General Information

How to evaluate a job offer – a checklist for graduating Seniors

Whether faced with one or multiple job offers, you have many factors to consider when deciding whether to accept the job offered you.

The best place to begin is to identify your Work Values. What elements are Must-Have’s for you? Is it variety, knowing you are helping others, fast-paced environment, team-focused work? Career specialist staff have access to tools to help you assess your values if you can’t rattle them off.   Make an appointment, call 651-962-6761.

Come to discuss all elements to consider at the Evaluating Job Offers & Negotiating Salary Seminar, Monday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m. in MHC 124.

Essentially, break down all the elements:

  • The job description – will you enjoy doing those tasks? Will it require you to use your best skills?
  • The employer – is their industry of interest to you? Is this place financially stable? How do they treat their employees?
  • Non-salary benefits – ultimately, the benefits that go along with an employer are more important than the salary being offered. Health insurance: include dental, vision, and mental health?
  • Vacation/PTO/paid holidays – How many days are in the mix? This impacts your quality of life.
  • Retirement investment plan – Do they provide one? How much does the employer put in? This will definitely impact your long-term future.
  • Professional development & training – Will the employer pay to continue to train you in new skills? Is your interest in continuous learning and growth, supported?
  • Personal – Geographic location? Is the commute doable or will you need to move? Will there be travel required? Are the hours manageable enough for you to have a personal life, too?
  • Career Impact – Finally, where does this job lead you? Is it logical given your degree? Your interests?   Does the organization have a fairly structured career path in terms of promotions? Will this job give you experience and skill sets that will add value, given your future ambitions?

Remember, this is just your first job, there will be more – but it will take you down a path, so you want it to be an attractive path!!

Career Scoop Update

Prepare for the Government Career Fair! #USTCAREERSCOOP

There will never be another opportunity to learn as much about opportunities in government and/or the world of non-profits as there will be next Friday (mid-term break day) at the U of M, all day long in Coffman Union.

And- just maybe- right now is just the right time for you to learn a bit about negotiating a job offer.

So, check out these upcoming events!

Government & Nonprofit Career Fair- Next Friday
Lots of internships and full-time career opportunities can be found with government and nonprofit employers! Check out the career fair October 28th at the University of Minnesota from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.
More information:

Resume and Cover Letters That Stand Out: Tuesday, October 18th, 2:00-3:00, MHC 124

Effective Interviewing: Friday, October 21st, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, MHC 124

Evaluating & Negotiating Job Offers
Seniors: Learn how to decide if you should accept a job offer and what key, non-salary items to consider.
October 24th  at 11:00 am-12:00 pm in MHC 124.

Career Scoop Update

Marketing Your Internship and Other Events #USTCAREERSCOOP

It’s a busy time of year for individual career appointments, so please plan in advance. Also, please show up! Most of our appointments are filling, and open times are at a premium. Canceling in advance if you know you can’t make an appointment you have scheduled will permit another student to fill that time slot. Call us at 651-962-6761 or stop by MHC 123 to schedule an appointment.

October Featured Seminar: Marketing Your Internship Experience
Process what you gained from your Summer 2016 internship, and learn how to articulate the experience on your resume and in an interview! October 10th, 3:30-4:30 pm.
RSVP and get more details at:

Charting Your Career Path Begins This Week
Today is the last day to register for this 3-part seminar series that focuses on major and career exploration. Our first session will be held tomorrow, October 11th, from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm in MHC 124. Registration is required. Contact Kristen Murphy ( for more information.

MN Private Colleges Virtual Career Fair
Interact with a wide variety of employers via live chat rooms at this online event on October 14th from 10 am to 4 pm. Industries represented: consulting, education, food, financial, service/insurance, healthcare, mental health/human, staffing agencies, transportation/logistics. Please register early for this event to allow time to post your resume and schedule chat times with employers. Learn more about how to register, what to expect and how to chat with employers by watching the following videos:

Pre-Health 101
If you are thinking about a career in the health professions, but aren’t sure how to prepare, this is the workshop for you! Learn about various health care careers and start planning for your future. Thursday, October 13th, 12 – 1 pm, MHC 205.

Other Events this week (all in 124 Murray Herrick, unless otherwise noted):
Effective Interviewing: October 10th, 12 – 1 pm
Resumes and Cover Letters That Stand Out: October 12th, 11 am – 1 pm
LinkedIn Part 1 – Building Your Profile: October 13th, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
LinkedIn Part 2 – I’m On LinkedIn, Now What?: October 13th, 12:30 – 1:15 pm