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!

Dining Etiquette Workshop by Christy R

Dining Etiquette Workshop

Do you know the dos and taboos of dining etiquette? Are you prepared to interview during a meal?  The Office of Career Services is pleased to welcome Deborah Thomas-Nininger of DTN Productions to Ohio University to facilitate a Dining Etiquette Workshop. This workshop will guide you through proper dining and interviewing techniques as well as providing tips for pre-dinner mingling.

Due to high demand, Career Services has added one more table to the program.  Single tickets are available for $15, first come, first serve.  Please bring a check (written to: Ohio University Career Services) to 533 Baker University Center to receive a ticket.

When: Monday, May 9, 2011

Time: Dinner will begin promptly at 6:00 pm

Where: Baker University Center Ballroom

Cost: $15 (only checks will be accepted)

*Cost includes four course meal and training materials
**Professional business attire required.

Please direct any questions about the Dining Etiquette Workshop to Ali Woodworth at aw800110@ohio.edu.

More on Deborah Thomas-Nininger
Deborah Thomas-Nininger has been conducting business etiquette, communication and self-presentation workshops and training seminars for over 20 years. During that time she’s coordinated the international etiquette training for the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta for Coca-Cola. Deborah has presented to a wide varieties of companies and universities including Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Health, Bath and Body Works and Harvard University.  For more on Deborah Thomas-Nininger visit her website at http://dtn-productions.com/home .

Interested in working for the government? Check out these resources! by Kristine Hoke

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Interested in working for the government? Check out these resources!

Career Services has two upcoming workshops related to federal employment:

Federal Internships – Find and Apply for Summer 2011
Wednesday October 20th at 5:00 in Baker 503
This workshop, a product of the Partnership’s Making the Difference Campaign, is for students interested in finding and applying for internships for Summer 2011. During this session, we will highlight a number of exciting internships across government, and show you how to research, find and apply for an internship that’s right for you.

Federal Jobs – Find and Apply for Full-Time Work in 2011
Tuesday October 26th at 5:00 in Baker 503
This workshop, a product of the Partnership’s Making the Difference campaign, is for students interested in finding and applying for full-time jobs with the federal government. During this session, we will highlight a number of exciting full-time jobs across government, and show you how to research, find and apply for a job that’s right for you.

There are several other helpful resources for students who are interested in public service:

Making the Difference
Learn about various federal jobs and internships and the benefits of careers in public service

Where The Jobs Are: Mission Critical Opportunities for America
This report outlines federal hiring needs

USA Jobs
Job search resource for federal positions

—Kristine Hoke, Assistant Director

LinkedIn: Make the Most of Your Connections by Christy R

LinkedIn: Make the Most of Your Connections

If you are looking to connect with other professionals, job search, or learn more about companies you are interested in, LinkedIn is a great place for you to achieve all of these tasks, all while creating a professional presence for yourself in the social media world. LinkedIn is an online networking site that is a growing trend in the professional world.

LinkedIn serves as a means to connect professionals by focusing on your career and experiences. Given the fact that the majority of jobs available are made known to individuals through networking, LinkedIn can be a very strong tool for you to take advantage of. With LinkedIn you are able to make connections with others you have worked with in the past.  You never know how you may be connected to someone who has the right job opportunity for you. This professional social networking site provides you with an opportunity to highlight your experiences, receive recommendations from past employers, and connect you to professionals in your field.

In order to begin building your professional LinkedIn profile, here are some quick and simple ways to get started and help your profile stand out.

  • Craft an informative profile headline
  • Display an appropriate photo
  • Show off your education
  • Develop a professional summary statement
  • Fill your “specialties” section with keywords
  • Update your status weekly
  • Show your connectedness with LinkedIn group badges
  • Collect diverse recommendations
  • Claim your unique LinkedIn URL
  • Share your work

For more information on all the features of LinkedIn and tips for creating your profile visit the Career Services Handout Library. Here you will find resources on how to build your professional profile, tips for networking, as well as videos to help you get started. Career Services is also hosting a Get Connected with LinkedIn Workshop on November 8th in Baker 503 at 5:00 PM that will share all this information as well.

—Bethany Powell, Career Services Practicum Student

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!

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.