The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Looking for additional ways to advance your career? Find resources below to assist you in the career development process.

We offer individual career advising for all Ohio State alumni. You may request an individual appointment to be held either in person, by phone, or via Skype for a variety of career-related issues, including career decision-making and job transition assistance. We will assist you with developing the necessary tools for a job search, including exploration, networking, resume writing, and interviewing.

Call 614-292-3314 or 800-635-8944 and ask to speak to a career consultant to assess your needs and determine which career package is right for you.

Career advising options

Initial Intake Appointment: No Cost

Single Appointment: $60*; $40 for recent alumni within three years of graduation

Assessment Package: $150; $110 for recent alumni within three years of graduation

  • MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
  • SII (Strong Interest Inventory)
  • Two 1-hour advising sessions

Job Search Package: $200; $130 for recent alumni within three years of graduation

  • Four 1-hour advising sessions on topics of your choice such as resume critique, networking, job search strategies and support, interviewing skills and mock interview.
Advising appointments must occur within a six month period from date of purchase. Advising fees are non-refundable. To purchase a package, please call 800-635-8944.

* Compare to market prices of $100 to $150 per hour for career consulting.


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The first thing that you want to do is to set your expectations appropriately. A career fair is not the place for a long interview or a job offer. It is a way to be exposed to many companies at once, to make contacts with employers and fellow job seekers, to gather company information, and to practice your pitch and personal branding. In fact, it is your responsibility to follow up afterward with companies that peaked your interest. In order to make the most out of your experience, look at the list of companies scheduled to come. Do your research. Prepare questions for them regarding opportunities throughout the company. Update your resume to reflect the skills you are taking to the market. Practice your 30 second commercial as well as answers to common interview questions. On the day of the career fair, come with enthusiasm and personality! Dress professionally and have an open mind as you grow your network of contacts and learn about different organizations. After the career fair, follow up with employers of interest, connect with contacts on LinkedIn, do some further research on companies and improve your search based on feedback from employers. Given the right attitude and preparation, a career fair can be a very valuable networking event that leads to your next position.

Congratulations you've landed a new position within your organization! Now for the challenge: what kind of package and/or compensation should you seek?

If it was your employer who approached you about the promotion, they probably already had a dollar amount in mind. That doesn't mean that's the final offer; if you can demonstrate that your value exceeds the initial bump in pay, there's a good chance you can add a little extra to your pay stub.

Do some research on similar positions within the company as well as organizations in your industry. Pay particular attention to the experience, duties and responsibilities required and how they match the expectations of your new role.

Discuss the value you bring to the company in ways that go beyond the bottom line. For example, your ability to close deals and/or interact with challenging vendors are excellent points of leverage. Also, keep in mind that a flexible work schedule, additional vacation time and receiving educational benefits are examples of items that should be included as a part of your negotiation strategy.

Ultimately, while more compensation is very important when upgrading within a company, be sure that you receive the most complete package available based upon the all the factors that are important to you.

Have you heard the saying, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”? Evaluate the offer in hand on its own merits. Would you accept it based on the responsibilities, career growth, salary and benefits? It is a decision you should make apart from a possible offer that may or may not come.

However, it is perfectly acceptable to contact the pending company to let them know that you have received an offer. Ask them where they are in the process and if you are still a serious candidate. Most employers will be candid with you if you mention that you have a decision to make. It may even speed up the hiring process if they do not want to lose you as their top candidate. One way or another, be ready for the answer and keep your job search campaign moving forward.

When you are staring any new job, the first year goes a long way in setting the table for all things to come. One of the most important and critical things you can do is be on time. Whether you are 15 minutes late or an hour late, nothing can stain your image with both your boss and your colleagues more than strolling in late. Learning the company culture is equally important and is something that can actually begin while interviewing. Pay attention to how people interact as every company has its own style, way of completing tasks and communicating. What are the written and unwritten rules? Learn the expectations of your boss, your colleagues and how best you can achieve the goals of the organization. Be proactive by making yourself available for special projects, events and duties. And always remember everything you do or don’t do makes an impression, even if you think no one is watching.

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