Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Job Seeking: Work Smarter Not Harder

In the times of Google, Yahoo, Bing and Wikipedia, students often believe they have all the information accessible at their fingertips, especially when it comes to researching a potential employer. Yes, it is true, online communications have made researching potential employers easier, but the transition from personal to digital communications can also pose some challenges.

Consider the more than 30 questions one should research before interviewing or accepting a job with a potential employer. Digging for the ALL these answers online can be extremely time consuming. In other instances, searching for specific information on privately owned companies can be impossible--CEOs seek to keep the details of their businesses private in order to protect their information from lurking competitors.

Time and impossible--not exactly the most favorite words in the undergraduate polls. However, a more likeable phrase found among the student population is: "Work smarter, not harder." The adage applies to job seeking as well. Good companies are eager to recruit talented students from excellent universities, like Oklahoma State. In fact, company recruiters visit campus regularly to host information sessions.

Information sessions provide a great opportunity for students to make personal contact with company representatives and ask questions. Most of these sessions are held on campus during a convenient time. In a short hour, students have the opportunity to get a good feel for the company's culture, organizational structure and growth potential. Discovering the same things online could take weeks.

Within the next month, three companies will be visiting Ag Hall:
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
Farm Credit
Don't miss your opportunity to mingle with these great employers.

If you have any questions about preparing for information session, please contact a CASNR Career Liaison.

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