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Job hunting, job offers, decisions to make – be careful!

Its spring term and you have been hard at work at the job search process, now you may find its paying off!

Hopefully, multiple applications lead to multiple interview invitations, and ultimately, multiple offers.     

During the course of the process you may determine your ‘favorite’ job or employer.  But, what if the first offer you receive is not from your favorite employer?

You need to know the timing of all of the hiring cycles of all of the employers you are dealing with.  Don’t leave your final round 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, “Thank you very much for this offer!  I have not completed all of my interviews, and really want to make the right decision for all concerned. I should have more information by ______ [time/week.]  Could I give you my answer then?”

They will let you know if this is acceptable or if they have a different deadline date.  If their need is still not going to help you wait out the other employers, 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 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 behavior.  You risk burning a relationship bridge, damaging your personal brand, and losing the respect of recruiters/hiring managers.  Many of them talk to each other, and many have long memories.

Know that your behavior in this process not only reflects on your personal integrity and ethics, but also reflects 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.  We can help you think through the options.  Call 651-962-6761 for an appointment.

Happy job hunting and offer contemplating!

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Fairs, Panels, and Workshops This Month #USTCareerScoop

It’s hard to believe that the academic year 2017-18 is almost finished. If you are wondering what to do with your summer, stop by the Career Development Center to discuss your career goals and create a plan! Also, check out some of the following special events and the CDC’s workshop offerings for this month:

Education Job Fair -Registration Deadline is this Wednesday, April 18th
Future teachers, you do not want to miss this event to be held Monday, April 23rd at the Minneapolis Convention Center. School representatives from across the country will be in attendance to talk with you about potential job opportunities and will be interviewing on-site. You must be licensed by December 2018 in order to attend.

Biomedical Device Industry Panel – Tuesday, April 17th, 12pm, OWS 251
Engineering alumni will discuss their roles in this industry, their recommendations to students for finding opportunities, and the attitudes and skills that successful candidates possess. Panel members will also bring products that demonstrate their contributions to improved health and will be available for small group discussion.

Autism At Work Virtual Fair April 25th, 1-3pm
This is a virtual event open to people on the autism spectrum from across the US & Canada and is free to attend. Chat with participating employers: Bloomberg L.P., Deloitte, EY, IBM, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Microsoft, and SAP. To register visit:

Seminars This Month (held in Murray-Herrick 124):
Resumes and Cover Letters That Stand Out: Wednesday, April 18th, 3pm
Effective Interviewing: Wednesday, April 25th, 11am
Link & Learn with LinkedIn: Thursday, April 26th, 12pm


Career Scoop Update

Events This Week #USTCareerScoop

This is the time of the year where students may be receiving multiple job or internship offers. While this can be a great situation for many, it can also be fraught with indecision and questions about how to turn down an offer or negotiate a starting salary. Read this blog post for some tips on how to navigate this situation and/or meet with a career counselor at the Career Development Center to discuss your options.

Upcoming Events:

Exploring Careers in the Health Professions
Tuesdays, April 10th and 17th, 11:45am to 1:15pm, MHC 205
If you have been wondering what employment options exist in the world of healthcare careers, and if the industry could be a fit for you, please register for this two-part series which begins tomorrow. Learn more and register here.

Marketing Your International Experience
Tuesday, April 10th, 12pm, MHC 124
You say you “learned so much” studying abroad. Since strong international experience can set you apart from other job candidates, careful articulation of your skills is essential. Learn how to put your newly learned knowledge and skills to work on your resume and cover letter and at interviews. This is a workshop, so be ready to practice and interact! Co-sponsored with the Office of Study Abroad.

Effective Interviewing
Thursday, April 12th, 12 pm, MHC 124
Learn effective interviewing skills. Get tips on preparation, follow-up techniques, appearance, and selling yourself!

Education Job Fair
Monday, April 23rd, 10am to 3pm, Minneapolis Convention Center
All students and alumni that will be certified to teach or qualified for an educational service area by December 2018 are eligible to attend the fair. Meet, interview and learn more about different school districts from across the world in an open booth setting. Registration will close April 18th.