Navigating Multiple Offers

Are you considering several options for either your internship or full-time position?  Having the luxury of a selection of offers to choose from can be overwhelming. We want to walk you through tips in learning how to make your best decision.  Important factors can be benefit packages, job descriptions (which initially may have attracted you to the job), job mobility, and work environment.  Keep in mind that whatever decision you make, you will be working that specific job for an extended period of time, so it is critical to make informed decisions in figuring which opportunity is best suited for you to reach your long term goals.

Tip 1: Do some soul searching and dive in deep to the position description and organization as a whole to list what you like best and any red flags.

Other things to consider are:

  • Advancement opportunities
  • Benefit packages
  • Work environment/company culture
  • Training/continuing education opportunities

Tip 2: We recommend organizing your thoughts on paper or in electronic form so you can compare/contrast easily.

Tip 3: Talk with the CCP! The Center for Career Planning is also glad to process any information/decisions with you. Contact us today if you would like to speak with an advisor.

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Perhaps you don’t need to be quite this vigilant, but if you’re currently scouting out an internship or job, make sure to bring your resume to every networking event or interview you have! Don’t have a resume or need to update it? Come into the CCP for a session with one of our career counselors!

Full-Time Job Search Tips for the Anxious Senior

As graduation slowly but surely creeps onto the horizon, seniors may be worried about what they’ll do post-grad. Luckily, it’s not too late to start the job search and figure out where to work! Here are a handful of quick tips to help ensure a productive job search.

  1. As you apply for jobs, document the position, company, and date applied in an excel sheet or Google doc. Making a note of the applications you’ve sent out helps to track your progress and reminds you that you can’t wait forever for one company to get back to you.
  2. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Apply to multiple companies and multiple positions. You don’t want to be without a lead if your dream job falls through. Which leads us to #3…
  3. Your first job may be your dream job, but this is highly unlikely. Don’t take a job in which you have no interest or at a company that will make you miserable, but know that you will have to work your way up wherever you go! You will likely experience several job changes over your lifetime, so no sweat if your first full-time position isn’t your final goal.
  4. Utilize the career center. Did you know we do more than resume reviews? The CCP can help you with anything from a mock job interview to how to use LinkedIn. Take advantage of the center while you’re still on campus and it is easily accessible. (You can also return as an alum for career advice!)
  5. Always thank employers for their time and send a handwritten thank you after an interview. A little thoughtfulness goes a long way!

 

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Why you should attend tomorrow’s fair

Are you looking for an internship or summer job? A great networking opportunity? Are you interested in gaining experience that could potentially lead to a full-time job?

Over 50 employers will be attending the Internships & Summer Jobs fair tomorrow, March 22 from 12-2:30 PM in the DSU Ballroom. Connecting with these organizations will provide you with numerous opportunities to learn options for your summer. Whether you are interested in a human resources internship, working with social media, helping at a summer camp, etc., this fair has something for you!

Here are some tips for how to prepare:

  • Review the Profile Book to know which organizations are attending and the opportunities they offer.
  • Make a list of companies you want to visit.
  • Update and print copies of your resume.
  • Dress in business professional attire.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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