and listen to the answers. Prepare open ended questions in advance to have tucked away as conversation starters. Asking people about the work they do, how they entered the field, what they like and find challenging, etc. is a great way to learn more about the person and possibly their organization.
  4. Make one-on one connections. Follow up with people you meet to see if they’d like to grab coffee or lunch. Or, email a few people you didn’t get the chance to meet and extend the same offer, citing the connection of the event that you both attended, your industry, or another commonality. Building a few meaningful relationships is better than meeting 100 people that you didn’t bond with at the event.
  5. Connect online. Building your online network through web sites such as LinkedIn.com is a great way to “meet” people. Join groups from your industry, comment on discussion boards to share resources and ask your friends to connect you to others online to grow your network.

Check out these links for more info!

Networking Tips for Shy People

Networking for Shy People

How Do You Become Good at Networking?

10 Ways to Be a Total Star at Work
July 21, 2010, 9:00 am
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This past spring, Career Services offered the program, “How to Lose Your Job in 10 Days,” as a part of Senior Week. While perusing through my July Glamour magazine, I thought the following was a great list of advice from the opposite spectrum. With a twist of glam.

  1. Start any pitch with “This is a great idea because…” not “This might be dumb, but…”
  2. Mistakes? Nah. Call them learning opportunities.
  3. Tears happen. Take ‘em to the restroom.
  4. Your friends love you! Realize that not everyone at work needs to.
  5. Always dress well enough for a surprise meeting with the boss.
  6. Do not babysit for, do shots with or touch the naked flesh of anyone you report to.
  7. Go on vacation. Nobody likes a bitter, exhausted workaholic.
  8. Unless you are a large-animal vet or a beer distributor, kindly untag that photo of you playing beer pong with a python.
  9. Be as kind to the janitor as you are to the CEO.
  10. Over prepare for nerve-racking situations. Then, if you forget half of what you know, you still know a lot!

Glamour, July 2010