Ohio University Office of Career Services

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!

Using Clubs and Organizations to Improve Your Marketability by Tyler

Summer is over and thousands of students have returned to Athens to begin another year at Ohio University.  Along with the upperclassmen are new freshmen faces, eager to begin their collegiate journey.  After kissing their parents goodbye and settling into their new rooms, the freshmen headed to the Convo for the Involvement Fair.  Here, hundreds of student organizations set up shop, showcasing the best they have to offer in an effort to win the hearts of the wide-eyed freshmen.  The scene could be pretty overwhelming, even for a senior like myself, but these clubs and organizations can provide outstanding opportunities to increase your marketability to future employers.  Here are some helpful tips on making the most out of the over 350 organizations Ohio University has to offer.

Don’t join too many organizations.

Did you sign up at 20 tables at the Involvement Fair?  There is nothing wrong with that.  Go to the first couple meetings of each club to learn more about them and to meet some current members.  You can only learn so much from a postcard or 30-second talk at the Involvement Fair, and you won’t truly find out if a club is right for you until you attend some meetings.  Once you get a sense of what each organization has to offer, limit yourself to a few that you really enjoy.  If you try to do too much at once, especially as a new freshman just starting college, you may become overwhelmed and end up dropping all organizations.

The key to a successful experience in student organizations is to find a few and be committed to them.  Get involved early and make friends with members.  If you stay involved you may gain a leadership role by the end of freshman year and advance further as the years progress.  Employers will be more impressed by a candidate holding leadership roles in two or three organizations than one who is a member of ten, but a leader of none.

Find the right balance of work and play with organizations.

Everybody knows it’s important to find the right balance of work and play to have a successful college career, and the same holds true for success with student organizations.  The snowboarding club may have had a more impressive and memorable table at the involvement fair, but the chemistry club may provide you with experiences and opportunities to aid you in your future career.  However, don’t be afraid to join the snowboarding or juggling club if they interest you.  Employers look for well-rounded candidates and involvement and leadership roles in these social organizations can show that you have multiple skill sets and interests outside of your major.  Just make sure you check out the organizations geared towards your major or career goals as well, as they can provide you with enriching experiences you won’t find in the classroom.

Organizations can help you find your major.

There is nothing wrong with started college as an undecided major.  Career Services can help you explore all the possibilities and aid your selection of your perfect major.  Another way to test out different career paths is to join student organizations geared toward those paths.  Most organizations do not have a major requirement, allowing all students to become members and participate.  Trying out different organizations is a great way to test out a field without having to declare your major or committing to ten weeks of an introductory class.

Student organizations are a vital supplement to coursework during your college career.  The right mix of organizations and leadership roles in them will help improve your résumé and make you a better candidate for internships and jobs.  Remember to get involved early and stay committed to the organizations you find are right for you.


A Review of 2010-2011 & What It Taught Me by Christy R

A Review of 2010-2011
and What It Taught Me

As the end of the school year is upon us, I wanted to take this last opportunity to share some of my experiences from the past year and to say thank you to all my co-workers here at the Office of Career Services and to all of our blog followers out there. This has been an incredibly rewarding year interning with the Office of Career Services. I’ve gained a number of invaluable skills here at this office and I would like to share some of these experiences in hopes that they will help my fellow classmates and graduates.

  1. I learned to set specific goals for myself.
    I would have to say this is the most important thing I learned all year, and I cannot believe how much it has improved my ability to perform well on the job! I learned that discussing my responsibilities with my supervisor and setting specific (very specific!) action lists for myself helped me achieve my goals and provided me with a concrete way of assessing my performance both personally and with my employer. While I have always considered myself to be an organized person, the ability to use my organizational skills effectively within the existing structure of a specific office was something I had not yet learned.
  1. I learned that it’s ok to ask for help.
    There is a difference between simple irresponsibility and willingness to recognize that you have too much on your hands and need some assistance. Every office has tasks that simply must be accomplished. I learned that it is better to ask for help when I find myself swamped with work, rather than leaving vital tasks undone. In certain situations I had to admit to myself that I could not do it all. My job responsibility was not simply to DO, but also to organize and collaborate with co-workers to make sure a task was completed even if I could not do it myself.
  1. I learned how many skills go into building a successful career.
    I’ll admit this one is probably an obvious advantage of working for the Office of Career Services! Observing the counseling, training, resources, and advice concentrated all in one office was an invaluable experience. Students, you have amazing services available to you, and I cannot possibly encourage you enough to take advantage of them! Simply by working here I learned about such things as proper business attire, dining etiquette, networking, résumé writing, interaction with employers, and so much more.

As I close, I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed this blog. I hope you have found it informative and helpful. Please stay connected to read our summer articles and to welcome our 2011-2012 social media intern as he takes over in the fall!

Lastly, I would like to say thank you to all of my co-workers at Career Services for a truly rewarding and memorable experience. I could not have asked for a better group of people to work with. I wish you all the best!

Christy Robe

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!

The Art of the Last Minute Job Search by Christy R

The Art of the Last Minute Job Search

Did your time at OU fly by? Are you scrambling to find a job that’s right for you? Come learn about last minute job search techniques, including a quick résumé revamp, how to market your education, and who to help you get a leg up on the competition!

As part of Senior Week 2011, Career Services invites you to attend this free workshop tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24th @ 5pm, Baker 503.

Hope to see you there!

You made it through college, now help someone else do it too! by Christy R

You made it through college now help someone else do it too!

I Know I Can is looking for graduating seniors from all backgrounds interested in advising seniors in high school and helping them make it to post-secondary education.  I Know I Can is a non-profit in Columbus, Ohio that works in Columbus City Schools promoting and helping students realize their potential to achieve their dreams of going to college.  I Know I Can hosts positions with AmeriCorps that will be open next year.  Representatives from I Know I Can will be on campus this Friday, May 20!  There will be table on the first floor of Baker Center from 11AM-1PM with lots of info and an information session from 5PM-6PM in Baker 233.  Come out and see what AmeriCorps and I Know I Can have to offer you.