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November 4, 2008
When mid quarter evaluations are sent to students who are on a co-op or internship assignment, 95% of the responses are favorable for the learning experience both technically and professionally. However, there are those instances where students write back to me complaining that there is often “not enough” work to do. The reasons vary: supervisor travels and is very busy to monitor workloads or the project has ended or is at a point where testing is causing delays. Whatever the reason is that you find yourself with little engineering work to do while you’re at your co-op or internship, there are things you can do to improve this situation.Read More
• First, I’d be sure to plan ahead and be sure to have regularly scheduled meeting times with your mentor/supervisor. Perhaps, this could be bi-weekly and if not available in person, utilize emails with agenda items and specific areas of interest …
by | October 30, 2008
I remember my first on-campus interview. I was so nervous I did not know what to say. I wore my roommate's jacket with the piano pin on it. I never played piano and was embarrassed to let the interviewer know that when he asked about it. Fortunately, I was honest and explained that I wanted to look as polished as possible for the interview and had to borrow a jacket.
I see many of you waiting in our lobby for your interviews and can tell you are nervous too (and some of you may be wearing your roommate's jacket). A little stress is a good thing, as long as you use it in a positive way. Prepare for that interview, get a haircut, polish your dress shoes and iron your best or borrowed clothes. So, when the interviewer calls your name, stand up, smile as you approach, and extend your … Read More
October 28, 2008
International students: If an employer asked you the following questions, would you be prepared?Read More
• “When can you start to work?”
• “Are you authorized to work in the U.S.?”
Not only will you be asked these questions by a recruiter, but you may also have to answer them when completing an online application. You should know your employment options so that you can answer these questions with confidence.
If you are currently on F-1 Visa, you can legally work prior to graduation using Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for internships or after graduation using Optional Practical Training (OPT) for career employment. CPT allows students to work as interns prior to graduation – but only for one quarter per year and only if the work is directly related to their major field. OPT allows students to work in their major field for 12 months following graduation. If an employer …
by | October 24, 2008
Here’s what is “off the table” during an interview…Read More
• Salary, benefits, perks, vacation, etc. These are not appropriate questions during the interview stage…asking them might give an employer the wrong impression about you (that money is your only concern, that you are assuming you already have the job, etc.). Once an offer is formally extended, then these topics are up for discussion.
I would also recommend against…
• Asking anything that’s obviously stated on the employer’s website or materials that you have been given in advance about the company. You don’t want to appear ill-prepared by asking what you should already know.
One last tip…
• When asked the question, “Why do you want this job?”—a good answer never includes, “because I want more experience.” Of course you want more experience…who doesn’t?! But this doesn’t sell you at all to a recruiter. When …
October 21, 2008
The interview process is one of the most important aspects of the job search, both for internship, co-op and full time employment candidates. After the resume and initial correspondence, the next impression that you present is in person at an interview. Appearance says a lot about you as a person and as a potential candidate for employment. Presenting a positive image is a key component in face-to-face interaction with recruiters. A well-kept, polished candidate displays confidence, professionalism and ambition to the employer, and shows that you are serious about your job search.Read More
That said, you do not need to spend “big bucks” to look and feel your best. Gently used items work just as well as expensive ones if you look neat, clean, and professional. In the current economy, money is often an issue for students who are trying to make a good impression during an interview. Here is information …