Monday, October 17, 2016

Kill Your Next Job Interview!

                As an intern in the Career Services Center, it is an amazing experience to be able to see the other side of the table.  Everything that students have to focus on for their careers; resumes, interviewing, networking, skill building are very daunting for many reasons.  It’s easy to go with the flow and hope to come across opportunities that may come your way, but you can’t sit around and wait.  I feel getting a perspective from a recruiter, an interviewer, a supervisor, etc., lends a lot of benefit to improving your ability to get out there and find opportunities. 
                101 Great Answers To The Toughest Interview Questions is a great resource not only because it gives more insight to what kinds of questions may be asked, it tells you the do’s and don’ts of answering some of the tougher questions.  What is really interesting is being able to understand why certain questions are asked.  It’s easy to give your answer based on what you feel is right, but there is usually a reason why certain questions are asked, and being able to understand why helps you avoid potentially devastating mistakes. 
                I took a look at a question that I personally have always heard in an interview, and I think the reason it is asked is because it is so open.  It tells a lot about you as a person, but also a lot about where you qualify.  Does this ring a bell?  “So, tell me a little about yourself.”  If seeing this got your heart racing, sweat pouring, and eye twitching, then you know what it is like to be interviewed.  What makes a question all about you, your own person, so difficult?  Well, you’re probably going in 100 different directions at once, but good thing there are 101 great answers.
                There are a lot of things an interviewer is looking for during an interview.  The body language you have, whether you are making eye contact, are you stumbling over your words, how confident are you about what you are saying, etc. are all being observed.  It’s easy to slip up, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated if you prepare yourself.  If you are prepared for this question, right off the bat, you may be able to leave a great first impression, and get that job offer that you having been striving for.  Now there are a lot of ways to prepare for a question like this, but I want to go back to what I mentioned before about perspective of an interviewer.
                If you are an interviewer, what do you believe you would be looking for in a candidate?  What is most important?  What you do, or what you can do for a company?  If you know what skills you possess, how do you apply them to a position you are seeking?  If you get a position, how you do grow and develop as a professional?  If you see from the perspective of an interviewer, it’s easier to understand what they want to hear from you, and it will help a lot when you prepare to tell them about yourself.

                This book does a great job at covering all of these topics, and will help tremendously with your interview skills.  By gaining this type of perspective, you will gain very valuable skills in developing a thought process pushed more towards understanding and applying rather than just responding.  This book helps lay down a plan for you to help you prepare, and also provides specific examples which is something that can be very helpful.  Whatever it is that you want to accomplish with your career, this book will benefit you.  You can take what you learned with this book and apply it to many aspects of your career whether it be interviewing, networking, marketing, or even helping others.

October Intern of the Month

Jerry Jansen is a senior at Ashland University studying Supply Chain & Business Management & Information Systems. During the Summer of 2016, Jerry worked as the Materials Management Intern & Senior Buyer for ShurTech Brands. This internship gave Jerry a challenging experience that allowed him to do real work that he can apply to his later career.

During his internship, Jerry was given a huge role to fill that gave him a lot of valuable experience. The full-time senior buyer had to go on medical leave, so Jerry had to continue to maintain high fill rates and great service for ShurTech Brands in place of the full-time member. Jerry's experience required him to use the SAP system to schedule supply and demand of products and communicate with suppliers to ensure products were being delivered properly. This role allowed Jerry to demonstrate and strengthen many transferable skills such as management, communication, and leadership.

Jerry thinks that looking for an internship early is very important for all students. Even if companies might not be looking for something particular to you, there may be opportunities if you do a little digging. At the least, you gain valuable experience speaking to recruiters and networking yourself. Jerry also mentioned "Internships are meant to help prepare you for a potential future job. Get outside your comfort zone and don't be afraid to ask questions or ask for help." This is a great point. An internship is meant to challenge you so that you can learn. Making mistakes is okay, that will lead you to success in the future when it really matters.

We appreciate your effort Jerry and wish the best of luck to you in your future. Thank you for supporting Career Services and representing your fellow students.

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fall Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair Guidebook Now Available!

Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair Guidebook

The Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair Guidebook is now available on Google Drive! To access the guidebook, you will need to have a current Ashland University Google account (the same login informaiton used to access your email). If you are an Ashland University student or alumni without a current account, please contact our office for access to the guidebook. This guidebook will be continually updated as more information becomes available between now and the career fair, so please check back for updates regularly.
When reviewing the Guidebook think outside of the box (i.e., accountants aren't only needed at accounting firms, nurses aren't only employed in hospitals). 
The Fall Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 12th from 1 pm - 4 pm in the upper level of the John C. Myers Convocation Center. Students and alumni are encouraged to attend!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Student Registration Now Open for Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair

Student registration is now open for the Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair!
Online preregistration will close at midnight on Sunday, October 9th. Students who pre-register will receive a printed nametag at the event. Students who are unable to register in advance of the October 9th deadline are still encouraged to attend and can register at the door, but will need to handwrite their nametags.

Monday, September 19, 2016

September Intern of the Month

Natalie Helenthal, studying Business Management & Marketing is our September Intern of the Month. Natalie interned at the Convention and Visitors Bureau during this past summer as a Marketing and Public Relations Intern. During this internship she was giving a skill set that she could not gain any where else.

Throughout this internship Natalie learned computer skills such as using Excel and Access, along with being able to work on a team. She also helped the Convention and Visitors Bureau prepare and set up for there Annul Meeting. Natalie also worked on projects such as updating and maintaining the Bureau's website and databases, fulfilling information requests, and managing the Bureau's e- newsletters and member correspondences.

Natalie was also able to work with Convention and Visitors Bureau's outdoor booth at the Mid- Ohio Sports Car Course by informing visitors about there businesses in Richland County. Along with these duties and projects she assisted in membership renewal by organizing, printing, and putting together packets that would be set out to the organizations around Richland County

Natalie's advice to future students is "That would also go along with the advice to other students, always ask for help no matter how hard it is. These people are here to help you and want to put you in a position to succeed, just be willing to work and don't be afraid of sounding 'stupid'. Gaining experience in the workplace is more than any class on campus is going to be able to give you. Being able to work alongside people who have been in the business world for 10 or 20+ years, and have them wanting to help you, is amazing. I wouldn't pass on this opportunity because you get more from it than the employer." 

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Student Registration Now Open for Meet the Accountant Night

Registration is now open for the 2016 Meet the Accountant Night, which will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2016!

Student Registration

Students who plan to attend Meet the Accountant Night are encouraged to RSVP on AU Career Connect. Registered participants will receive a name tag at the event. 
To register, sign up through AU Career Connect or visit the Career Services Center! Please register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th. Students who are unable to register in advance will be able to register at the door.
Questions? Please visit us on the second floor of the Hawkins-Conard Student Center, call us at 419.289.5064, email!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Employer Registration Now Open for Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair

Employer Registration Information

Employer registration is now open for our Fall 2016 Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair, which will be held on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the campus of Ashland University. To reserve your spot, please register by Wednesday, October 5th.
The Career Fair will be conducted exposition-style. There will be a fee for participants ($75 for two representatives and $20 for each additional representative) to offset the cost of the fair. Companies attending will not have an assigned table, but companies will be able to choose their table from what is available as they arrive.
For additional information about the schedule and event, please review our invitation letter.
Questions? Please call us at 419.289.5064 or email

Monday, April 11, 2016

Education Expo Registration Deadline Information

Today is the last day to register for Education Expo! Registration instructions are available here, but please read the information below in addition to the attachment. 

If you register tonight for Education Expo, please note the following information:

  • AU Career Connect requires that a resume is uploaded to your profile, and approved by Career Services, before the system will let you register for Education Expo. 
    • All resumes are automatically uploaded to AU Career Connect with a pending status (regardless of whether or not you have had it reviewed) until a Career Services staff member activates the resume. 
  • Please follow these steps to register for Education Expo:
    • Upload your resume to your AU Career Connect profile if it is not already there. 
    • Send an email to letting Kayla know that you would like to register to attend Education Expo, and Kayla will register you for the event (because AU Career Connect will not let you register until your resume is approved). 
      • In your email, please confirm your license area and graduation month/year. 

If you miss the 4/11 deadline but still wish to attend:

We will be making student name tags tomorrow morning (4/12). If you miss the registration deadline but are still interested in attending Education Expo, you are still able to attend, but you will not have a printed name tag.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Morgan Hall - March Intern of the Month

Morgan Hall, a senior studying Corporate Finance & Business Management is our March Intern of the Month.  Morgan interned at JPMorgan Chase during the past summer as a Summer Financial Analyst.  Through this internship, Morgan was given the opportunity to develop many professional skills that will help her as she pursues her career.  

During her time at JPMorgan Chase, Morgan learned about many aspects of finance by being exposed to executives within the company including the CEO and CFO.  Morgan developed strong relationships with many other team members including other interns that worked within the organization.  Through this experience, Morgan got direct advice from the CEO and CFO and was able to get a better sense of what it is like to work in a team environment with a lot of diversity.  By being exposed to different areas of the organization and working with different people, Morgan said, 

"My internship was reassurance that I chose the right career path for myself and helped me distinguish which parts of finance I was most interested in."

Morgan also highlighted that working for JPMorgan Chase has given her the abilities and skills required to be successful that are not taught in the classroom.  She was able to improve in many areas including her organization skills, professionalism, networking, data analysis, and communication skills.  

At the end of Morgan's internship, she received a full-time job offer beginning in July, so we would like to congratulate Morgan and commend her for her hard work and dedication. Morgan thinks it's important to take advantage of internships, even if you aren't expected to do so.  

"Being a business major, we are required to have one internship but I would recommend doing 2 or more internships if possible.  Students can gain real world working experience and also learn more about the company/industry they are interested in." 

If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month, learn more about the program here!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Becca Humphreys, February Intern of the Month

Senior student, Becca Humphreys, won February Intern of the Month because of her success, dedication, and overall performance as an intern.  Becca is majoring in Information Systems with minors in Supply Chain Management and Accounting.  She has taken on an intern position as an Expeditor for American Augers beginning September 2015.  Since then, Becca has accomplished huge tasks for the organization, proving to be an added value to American Augers. 

Throughout the past six months, Becca has been responsible for updating shortage repots, running weekly reports of materials needed, verifying inventory, and contacting suppliers to keep them accountable and on time.  She also writes reports for Purchase Orders and Sale Orders, ensure that machines are being built and orders are fulfilled in a timely manner.  Other responsibilities include updating the supplier evaluation reports monthly and the enterprise resource planning system. This allows buyers to be able to see and report to their suppliers how well their performance was in the previous month.

Becca’s current project has been a vendor file clean up.  This project included sifting through over 200 vendor files, sorting information based on most current activity, and creating and introducing a new organization system to keep their files manageable.

As an Expiditor for American Augers, Becca says that she has grown more than she could have expected.  She has become more comfortable in her role and has learned how her position fits into the entire supply chain process.  Excitingly, Becca has been offered a full time position after her graduation in May! Becca’s piece of advice for other students is,
“I believe it is important for students to always apply for a position even if they feel that they are not 100% qualified because most tasks will be taught in training and pushing for something new and difficult will allow you to grow into a better person in your chosen field. If you do not apply for the position you will never get that chance to learn from it!”

If you are interested in applying to be our next Intern of the Month, learn more about the program here!