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Etiquette & Professionalism
by Caleb Craft | July 29, 2014
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 … Read More
by Laura Little | April 18, 2014
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 … Read More
by Laura Little | March 21, 2014
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 … Read More
by Laura Little | December 20, 2013
It’s December once again, and the holiday season is upon us. Amidst all the fun and festivity, be sure that your New Year’s resolution isn’t to make up for gaffes at the holiday party. In the season of office gift-giving, parties, and karaoke, some common sense and a few simple rules can make sure that you can both enjoy yourself and face your co-workers on Monday morning.
1.Know the company culture
Company culture is how the company does things and what expectations are. How does the company celebrate (or not) during the holiday season? What are the gift-giving policies? What level of formality is expected at social gatherings? Some companies will have written policies available, but often asking is your best bet to make sure you’re not the only one with your desk decorated with lights (or vice versa).
2.Be friendly and polite
This is also a time … Read More
by Laura Little | July 31, 2013
So many of your first encounters with a potential employer will be by email or by phone. Don’t let bad habits sink your interview before you even know it’s being offered! Here are some common sense tips on how to make sure that your phone and computer are helping you in your job search!
1. Clean out your email inbox!
If your inbox is at capacity, then anyone sending you a message will have it bounced back to them. Likely, an employer won’t try twice, they’ll just move on to their next candidate. Also, if you have a full inbox, you may miss important messages as they get buried in the mix.
2. Clear your voicemail!
On the same note, make sure that you not only have a professional voicemail message, but that employers can leave a message if they choose. Employers find the canned “This subscriber’s … Read More