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Can you guess what these three words have in common? Well, if you have any familiarity with social media, then you know that Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are among the most popular sites for social networking. But, did you know they can do more than alert the online world what you’re up to at 7:36pm? Did you know these social networks might actually help you get a job?

You may have used Facebook as a mechanism to avoid boredom, or maybe you’re all too familiar with tweeting about your crazy day or random night.  But these social media outlets are actually some of the most powerful tools in the job search process today. According to MSNC, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are, “transforming the job search process, enabling more and more people to connect with potential employers, promote their own skills, set up support groups and search for job leads and contacts.”

In, “Looking For a Job? Try LinkedIn or Twitter,” the article suggests that getting creative with your social networking site, like tweeting about your skills and abilities, creating a resume on LinkedIn, or demonstrating why you’re a qualified candidate through Facebook, is essentially producing an online resume and portfolio through which potential employers can navigate.  According to MSNBC, “job seekers have gotten job leads and tips on networking events that they otherwise would have missed, had it not been for their Twitter or Facebook account.”

So next time you’re tweeting about how tired you are in class or perusing the updated friends list on your Facebook page, think about what you might be able to do through your own social networking site that could lead to a job! In the meantime, follow Career Services on Twitter or Facebook here!

job huntingWhether you’re a first-year student years away from the job hunt, a graduating senior faced with finding a job, or someone returning to the job-hunting landscape, there are many ways to stand out as an applicant.  You can dress the ‘part’ in a interview, be prompt, and  follow-up after an interview.  These actions  can help you advance your job hunting experience. There are, however, other small things that can add up to make your job hunting experience a negative one.

According to GovCentral, standing out as the ‘best of the best’ isn’t always what you do in your job hunting process.  Rather, it can be what you don’t do. GovCentral reveals the top ten mistakes that could cost you your dream job. Read about the mistakes you want to avoid and tips on how to make your job search the most rewarding! And don’t forget, Career Services is here to support you as you embark on your job search.  Whether you are a first time job seeker or a seasoned pro,  our career counselors have the tools and expertise to help you demonstrate why you’re the ideal candidate for the job!

Dress for SuccessDid you know….

Research shows that 55% of overall perception is based on looks.

It may seem unfair, but when you walk into a job interview, but looking ‘the part’ for a job interview is just as important as what you have to say about yourself and articulating your job qualifications.

It’s important to know your audience when interviewing.  You may not want to wear a three-piece-suit to an interview with MTV, but you also want to err on the side of conservative and professional.

Check out this funny, but helpful, video about how to dress for success in a job interview. Following some of these helpful tips will guarantee that from the start, you’re a cut above your competition!

How to Lose a Job in 10 DaysWhen it comes to applying for a job, we often mull over the do’s and don’ts of a job interview. Most of us are familiar with thing like DO show up to the interview on time and DO come prepared having done your research about the company or organization. Similarly, when it comes to a job interview, we also know a lot of don’ts such as DON’T wear inappropriate clothing to your interview and DON’T badmouth past employers.

Sometimes it’s easy to think that once we have secured employment, the days of worrying about Do’s and Don’ts are over. Many of us forget to recognize that once we are in our new position, there are still many Don’ts that we rarely pay attention to, which could lead to harsh consequences and ultimately losing a job.

So, what are those ultimate Don’ts? What is it that people do that makes them lose their job? How, really, do you lose a job in 10 days?

  • Constantly arriving late, leaving early or taking long lunches without approval
  • Sending personal E-mails, Facebook-ing/Tweeting (for non work-related reasons), or surfing the web (again, non work-related)
  • Updating your online statuses while at work with complaints about your job and/or colleagues
  • Making excessive personal calls and sending and receiving lots of text messages
  • Engaging in office gossip and tattling on co-workers
  • Constantly sharing about your crazy weekends or the reasons you feel tired, lazy, or unproductive
  • Dress code violations
  • Talking about the new job you’re applying for or the job you really wanted instead of your current one

If you would like to learn more about the Do’s and Don’ts of interviewing and employment, come meet with one of our career counselors @ Career Services!

Sometimes a job search can seem like a daunting process. Turning in multiple applications for a position you’re not even sure you want to pursue can seem discouraging. So, why are you going through this process? Do you think this will lead to great happiness and success for you? Have you considered other options? Have you considered….the Peace Corps?

The Peace Corps mission has three simple goals:

  1. Help participating countries meet their need for trained men and women
  2. Help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  3. Help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

Peace Corps Volunteers work in the following areas: education, youth outreach, and community development; business development; agriculture and environment; health and HIV/AIDS; and information technology.  Peace Corps Volunteers work in countries from Asia to Central America, and from Europe to Africa.

The Peace Corps is a popular option for many graduating students who are interested in volunteering in developing countries to bring about peace and care for the community. To find out more, visit the Peace Corps website, contact your Oregon State University Peace Corps representative, or stop by Career Services in the basement of Kerr Administration to pick up some helpful materials.peace corps map

How far would you go to help someone? Would you go to the end of your driveway? Would you cross a street? Would you cross an ocean? To a place 6,000 miles from home? And how long would you go? Would you go for a week? A month? A year? Would you go for 2 years? Would you go if you could use your knowledge to teach someone and… in the process… maybe learn something yourself? Life is calling! How far will you go?

job interviewHave you ever played the question game with friends or family where you ask off-the-wall silly questions like, if you could have any superpower in the world, what would it be and why? Well, if you haven’t played that game, you might want to start!

According to Dana Knight, as published in USA Today, interview questions for jobs are getting trickier, and more random! While questions like, which movie star would make the best employee or what color best describes you, seem crazy, the reality is potential employers are assessing your creativity, looking to find out how you best think on your feet, and trying to shake up the interview process.

Career Choice Guide offered helpful tips on how to deal with crazy interview questions.  They suggest: 1) give an answer that reveals something positive about yourself, 2) take time to think about the question and be intentional about your answer, and 3) avoid cliché answers.

There’s no perfect way to prepare for extreme interview questions, but it can be fun to learn what other job seekers have experienced in their interview process. Below is a compilation of some of the most random interview questions asked. Take a moment and think how you might respond to these questions!

  • If you could each lunch with one of the founding fathers, who would it be and why?
  • If you had to be a tree, what would you be and why?
  • Which animal do you most resemble and why?
  • Are you more like a placid pool of water or running horse?
  • What beverage at Starbucks would you compare yourself to and why?
  • If I take a look inside of your refrigerator what would I find?
  • Do you like Tom or Jerry?
  • How would you react if you were transformed into a fish?

Choosing a majorMost everyone can relate to the experience they had going through orientation prior to beginning school at OSU. Meeting all new students from various backgrounds posed the same formulaic interaction: “Hi, what’s your name? Where are you from? And what’s your major?” Deciding on a major is a cornerstone of the collegiate world. We understand that what we major in is our expertise, our field of perfection, what we should and will do with our lives. But, does a major really matter? Does your field of expertise actually dictate how you will spend the majority of your life?

Rosanne Lurie, a career counselor who has worked both at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco states that, “Your interests and abilities lead to the decision of a major and a career after that, but there isn’t always a direct relation between the two. A major doesn’t predetermine what you end up doing.” While choosing a major in college is important, it does not necessarily indicate how you will spend your career. In reality, a major simply makes you qualified for a variety of career options. Choosing a major isn’t actually the experience that is making you most qualified for a career, rather the collegiate experience itself is refining the skills employers are looking for, like communication, teamwork, interpersonal skills, and more.

Choosing a major can be a daunting process, but in the grand scheme of life, it’s nice to put into perspective how much what you major in really matters. Read more about how much your major matters here.

save moneyUnless you’re Oprah Winfrey or Simon Cowell, most of us are all coming to the same conclusion: money is tight! As part-time and full-time students dedicated to our school work, extracurricular activities, friends, and family, it can be tough trying to balance a job while in school. No matter if you work full-time, part-time, or don’t have a paying job at all, there are some quick and easy things you can do as a college student to help you save a few extra $$$.

Helpful money saving tips for students:

  • Ask your cell phone company about student discounts
  • Ride the bus–it’s free with your OSU ID card
  • Check out activities and events on campus–not only is it a great way to get involved but there is usually free food!
  • Buy used text books or share with fellow students in your class
  • Check out many more money saving tips for college students here!

If cutting costs in your daily life inst enough, let Career Services help you! Check out Beaver JobNet, OSU’s own version of and let us help you get a job!

internships1Hello, and welcome to the official blog of Oregon State University’s Career Services. We’re glad you found us! No matter what your career-related interests may be, we hope this blog has something for you. We promise to update regularly with posts on everything from choosing a major, to “hot jobs” in the current economy.

So follow us! Read, comment, question, and pass it on–you know you have a friend who could use the tips too. Career Services is here to help you find the information, resources, and guidance you need.

Til next time, remember to think about pursuing professional experiential opportunities before graduation rolls around.  Here’s a helpful website for internships and similar programs through the government.