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Jennifer Rogers

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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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Juggling Multiple Offers

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. 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). 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!

Please visit with a career counselor in the Career Development Center if you are having difficulty making decisions. Call 651-962-6761 to make an appointment – we’re here!

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A success!!! Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair 2018

Submitted by Guest Blogger:  Angela Ponrajah, Employer Relations Graduate Intern

This year was yet another successful event! The Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job & Internship Fair was held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Almost 300 employers attended, including some of the most prominent Twin Cities companies and new startups with very interesting and diverse employment opportunities. This fair is special because students can see employers from private, government, and non-profit sectors.

We had over 800 Tommies register to attend this event and many, many of our students obtained interviews! Hats off to our Career Development Staff on preparing our students.

Thank you to all our students who made this event a success. You represented St. Thomas very well!  The Career Services office and the organizers of this event applaud your effort and dedication!

Here are some of the active internships and job opportunities with a few of these employers. If you are interested in any of these positions, apply directly through the organization’s website.

 

Companies Internships and jobs offered 
Bio-techne

 

Stem cell internship, cell culture development internship, finance internship

 

Border States Marketing intern, sales intern, engineering intern, HR, IT, accounting and finance, project management
DiaSorin Marketing internship, quality assurance, customer care, supply chain
Minnesota Judicial Branch Accounting, bar application coordinator, court clerks, law clerks, IT, records clerk
Patterson Marketing, HR, project management, IT, business, supply chain
Scott County History Summer internships for museum projects (archaeology crafts)