Ohio University Office of Career Services

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

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

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

DOs and DON’Ts for a positive online presence by Alyse K

As you read in our recent post, What does your Facebook say about you?, employers are looking at more than just your résumé. They are also looking at your web presence to determine whether or not they hire you. It’s important as you job hunt, to make sure you have a positive online presence that won’t keep you from being hired. Here are some DOs and DON’Ts for a positive image online:

  • DO clean up digital dirt before you begin your job search. This includes removing any photos, content and links that can work against you.
  • DO consider making your own professional group on Facebook, LinkedIn or BrightFuse.com to create relationships with recruiters and potential referrals.
  • DON’T whine online. Keep your online content positive, professionally and personally.
  • DO highlight accomplishments inside and outside of work. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished and show it online.
  • DO be selective about who you accept as friends. Others can see your friends, so remember to monitor comments made by others.
  • DON’T mention your job search if you’re still employed.

Even if you’re not searching for a job right now, it may be a good idea to search keeping your online profiles clean now. Take a look at your profiles. What information may keep you from getting that dream job?

Check back later for information about setting up your own professional profile

What does your Facebook say about you? by Alyse K
February 22, 2010, 2:20 pm
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When you start job hunting, employers might not be just checking out your résumé. Some employers are using the Internet to their advantage and scanning applicants Facebook pages. According to a CareerBuilder study in June 2009, 45 percent of 2,600 or more employers reported using social networking sites to research job candidates. This is a significant jump from the 22 percent reported in 2008. According to the Oregon Business Report, “Of those who conduct online searches/background checks of job candidates, 29 percent use Facebook, 26 percent use LinkedIn and 21 percent use MySpace. One-in-ten (11 percent) search blogs while 7 percent follow candidates on Twitter.”

35 percent of employers reported finding content on social networking sites that caused them not to hire candidates. Some of the top reasons were:

  • provocative or inappropriate photos or information (53 percent)
  • content about drinking and using drugs (44 percent)
  • bad-mouthing previous employers, co-workers, clients, etc (35 percent)
  • poor communication skills (29 percent)
  • discriminatory comments (29 percent)
  • lying about qualifications (24 percent)

So, what does your Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or blog say about you? Are you presenting yourself in a positive, professional manner? If you haven’t been mindful of this before, consider reviewing the information you’re posting online and what message it sends to potential employers.

Check back later this week for tips on a positive online image.