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Job Offers: Evaluation

Determining Your Expected Salary

When preparing for the job search there are so many things to remember: network, apply, interview, etc. One thing that is often left out of preparation strategies is determining your expected salary. By researching the current market and average salaries for your target position, you can determine if an offer is on par with market value. Here are a few resources and strategies to help you uncover your target earning range as you approach your first full-time position.

ECS Salary Data

Engineering Career Services collects employment data, including salary, to maintain ABET accreditation. That data is then stripped of any identifying information and organized to show average, 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile numbers for each major and degree. This information helps determine your degree value as it is accurate for Ohio State engineers.

National Data

Educate to Career keeps a database of national salary information collected from over 50 different … 

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Steer Clear of Fraudulent Employment Scams

Even though you may not be on campus this summer, you are probably still checking your email every once in a while. Unfortunately, there have been occasions where Ohio State email accounts were compromised through a phishing attack and then used to send fraudulent emails to students and staff. We want all of our students to pay attention to these types of emails and use best judgment and discretion when reviewing emails from potential employers.

Below are excerpts from an actual fraudulent email sent from a compromised Ohio State student’s account. There are several things to look for when deciding if an email from an employer is legitimate or not. I will point out of a few of the red flags from this specific email below:

Includes poor grammar, spelling, punctuation, and misinformation.

“My name is (Ohio State Student Name) and I work with the HandShake, and my job is … 

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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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