If you are like most graduating seniors, you realize that you have to submit many applications to get a few interviews.
During the course of the search process, you hopefully will identify a ‘favorite’ job or employer. The reality is that some employers will make their job offers before others. What if the first offer you receive is not from your favorite?
Well, you need to know the timing of all of the hiring cycles of all of the employers you are dealing with. Remember the OCI Orientation coaching? Don’t leave your last interview without learning their intended time schedule for decisions.
With this information, when you get the first offer from the employer that is not your favorite, you will have what you need to negotiate for more time to make your decision. You can say, “I have not completed all of my interviews, but I should have more information by ______ time/week. Could I give you my response then?”
They will let you know if this is acceptable or if they have a different deadline date. If their deadline does not help you, you have a choice. You can put pressure on the employers you are waiting for, or you can simply make a decision.
The situation you want to avoid is accepting the first or early offer if you really don’t want it. You accept it just because you fear having nothing. The danger is that if a subsequent offer comes in and you accept it, you will have to go back to the first employer and renege (back out). This is really unprofessional. You risk burning a relationship bridge, losing the respect of the other recruiters, and having other employers hear about it. Many of them talk to each other – it really is a small world!
Know that your behavior in this process not only reflects on your personal integrity and ethics, but also on your academic department and this university. Please visit with a career specialist in the Career Development Center if you are having difficulty making decisions. Call 651-962-6761 to make an appointment – we’re here!
Services and Resources for Deciding on a Major or Researching Career Fields
What can I do with a major in………? What jobs are in demand and how much do they pay? If you are exploring major field options or trying to decide on a career direction, the Career Development Center offers counseling services to assist students as well as online resources to research and explore ideas and career paths.
Events this week: all held in 124 MHC
Evaluating Job Offers and Negotiating Salary: Monday, April 10, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Effective Interviewing, Wednesday, April 12, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Resumes and Cover Letters That Stand Out, Wednesday, April 12, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Marketing your International Experience, Thursday, April 13, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Education Job Fair: Friday, April 21st, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Teacher candidates, this fair is for you! See website for details and registration.
EDUCATION FAIR REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS THIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL TWELFTH!
TommieCareers has more than 1800 jobs and internships posted, including part-time, full-time and seasonal. If you are looking for summer employment, use the advanced search tab to look for seasonal/temporary work.
The Career Development Center provides services and programs to assist with selecting a major, finding an internship, a seasonal, part- or full-time job.
Pathways to Science and Health-Related Careers – Thursday, April 6th, 12-1:15 pm, OWS 250
Students are invited to hear about career opportunities in science and health-related industries. Hear from a panel of professionals from Lab/Research and Development, Medical Sales, Healthcare Administration, Public Health, and Research and speak with them in small groups to get advice about how to start your career journey! Food will be provided. Register here.
Choosing a Major
If you are feeling stuck regarding choosing a major, call to schedule an appointment. One of the career counselors will meet with you to discuss your individual needs and guide you through ideas and services that will assist you in making a decision.
Employers continue to post jobs for seasonal, part-time, full-time and internships. Create a search for jobs to be emailed directly to you that meet your criteria so you can be among the first to apply.
Join us this week for Effective Interviewing on Wednesday, April 5th at 2 pm in MHC 124.