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Your First 30 Days on the Job

You worked hard throughout college to keep your grades up, obtain relevant internships/co-ops, and now you’ve landed a great engineering job. CONGRATS!! As you prepare for your first job in the “real world”, there are some very important things to know in regards to being successful on the job. How you act and perform the first month are crucial to a successful career.

Below is a list of tips to help guide you in your first 30 days on the job.

  1. Be punctual:  As a new employee, you should arrive on time (if not early) and leave on time or a little later.  If you take a lunch break, it should be no more than an hour.  You want to establish a reputation as a hard worker, not someone who is consistently late.
  2. Build relationships:  Seek out your coworkers: do not wait for a colleague or manager to … 
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Food for Thought: Dining with Employers

Employers want to hire well-rounded individuals. You may have a great resume and impressive interview answers, lack of social skills and table manners could leave a negative impression that could ultimately cost you a job offer. Company representatives will observe you in less formal situations to see how you would represent the company in future social settings. So, be sure to show enthusiasm, maintain eye contact/good posture, and know the basic rules of dining etiquette!

Before the Meal

In addition to researching the employer, spend some time researching the restaurant to learn about location, parking, menu, etc. Pick out a few meal options on the menu that you might order. Remember- don’t go overboard with price just because someone else is paying! Narrowing down your options ahead of time will allow you to engage in better conversation with the employer.  It can also be practical if you have a dietary restriction … 

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Engineering Career Success Conference (Are You Ready?)

It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over and fall semester is right around the corner. I'm not sure what your summer highlights were, but definitely at the top of my list was the 2014 FIFA World Cup! Even though the U.S. didn’t make it all the way to then end, we had some great games, and I am already looking forward to the 2018 World Cup. It’s crazy to think that four years of preparation and anticipation goes into this one season, but I think that’s what makes it so great!

As the summer wraps up, many of you are heading into you first full-time engineering career search. In a similar fashion, you have spent the last four (or more) years preparing for this season too. Almost 70% of our on-campus interviews take place in the fall and the Engineering Expo will be here before you … 

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Employer on-campus interviewing feedback

As generally the last person to talk to recruiters after they finish a day of on-campus recruiting at ECS, I hear a lot of feedback about our students. Most of it is positive; I often have recruiters tell me how refreshing it is to interview so many great candidates in one day. However, I also hear about it when students don’t exactly meet their expectations. Here are a few of the most common recruiter complaints—and what to do to avoid these mistakes!

  • Wear proper interview attire!

I cannot stress this enough! First impressions are absolutely critical. If not explicitly stated by the interviewer in advance, formal interview attire is expected every time. I’ve had recruiters tell me that a candidate had great credentials but that the casual dress made them reconsider. Formal interview attire may seem a hassle when you are also have class and other activities on the same … 

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Common Greeting Etiquette Mistakes

How you greet someone professionally is one of the most important parts of your job search. Most people know what constitutes good manners in their culture, and very few people deliberately set out to be rude. And while in my position at the front desk of Engineering Career Services I rarely see anyone with overtly bad manners, I do see many opportunities to have better manners. It’s not enough to KNOW what the right thing to do is, you must then DO it.

Many of the slip-ups that I see come from the same source—nervousness. When your adrenaline is high for an interview or any kind of meeting, you can sometimes forget the niceties that will make the best first impression possible. The key to overcoming this is, of course, practice. Practice your professional greetings until they are second nature. Trust me, with a few minor polishes, you can stand … 

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