Ohio University Office of Career Services

Ohio Alumni to speak at Bobcat 2 Bobcat Panel by Tyler
September 19, 2011, 1:10 pm
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As part of the annual Career Week, Ohio University Career Services and the Student Alumni Board will host a Bobcat 2 Bobcat panel on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Baker 503.  The panel will discuss how to develop your personal brand and make a name for yourself as you prepare to enter the job market.

Panelists include Angela Krile, Krista Sanford and Kristin Crain.

Angela Krile is President of Krile Communications – a Lancaster-based consulting firm specializing in communications strategy, marketing and public relations. During her nearly 20-year career, Angela has worked with clients that span the globe and range from small, local non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 Companies and international art exhibitions. Angela’s clients have included such familiar names as The Coca-Cola Company, Cirque du Soleil, The Longaberger Company, Tween Brands, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, Telhio Credit Union and Buffalo Wild Wings.  She has also consulted on numerous winning ballot issue campaigns.

Angela received her degree at the prestigious E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has served on Ohio University’s National Alumni Board. Ms. Krile was named to the 2006 class of Business First’s “Forty Under 40,” and is a member of the Leadership Columbus class of 2006 and the Public Relations Society of America. Angela chairs numerous volunteer committees for such organizations as 4-H, Rotary International, United Way, and local school districts. She has been a featured speaker on communications issues at Iowa State University, Ohio University, Capital University and The Ohio State University.

Angela and her husband have two young sons and live on a farm in Sugar Grove, Ohio.

Krista Sanford is an account manager at Dynamita digital agency and consultancy located in the Arena District in Columbus, Ohio. In her role, Krista coordinates both with internal teams and the client to guide the strategic and technical direction of web, mobile, social and other interactive projects for the client. During the past year, Krista has been primarily focused on the health care industry with clients such as The Ohio State University Medical Center, Wood County Hospital and Ohio Willow Wood but has also worked with consumer-facing brands such as Wings Over and House of LaRose. Prior to joining Dynamit in 2010, Krista served as an account executive at Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations where she focused on media relations, social media and account management for clients like Elmer’s Products Inc., Emerson Network Power’s Liebert business, Franklin Park Conservatory and others.

Krista graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism focused in public relations and a minor in business. While at Ohio University, Krista was a member of PRSSA and ImPRessions and also held several public relations and marketing internships at Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations, Bob Evans, Experience Columbus and O’Bleness Memorial Hospital.

Kristin Crain is a 2007 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations sequence. While in Athens, Kristin was a Public Affairs Specialist for the Ohio Air National Guard and was active in Greek life as a Delta Zeta. Kristin is now a content developer and account coordinator for Dynamit Technologies, a Columbus, Ohio-based digital agency that designs and develops websites, internet applications and online marketing campaigns. She has also worked for GolinHarris, a top ten PR firm based in Chicago, and has had the privilege of working with many well-known clients such as The Ohio State University Medical Center, Dow Chemical, State Farm and Wrigley. 

Kristin lives in Columbus, Ohio, and encourages students to take advantage of the many opportunities social media provides for them to develop and promote their personal brands and connect with alumni, peers and potential employers.

Career Week continues through Monday, October 4.  Check out the official Facebook event for complete information about all programs.

Welcome Students & Alumni, Fall Quarter 2010 by Christy R

Welcome Ohio University Students and Alumni to the 2010-2011 School Year!

As we settle back into our routines for the new year, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself and the Office of Career Services. My name is Christy Robe, and I’m a senior publication design major in the School of Visual Communication. This year I’m excited to be working with Career Services as the PR and Graphic Design PACE student. One of my responsibilities will be maintaining this blog, and so I’d like to take a moment to let readers know what to look forward to for the upcoming year.

Career Services is dedicated to assisting OU students and alumni with career development and the job search process. Whether you are a freshman trying to determine a major, or a senior sending out job applications, or an alum transitioning from an internship to a full-time job, we have services, resources, and connections that can help you!

We provide major and career advising, job search assistance, online career development and job resources, workshops, and four annual career fairs. Follow us on our blog, Twitter, and Facebook to find relevant and up-to-date information to help you succeed in your chosen career.

Good luck for the new school year!

-Christy Robe, PR & Graphic Design

For complete information on services offered through Career Services, visit www.ohio.edu/careers

Ohio University Senior Week 2010 by Alyse K

OU Senior Week 2010

How to Lose A Job in Ten Days

Career Services, Baker 503
Tuesday May 25 at 5 p.m.

Want to be a successful young professional? Don’t make these simple mistakes when transitioning into your first job after graduation.

Senior Walk-ins

Career Services, Baker 533
Wednesday May 26 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Still not sure what you are doing after graduation? Have a job and still have questions? Stop by Career Services for help with résumé writing, interview skills, and any other job search related questions.  Pizza will be provided.

For more information about Senior Week, visit the Ohio University Senior Week Facebook Page.

Networking a Key Component of a Comprehensive Job Search by korvas

With research indicating nearly 80% of jobs not being posted, networking becomes an essential component of a comprehensive job search strategy. Networking is the ability to build alliances with people that understand your skills and abilities, and can ultimately provide job leads or contacts to assist with your job search and career growth.
Some basic points to keep in mind while networking are:

  • Always be honest and genuine with individuals you interact with.
  • Potentially everyone you know, interact with, or meet is a part of your network.
  • Don’t be afraid to approach successful people that have the contacts and resources to help you.
  • Be visible and active in organizations as a means to continually build your network.
  • Be knowledgeable of those with whom you are establishing a network. Background information on the person and the organization for which they work is essential to building rapport and maintaining relationships.
  • Netiquette – Understand what is considered proper behavior while on the internet.
  • Have a clear understanding of your skills, abilities, what you’re looking for, and be able to communicate this clearly and concisely to others.

—Thomas Korvas, Career Services Director

Cell phone manners matter! by Alyse K

Recently, as I escorted a potential candidate to the door at the end of her interview, she pulled out her cell phone and began searching through it.  I found this situation very disconcerting.  While she may have been simply checking the time, she could have been reading a text message, email, or checking for missed calls.  This gave me the troubling impression that she was not focused on our recent interview and was missing out on valuable time to converse with me about the position.

Checking our cell phone and carrying it with us has become almost like second nature.  It is important to remember that during an interview, these habits can cause employers to form negative impressions of a candidate who may be viewed as uninterested and distracted.

Here are some tips to remember when interviewing:

  • The interview begins well before you sit down at the desk with the interviewer.  Avoid using your cell phone while in the waiting room.  Take out a notebook, study your notes, or browse company information available in the waiting room.   Even if you are reading information about the company online or reading your notes on your phone, it can come across to an employer as though you are not focused on the interview at hand.
  • Never set your cell phone on the table top during an interview.  Leave your cell phone in the car.   Avoid temptation.  No phone call or text message will be important enough to interrupt an interview.
  • If you must bring your cell phone with you, make sure to turn it to silent.  It can be very distracting to have your cell phone ring in the middle of an interview—even if it is set to vibrate.

—Heather Pittman, Career Services Interim Assistant Director

Good luck on finals and have a safe and fun spring break! We’ll see you again spring quarter!

Spring 2010 WestPACS Job & Internship Fair by Alyse K

Spring 2010 WestPACS Job & Internship Fair

Largest job fair in the Pittsburgh region for college students and alumni

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
10am – 3pm
Monroeville Convention Center

Students and alumni from WestPACS member schools may pre-register online and attend at the discounted $5.00 pre-registration fee (cash only, paid at the check in table the day of the fair) OR may attend as walk-ins with a $10.00 fee (cash only).

Students and alumni from schools outside the WestPACS consortium are welcome to attend as walk-ins. Walk-in registration is available at the door. Cost is $10, cash only. Candidates from schools outside the WestPACS group can find more information here.

5 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Land a Job by Alyse K

  • Gaining New Skills: Volunteering is a great way to acquire experience that your past jobs or internships did not provide.  Examples could be: Organizing a fundraiser to gain project management skills or coordinating a project for leadership and management skills.
  • Make Networking Contacts: You never know who you might meet while volunteering.  In fact, almost 43% of volunteers have at least a bachelor’s degree—so there is a good chance you will meet a professional while volunteering.  If you volunteer at places related to your target career, you may meet people who are working in jobs similar to the one you want.
  • Emphasize your ambition: Volunteering shows you have a sense of civic responsibility and that you have a charitable side.  Employers are looking for future employees that have passion and involvement with the community.
  • Add New Experience: Be sure to include your responsibilities on your résumé.  Mention duties, accomplishments, results, and awards just as you would for employment.  Be sure to include the organization name and dates.
  • Gain Self-worth and Confidence- Volunteering can help you impact the lives of others.  There are opportunities to tutor, plan events, coordinate programs, etc.  Volunteering will give you the feeling that you have made your community a little better.

Information retrieved from 5 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Get a Job on Yahoo HotJobs, By Amy Neumann