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PODCAST: Landing your dream job during the pandemic

Written on Aug 20, 2020

By Abigail Draper, OSCPA communication & engagement manager

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Job searching has always been difficult, but COVID-19 has made it more-so. This week’s "State of Business" podcast features two experts from Ohio Wesleyan University’s Career Services Department who say there are effective ways to find a job in a virtual environment.

Leigh Mascolino, director of career development and Mark Shipps, Ohio Wesleyan Career Services volunteer and alumnus, provide advice for interviewing, including how to prepare, common interview questions and what you should ask as an interviewee.

“Showing your interest (through research and asking questions) can sometimes make a huge difference,” Shipps said. “If there are two or three equal candidates and someone has done their research and has spent enough time to really understand the organization, that can make the difference when all the rest of the capabilities are equal.”

Mascolino and Shipps joked they could talk about creating the perfect resume for days, but they said one of the most important things to remember are the “five C’s” of resume building: clear, concise, complete, consistent and current.

“You don't want to just list what you've done,” Mascolino said. “You want to dig into it and really bring in those skills, accomplishments, numbers, quantifiable information, whatever you can, that really sets you apart. It's also consistent, so if you see a resume where the spacing is off and things are all over the place – that looks messy, and that's not your best work.” 

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Shipps also said that many people spend too much time trying to make a resume only one page. If you have necessary qualifications that don’t fit on one, adding another half-page is OK.

And what do you do once you’ve scored a job offer? Mascolino said one of the most important things to remember as a young professional is that when you do receive an offer, you have the power to negotiate.

“If there is a position that looks really exciting and they're offering you something that seems low, this is an opportunity to negotiate…because you have the power at that moment. When you have the offer and you've not accepted it. That is the most power you will ever have.”

If you’re a recent graduate or student looking for a career or internship in Ohio, OSCPA’s new LAUNCH platform is for you! This fall, we’re unveiling LAUNCH, a guide to future employment in Ohio. This is a free service for student members and provides information about and contact information for firms and companies all in one location. It will include information about the business’ client services, hiring practices, exam fee coverage, firm accolades, culture and diversity initiative, benefits and more.

We hope if you use the tips from this podcast and the resources available on LAUNCH, you’ll be able to find a career, even in the pandemic! Listen to the full episode now!