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If I Knew Then What I Know Now

Ever wish you could go back in time and do things over again? We may not be able to do that, but we've got two graduating seniors offering advice about what they would do differently in their career searches.

Liz Neudeck, B.S. Environmental Engineering ‘19

  1. I wish I would have known how important connections are! The majority of people get jobs and internships not from applying as faceless resume online, but from knowing someone or reaching out to someone at the company. Even if it feels nerve-wracking or weird, if there's a job you really want, you have to [visit or reach out to] someone at the company until they recognize you.
  2. Internships are just as important for knowing what you don't want as much as knowing what you do want. Cast your net far and wide, and don't be afraid to take your chances with positions not 100% up your … 
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Deciphering Legal Agreements in Job Offers

Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource titled “Noncompete, Nonsolicitation, Nondisclosure Agreements: What You Need to Know”. 

You got an offer, congratulations! Now it’s time to figure out what you will be agreeing to by signing. Some of the more common legal items in offers are noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements.  

NONCOMPETE AGREEMENTS 

Noncompete agreements limit an individual's ability to perform work in his or her chosen profession for a certain period of time. In this regard, a noncompete restricts former employees from working for competitors or defined groups of competitors in a specific geographic area for a defined time period. Employers require employees to sign noncompete agreements to protect corporate assets, such as trade secrets, proprietary information, and goodwill. 

With regard to temporal and geographic scope, courts look to what is reasonable to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests. In most cases, a two-year … 

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Be in the Know: Employer Policies and Guidelines

Did you know that ECS has a list of policies and guidelines that we expect our employers to follow? The purpose for this is to promote a fair and equitable recruiting experience for our employers AND our students. It’s important for you, as a job seeker, to familiarize yourself with the ECS Recruiting Guidelines/Policies. Understanding the guidelines could possibly help you to negotiate an offer, and knowledge of our policies can help you identify unethical recruiting practices.

Some information worth knowing:

Alcohol Policy: ECS does not condone serving alcohol as part of the recruitment process, and we will not promote such events. As a reminder, we do not recommend that students EVER consume alcohol (even a small glass of wine) when offered, whether during the recruitment process or while on intern/co-op with a company. Read more about dining etiquette concerns HERE.

Co-op and Internship Program Policies: ECS has developed a … 

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Is it OK to Renege on a Job Offer?

Finding a job is not easy. It can be hard to know when the right job offer comes around, especially since companies are working on different timelines. You might receive an offer for one company, knowing that you have final interviews with another company in two weeks. Should you accept an offer as soon as it comes in and keep interviewing? Should you just say "yes" and see if anything better comes along?

The answer to both those questions is an emphatic "no". Accepting a job, only to turn it down later is called reneging. While this might seem harmless, there are far reaching implications of these decisions to the student, the employer, and the university.

1. Poor professional reputation.

Even if a company does not keep a physical list, the recruiter will likely remember a candidate that has reneged. The recruiter would have worked with you and your name … 

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How Job Shadow Helped Lead to Employment: A Student's Perspective

Photo of Eva RezekEva Rezek, B.S. Chemical Engineering, May 2018

Are you looking to do something beneficial over spring break this year? If so, consider signing up for ECS’ Job Shadow Program! It’s a great opportunity to test-drive a career… in ONE day! You can sign up for one event per day (five maximum) over Spring Break (March 11-15). Not only will you learn about the day-in the life of an engineer, but you will also meet company contacts that hire students like you! In fact, many participating employers state that they use this program as a recruiting tool. Below, you’ll find out how Chemical Engineering alum, Eva Rezek’s, job shadow experience helped her with the job search!

Where did you job shadow?

I job shadowed at Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, Ohio in 2017. 

How was the event structured?

Lincoln Electric’s job shadow consisted of various tours of the plant … 

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