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2008

Salary Negotiation Part II: How-to Guide

We've covered the reasons someone might consider negotiating. Now let’s discuss when, what, and how.

When do you negotiate? After you receive the offer, but before you accept the job. This may seem obvious, but just remember that if you have accepted the offer under the specified conditions, the employer is likely to either laugh or withdraw the offer if you come back later to ask for more.
You negotiate after you’ve carefully reviewed the written offer, including all conditions of employment and the benefits package. Never wait until the day of – or even the day before – the acceptance deadline.

What can be negotiated? Here are the main factors: Acceptance deadline. Starting salary. A sign-on bonus. Relocation assistance. Your start date. Time off [without pay] for personal needs [for example, you’re in a wedding—maybe even your own-- before you’re eligible for vacation time]. Maybe a mid-year performance review … 

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Salary Negotiation Part I: Circumstances for Negotiating

It’s easy to find books and websites (maybe friends and relatives!) that say, “always negotiate!” But is it true?

No, it’s not. Sometimes you have no basis for negotiation. But how can you tell?

Once you have an offer (or several, if you’re lucky), start by asking yourself “what do I like about this job offer?” Look at the whole package: is the work interesting? Do you like the company, the location, the co-workers or supervisors you’ve met? Is this a good launching point for your career? What about non-salary aspects, like benefits, vacation, working hours? Take a look at the Offer Comparison Chart in your copy of the Career Services Handbook for a longer list of factors to consider. Above all, remember one thing: no one can pay you enough to make you happy doing a job you don’t like.

If you have only one offer, keep in mind … 

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Use winter break to assess your job search

This is an exciting time of year with students deciding among offers and others increasing their job search efforts. Those of you who have not accepted employment shouldn’t despair. There will be opportunities next quarter. You should take advantage of break to reconsider your job search strategy.

Sometimes, employers ask me to print out candidate resumes. You gave us permission to do so when you signed your registration card. Sometimes the resumes are bad. They may have misspelled or misused words, formatting errors or other problems. I cringe when an employer points out errors on a student’s resume. Don’t count on spell check. It will not pick up word usage errors. One student wrote that he maintained an impressive grade point average while working 40 hours weakly (vs. weekly.) If it has been a while since you have had your resume reviewed, have it done again before winter quarter … 

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Student Perspective: Questions to ask yourself before accepting a job offer

This entry features guest writer James Rule, who is a senior welding engineering student...

It's been my experience thus far that at a young age of being a freshman or sophomore, you start hunting and dreaming of jobs that pay a lot of money and what you will do with all this money. All good and fine. It is also my experience that a majority of my classmates went looking for the highest paying jobs first, fairly obvious. Now to my personal experience thus far in my short life and shorter career, money isn't everything. That's right, I said it. Money is nowhere near everything. I am sure that eventually everyone will get to this point in their careers but sometimes it's too late to change. There are so many more factors that a student or young professional should ask themselves before they accept an offer, or even before they … 

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Ohio Professional Engineers Exam

Have you considered the importance of obtaining your Professional Engineering licensure to become a registered engineer within the State of Ohio? If so, please visit the following web site to learn more about first taking the FE (fundamentals exam) when you graduate and when to take the PE exam. Typically, engineers that have graduated from an ABET accredited 4 year BS engineering program need to wait to take the PE after having 4 years of experience within their engineering discipline. Once you obtain your PE, you’ll be able to practice engineering within the State of Ohio and create drawings, for example to have a structure built to your specifications with your PE seal stamp! Learn more about what you need to do now to prepare for becoming a licensed Professional Engineer for the state of Ohio at http://peps.ohio.gov

"Be a student so long as you still have … 

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