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Job Offers: Evaluation

Benefits Other Than Salary

According to Glassdoor.com, nearly 3 in 5 people report benefits and perks being among their top considerations before accepting a job. Make sure you’re getting the best possible package by researching, asking questions, and discussing the details prior to accepting any position. Below are a few benefits that you should thoroughly review and understand:

Vacation

Some employers may grant all vacation days at the beginning of the year and allow the employee to use them as needed. However, some employers will offer an accrued vacation plan. The accrued plan is set up so that the employee earns a specific number of vacation hours toward their total vacation time per pay period.

Insurance Premium

The amount you pay for your health insurance every pay period. In addition to your premium, you usually have to pay other costs for your health care, such as deductibles and copayments. When shopping for a … 

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Considering Contract Work?

Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource titled “Considering an Opportunity to Work as an Independent Contractor?”

For many individuals, self-employment as an independent contractor can be a rewarding and satisfying career option. As is true with any employment relationship you enter, it is important to understand the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved.

What would my employment status be as an independent contractor?

Independent contractors are self-employed and enter into a contracted agreement to provide services to a client in exchange for an agreed upon fee (lump sum, hourly, weekly, monthly, piecemeal, per assignment, and so forth.). Independent contractors are not placed on an employer’s payroll; instead, the independent contractor typically invoices the client for work performed, and the client pays the independent contractor directly. The client does not withhold federal, state, and local taxes from the payment, and the independent contractor is responsible … 

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6 Signs of Employment Phishing Scams

Chances are you have received a phishing email before. These emails are typically trying to get your private information through the internet. Oftentimes students are targets for theses scams and they might come in the form of a false internship or job opportunity. Here are some ways to recognize a Phishing Scam.

1. Generic sender.

Many times, phishing scams will say they are a real company to get our attention. For students common examples are emails saying they are from a company about a job, problems with student loans, or new/free services. By having companies attached with the email, more people are likely to click on the links. Before you click any link, check the sender! If the person says they are from a company, then they should not be sending from a generic email account.

2. Requests for private information.

A company should never ask for sensitive information over an email. This … 

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Working in the Gig Economy

“Did they say gig economy? What is that?” Despite my millennial status, I had not heard of the “gig economy” until an employer mentioned it in a meeting. As tempting as it was to pretend I knew what that word meant and then Google it later, the look of confusion on my face gave me away. The employer explained that this term is used to describe the high number of independent contractors, or short-term workers, seeking temporary projects or jobs. According to Forbes, “gig” workers represent 34% of the workforce, and will reach 43% by 2020. A Harvard Business Review article reports that approximately 150 million workers left corporate employment and are now independent contractors.

I knew there was a labor market of short-term workers since companies such as Lyft and Airbnb have grown in popularity and provide unique employment opportunities; however, I did not know there was an official term … 

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Making the Move? Resources for a Location Change

When you are open to a variety of locations for your internship, co-op, or full-time search, it expands the opportunities available to you. Moving to a new location is often followed by the excitement of exploring restaurants, shops, and nearby neighborhoods. But prior to your move, it may seem overwhelming as you select housing and familiarize yourself with transportation. While visiting a city prior to moving is the ideal scenario, timing can make doing so difficult or impossible. Here’s how you can learn more about your new city and make the big move easier:

Ask Your Employer

If you are not sure where to start, ask your employer. They may be able to provide you with a list of surrounding neighborhoods and/ or apartments that offer both short and long term housing options. Take into account where your future colleagues work and consider their input on transportation options and commute … 

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