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5 Tips for Salary Negotiation

For many people, salary negotiation is an intimidating topic.  It’s not something we do every day, it can feel uncomfortable, and we don’t want to be seen as greedy.  While I don’t recommend salary negotiation for everyone (honestly, not everyone’s offer warrants negotiating)…if you do decide to negotiate, take into account my following top five tips.  (Not sure if you should negotiate in the first place?  Check out a previous blog on this topic here.)  

Tip #1:  Avoid pre-offer negotiations.
Ideally you won’t talk money until the offer has been made.  But if you are asked in an online job application or in an interview setting what your salary requirements are, try to avoid naming a figure.  Instead, offer that your “salary is negotiable”, that you “anticipate being paid the market rate”, or that you would “consider a reasonable offer based on (your) … 

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How will you choose to spend 124,800 minutes?

To all of the seniors graduating...congratulations! While this is an exciting time, you may feel a burden over your head to accept a job right now – even if the job may not really be related to your major or is less than what your degree should be earning financially.

124,800 minutes per year is 40 hours per week for 52 weeks per year--that is a lot to think about. How will you choose to spend it? Assuming that you had experience related to the jobs you’re applying to, your GPA is decent, etc., etc., consider your career long-term and how your first job may impact future opportunities. More than likely, you will be spending more time with individuals at work than people involved in your personal life. It is important that you enjoy what you’re doing. Yes, I understand – not every day is going to be rainbows and … 

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Be There or Be Square—First Year Gear-Up

Are you a first year student eager to get a jump start on your internship/ co-op search? By attending the First Year Gear-Up on December 2nd, 2:30pm – 6:45pm at the Ohio Union you can begin using the benefits of being registered with ECS up to four months earlier than your classmates. The Gear-Up is a free event that gives first year students the chance to complete all registration requirements in one 4-hour event.

How do I register?

You must be registered to attend and registration is free. Detailed instructions will be emailed to qualified first year students on November 2nd. Programming materials and dinner will be provided to those selected to attend and spots are limited.

What will be covered during the Gear-Up?

In addition to an Engineering Co-op and Internship Program (ECIP) overview, you will engage in sessions that cover:

  • Resume: get your resume reviewed by … 
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Hidden Gems on the ECS Website

If you haven’t gotten a chance to explore our website, you may be missing out on some very helpful tools. In addition to displaying upcoming events, tips for success on the job, and forms to overcome job search challenges—our website offers these hidden gems:

  • Hiring Employers: An annual breakdown of reported employment by major. This allows you to select your major and discover companies that have hired Ohio State graduates for co-op/ internships and full-time employment by degree level. Use this tool to research companies and find who hires Ohio State engineering talent.
  • Wages and Salaries: Reported co-op/ internship hourly wages and full-time salary data separated by year. Utilize this information as you are comparing offers and determining the market value. Full-time and advanced degree candidates, research the average wage for a candidate with your experience using this calculator to answer the “desired salary” question with an appropriate range.
  • Job … 
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Resource Spotlight: ECS Diversity Guides

Did you know that last year, ECS created a new section on our website and accompanying resource guides in CareerEngine for diverse student populations? We are committed to providing job search assistance to all of our students and recognize that everyone’s needs are not the same. 

There is a unique landing page on the ECS website and guides in the Document Library of CareerEngine for the following groups: international students, LGBTQ students, minorities in engineering, students with disabilities, women in engineering, and veterans.  Because each student has a unique background and set of qualifications to offer potential employers, not everyone will have the same path to obtaining employment.  We are here to support each and every engineering student through their job search process.

Below are some highlights of the diversity pages:

  • Disclosure: Tips for how/when/why to disclose your situation with an employer. For example, we include a disclosure script … 
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