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!



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.



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

References
Integrity HR
The Most Important Job Skills a Job Candidate Should Have




Networking & Hiring Event for All Majors on OU Campus by Christy R

Networking & Hiring Event for
All Majors on OU Campus:

4th Annual BioVenture & Innovation Showcase

An exciting opportunity for all majors is happening next week right here on the OU campus! The 4th Annual BioVenture & Innovation Showcase will take place next Tuesday, May 24th, from 10am-5pm in Walter Rotunda.

Why You Should Attend

  • Professional Development and Learning Sessions
  • Networking Lunch (lunch and snacks provided with registration)
  • Speed Mentoring: structured time to ask questions and discussion with key individuals
  • Potential for HIRE!

Manta Media recently announced massive hiring phase and also has a student intern program. Manta Media’s CEP, Pam Springer is a key note speaker— great opportunity to mix and mingle! They have hired OU grads in the past and there are a wide variety of possible
permanent and internship opportunities, including:

  • Web Developers, application developers, mobile developers
  • Interns with stats/analytics backgrounds to be applied towards analyzing and potentially optimizing some of their many web initiatives or ad campaigns
  • Data mining and analytics
  • IT and Desktop support
  • Online marketing interns (emarketing)
  • Marketing communication or advertising interns
  • User Experience, web design or creative production

Register Here to Attend the Event (Free).

Interested in attending this event, but have questions about networking & interacting with potential employers? Stop by the Office of Career Services for a walk-in appointment with one of our career counselors.




Interview Bloopers & How to Avoid Them by Christy R

Interview Bloopers & How to Avoid Them

The ability to write a great résumé or cover letter may help you land an interview, but that’s not all it takes to get the job. An outstanding résumé can get you in to meet with your potential employer but once you’re sitting across from them in the interview you will have to start over in order to prove that you are the best candidate.

Most interview bloopers occur because of the lack of practice and preparation. Of course even if you are well prepared, the interview may not go perfectly–we all make mistakes. However, the following mistakes can easily be avoided by developing strong interviewing skills and preparing properly for the interview.

Weak communication skills.
Non-verbal communication plays a crucial role throughout the interview. A poor handshake may weaken your chances of getting hired from the very beginning. Also remember to make eye contact, avoid fidgeting and looking at your watch. Be aware of your body language–it may not be obvious to you but the interviewer will easily notice it.

Poor verbal communication skills will almost certainly decrease your chances of getting hired. Giving a long, rambling answer to a simple question demonstrates an inability to concentrate and process relevant information. Avoid using any slang–stay professional no matter what. Listening skills are also vital: don’t spend so much time thinking about your answer that you’re not paying attention to the question.

Failing to research the company.
Be prepared to demonstrate an awareness of the company and the position for which you are applying. It’s going to be obvious that you did not do your research if you ask the interviewer to tell you more about the position or what the company does. Read the job description. Check out the company website. Know the organization. On the other hand, don’t go overboard with your knowledge. When you know something about the company, wait for the right moment to share it. Do not interrupt the interviewer to tell them you already know the information. Wait until they have finished and then add a comment to what they just shared.

Dressing inappropriately.
When in doubt, err on the side of too formal. It is unlikely that there will be a good reason to show up for the interview casually dressed. Every company has its own dress policy, and it is a good practice to dress one level above what is acceptable for company.

Being late or too early.
Never be late. Develop a habit of being on time. It’s also important not to turn up too early because it creates the impression of having too much time on your hands and being desperate for the job. Five to ten minutes early is a good rule of thumb.

Being negative.
It’s important to have the right attitude during an interview. Never complain about your current job and stay enthusiastic throughout the interview. Be careful to treat everyone you meet with courtesy, including the receptionist. Many companies watch to see how you treat their staff. It gives them an indication of how well you might fit in to the company.

Asking inappropriate questions.
At the end of the interview always take the opportunity to ask questions. By paying attention during the interview, you will ensure that you don’t ask about something that was already discussed. Take some time before the interview to think about the position, what it involves and what kind of information you need to know to learn more about it. Have several questions prepared before you go into the interview. Avoid asking questions about salary and benefits during the initial interview. These are only appropriate once you have been offered the job.

Failing to follow up.
Be persistent. Send an email and thank you note after the interview, thanking the interviewer for their time. By following up and letting the employer know that you are still interested, you will increase your chances of getting a job.

Remember, preparation and practice are key. The Office of Career Services provides you with assistance when preparing for an interview. You can find general information about interviews on our website.

The Mock Interview Program can also help you sharpen your interviewing skills. Visit our website for more information.

Make sure to check out our On Demand Presentations for additional information on Behavioral Interviews or Phone Interviews.

Get ready and the best of luck on your interview!

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

References
Quintessential Careers
The Time of India
Career Alley



Career Resource Spotlight: Career Opportunities in the Publishing Industry by Christy R

Career Resource Spotlight:
Career Opportunities in the
Publishing Industry

Have you ever wondered what your options are if you are interested in pursuing a career in the publishing industry? This book breaks it wide open! First of all, it breaks job opportunities down into three main sub-fields:

  1. Newspaper Publishing
  2. Magazine Publishing
  3. Book Publishing

From there, it goes on to list all the different jobs you could possibly think of. Here’s a quick list to give you an idea of the range of careers possible:

For newspaper: Editor, Writer, Page Designer, Marketing Director, Publisher.

For magazine: Editor, Fact Checker, Freelance Writer, Art Director, Public Relations Director, Business Manager.

For book: Proofreader, Book Packager, Children’s Author, Book Designer, Sales Representative, Bookseller, Publishing Attorney.

…and many more!

For all of these, a specific job profile is listed, including duties, typical salaries, best geographical locations, and employment prospects, making this an indispensable resource for those of you considering this field for a living!

All this information is at your fingertips! Take advantage of it simply by visiting our resource library in the Office of Career Services‘ Career Resource Center.



Career Resource Spotlight: The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Portfolio Design by Christy R

Career Resource Spotlight: The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Portfolio Design

To all designers out there who know that a solid portfolio can make or break your job search, this book is for you! Putting together a solid design portfolio and cohesive promotional package can be an overwhelming task. Questions arise such as: Should I use color on my résumé or should I keep it black & white? How do I choose which pieces to include and which ones to leave out? How many samples should I include? This guide will answer all those questions, covering topics such as:

  • Planning your portfolio
  • The portfolio process start to finish
  • The traditional portfolio (with résumé, cover letter and business card)
  • The digital portfolio (CD, DVD, web site—including all the technical aspects of preparing your pieces for optimal digital appearance)

The book will take you step-by-step through all the traditional job-search preparations…tailored specifically for graphic designers and artists! Snippets of advice from art directors and other successful professionals in the field are included to make this resource invaluable to young designers getting ready to market themselves.

Ready to get your hands on this book and start creating building a solid portfolio? Stop by the Office of Career Services‘ Career Resource Center today!