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Calendar of Events and Programs for Students and Alumni


Field House, King Horn Sports Center
Ohio Northern University
525 S. Main St., Ada, OH

Candidate check-in: 9:30-11 a.m.
Open fair: 9:30-11:45 a.m. (network, meet recruiters)
Interviews: 12:30-3 p.m. (for students selected by recruiters during the open fair) 
Professional dress is required.

Teacher Candidates:
To participate in Education Expo, teacher candidates must: 

  • Be an alumnus or current student who will have graduated with a teacher licensure from ONU
  • Hold current education licensure by Aug. 15, 2019 
  • Be eligible to accept new employment at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year
  • Have a résumé approved by the Office of Polar Careers
  • Register for the event through the Office of Polar Careers 


If you need a résumé review, assistance registering or answers to other questions, call 419-772-2145, email or stop by the Polar Careers Office on the second floor of McIntosh Center



Programs in the Emerging Professional Series provide you with the skills needed to conduct a successful career search as well as develop “skills for life” that will enhance your future. Presentations offered for the academic year are posted at the bottom of this page. Check often for updates to the dates and times on the attachment.

Career Fair Success Strategies
This presentation will help you conquer the career fair with confidence. Present a more professional you by planning what to wear, what to bring and what questions to ask employers. First impressions are important, so start your future off right by perfecting your eye contact, handshake and interviewing skills!

The 30-Second Self-Intro – Marketing Yourself in 30 Seconds
With the career fair just around the corner, learn how to market yourself to future employers. This presentation will help you create a self-introduction that will tell employers who you are and what experiences you have. You can also quickly convey your strengths, skills and future goals. There will also be information on how to create and perfect your professional résumé. Wow employers at the career fair with a confident and unique self-introduction.

Creating Professional Résumés and Correspondence
Amp up your professional style by learning to create a polished résumé and write attention-grabbing career search correspondence.

Graduate/Professional School Application Strategies
Learn about the graduate/professional school search and selection process. Finally figure out what all those testing acronyms mean. Learn about what to include in that all-important personal statement as well as tips and strategies for attracting the attention of your favorite institutions.

Mastering the Behavioral-Based Interview
Get a gold star for preparedness in your next interview by learning about the types of questions employers will ask and what kind of answers to give in a behavioral-based interview setting. This style of interview features the "Tell me about a time when..." question. Attend this presentation to prepare for the interview style that has taken over the workplace.

Leveraging Technology: Using Polar Careers, CareerShift, Impress and LinkedIn
Nearly 90 percent of employers will use some type of social network to recruit their hires. Are you using networking to be found? Jump-start your career search by:

  • Using CareerShift, a job-posting meta-search engine.
  • Navigating Polar Careers powered by Symplicity, ONU’s data management system for bringing together employers and their job postings with students and their résumés.
  • Practicing interviewing by using the mock interview tool Impress, which simulates a real webcam interview. You can choose from 40 different interview scenarios.
  • Developing your LinkedIn profile as a networking resource.

Social Networking
Social media has a way of creating a “brand” for yourself, whether you realize it or not. How can you ensure that this brand reflects you in a positive way? This presentation examines the uses of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Professionalism in the Workplace
What you need to know to be sure you meet your employer’s expectations. Find out tips on what can make you as successful as possible in your first job – or any job, for that matter! You could unknowingly be doing more harm than good in your best efforts to be effective on the job. Learn some basic pointers on effective communication in the workplace that will help you understand what is expected of you and how you can best meet those expectations.

Salary, Benefits and Negotiations
So you got your first job offer. Now what? This presentation will show you how to research and understand the salary range for your industry as well as create reasonable expectations for your sought-after income. Salary ranges and benefits vary widely due to such aspects as industry, geographic region and current economic conditions.

If you have questions or want to make an appointment with a professional career advisor, contact the Polar Careers office at 419-772-2145.

Polar Careers

Anne Niese

Fax: 419-772-2007
McIntosh: Room 220
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
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