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Job Search to Job Found

Veronica Ammer

Veronica Ammer,
Senior, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Athens, OH 18 February 2019

My first three years of college, I dreamed about that brilliant light at the end of the tunnel: graduation. It felt like it couldn’t come fast enough. Seven more semesters. Only three more semesters. However, when senior year finally rolled around, my excitement was replaced with apprehension as the daunting reality of the job search process sank in.

Frankly, I did not know where to begin. There is a vast variety of work for chemical engineers across a wide range of industries. This is definitely a positive, but it was challenging to narrow down what I wanted to do.

Luckily, I was not left to my own devices and procrastinating tendencies. The Director of Professional Experiences for the Russ College sent out an email about a job posting for an engineer interested in materials science. I thought, “Hey, I like materials science.”

I continued to read the job description—research and development of plastic films—and realized that this was exactly what I wanted to do. It was a mix of lab work while also working with customers and production for the scale-up process.

So, I worked up my courage and sent out my resume and brief cover letter to Next Generation Films, Inc in Lexington, OH. I heard back quickly and soon enough I had a phone interview scheduled with the R&D manager. I was very nervous for the interview, as most interviewees tend to be. However, the interview turned out to be a positive experience as the R&D manager and I chatted about Lauren Daigle in between discussing my resume.

Soon enough, I was on-site for a formal interview and had the chance to check out blown film extrusion and the R&D lab. I fell in love with the process and was beyond excited when I was offered a full time position at Next. Once again, I find myself impatient for summer, not for the end of college, but for the start of my career.

Coaching Basketball

Alexis Lanier

Alexis Lanier,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 5 February 2019

Over winter break I spent a good amount of my free time as an assistant coach of New Lexington girl’s junior high basketball team. From kindergarten to my senior year in high school, I played basketball almost every single day of the year.

After a few years of being away from the sport, I decided I wanted to get back into it, so in the middle of last semester I contacted one of my previous volleyball coaches and asked if she needed any help coaching her daughter’s basketball team.

A few practices in, I quickly realized coaching a sport is an even bigger challenge than playing it. Being back in the gym and observing the other coaches I learned I had to be even more confident, loud (which is oftentimes a challenge for me), and assertive while also being encouraging.

Coaching seventh and eighth grade girls is actually one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding. Although junior high girls don’t always listen very well and sometimes bring drama to practice, I wouldn’t change my first coaching experience for anything.

Coaching these girls who have the same dreams I once had has been an unforgettable experience. Being able to pass down knowledge of something that has had such a great impact on my life is so fulfilling, especially when seeing the joy in the players’ faces after a win or a great accomplishment that they’ve been working on for a while.

There have been many long—usually fun—practices, rewarding wins, and tough losses throughout the season, and it’s been great to be back in the basketball environment.

After several snow days and missed games, this upcoming weekend we are heading into tournaments with a record of 7-6. I hope in my next blog post I can say both the 7th and 8th grade won the tournament and were MVL champions.

Job Search Complete

Nicholas Burton

Nicholas Burton,
Senior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 27 January 2019

It’s great to be back in Athens for this last semester. It was a wonderful Christmas break, but I was excited to get back here and to get to enjoy being with my friends again.

A big moment in my life actually happened over break, as I officially accepted a full-time job in Columbus. I went through the interview circuit prior to the semester beginning, and was fortunate to find a company that I really liked, so it feels good to have that off my chest. I also get the chance to live with some of my close friends from school and from growing up, so overall I am very happy with the opportunity to start my career in Columbus.

This semester looks to be very promising from the standpoint of me getting to enjoy the time I have left in college. I only have 3 required classes remaining to graduate, so I only have class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So far, this has been incredible and I honestly don’t know what to do with all of the free time I have—knock on wood. Hopefully this semester continues to be a breeze and I can make the most of the remainder of my time here!

Why This Summer is My Most Important

Gyasi Calhoun

Gyasi Calhoun,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 16 April 2018

Over the past three years I have spent my Summers at Hyland Software working as a software developer on the healthcare team. Most would say that my most important Summer/Internship is the last Summer as an intern. However, I think the most important Summer is this up and coming one because I’ll officially be a full-time software developer. All that hard work has paid off and I finally can get a standing desk, larger monitors, a shiny metal nametag, and not to mention that full-time salary!

Since I’ve interned for so many years I’ve seen a lot of my fellow interns become full time employees as I remained an intern until May 5, 2018 finally comes!

This Summer is so important because things become more serious. There’s
no more knockout basketball twice a day every day of the week or the feeling of relief knowing my project won’t actually be launched for outside users to use.

What I’m about to experience is really similar to a college basketball player entering the NBA (obviously with a lot less on the line and a lot less pay). College was great, but how can you help our team’s production professionally? Can you write code that is efficient, maintainable at a large scale and usable to users globally? I definitely think I can and the company who hired me thinks I can as well, otherwise they wouldn’t have hired me.

Now it’s my time to showcase my skills and what positive impact I can bring to the table. This Summer is my time to make a great first impression as a full-time developer and although I’ve interned for a while it’s time to put that coat on a hanger and put on my grown-up pants.

The Road to Job Acceptance: Personal Experience and Tips from an Engineering Undergraduate

Cami Jones

Cami Jones,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 26 March 2018

Now that I’ve finally found and accepted a full-time job, it seems like an appropriate time to write about the process of actually finding a job. For all of you metrics people out there, here’s a quick “by the numbers” about my full-time job search.

  • 16 companies

  • 11 distinct resumes (includes revised versions & job-specific modifications)

  • 27 online applications

  • 4 candidate pre-screening “intelligence”/ “ethics” tests

  • 8 first-round interviews

  • 5 second-round interviews

  • 4 final interviews

  • 4 job offers

  • 20+ hours of driving to/from interviews

  • 7 automatic rejections

  • 12 applications still “pending”

I don’t know how it reads, but it sure did feel exhausting! And I was fortunate—I know some of my friends have applied to 100+ jobs online and are only just beginning to get interviews. For what it’s worth, I’ve compiled my own list of top 3 full-time job search tips below.

Students and parents alike, please note the following: online job searching is HARD even for well-qualified students. I believe that it’s imperative to “play the game” in a smart way to make the most of efforts made applying to jobs…otherwise it’s easy to get discouraged! It is my hope that the tips below will help serve as an introductory guide to “playing smart”.

Cami’s Top 3 Full-Time Engineering Job Search Tips:
1. Know yourself. It’s important to know your skills/interests AND weaknesses/dislikes when searching for and applying to jobs. Trust me, it’s no use to anyone if you apply to a job that you’re unqualified to perform or that you will be unhappy doing. Look for jobs that both appeal to your interests and require skills that you feel confident you have. It’s a plus if you actually
have prior experience using these skills from an internship or co-op!

Avoid applying for jobs that sound boring or require too many skills you don’t possess. At the end of the day, if you get an interview for a job you want to be excited (not reluctant to “have to” interview) and you want to feel ready to knock it out of the park – not worry that they will discover you’re unqualified!

2. Know the system. The truth is that if you’re applying for jobs online, it is highly unlikely that a human will be the first to view your resume. These days, there are sneaky Human Resources (HR) software tools called Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that will “read” your resume and spit out a summary for the HR manager before anyone will see it. This summary needs to match the specific job description for you to get a call to interview…or to even get a real person to
review your qualifications!

If you’ve heard that you should make your resume “visually appealing” that’s still true if you are handing it out (or emailing it) to prospective employers. However, the formatting that makes your resume appealing may be a big reason that the ATS will reject your application! Many of these ATS systems cannot process documents with sophisticated formatting and therefore will not be able to read/summarize much of your content. AKA: even if you are perfectly qualified, you won’t get a call to interview!

Be SURE to create and use a plain text (unformatted) version of your resume to be submitted online. A helpful resource for creating a resume that both an
ATS and human can easily read can be found here (in step 2).

Once I started following these ATS guidelines, I started getting calls to interview. Before I used these techniques—crickets. I highly recommend doing your own research about ATS!

3. Use your network. If someone you know has connections to a job that you are interested in, reach out to them! From a company’s perspective, if someone who already works for them recommends someone for a job, it shows that the person is already trusted at some level. This takes some pressure off of the HR folks looking to hire for a position.

From your perspective, in many cases you can skip that pesky online application (and ATS scan) and have your resume placed in the hands of someone in HR who might actually read it! Again, if someone is willing to help you with this—take them up on it. In all transparency, this is how I got my foot in the door for three of my five internships and even the full-time position I accepted!

At Ohio University, we have a number of networking opportunities. The best, in my opinion, is building relationships with older students and alumni while still in school. Building up a good reputation with those entering the workforce before you for being a hard worker and someone who is easy to talk to can go a long way in obtaining your “dream job” later on!

Again, this is how I heard about the full-time job I accepted. An alumnus from our ISE department reached out through one of our professors to see if anyone was interested in working for Akron Children’s Hospital as an Operational Excellence Analytics Specialist and I jumped on the opportunity to send my resume her way! She sent my resume to her boss, and I had an interview set up a few days later. The rest is history.

Best of luck in your future (or current) job search!