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Mobile Etiquette

The mobile phone…possibly one of the best conveniences created in recent history (some of the time). We can think of many positives for having a mobile device, but the one thing that many of us may forget is our manners when using our phone or tablet. Mobile etiquette is important, but it is probably most critical to observe at work. Here are eight tips when using your mobile device to ensure you are remembering your tech manners.  

  1. Pay attention to other people. Put your phone down when others are talking and really listen to what is being said. What your co-workers are sharing with you may be an important piece of information that you may not want to miss.  
  2. Notice others’ mobile manners. Are other co-workers bringing their phone to meetings, lunch, one-on-one conversations? If you must bring your phone for an emergency, let others know at the beginning … 
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Cocktails with company reps...and other dining etiquette concerns

I’m sure that title got your attention, didn’t it? In this week’s blog, we will cover business dining etiquette, specifically during the interview process. Companies want to hire smart, hardworking, and dedicated new employees.  They also want to hire students with good social skills and etiquette.  A strong GPA or prior work experience may get you an interview, but if you don’t display proper social etiquette, you may not get the job.  To gauge this, companies will often host a lunch or dinner as part of the final interview or site visit. Is this part of the interview? YES! Consider any interaction, including a meal, with company representatives as part of the interview process. Below are my top 5 tips for acing a business meal.

  1. Attire: Many meal invitations will come with an expected attire, but if not, it is acceptable to ask the recruiter.  If … 
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Giving credit, getting credit

You’ve likely had a lot of engineering projects in your entry-level engineering courses. Most of those projects were probably teamwork based. There were smaller individual parts to make the whole project work. You’ve gained valuable, real-world experience that can be transferred into a company setting. When you’re in an interview or even talking to potential employers, how do you talk about these projects? Are the recruiters looking for a team-player or someone who did the whole project? How do you phrase what you did verses what the team did?

The key is honesty. Give credit where credit is due. Employers will be able to tell if you are not telling the whole truth about your role in a project. It may feel awkward to talk about yourself, but the interview is a time where you need to sell yourself to the potential employer. The employer needs to be convinced that you … 

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Strategies for Writing Effective Emails

Do you ever feel like the emails that you send just disappear? The Radicati Group reports that over 205 billion emails per day were sent in the year of 2015. It is estimated that over one-third of the worldwide population will be using email by the end of 2019. Email is a common platform used by most businesses as well as consumers. Why is all of this information interesting to know? It may be challenging to grab a recruiter, company, or individual’s attention with communication through an email.

Wanting to get more replies from recruiters, companies, or classmates? Get to the point. Keep the language simple, but not simplistic. Speak in a positive fashion. Think about your subject line (shrink your subject line message). Ask a question or two.

If you as a student feel that you get bombarded with emails every day, think about a recruiter recruiting at only … 

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Preparing for Your First Conference

Conferences provide great opportunities to network with professionals and learn best practices in your field. In order to set yourself up for the best experience, aim to do most of your work before you leave home.

Set Goals

Plan out what you want to accomplish at the conference. Consider your personal and professional goals, and how they relate to your reasons for attending. Map out a list of the breakout sessions/presentations you would like to attend. Read through the program to get a sense of what topics seems most interesting and relevant to you. Conferences can be overwhelming with the wide range of activities going on, so you should figure out how your time can be spent the most effectively; be sure to leave some breaks throughout the day.

Identify attendees

Review the list of conference attendees to decide which people you'd most like to meet. Consider connecting with them … 

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