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April 2015

Relocation considerations

Many of us have been there. It’s your senior year, and you’re applying for various jobs, some of which are located right here in Columbus, while others are what seem to be quite far away-or maybe you already have a job offer and are debating the possibility of moving to a new city.

Location of a job is undoubtedly an important part of any decision, but we often tend to make it bigger than it should be. In fact, studies show that those who move away from their “comfort” zone tend to be more successful socially and professionally- whether this means moving geographically or internally within a company. It’s scary, it’s the unknown, and being unfamiliar with a place or role increases your vulnerability.

Here are a few things to consider when weighing your decision (to relocate):

  • Access the NACE Salary Calculator to help you determine how your salary will … 
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Technical interviewing: from an engineering student’s perspective

Technical Interviewing: from an Engineering Student’s Perspective

The technical interview can be a scary hurdle between you and the dream job you’ve always wanted! In order to set yourself up for success, you need to study and know what to expect during the entire interview process. Below you’ll find two OSU engineering students who shared their technical interviewing experience during the internship/job search.

David Finn is graduating in May 2015 with a B.S. in ECE. He recently accepted an offer with Amazon as a Software Development Engineer.

Ria Sugembong graduated in December 2014 with a B.S. in CSE. She is currently working as an Application Developer for JPMorgan Chase.

Based on your experience, at what stage of the interview process did companies conduct technical interviews?

David: I had very different experiences with different companies. With the bigger more technically oriented companies (Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Epic), they would often start … 

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What to expect in an internship or co-op offer letter

For many students, the first time they will ever receive a “real” offer letter will be when they obtain their first engineering internship or co-op.  It is very exciting but can also be a little overwhelming as well.  It’s important to know and understand the information that you can expect in an offer letter from a company.  PLEASE NOTE: ALL Engineering internships should be PAID.  ECS does not encourage students to accept unpaid internships. 

The first thing to know is that just like full-time offers, an internship or co-op offer should be in writing.  Many companies will first give you the good news over the phone, but the offer is not considered “official” until they have sent it in writing.  This is very important to make sure the terms are clear to both parties involved.  If an employer does not give you … 

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What to expect in a full-time job offer letter

Have you recently received a job offer?  If so, congratulations are in order!  If the employer has only made a verbal offer to you so far, you will obviously express appreciation, but equally as important, you will want to get the specifics in writing in the form of an offer letter.  Having the detailed offer in writing is critical to avoid miscommunication and ensuring that both parties are crystal clear on the terms of the agreement.  If the company balks at your request for a written offer, you are well within your rights to be concerned about how diligent they are about handling employment matters.  Still waiting on offers?  Your time will come soon.  No matter where you are in the process, let’s look at what is typically included in a job offer letter.  Note that the items with an asterisks are optional—and may or … 

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