General Information

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!

Career Scoop Update, General Information

Career Events In April #USTCareerScoop

Welcome Back! We hope you made the most of your time away doing whatever you planned…relaxing, traveling, working or studying. You’re now in the final stretch of the spring semester. Along with the “usual” you will want to find a few minutes to check out our events and services if you are in need of choosing a major, or finding an internship, summer job or full-time employment. Be sure to check out all the great on- and off-campus career events, including employer information tables and career fairs, on our Seminars and Events page.

Resumes and Cover Letters That Stand Out
Thursday, April 5th, 12:30pm and Wednesday, April 18th, 3 pm, MHC 124
Does your resume pass the 30 second test? Learn what employers look for when screening resumes. The focus will be to develop a targeted resume that transfers your experiences into marketable skills. Cover letters will also be briefly discussed.

Transatlantic Business Opportunities Panel
April 5th, 11:45am – 1:15pm, LIB 108
Interested in the global market? Meet representatives from German American companies and learn about transatlantic business opportunities. Lunch will be provided.

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.

Exploring Careers in the Health Professions
Tuesdays, April 10th and 17th, 11:45am to 1:15pm, MHC 205
Wondering if a career in the health professions is right for you? Curious to see how your responses to the Strong Interest Inventory, a career assessment tool, would align with various health professions? If so, register to attend this two-part series. Register here.

Effective Interviewing
Thursday, April 12th, 12 pm and Wednesday, April 25th, 11 am, 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.

Link and Learn with LinkedIn
Thursday, April 26th, 12pm, MHC 124
Learn the basics of building or improving your profile; how to connect with individuals, groups and valuable contacts like St. Thomas alum; and how to research companies and search for jobs and internships. This will be a hands-on session, so bring your computer.

 

Career Scoop Update, General Information

The Spring Break Edition #USTCareerScoop

We hope you enjoy your Spring Break week and want to remind you of some events happening in April when you return.

Register for the Minnesota Education Job FairMonday, April 23rd, Minneapolis Convention Center, 10am to 3pm
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.

Exploring Careers in the Health Professions – Tuesdays, April 10th and 17th, MHC 205, 11:45am to 1:15pm
Wondering if a career in the health professions is right for you? Curious to see how your responses to the Strong Interest Inventory, a career assessment tool, would align with various health professions? If so, register to attend this two-part series. Register here.

Transatlantic Business Opportunities Panel – April 5th, LIB 108, 11:45am – 1:15pm
Interested in the global market? Meet representatives from German American companies and learn about transatlantic business opportunities. Lunch will be provided.

Marketing Your International ExperienceTuesday, April 10th, MHC 124, 12pm
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.