Happy Monday all! Here it a quick list of resources and tools to help you in your job search this week:
- – Versatile PhD
Versatile PhD is the oldest and largest online social community dedicated to assisting PhDs build careers outside of academia. Specializing in PhDs with concentrations in humanities, social sciences, and STEM, the platform provides members with the opportunity to discover interesting career paths, network and consult with the larger PhD community, and see job listings appropriate for PhDs.
Why it’s great: Versatile PhD focuses primarily on those PhDs who are not currently seeking work in academia – the focus is on non-academic, non-faculty careers. There are more than 85,000 members that PhDs can connect and network with, even attending local meet-ups if they would like! This is a great way to build community and find support as you take a non-traditional path toward a career outside of the academic world.
Where you can get it: For OSU alumni, visit the “Job Search Resources” page of the Career Management website here: https://www.osu.edu/alumni/services/career-management/job-search-resources/ and log in with your OSU credentials to join the site!
- – AlumniFire
AlumniFire is Ohio State’s exclusive online professional networking site, where members can work with one another to support each other’s professional development and growth. As a member, you’ll have the ability to search Buckeyes based on any number of variables, including industry, location, class year, college, and more. You can seek them out for support based on what they are “offering”, and you have the ability to offer professional development support to others as well. AlumniFire is what I often refer to as “LinkedIn Lite” – it allows for many of the same benefits of LinkedIn, including job listings, a bulletin board for announcements, and networking opportunities. However, it is a much smaller, more contained online platform that is exclusive to Ohio State alumni, faculty/staff, and current students. It also has a feature that LinkedIn doesn’t – offerings
Why it’s great: Every person who is a member of the site is required to “offer” something to the general community – general career advice, networking assistance, resume reviews, etc. This takes some of the pressure off when reaching out to someone to obtain their assistance, because they have already “raised their hand” to help you!
Where you can get it: http://osu.alumnifire.com
- – Alumni Career Connection
By virtue of being an alumnus of this great institution, you are eligible for a number of benefits through the Office of Alumni Career Management. One of those resources is Alumni Career Connection, our alumni-exclusive job board. With as many as 20 companies per day posting opportunities specifically seeking to hire our graduates, there are many chances to explore and obtain work, regardless of your field or point in your career transition. There are entry-level positions available, as well as professional-level opportunities for more seasoned workers. This is a great benefit for any of our alumni who are currently seeking.
Why it’s great: Job opportunities exclusive to OSU alumni? What more do I need to say? J
Where you can get it: https://www.osu.edu/alumni/services/career-management/alumni-career-connection.html
- – Career Management Webinar Library
Another addition to the wealth of resources that we have available to you through this office is our webinar library. Here you will find more than 25 webinars hosted by either our career consultants or select distinguished alumni, on topics ranging from doing well in an interview to networking in different ways. There are also informative sessions that cater to specific areas of interest, such as women returning to work, or defining success on your own terms.
Why it’s great: Lots and lots of career advice, for people at any stage in their career development.
Where you can get it: https://www.osu.edu/alumni/services/career-management/webinars.html
I hope that these resources are valuable to you as you work your way through your job search – whatever stage you may be at currently. Don’t forget that you can always reach out to our office for additional assistance, by calling 1.800.635.8944 as well.
Make it a great week!