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November 10, 2008
Congratulations! - You've received your first job offer and, like most offers of employment, it probably has a deadline attached. When making an offer, most employers will give candidates a date by which they must either accept or decline the offer. While the date you've been given can sometimes seem like it's been chosen at random, there are many different reasons for offer expiration dates and usually the employer has given careful consideration to each one.
Top Reasons for Offer Deadlines -
- Recruiters have a limited number of positions to fill and you were selected to be in their first round of offers. At the same time, they realize that some of their top choices will accept offers from other companies leaving them with positions that still need to be filled - so they need to know early on if you're not interested while there is still time to make …
by | November 7, 2008
The Engineering Career Services office has a lot of great resources...maybe I am biased, but there are various magazines, handouts, student handbooks, etc. -all of which are available to help you with your job search. Student evaluations are also available. In 199 Hitchcock, you will find two large filing cabinets filled with your fellow engineering students' reviews of what it was like to work at their co-op or internship company.
Evaluations can be handy if you are simply trying to learn more about an employer...perhaps you are thinking about applying to a company or you have an upcoming interview. Evaluations are also beneficial after you have a job offer and are deciding whether or not to accept. Finding out what other engineering students thought about working at (insert company name here) will help you make a more informed decision.
"Learning is not … Read More
November 4, 2008
When mid quarter evaluations are sent to students who are on a co-op or internship assignment, 95% of the responses are favorable for the learning experience both technically and professionally. However, there are those instances where students write back to me complaining that there is often “not enough” work to do. The reasons vary: supervisor travels and is very busy to monitor workloads or the project has ended or is at a point where testing is causing delays. Whatever the reason is that you find yourself with little engineering work to do while you’re at your co-op or internship, there are things you can do to improve this situation.Read More
• First, I’d be sure to plan ahead and be sure to have regularly scheduled meeting times with your mentor/supervisor. Perhaps, this could be bi-weekly and if not available in person, utilize emails with agenda items and specific areas of interest …
by | October 30, 2008
I remember my first on-campus interview. I was so nervous I did not know what to say. I wore my roommate's jacket with the piano pin on it. I never played piano and was embarrassed to let the interviewer know that when he asked about it. Fortunately, I was honest and explained that I wanted to look as polished as possible for the interview and had to borrow a jacket.
I see many of you waiting in our lobby for your interviews and can tell you are nervous too (and some of you may be wearing your roommate's jacket). A little stress is a good thing, as long as you use it in a positive way. Prepare for that interview, get a haircut, polish your dress shoes and iron your best or borrowed clothes. So, when the interviewer calls your name, stand up, smile as you approach, and extend your … Read More
October 28, 2008
International students: If an employer asked you the following questions, would you be prepared?Read More
• “When can you start to work?”
• “Are you authorized to work in the U.S.?”
Not only will you be asked these questions by a recruiter, but you may also have to answer them when completing an online application. You should know your employment options so that you can answer these questions with confidence.
If you are currently on F-1 Visa, you can legally work prior to graduation using Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for internships or after graduation using Optional Practical Training (OPT) for career employment. CPT allows students to work as interns prior to graduation – but only for one quarter per year and only if the work is directly related to their major field. OPT allows students to work in their major field for 12 months following graduation. If an employer …