Ohio University Office of Career Services

New Winter Quarter Class for Sophomores Interested in Exploring Different Career Paths by Tyler
November 3, 2011, 2:03 pm
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Are you interested in exploring potential career paths?

Would you like a firsthand look at the occupation you are interested in?

Do you want to learn how to determine and apply your unique strengths?

If so, UC 269C is the perfect class for you! UC 269C is a 2 credit hour course for sophomores, taught by Kristine Hoke, Assistant Director in the Office of Career Services. UC 269C will provide you with an interactive approach to career exploration. Throughout the quarter you will explore potential careers and work to determine which are best suited to you. Your unique strengths will be determined and you will learn how to apply them in a professional setting. Additionally, you will be connected with a professional to arrange a job shadowing experience. Ways to get involved on campus, networking tips and opportunities to interact Alumni and faculty in your field of interest will be provided.
UC 269C will be offered on Tuesdays from 3:10-5pm this winter.

Register Today!  Class number 17236


Law School Fair brings over 20 schools to campus by Tyler
October 31, 2011, 2:20 pm
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Ohio University Career Services will hold a Law School Fair on Wednesday, November 2 from 6-8p.m. in Baker Ballroom A.  Representatives from over 20 law schools from California to Connecticut will be in attendance.

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Direct Action & Research Training to discuss careers in community organizing by Tyler
October 25, 2011, 12:53 pm
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Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice Available to OU students and alums!

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be on the OU campus on Monday, November 7 at 6:00pm in Bentley Hall 129 to discuss careers in the field of community organizing with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change.

Please RSVP if you are interested by contacting Hannah Wittmer at hannah@thedartcenter.org or calling 785-506-8915  with your name, phone #, email address and year in school.


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Career Fair brings over 100 employers to OU by Tyler
October 3, 2011, 1:45 pm
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Bobcat CareerLink provides important services to graduating seniors by Tyler
September 12, 2011, 2:02 pm
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Bobcat CareerLink is a free service offered by Ohio University Career Services for students entering the workforce.  Students can upload résumés, cover letters and transcripts and view and apply for jobs and internships through the site.  Bobcat CareerLink also allows students to participate in on-campus interviews with employers and learn about upcoming career fairs, information sessions and career development workshops.

Signing up is easy and can be done here.  Once you upload a résumé it will be reviewed by the Office of Career Services.  After it is approved you will be able to apply for open positions and add it to the Ohio University Student and Alumni Résumé Book.  Be sure to register for this FREE service today to get a jump-start on your search for your perfect career!

Résumé Words Not to Use by Christy R

Résumé Words Not to Use

When browsing a résumé, recruiters often look for specific words that are relevant to the job description. When writing a resume, you should aim to make it stand out. A couple of simple rules will help you to avoid words that are overused and do not add uniqueness to your résumé, as well as words that are not appropriate to put on your résumé.

Never use words that are too general and are irrelevant to a position description.

Remember to be very concrete and provide specific examples about every skill you list on your résumé. Avoid words like responsible or successful. We all have responsibilities that are associated with our jobs, so avoid listing your job duties unless very relevant to the job for which you are applying. Instead, be very specific about your accomplishments. It should be common sense to include only successes on your résumé but just listing them does not provide employers with useful information. Illustrate your success with specific examples and show how the success was measured.

For the same reason, avoid putting problems-solver or skilled on your résumé. These words are too general and need more concrete examples to add value to your résumé.

Avoid using words like assisted, helped or contributed.  When tempted to put assisted down, ask yourself: How exactly did you help/assists? What were the results and how big of a contribution did you manage to add? What amount of work (list specific tasks) did you do?

Avoid using word team-player, describe how you contributed to or lead a team. Never put just excellent written and verbal communication skills—provide an example of how often you had to write and how many viewers you had.

Never use words that are not appropriate for the résumé.

Remember to screen every word that you put on the résumé to make sure they are professional enough to be there. Avoid using over-praising adjectives like splendid or spectacular—they not only do not sound professional but also have no credibility.

Avoid saying how you feel about your job or your job function—words that carry feelings are not relevant to your job function whether you hated it or it was a pleasure. Never include a description of your physical appearance such as attractive unless it is relevant to the job.

You résumé is not the proper place for talking about your political beliefs or your religion—thus avoid words like liberal. It is also not appropriate to mention your health and there is no need to put strong immune system on your résumé.

It is tempting to use familiar with when you are not particularly good at something however still want to mention it on the résumé. You have a choice of learning it well enough to become proficient or leaving it off your résumé. Familiarity means that you know a little but will still need to be trained—just like a person who is not familiar with that same thing.

Avoid highly-intelligent (and rarely used) words. You may just confuse your reader or give the wrong impression. By the same token, avoid jargon or acronyms that are not generally accepted or widely understood. Don’t use clichés and words that are overused and won’t set your résumé apart from the others. Use synonyms to make your résumé stand out.  Never use personal pronouns in your résumé—it is a summary of your experience and “I” or “me” are considered redundant.

By using strong words and avoiding inappropriate words, and by spending good amount of time writing your resume you will be able to add character to it and make it stand out from hundreds of others!

To have a career counselor look over your résumé, come to the Office of Career Services walk-in hours.

—Written by Anna Morlang, CareerCATS Coordinator for the Office of Career Services

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Career Resource Spotlight: Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Guide by Christy R

Career Resource Spotlight:
Military-to-Civilian Career
Transition Guide

The Essential Job Search Handbook
for Service Members

Leaving the military might be one of the most difficult transitions you’ll ever make. Significant tim

e and effort must go into getting your civilian life and career off to a good start. This book will guide you through creating a transition strategy and timeline and investigate the continuing military benefits and opportunities available to you.

Taking advantage of this resource will help you:

  • Prepare for what to expect from those around you as you transition from the land of ID cards to one without them.
  • Identify your greatly expanded available military and civilian resources.
  • Clarify your new potential benefits and entitlements as a soon-to-be veteran.
  • Create an overall transition strategy that works.
  • Identify your skills, strengths, weaknesses, and desires so that you can put yourself on the right career track.
  • Write résumés and job search letters that get the attention of employers.
  • Interview successfully for jobs.
  • Effectively evaluate and negotiate job offers.
  • Begin your new job with a clear understanding of the civilian side of things so that your next promotion is right around the corner.

Stop by the Office of Career Services‘ Career Resource Center today to browse our extensive resource library or make an appointment with a career counselor!