The search for an internship or a full-time job is stressful for many reasons. Creating yourself as a professional is a rewarding experience, but also somewhat daunting. Making sure your resume and cover letters are in tip-top shape is time consuming. Then there’s the whole interviewing process. Some people love interviewing, but for most it’s a panic-inducing nightmare. And of course, one of the most important things: networking.
Your career journey shouldn’t have to be scary though. It’s also something that Ohio State students don’t have to go through alone. Ohio State has resources to assist students with their professional path. The College of Arts and Sciences Career Services website has so much to offer. I’ve picked out the guides and tips on resumes and cover letters, interviewing, and networking.
1. Resumes and Cover Letters: https://asccareerservices.osu.edu/guides/resumes
This link has seriously an answer to every resume or cover letter question you may have. No joke. For example, if you’re stuck on writing a cover letter that embodies your personality and qualifications then click on “Writing Cover Letters,” or if you’re sick of using the same verbs for every sentence on your resume then look at the page titled, “Action Verbs for Resume Development.” They have sample resumes for all types of students, a resume and cover letter writing toolkit, workshops, and more.
2. Interviewing: https://asccareerservices.osu.edu/guides/interviewing
This is another fantastic link full of useful information. One of the most useful things on here is the mock interview with Arts and Sciences Career Services. You sign up online and fill out information about you and the job you are “interviewing” for. After that you schedule an appointment to go in the office for a mock interview. If interviews make you nervous this is a great way to practice. This link also has YouTube videos, tips for on-campus interviewing, interview preparation checklist, and more.
3. Networking: https://asccareerservices.osu.edu/guides/networking
Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, networking should be one of your top priorities. Networking as early as possible and building connections will only help you when you’re searching for an internship or full-time job. The College of Arts and Sciences Career Services has tip sheets on networking, but also three additional resources that I found particularly interesting and helpful. Alumnifire is an online professional networking and mentoring tool for Ohio State alumni, students, and staff to exchange industry expertise and career advice. Jobipedia is a free website where students and recent graduates can ask questions about the job search and get answers from experienced recruiters from some of America’s top employers. LinkedIn Resources for Students is a website that helps students build an effective LinkedIn profile, communicate effectively on LinkedIn, and teaches students how to create their own personal brand.
I’ve only covered a portion of what the Arts and Sciences Career Services website has. I highly suggest every student to browse through the guides and tips tab:
Trust me, you won’t regret it!