Friday, September 15, 2017

5 Tips for a Successful CareerFest

Greetings from the Career Services Center! Just one week until next Friday's Fall CareerFest 2017 - an annual career fair in Cleveland, Ohio providing students the opportunity to meet with over 50 organizations, including businesses, corporations, non-profit groups, government agencies, and graduate schools! For students attending or thinking about attending, we have a few suggestions for students to make the event a success!



1. Register!

If you haven't done so already, please register for the event! If you register for the event, we will be able to contact you with updates prior to the event in case anything might change, and we will create a printed nametag which will be waiting for you at the event.


Pre-registration will close on Wednesday 9/20, but if you were unable to pre-register, please still come - you will be able to sign up at the door!

2. Research


You can also get the Guidebook on your phone through the free app: https://guidebook.com/g/oficcf17cle

Android and iOS users:
1         Tap the "Download" button to download the free Guidebook app
2         Open Guidebook and you can find our "* 2017 OFIC CareerFest * Cleveland" guide
3         Tap "Enter passphrase" and enter cle17 to download our guide

The more you research the companies and opportunities available, the better prepared you will be to make a good impression.

3. Prepare Your Pitch & Resume


Make sure to take many copies of your resume with you - we suggest 25 or more, to be safe. If you need help preparing your resume for the event, please stop by the Career Services Center during walk-in hours - 1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday or 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

You should also prepare a brief elevator pitch to introduce yourself to recruiters at the event. This should introduce your educational background, professional skills, and professional goals.


For more guidance on crafting a pitch and preparing yourself for career fairs, please see our slides from the COBE Career Day Prep Session, which covered many career fair preparation topics.

4. Know Where to Go


CareerFest takes place at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland - 300 Lakeside Avenue E, Cleveland OH 44113. Students attending CareerFest should park in the ABM AECOM Garage - lot F on this map - at 1301 East 6th St. If you park in that parking garage, vouchers will be available at registration that will cover the cost of your parking. If you park in any other garage, we cannot cover your parking. Please take care to park in that garage.

5. Follow up


After the fair, follow up by sending Thank You cards (emails are okay, but written notes can really stand out) to recruiters with whom you have spoken. Make sure to formally apply online for any open positions you spoke with recruiters about if you have not already done so.


Bonus: You Could Win an Amazon Echo!


Two very lucky attendees will walk away from the fair not only with lots of job leads and networking opportunities, but also possibly an Amazon Echo! If you tweet @The_OFIC on Twitter and use the hashtag #careerfest17 you will be entered to win.

See all the details on the OFIC website!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Career Services Center Fall Workshops

Monday, September 11

This fall we are hosting four different workshops at the Career Center. All of which revolve around helping you with your job search and your job preparation. Whether it is for a part time job or a lasting career we are here to get you where you need to be. All workshops are open to current students and alumni of Ashland University. There is no registration required and every workshop is free! If you have any questions please feel free to stop into the Career Center.


Getting Started with Job Seeking
Alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays Weekly
Starting September 12th through November 29th
12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: 254 Student Center (CSC)

Great session for faculty to send classes!  Contact CSC for the next available workshop.

You may think a career search begins with a resume, but it actually starts with self-discovery. There are many paths before you and planning your career is essential to your success. Join us during a 50 minute informal presentation/talk about the available resources, events and programs offered by the Career Services Center. During this session you will begin your journey to launch into a fulfilling future career.  We will explain the importance of having your professional documents in good shape (i.e., resume, cover letter, references, etc.).

This career seminar is built for the students who are getting started in the job search and are preparing to learn how to maneuver the process of landing a job. There are no prerequisites for attendance. Come with an expectancy to learn about what Career Services has to offer.


Resume Writing
12 p.m. September 11th & 25th & October 9th & 30th
Location: 254 Student Center (CSC)

This workshop will provide a step-by-step process for creating an effective resume.

Career Fair Preparation
4 p.m. on September 13th & 27th, and October 11th
October 17th @ 7 p.m.
Location: 254 Student Center (CSC)

Want to get the most out of the upcoming AU’s Fall 2017 Career Fair? Join us for a presentation that will teach you the do’s and don’ts of working a career fair as well as create a personal elevator pitch and more!

Ace Your Interview
4:30 p.m. September 14th and 28th, October 12th and 26th & November 16th
Location: 254 Student Center (CSC)

The simplest interview questions can be the most difficult to answer and this workshop will provide some helpful tips for interviewing in the 21st century. Discover effective, proven techniques (i.e., Mock Interviewing, InterviewStream, STAR, PAR, etc.) to prepare you for tough job interviews.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Career Services Center Summer Workshop Series

Join us for our summer workshop series!  We’re excited about the opportunity to host a new summer initiative for our students and recent alumni. 
Topics include:  Job Search SuccessPersonal Branding, “Standing Out”, Ace Your Interview, Introduction to LinkedIn, and Jump Start Your Job Search

These workshops are designed to assist those who have recently graduated and are still pursuing their job search, those who are underemployed 
(individuals who are employed, but are seeking new or better opportunities), and May 2018 graduates who would like to get a “head start” on the 
job search. 

All workshops will be held in the Career Services Resource Room.  Please see the enclosed flyer for registration instructions and the dates/times 
·        Register today: https://goo.gl/forms/TqX0jVRcW6xtc4DI3


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How to Find On-Campus Student Job Opportunities

Are you looking for on-campus employment for the Fall? Please read on to learn where to look for on-campus jobs and how to apply!

AU Career Connect:  Student Employment Database (for on and off campus positions)

All on campus jobs are posted in AU Career Connect.  Each department collects resumes and handles their own hiring process - but AU Career Connect should be the main hub for finding out about opportunities.

New User Registration

The first time you use the system, you will need to register. This site is not connected to your AU email account.

  1. Visit www.ashland.edu/career and click on the “AU Career Connect” icon
  2. Click “Students and Alumni – click here to register!” at the bottom of the page
  3. Enter your 7-digit AU ID number as your username (example: 1234567) and create a password you will remember. If the system says your username or email address is in use, you may already have created an account. Try resetting your password or contact our office.
  4. Fill out all required fields and submit your profile.
  5. Your profile will be in a pending status until a Career Services staff member confirms your account - typically within a few business days. During this time you can (and should) upload a resume for review but you will not be able to apply for jobs until your profile is confirmed. You will receive an automated email from the system once your account has been approved.


Uploading Your Documents

The majority of on-campus jobs will require you to submit a resume. If you do not have an updated resume, the Career Services Center is available to assist you over the summer in creating or updating a resume. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment: cdcstaff@ashland.edu or 419-289-5064. Phone and Skype appointments are available!

We also have a “Resume Writing Guide” available online -  available on the myAU Portal, in Google Drive, and in AU Career Connect itself. Get access to the guide here!

  • Before uploading any documents, be sure to save them as PDF files to protect formatting. It is recommended that you name the document something like yourlastname.resume.
  • Put your cursor over My Account and select My Documents.
  • Click Add next to the document type you wish to upload and click on the Choose File link. Select the correct document, name it, and click Save.
  • Preview your document after uploading to ensure it is saved in proper formatting.

Resume Requirements for On-Campus Job Search:

Career Services staff will review each resume uploaded to AU Career Connect prior to activating it in the system to make sure that they meet these requirements:


  1. Make sure your name is clearly visible at the top of your document.
  2. Please use your @ashland.edu email rather than a personal email on your resume.
  3. Add Ashland University, including your anticipated major and degree (if applicable) – see examples in the Resume Writing Guide.
  4. Proofread! Resumes with significant spelling or typographical errors will not be approved.


Resumes that meet the above requirements will be approved in the system to apply for on-campus jobs, while resumes that do not meet the 4 requirements listed above will need to be revised and resubmitted. You will receive an automated email from the system letting you know if your resume is approved.

Students who need resume revisions will receive a more detailed response from Career Services staff identifying what specific changes you should make to be approved.

Please note: You may receive an email from Career Services with additional suggestions other than these. Those suggestions are optional, but encouraged if you wish to continue improving your resume to further impress potential employers.

Searching for Work Study and On-Campus Jobs


  • Click on the Job Search tab.
  • Go to Advanced Search and type “Ashland University” in the Organization Name field (see image below). Click Search.
  • Click on the Job ID or Job Title to see the specifics of the position and how to apply.



Questions about your search for on-campus employment? Contact the Career Services Center today!

419.289.5064



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Job Openings


The Career Services Center at Ashland University is in need of Career Assistant and Intern candidates for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. The deadline for the application has been extended to Monday, April 17th, 2017 - If you are looking for an exciting paraprofessional on-campus position for next year, please consider taking the time to apply.

The positions were recently reposted in AU Career Connect:



Apply for either (or both) with this form: https://goo.gl/24ruay
(again, please ignore the deadline on that form; please turn your completed form into dkokandy@ashland.edu on or before Monday, April 17th for consideration.

If you have any questions about the positions, please contact me at dkokandy@ashland.edu. Thank you for considering applying for this position!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Makayla Reer: April 2017 Intern of the Month








Congratulations to Makayla Reer on being named April's Intern of the Month. Makayla interned with Pentair as their Product Marketing Intern. She is currently majoring in Business Management and Health and Risk Communication here at Ashland University.

Throughout her time at Pentair she was responsible for reformatting price pages which involved her going in their old catalog through Excel and combining all the products into one document. After her project was complete, it became much easier to locate things throughout the catalog. Reer said that it was eye-opening to see how important it is to keep files updated, to ensure that clients are able to find the correct distributors.

"My internship helped to prepare me because it gave me a well rounded experience. Being that neither my major, or minor is in marketing, this experience helped to make me a more well rounded future business professional. The projects I was given to accomplish helped me to realize a lot of the background work that goes on in business. Understanding what "background work" is, will help me to understand when other departments give me updates, and also help to qualify me for more jobs."


Makayla learned a lot from her internship, and she recommends to students considering internships to "go out there and get one. The experience is unlike any other. Even if you don't get the internship you applied for, you still can get the interview experience. The internships will help to make you better marketed when it comes to applying for your future full-time careers"

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 2017 Intern of the Month




We are happy to announce Austin Williams as AU Career Services Center's March 2017 Intern of the Month! Austin is a senior ready to graduate this semester studying Finance and International Business. Last summer, Austin had the opportunity to work with Morgan Stanley as an Institutional Wealth Management Intern. As someone who has a strong business mind, Austin gained a lot of valuable experience by being immersed in the business.

During his internship with Morgan Stanley, Austin worked with a team of investment consultants which allowed him to get hands on experience in the office. He assisted the team by doing a variety of projects on Microsoft Excel, which is a great program to have extensive knowledge of. He also performed research for business prospects while doing general administrative and office tasks. One great takeaway from this experience was the opportunity to really understand how a wealth management office is run. This involved developing and implementing allocation strategies based on market conditions, which throughout his experience he got to see by working with his team. This experience altogether helped Austin develop many skills and knowledge, but above all else helped him develop as a businessman.

Austin's advice for students is to get ahead early on in your college career. Internships are the most important part of any student's professional college career. These experiences are invaluable to the textbooks you may or may not read. Getting immersed into the business and understanding how a business operates is the best way to get prepared for the real world.

Austin also quoted, "Internships are the most important thing to a students college career. They give you the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field and exposure to what the business world is actually like. My opportunity at Morgan Stanley was a fantastic learning experience and confirmed my choice of major and career path."

It is exciting to hear that you confirmed your career path after graduation. You have been given the tools to be prepared for what comes and we know you will do a great job. We wish you the best Austin and want to thank you for taking the time to apply for our Intern of the Month program.

If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month, click here to apply!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Delaney Christian, February 2017 Intern of the Month

February 2017 Intern of the Month




Congratulations are in order for Delaney Christian, for being chosen as this February's Intern of the Month. Delaney is a junior double majoring in Social Work and Criminal Justice with double minors in Sociology and Child and Family Studies.  Over the summer she worked as a Office/Clinic Intern for McIntyre Center. The experience that Delaney had at her internship has been one that helped her decide exactly what she wants to do after she graduates.

Delaney's experience at the McIntyre Center has provided her with skills that she can take with her after she graduates as she moves into her career. During her internship she became familiarized with the office environment, by answering phone calls and filling paperwork. She was able to interact with drug and alcohol abuse clients that were coming in for treatment. Some of the tasks she was responsible for were conducting urine samples for clients, looking over case notes and assessing group work.

Initially Delaney did not want to go into the drug and alcohol sector of social work and was more focused on working with juveniles in the court system. After being introduced to the drug and alcohol addiction side of social work through her internship she has considered changing her plans for after graduation. She now wants to help individuals become clean and help them stay clean. She believes that if she can make a difference in one person's life it will all be worth it.

“It has been such a great experience working with the individuals in career services and they honestly care how things are going with you while you are going through the internship and your career search after. This internship has given me the experience to go out into my job search feeling confident and
well prepared.”

We are glad your experience did so much for you and we hope that it will continue to benefit you on your career path. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and we wish you the best on your future endeavors.

If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month, click here to apply!


Monday, January 30, 2017

January 2017 Intern of the Month


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Starting off the year of 2017 strong, we would like to congratulate Emily Leffler on being selected as out January 2017 Intern of the Month.  Emily Leffler is a junior studying Fashion Merchandising, planning to graduate in May of 2018.  Over the summer, Emily worked as a Sales Representative for The AroundCampus Group.  Through this internship, Emily established herself as a self-motivated member in a team environment, ultimately helping to drive the success of the group.

Emily's main responsibility was to put together a directory for 10,000 students, faculty, and staff with a team of four students.  To prepare her for her duties, she attended the Sale Foundations Academy at the University of North Caroline - Chapel Hill where she was given ample tools and advice to help her be a successful sales representative.  As an individual in the group, Emily got to be her own boss, making an average of 30 sale calls a day.  Her team would meet two times each day, once in the morning and once in the evening.  This strategy allowed them to effectively collaborate on strategies, goals, ideas, problems, and their individual performance that day.  Emily was able to develop skills in motivating, communicating, negotiating, and problem solving through these daily meetings.  These skills are great in the real world, and can be applied in any field.

Emily learned that for the success of a group, working together and asking for help when it's needed will help any group become more successful.  When it comes to personal growth and being a good team member, communicating concerns and struggles will help everyone learn from each other and you will grow as an individual.  Emily has been given the knowledge to effectively make sales, understand how businesses operate, and what it takes to run a business.



We are glad this experience did so much for you Emily, and we hope that your influence will positively impact our students and University so that your success and others' success can grow.  Thank you for your effort Emily and we wish the best for you in your future endeavors.

If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month click here to apply.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Start Your Career at CareerFest 2017, Presented by OFIC


Don't miss CareerFest 2017 - a great opportunity to meet with representatives from over 100 companies looking to hire students like you!

Ohio Expo Center
Cardinal Hall
Columbus, OH
February 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Get Registered


Register for CareerFest on the OFIC website. You can even upload a resume, which will be shared with the companies in attendance.


Who's Coming?


A list of companies and the positions they are hiring for are visible in the event guidebook! Download it today!


Ride with Us


Ashland University is providing FREE transportation to Columbus for the event. Sign up for the bus today!


Need more information?


Read all about CareerFest at the OFIC website!