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What our students are saying....

Hello everybody!

My name is Kayla Hummell, and I am a mechanical engineering major graduating in May. I wanted to send you a belated thanks for being one of the reasons that I have a job! :) My dream company (EPIC in Madison, Wisc.) contacted me through your site! Thankful for all you've done for me and the campus.

Go Polar Bears!
Kayla Hummel, BSME ’17

Polar Careers powered by Symplicity

An online database that allows students to upload their professional résumés as it passively advertises you for career opportunities to thousands of ONU’s employers. You can also store other documents for your personal use. It is also where the Office of Polar Careers stores numerous help documents in the Document Library to assist you with your career search.

To access Polar Careers powered by Symplicity :

  1. Click here
  2. Click Student/Alumni
  3. Log in using your full email address and your ONU password. If this does not work, click "forgot password," enter your email address, and a new password for this application only will be sent to you. Your campus password will not change for other applications. Once logged in, you can change this password using the "My Accounts" tab.
  4. Follow the instructions provided after your first login to get started!

►► NEW in Polar Careers powered by symplicity

Promote Me

The Promote Me service is a game-changer for students! Students who opt in can now be found by more than 400,000 employers who are specifically looking for entry-level talent. Upon login, students with approved résumés already in the system will be prompted with a screen allowing them to opt in or out of the service. From this screen, they can also click a link to "Learn More" about the service. Students may also opt in or out at any time via their Privacy Profile. Students who opt in and have an approved résumé and active account will be accessible to employers. Employers can filter by major, degree, graduation date, class level, location, school, program and keyword. Once employers find candidates they are interested in, they can send students an email directly or invite them to apply for a job.


The Profile feature in your Polar Careers account provides you with a place to enter your personal statement, education, experience, projects and skills. Once completed, you will be able to "publish" it to employers and more. When you click on "Share it" you are provided with a personal URL link that you can send to a prospective employer along with your résumé. This will be helpful if there are extra items in your profile that are not included in your résumé but that you might want them to know. Your personal link is not searchable on the web or available to anyone other than the people you share it with. If you wish it to be more public, you have the option to share it on LinkedIn, Facebook and even Twitter. This option can be turned on or off as many times as you need to. This real-time action will immediately make your information available to those with your link, or hide it if you are turning it off. Sharing this information can be beneficial so that you don’t have to fill out your profile more than once.

Search the Document Library in Polar Careers powered by Symplicity for instructions.

FREE  Mobile App

Now you can review job postings on the go with Careers by Symplicity! Be the first to apply for the position by staying up to date with the mobile app. You can also register for our career fairs and take notes on your favorite employers. The Careers by Symplicity app can get you one step closer to your dream job!

Installing and using the app is easy. Simply load your device’s app store and search for Careers by Simplicity. Once the app has downloaded, open it and select Ohio Northern University from the dropdown menu. Then sign in using your school username and password. It’s that easy!


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CareerShift: Best-Kept Secret

An online job meta-search engine that returns job postings less than 30 days old, CareerShift searches are easily narrowed by keywords, position type, company and geographical location. There are thousands of job postings and contacts on CareerShift; all you have to do is look!

To access CareerShift:

  1. Log in to Polar Careers powered by Symplicity using the steps seen above.

  2. Click "Jump To CareerShift" on the Symplicity homepage and get started.


Free Résumé generator provides a Free Résumé Generator for Internship and Entry-Level Jobs. This easy-to-use resource will help you create your first college résumé. Jobipedia also acts as a community service and resource designed specifically for entry level job seekers looking for advice to support their path to employment with honest and reliable career advice. Every answer on Jobipedia is written by a professional currently employed to hire and recruit at a Jobipedia contributing company see contributors here. All the advice and answers provided on the site are from an expert who meets and interviews prospective hires on a regular basis. Jobipedia was created by the HR Policy Association and is supported by its member companies through HR Policy Foundation.

Resources are linked below to assist you with developing your professional résumé.




More than 85 percent of employers across all career fields report using LinkedIn to search for job candidates. Career professionals use it to network and gain recognition in their fields. Are you using this powerful online business-to-business social networking tool? If not, get started here

Find additional help for seeking jobs and/or applying to graduate/professional school, look under Quick Tips for Job Seekers.


1:1 Advising

Our professional staff works with you to ensure you have the tools you need for your career search. Typical advising topics include:

  • Document reviews (résumés, cover letters, graduate school statements, etc.)
  • Mock interviews
  • Major/career selection
  • Review of online resources (CareerShift, Polar Careers powered by Symplicity, LinkedIn)

To set an appointment for one-on-one advising, call 419-772-2145.



Polar Careers events enable you to engage with potential employers. Tips for success are provided to prepare you for these networking events in the Emerging Professional Series of programs offered each semester. Details about each event can be found under Events & Programs/Calendars.



Need an elective? 

This one-credit-hour, graded, elective course is open to any student and is designed to teach lifelong career-search strategies that will enable you to develop and implement a personalized and successful career search for employment or graduate/professional school.

Course curriculum includes discussions about:

  • Understanding Yourself and Others (Emotionally Intelligent Leadership / Results of True Colors)
  • Creating Résumés and Curriculum Vitas: discussed and reviewed in class
  • Job Ads and Job Search Letters: discussed and reviewed in class
  • Personal Statements and Grad/Professional School Search/Selection: discussed and reviewed in class
  • Behavioral-Based Interviewing: discussed and practiced in class
  • Salary, Benefits and Negotiations
  • Spirituality and Call
  • Business/Dining Etiquette and Workplace Issues
  • Guest Speakers


Emerging Professional Series (EPS)

These programs provide you with skills needed to conduct a successful career search. Presentations are offered in residence halls, in classrooms and in McIntosh center. Check your weekly communications from Polar Careers or see the schedule of dates under Calendar

Program Descriptions:

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, hand shake 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 as well as 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 work place.


  • Using CareerShift, a job posting Meta-search engine
  • Navigating Polar Careers powered by Symplicity, which is 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 which simulates a real webcam interview. You can choose from 40 different interview scenarios.

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

PROFESSIONALISM IN THE WORKPLACE – What you need to know to be sure you meet your employer’s expectations. Come and 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. Come 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.

Polar Careers

Anne Niese

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