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- The World of Work
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- About Us
We are your resource throughout the many phases of a post-graduation career.
- Career Counseling - During your first year after graduation, our one-on-one career counseling services are available at no cost. After one year has passed since your graduation, there is a $20 fee for each career counseling session. Payment can be made by cash or check at the time of your visit, or in advance by credit card through OSU Marketplace (please have a copy of your receipt when checking in at the front desk).
- Drop In Resume/Cover Letter Feedback - approximately 15 minute sessions that do not require an appointment.
- Beaver Careers - the only job search database where employers are specifically looking for OSU Students and Alumni
- Career Fairs - Each term Career Services and other OSU departments offer career fairs for our current students and alumni.
- Seminars and Events - Our staff annually deliver many seminars on a range of employment, internship, and graduate school topicssome designed for a broad audience to specialized programs for specific populations.
- Online Seminars & Webinars -Need a seminar right now? Get 24/7 access to seminars and webinars on job and internship topics and to videos featuring employer and graduate school recruiters. Stay tuned--we are continuously adding new videos.
Alumni Job Search
Explore some of the resources below for information on job search preparation.
- Job Search Checklist
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Cover Letter
- Thank You Letter
- Negotiations & Salaries
OSU Resources to Help Your Job Search:
- Drop-In Resume/Cover Letter Feedback- Monday-Thursday, 1pm-4pm
- Career Guide - use our handy Career Guide for job search and career information. It will show you how to write resumes and cover letter and provides several samples:
- Beaver Careers has more than job and internship listings; it has extensive tutorials and information on job searching, including resume writing and networking.
- Seminars on the Job Search - in person and online
Is it time to make a career change?
If you’re thinking your current career or job is no longer the right fit, you’re not alone. The average adult changes jobs more several times in their life. And frequently it’s a change in career, not just a change of jobs within the same industry. There are many reasons people may decide to change careers or are forced into a career transition. Some examples are:
- Economic demand for current job is dwindling
- Lay-off or loss of job
- Loss of interest in current job setting
- Disagreeable boss or coworkers
- Generally unfulfilling
- You’re stressed out, and it’s affecting your health!
- It’s too difficult to maintain a healthy balance between your work and personal/family life
- Your job no longer challenges you
- You have a new passion you’d like to pursue
No matter the reason, the following links address several topics related to career transitions that may be helpful for you.
- Older Workers Embrace Career Changes - article from the San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 2009.
- Quintessential Careers (Job & Career Resources for Career Changers) - numerous resources for the career shift.
- Vocation Vacations - opportunities to explore a career change.
- What Should I Do With My Life? - NPR radio story about the quest to answer the "ultimate" question.
- Oprah Interview with Po Bronson - the person who wrote a book to answer the question of what to do with my life.
- Adults Back-to-College - resource to get you started on going back to college.
Managing Stress during a Career Transition
There’s no two ways about it. No matter what the reason for the change, the career transition process can be stressful. But you can handle it! The reason for your career change will affect the transition process for you: is it expected or unexpected? Is it your choice, or forced upon you? Regardless of your situation, there are several coping strategies that may be helpful in the midst of your stress and potential job-search anxiety.
- Be proactive. (See our “Job Searching Tips” for alumni). There’s always ambiguity with a job search, but taking action will help you feel like you’re in the driver’s seat, which can help keep you motivated.
- Set small, reachable goals. This will build your confidence and keep your job-search momentum going. Setting a large goal too quickly will only set you up for defeat. So instead of writing “find a job!” on your to-do list, create a goal like “get in touch with three networking contacts today” or “draft cover letter”
- Use your social support networks. This is a stressful process. Lean on the friends and family members you can count on for some encouraging words and a listening ear.
- Maintain balance in your life. Scheduling time for career research or job-searching is important. But don’t forget to schedule time for the things that bring you joy as well. Activities like eating dinner with your partner or walking the dog don’t take too much time, and will refresh you so you’re ready to go when you have to sit down and dig back into the task at hand.
- See a counselor or life coach if you need additional, professional help. Sometimes making a career transition can be overwhelming, and you would benefit from the additional support.