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“Adulting” 101: Considerations for a Working Adult

As you are evaluating job offers the first thing you look at is likely the salary, while the rest is white noise. But I’ll be the first to tell you that the “boring stuff” matters. In fact, your understanding of it will make a difference in your standard of living. As you are learning how to “adult” you probably also have questions about savings, budgeting, taxes, and even living arrangements. Below you will find brief tips and additional adulting resources.

For more on what to look for in a full-time job offer letter, view our past blog here.

Retirement

  • Know your company’s matching policy. The Society for Human Resource Management reports that dollar-for-dollar is now the most common 401(k) match. Be sure to pay attention to the matching formula of your specific company as matching percentages vary.
  • Pay attention to when you are vested (i.e. when you can get … 
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Avoiding Fraudulent Job Opportunities

As you likely know, Engineering Career Services works with a multitude of employers who are looking to hire Ohio State engineering students.  Some of the employers come on campus to do their recruitment.  Other employers prefer to simply post jobs that are specific to our students.  While ECS puts a lot of time and effort into screening the high number of job postings that we receive, there is always a possibility that a fraudulent one could slip through unnoticed.  Additionally, when you are searching on public job boards, you may encounter postings that are not trustworthy.  Below is some advice on warning signs to look out for, so that you know if the job you are about to apply to is legitimate—or not.  Avoid being taken advantage of by using these tips to spot fraudulent job postings.

The ad is poorly written.
If the … 

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Understanding and Using Your Strengths

Say what you want about positive psychology, but recent findings in the field support the idea that happiness fuels success, not the other way around. And who doesn’t strive for success? Since utilizing your strengths contributes to happiness and happiness influences achievement, let’s talk about YOUR strengths!

Knowing your strengths

Taking a values or strengths inventory such as VIA gives you a vocabulary that is useful in effectively articulating your strengths—an invaluable quality in the job search. Since those who are rarely introspective spend little time in self-reflection, tools like VIA offer a path to starting that internal conversation. The VIA survey takes approximately 15 minutes and asks participants 120 questions to get an idea of their character values. Once complete, you receive a report of your individual order of character strengths.  

Understanding your points of strength make you more aware and apt to use them. According to Lavy … 

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What is Nonverbal Communication?

No matter what environment you are in – a job setting, an interview, a networking event; your nonverbal communication is equally as important as what you say.  In fact, I’d argue that it is MORE important.  Take this example:  your supervisor asks you to come in on a Saturday to complete a project, and you say “yes”.  However, you say it with an obvious eye roll.  While you are being agreeable, he will know that you are unhappy with the idea of working on the weekend.  Our gestures often say more than our words and can indicate our true feelings. 

“Nonverbal cues” refers to all communication between people that do not have a direct verbal translation.  Examples of these are body movements and facial expressions.  These nonverbal cues are extremely important in the work place because how others perceive you impacts … 

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Consider a Professional Mentor

Have you ever wondered what your classmates are talking about when they refer to their mentor? Why are they important? And how do you go about finding one?

A mentor could be younger or older than the mentee, but what sets them apart is the mentor's level of experience or depth of knowledge in a particular area or field. A mentorship program is beneficial for personal development as well as professional development. Typically a mentorship program would include a person of less experience and a person of more experience sharing ideas and thoughts over the area of interest.

Aside from building a professional relationship with someone in the workforce, mentorships may provide you with new skills, knowledge, contacts, or even new job opportunities. More than likely, if you find a mentor that is really interested in your professional development, they will become more of a career coach helping you build … 

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