Ohio University Office of Career Services


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!

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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.



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!



Green Jobs by Christy R

Interested in pursuing a “green” job? Take a look at current cities surveyed to be the most sustainable in the nation, and work to find employment listings accordingly:

1. Portland, OR
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Seattle, WA
4. Chicago, IL
5. New York, NY
6. Boston, MA
7. Minneapolis, MN
8. Philadelphia, PA
9. Oakland, CA
10. Baltimore, MD
11. Denver, CO
12. Milwaukee, WI
13. Austin, TX

These rankings are based on an array of criteria and peer reviewed by professionals within the green and sustainable job sector. The rankings include: air quality, energy and climate change, housing affordability, city commuting, green building, knowledge and communications, city innovation, green economy, local food and agriculture, metro street congestion, planning and land use, water supply, natural disaster risk, tap water quality, and waste management.

The five least sustainable cities they list are:

46. Memphis, TN
47. Las Vegas, NV
48. Tulsa, OK
49. Oklahoma City, OK
50. Mesa, AZ

If you are planning on going into an industry related to sustainability or interested in living in sustainable city, try looking at companies within these cities. The most sustainable cities should have a wide range of green jobs, while the lower ranking cities are developing innovative ways to improve.

To help you get started in your search, the Office of Career Services is hosting a presentation and open forum on Green Jobs which will be held Tuesday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m. in Baker, Room 503.

For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/careers/students/workshops.

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



PwC’s Personal Brand Week by Christy R

PwC’s Personal Brand Week

Last year PwC hosted its first Personal Brand Week. This program provided students and recent grads with an overview of the importance of personal brand and steps you can take to develop your own personal brand.  During the week of February 7-11, PwC is holding Personal Brand Week 2.0, an opportunity to take an even deeper dive into personal brand.  As you know, landing a job today requires more than just good grades. You need to focus on and promote your individual strengths, stand out from your peers and tell a unique story. In short, you need a personal brand.

Each day during Personal Brand Week, PwC will focus on one of five elements they recommend you master in order to develop and refine your unique personal brand:

Day 1, Monday—Building Your Network

Day 2, Tuesday— You Are What You Write

Day 3, Wednesday— Your Online Image Makeover

Day 4, Thursday— Prepare for Career Fairs and Interviews

Day 5, Friday— Your Elevator Pitch – with the announcement of a special contest with a $5,000 prize!

You can access Personal Brand Week 2.0 starting on February 7 on PwC’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/PwCUSCareers or at pwc.com/us/personalbrandweek

PwC also invites you to participate in a Live Chat on Personal Branding at www.pwc.com/us/careercorner on Wednesday, February 9, from 12:00-1:00pm PT/3:00 – 4:00pm ET. This is your opportunity to ask your personal brand questions to PwC’s US Recruiting leader, Holly Paul!  We hope you take advantage of Personal Brand Week 2.0 and please be sure to share this with your friends of all majors!



Prepare For Success: What you can do beforehand to make the most of your career fair experience by Christy R

Business men and womenWhen planning to attend a career or job fair, a little preparation is necessary to maximize your experience and give you the best results. You’re already taking the time to go to the fair, so you might as well go the full mile and make it worth your effort by following these simple steps.

1. Identify and Research the Prospective Employers.
Obtain the list of organizations attending the fair and identify the prospective employers that most interest you by clicking on the Fall Career & Internship Fair link on the homepage of Bobcat CareerLink. Keep an open mind when making this list. Don’t discount employers based on industry. You don’t necessarily need to be a business major to work for a large business company or a retail merchandising major to work for a department store. Instead, see what kinds of jobs each company has available, and what types of majors they are recruiting.

Once you’ve made your list of 5-10 employers you want to meet at the fair, do some research on each one of them. Visit their websites. Run internet searches. Be sure to familiarize yourselves with key products/services as well as the organizational structure, culture and values of the company.

2. Rehearse your elevator speech.
Prepare a 20-30 second introduction to use with employers. Have a clear focus on why you are here and what kind of job you are looking for. Tell them why you are interested in their company and how your specific skill set will benefit their company. (For examples of a concise elevator speech, see earlier post: Elevator Speech: A 30-second Interview).

3. Prepare résumés.
Have multiple copies of your résumé printed out and ready to go. It’s also helpful to have them organized neatly in a folder or portfolio. Show them that you can be an organized employee.

4. Choose proper career fair attire.
This is a must. For most career fairs professional attire is required, consisting of a clean-cut, well-fitting, conservative look, with darker colors such as navy, black, and slate. Dressing unprofessionally is one of the most common errors made by job candidates. If the outfit you’re considering is something you would wear to a party or a night on the town, it is most likely not appropriate professional attire. It is always safer to err on the side of dressing too conservatively. Also remember to give your shoes a little polish, and don’t overdo on jewelry or perfume/cologne.



OU Career Week: September 27-October 5 by Christy R

As we’re gearing up for Career Week starting next Monday, September 27, 2010, here are a few things all Bobcats should know about what’s going on for the week and what great opportunities are available.

Several of the workshops are specifically geared toward getting you ready for our Fall Career Fair on Tuesday, October 5. “Career Fair or Bust” will teach you how to interact with employers. First impressions are always important, and this workshop will coach you into making a strong positive impression and recommend how to best prepare for the fair.

The interview is an all-important part of landing that job, but you don’t need to let your nerves destroy your ability to showcase your value to a potential employer. “Interviewing Essentials” will teach you how to prepare for an interview, answer common interview questions, dress professionally, and project an image of competence and confidence! This training will come in handy on Mock Interview Day when every student will have the chance to put their new knowledge to the test by participating in mock interviews with actual employers. This is a perfect opportunity to practice without the pressure of an actual job on the line.

Next to the interview, a well-written résumé is vital in the job hunt. Everyone has questions about what a well-written résumé should look like. How long is too long? How short is too short? Do I need to list every single thing that I’ve ever done? We’ve made it a little easier for you: Bring your résumé to our “Résumé Blitz”, to have it professionally critiqued. You’ll avoid common résumé mistakes and choose words that will set you apart from the crowd.

For those of you who are still undecided about which career path to choose, the StrengthsQuest workshop will be invaluable. You will learn how to assess your own unique strengths, and use them to guide your career decisions. Once you know what your specific strengths are, you’ll learn how to discuss those strengths to your advantage with employers.

We’ve showcased a few of our workshops here, but for a complete list, visit our website workshop page.

I hope to see you all starting Monday!