Ohio University Office of Career Services

PR intern needed at Cover Story Communications in Pittsburgh for winter break by Tyler
November 9, 2011, 12:44 pm
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 Cover Story Communications is a full-service public relations firm located in Pittsburgh, PA. We specialize in the promotion of lifestyle products and services.
Cover Story is looking for an enthusiastic, organized, creative intern to join our team. Intern will gain valuable hands-on experience with internationally recognized consumer brands.
-Write press releases
-Develop and manage media lists
-Research story opportunities
-Manage clip reports
-Participate in brainstorming sessions
-And more! 
This is an unpaid internship and will require 20 hours per week. Mileage will be reimbursed.
Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA and must have completed their junior year of undergraduate study. Public relations majors are preferred, but all specialties of journalism will be considered. You must have excellent writing, proofreading, organizational, and communication skills and exhibit an eagerness and willingness to learn.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, three writing samples, and a letter of recommendation to:
Cover Story Communications
631 Centervue Rd.
Bradford Woods, PA 15015
Or email intern@coverstorycom.com.
All candidates will be required to complete a writing test.
For additional information:
Facebook: Cover Story Communications
Twitter: CoverStory

Bobcat CareerLink provides important services to graduating seniors by Tyler
September 12, 2011, 2:02 pm
Filed under: Career Resources, Job Search

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!

Adaptability: Why it counts in today’s workplace by Christy R

Adaptability: Why it counts
in today’s workplace

Among the skills that employers are looking for in a potential employee, adaptability is ranked the highest along with communication, interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic. Every company looks for a candidate who fits within the existing work environment and is able to anticipate, respond to and manage change on a day-to-day basis.

Each organization has its own workplace culture that is strategically important for the company’s success. When hiring, companies consider not only a candidate’s experience and skills, but also how that potential employee will mesh with the company culture.

Cultural fit can mean many things: for example, it could be a candidate’s willingness and readiness to adopt the company’s values. It can also mean that a candidate’s work style matches the company’s expectations.  One question asked during interviews and aimed to discover the level of a candidate’s adaptability is: “Will you follow the set values and encourage similar behavior in your subordinates?” Other times a candidate is asked to describe the culture of their last employer or the type of culture they prefer.

Adaptability can often be a deal-breaker in the job search process. Even if a candidate makes a good impression due to their experience and skills, they will not be hired if they demonstrate a lack of willingness to adapt to the new environment and to get out of their comfort zone. In fact, a company will many times choose a candidate who lacks experience, but nevertheless fits perfectly into the company culture. A candidate can be trained to have the needed skills, the company says, but adaptability is something an employee must bring with them to the job.

Why are companies so concerned about getting the perfect fit? Employees who fit into the company culture tend to be more successful and productive than those hired simply because they fit the job description. Some studies indicate that almost half of an employee’s success in the first 18 months of being hired results from fitting well into the company environment.

When applying for a management position, adaptability becomes even more crucial. Managers affect subordinates and their attitudes towards the corporate culture.  The higher the position for which a candidate is applying, the more the hiring committee will be looking for a nearly perfect fit with the company culture. Making the mistake of hiring someone who reflects the wrong company image can cost the company reputation dearly.

So how does this affect you? When applying for a position, pay attention to the company regulations. Figure out for yourself if that company’s environment is something you can easily fit into. If you don’t find it suitable for yourself, then don’t go into the interview telling them you like the company culture and can be flexible. Finding yourself in an environment that does not suit your personality can compromise your chances of success. Instead, take the time to find an organization that fits you and enhances your natural skills.

Questions about your job search? Come to the Office of Career Services walk-in hours to meet with a career counselor.

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

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Job Search Techniques: Spring Quarter Weekly Webinar Series by Christy R

Job Search Techniques:
Spring Quarter Weekly Webinar Series

The Office of Career Services is excited to announce the start of a weekly webinar series on job search techniques. Six different career authors and experts will be sharing their expertise in a variety of areas, including social media, career strategy, and vital job search skills.

The schedule for the next 6 weeks:

Interviewing: April 13th— Scott Zimmerman & Carl Rakich
Twitter: April 20th—Susan Whitcomb
Listening: April 27th—Mark Goulston
Networking: May 4th—Devora Zack
Career Strategy: May 11th—Peter Weddle
Job Search: May 18th—Martin Yate

All webinars will be held on Wednesdays in Baker University Center, Room 503, from 3:00-4:30 pm.

Remember, what you don’t know about your careers will cost you interviews and jobs, so don’t miss this opportunity to improve your chances of getting hired! Attend one presentation or all.

If unable to attend a presentation, stop by the Office of Career Services to pick up the latest information on how organize your job search, plan your career, build a network, interview and use Twitter to get a job!

2011 Job Outlook: Good News for Class of 2011! by Christy R

2011 Job Outlook:
Good News for Class of 2011!

Based on information provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook Fall 2011, employers are planning on hiring 13.5% more graduates in 2011 than they did in 2010. In addition to hiring more graduates, NACE has reported the hiring outlook for 2011 to be “good,” in contrast to last year’s rating of “fair.”

What do these statistics mean for you as a soon-to-be-graduate? They mean that you need to work on your GPA, and focus on your leadership skills when reaching out to employers in order to attain your true potential as a future employee. As discussed throughout NACE’s statistics, employers are working to cut many applications off if applicants GPAs do not fall above a 3.0. Additionally, to best present your credentials, be sure to successfully convey your strong communication skills, work ethic, teamwork, analytical skills, and overall initiative when pursuing any position with a company.

While the employment statistics for 2011 college graduates are high, proper attention needs to be paid to make sure you are able to put your best foot forward as a job applicant. By incorporating all discussed factors, your pathway to landing a career post-graduation will inevitably be secured, assisting in your overall growth as a future business leader.

—Contributed by Haley Drometer, Practicum Student for the Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services is here to help you in your career pursuits and help you develop valuable careers skills. To make an appointment with a career counselor or to pick up copies of our handouts, stop by our office or visit our Handout Library online.

Tips for the Job-Seeker by Christy R

Tips for the Job Seeker

Is it time to leave college behind and transition into the real world? Are you bored with your current job and want to change careers? Read on, job search advice is coming your way! There are many ways to go about finding a job that is perfect for you.

Explore your options
First, you need to decide which factors are important to you when seeking a job. Think about the field you would like to work in, hours you want to work, the environment that’s right for you, and whether the job is in line with your values. Decide if you are willing to relocate for the job, and if it is important to you whether you can move up in the company.

Get an Internship
If you find a profession that you are interested in, you may decide to explore what it would be like to work in the field. Consider trying an internship to acquire experience in your area of interest. This is a great way to determine whether a certain career path is right for you. Additionally, an internship is an outstanding résumé booster that will show employers that you have some related experience.

Do Your Research
Once you decide on an occupation that suits you, you’re ready to begin your journey toward finding a specific place of employment. This is when the real hunt begins.

To start, you may want to use online resources to research and find openings for the types of jobs you’re looking for. Look on our Job Search Resources page on the Career Services website to identify job posting websites in specific fields that may interest you. There you can find an assortment of postings by field or type, including seasonal/summer, teaching abroad, multicultural, nonprofit, and green jobs.

Ohio University students may also take advantage of Bobcat CareerLink to view postings online for jobs targeted specifically to OU students and alumni.

Don’t stop at perusing through job postings online, though. Take your job search one step further by networking. Both face-to-face and social media networking are effective job search strategies. Consider trying out Bobcat Mentor Network, which can put you in contact with alumni from Ohio University that are willing to help you decide which career path is best for you. Some can even help you find an internship or a job.

You can also use social media such as LinkedIn to connect with professionals in your network and beyond. Reaching out to people you already know can help you connect with others in the field or recommend other job search strategies to you.

Career Fairs are also a great way to network. You can meet individuals in the company you wish to work for, or get a feel for the types of organizations you wish to look into further.

Contact the employer
Once you decide which organization sounds like a good match, you need to contact the employer to find out if there are job openings and whether you can interview for a position. Find an email address or a phone number and contact the individual in charge of hiring. Mention that you’re interested in the company and that you would like to schedule an interview if they have an opening.

Prepare for the interview
If you land the interview, make sure your résumé is up to date and tailored toward the specific job you are applying for. Then, you should find references that can attest for your work ethic and motivation. References should be professional and can include professors, advisors, supervisors, or anyone that can comment on your potential for the new job. Once you’ve got your résumé in hand and your references ready, you need to prepare for your interview. Develop an elevator pitch, which is a brief overview about yourself regarding your background, education, relevant experiences, and why you want to work for their specific company. Also make sure to do your research on the company and prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview.

Ace the Interview
Show up a few minutes early to your interview and be professional and courteous to all individuals you meet on the way into the interview. Remember to BREATHE! You’ve done your preparation, and now it’s time to show them why you would be a good fit with their organization.

Be proactive about your job search. It can be a full-time job trying to find a full-time job, so start your search now!

For further information regarding our career resources, visit the Career Services website, or schedule an appointment to meet with one of our Career Advisors.

—Contributed by Kelli Swackhamer, Office of Career Services Practicum Student

Internships: Path to your profession by Christy R

Internships: Path To Your Profession

Are you a college student looking to spend your summer with an organization in your career field? A recent graduate looking to gain experience in your field before entering the job market? Thinking about a career change and want to test the waters before you make the leap?

Securing an internship is an excellent way to introduce yourself to a career in your area of interest. You can find out what the job environment is like before jumping head-on into a full-time position. You can use the opportunity to meet new people, network, and use the experience to boost your résumé for a future job.

So, how do you go about snagging an internship?

Start your search early
Don’t wait! If you are looking for a summer internship, now is the time to begin your search. Start thinking about the field you would like to work in, and do your research to find the types of companies or organizations that are willing to take interns. Websites such as indeed.com, simplyhired.com, idealist.org, and internships.com are great resources to help you find a place that fits your needs.

Consider your options
Figure out what type of internship would work the best for you by narrowing down your options. Is it important for you to have a paid position? With regard to location, can you go anywhere or do you need to stick close to home? Will you get college credit? What kind of time commitment will it require? These are all important to think about when you begin your search.

One of the best ways to find a job or internship is by connecting with professionals in the field. Don’t be afraid to reach out to talk with a professional about your area of interest. They may be hiring interns or could direct you to someone else that is. Attending career fairs is a great way to network and get your name out there as well. Try using the Bobcat Mentor Network to find Ohio University alumni in your profession. These individuals are willing to talk with young Bobcats, give career-related advice and answer any questions you may have about the field.

Polish your résumé and create a cover letter
Once you find a place where you want to apply, make sure that your résumé is tailored to highlight your experiences as they will relate to the internship. Create a cover letter for each individual position, detailing your past relevant activities and what you hope to gain from the experience. Stop in Career Services during walk-in hours if you would like us to take a look at your résumé and cover letter.

Go after it!
Send an email or make a phone call to inquire about openings. Tell the organization a little bit about yourself, what special skills you possess, and why you would like to work with that particular company.  Ask for information regarding the position, what you will be doing, and when you can start. Don’t forget to follow up if they don’t give you an immediate response.

Benefits to obtaining an internship

  1. You will get to shadow and learn what a “day-in-the-life” is like for individuals in your career field.
  2. You will gain hands-on experience in the field.
  3. You will have an opportunity to network with professionals in your area of interest.
  4. The individuals you are working with will be able to provide you with letters of recommendation for future employment or graduate school.
  5. Some internships may be compensated.

Whether you are a college student seeking experience prior to starting a full-time job, or a professional looking to make a career change, try an internship! It’s possible that your performance in an internship might just land you a full-time job.

For other career-related assistance and information, visit our website.

—Contributed by Kelli Swackhamer, Practicum Student for the Office of Career Services