Sophomores: It’s time to get QUIC!

Let me paint this picture for you….

It’s the day of the Fisher Fall Career Fair, 2015. Your top 3 dream companies, Amazon, L Brands, and Target are all clamoring to speak with you. With your 3.8 GPA, loads of extracurricular involvement, and part-time work experience, any company would be lucky to have you, and to interview you.

But when they inquire about setting up an on-campus interview, you regretfully inform them that you are not ‘QUIC’ and can’t sign up. They frown in disappointment.

Then you say, “It’s okay, you can make an exception for me.

But the recruiter says “Sorry, if you haven’t made the time to spruce up your interviewing skills, we’ll save this spot for other students. Better luck next time.”

Demi_screamDon’t let this happen to you.

Your sophomore year is the perfect time to get QUIC! You have a year of coursework, work experience, and general adulthood under your belt. You have things to talk about now. You can have stimulating, intellectual conversations with adults now. You go, you.

The Office of Career Management recommends conducting your QUIC interview during your sophomore year. How exactly “quick” is QUIC, you ask????

Here, we’ve broken down the QUIC process into 6 simple steps:

STEP 1: Get admitted to your major with the Fisher College of Business.

Applications to a major in Fisher are accepted twice a year by the Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office, September and January, and take up to 3 months to process.

STEP 2: Polish your resume.

There is a lot of good information on resumes on the Office of Career Management website (go to Undergraduate Students and Handouts for the Job Search.) If you would like additional assistance, come to Gerlach 150 and consult with a career coach during walk-in hours, or call (292-6024) to make an appointment with a career consultant. You must bring your final resume to your QUIC interview. Make sure your most current resume is uploaded into FisherConnect.

STEP 3: Register and upload your resume on FisherConnect.

Go to Fisher Career Management website and click on FisherConnect on the left side menu.Go to the Student Login section. Log in using your OSU name.# and your first-time password is your birth month/year (for example, if you were born in July of 1993, your password would be 071993). You may change your Password later, at any time, in your profile.Complete the registration profile and upload your resume. IT IS IMPORTANT TO COMPLETE THIS STEP BEFORE GOING TO STEP #4.

STEP 4: Complete the online modules on CARMEN.

On CARMEN, under “My Courses” under “Special, Business Administration”, click on Career Management: QUIC Modules. There are 5 modules with a quiz at the end of each. When you have completed all five modules [which will take one hour, on average, to complete,] you will have a better understanding of the services we provide, know how the FisherConnect system works, and understand the FisherConnect policies.

STEP 5: Schedule, Prepare for, and Pass a QUIC interview.

You should be able to sign up for a QUIC interview within two weeks. You will schedule your QUIC interview through FisherConnect. When you sign up for the interview, a company name will be assigned to the schedule. You will be expected to research the company. QUIC interviews will be 1 hour long, and will be conducted by a staff member of the Career Management team. More information on preparing for QUIC interviews is provided in Module 5 on Carmen.

STEP 6: Start using FisherConnect to search for a job or internship!

Resume submission deadlines for on-campus interviews typically end 3 to 4 weeks before the interviews. There is no on-campus recruiting during Summer term. Again, please see the modules for further details on using FisherConnect to your advantage.

Good Luck!

Reneging on job offers (Don’t do it)

Reneging on job offers is often a touchy subject—but nevertheless it’s a topic that business students are often confused about. What does reneging even mean?

Renege (definition): To go back on a promise, undertaking or contract

Synonyms: default on, fail to honor, go back on, break, back out of, withdraw from, retreat from, etc.

Sounds pretty serious, right? It is. As a Fisher business student, you will be developing a lot of relationships with peers, faculty, staff, and employer representatives. Along the way you will start to develop your “personal brand”—the unique set of characteristics that distinguish you from other job seekers. One of the characteristics of successful business people is having integrity. Loyalty, reliability, and honesty are all hallmarks of some of the most successful leaders in the world. If you want to start you career off on the right foot by gaining the respect of employers, reneging on a job offer is a situation you do not want to find yourself in.

It is very important that as you begin your internship or full-time job search, you manage your offers professionally. A verbal or written acceptance of an offer of employment is considered a commitment. It is never permissible to accept a job offer (either verbal or written) and later decline. This can get you into serious trouble! Not only will you lose the respect of the company, but you are harming your reputation (personal brand) as a job candidate.

The best way to prevent the possibility of having to renege on an offer is to always openly communicate with employers about your current job search. If you receive a job offer, but you are still waiting to hear back from other companies, it is almost always appropriate to ask for a deadline extension. Most companies are aware that you are probably looking at other employment opportunities, so they will not be surprised if you ask for more time to decide. If the company truly wants you to work there, they will accommodate your request.

Here is an example situation: Let’s say that you interviewed with Company A on October 12th and Company B on October 15th. Company A is your top choice, and Company B is your second choice. Company B really liked you, and they promptly made you an offer on October 16th and asked for a decision by October 23rd. You still have not heard back from Company A, your first choice, although they told you that you would know by October 27th.  The most appropriate way to handle this situation is to tell Company B about your status. You could say,

“Thank you so much for the offer. I am definitely considering your offer; however, I am currently in the process of interviewing with another company and would like to follow through with their process. I should hear back from them by October 27th. It would really help me to make the best decision if I could have an extension on accepting your offer. Could I have until November 1st to give you my decision?”

Asking for an extension this way accomplishes 2 things:

1) You are being honest and open with the company about your situation, thereby promoting integrity in your relationship with the company

2) If the company agrees to your new deadline, you have given yourself the opportunity to evaluate both job offers, if you receive an offer from Company A

In most cases, the company will agree to your terms. During fall recruiting season, the Office of Career Management encourages all companies to give students an acceptance deadline of November 1st, or four weeks from the time of the offer (whichever date comes later). In the spring, we recommend 2 weeks in order to give students adequate time to truly consider the offer.

Not only does reneging hurt your reputation, but it also can come with some pretty serious consequences! If it is determined that you have reneged on either an internship or career position offer, you will be asked to meet with one of our full-time staff members in Career Management to discuss your situation. Depending on your situation, consequences could include: your writing of a letter of apology, your access to FisherConnect being discontinued, and/or your access to services as an alum being denied.

If you find yourself in a situation with multiple job offers, it would be very helpful to you to meet with a Career Consultant in our office to discuss the offers and how to manage deadlines, so that you can make good decisions and not violate any policies. Simply call our office at 614-292-6024 to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you in any way we can!

For more info, check out this blog about an employer’s perspective when students renege on an offer: http://blog.naceweb.org/2014/08/19/when-a-student-reneges-on-a-job-offer-an-employers-perspective/

 

 

Midterms

It is true. I have officially survived my first ever midterm week. I must admit, it was not easy. Three midterms and a paper, all the while battling a cold, did present a challenge. I survived! 1 midterm week down, only about 27 or so more to go!

Sure, it would be easy to sit and complain about midterms. They are rather difficult and, at the surface, may seem as if they serve no purpose other than grades. At second glance, though, Midterms can actually relate to the professional business world. When looking at Tax Accounting, January-April can be considered their midterm week (or mid-term three months if we are being technical). Midterms require long hours of studying, staying late at the library and missing a workout or two in order to visit with a professor during their office hours. Tax season requires extremely long hours of preparing, many missed family dinners, constant client consultations and very little sleep. That sounds a lot like midterms to me! For other accountants and business professionals, these can also be factors that appear right before big presentations or conferences. The catch is, if you love what you are studying or what you are doing, then these things won’t seem so bad. Don’t get me wrong, everything is hard work. This hard work can be enjoyed if it is for a good cause.

Knowing that I am working towards a diploma from The Ohio State University definitely makes the hard work worthwhile. I am working towards something meaningful. That diploma, along with everything that Ohio State can provide me, is my ticket to my dream.

The next time you are working late hours or pulling an all-nighter because of a big test the next day, think about what those hours and that hard work is helping achieve. A future promotion? A better performance review? An outstanding presentation for the board members? A world class education? Hopefully, that will renew your energy and help put the situation into perspective.

Ch-ch-check me out!

There is nothing more heartbreaking than hearing about a student who loses an amazing career opportunity due to a mistake from their past. It’s important for job seekers to know just how much digging their future employer will do!

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Please keep in mind that some of these “screenings” often times don’t happen until close to the employment start date. If you are concerned about something from your past showing up, talk with the Office of Career Management to determine the best approach for discussing it with a potential employer.

Credit Checks

So, you’ve convinced a company to let you manage millions of their company’s dollars, but you keep forgetting to pay your Old Navy bill…Houston we have a problem! An employer will assume that if you haven’t been fiscally responsible in the past, you likely won’t be in the future. If you have any concern about what might show up on your credit report, meet with Scarlet & Gray Financial http://swc.osu.edu/financial-education-coaching/

Drug Testing

Just like you learned in elementary school, it’s best to “Say Nope to Dope!” It’s plain and simple, if you don’t pass the drug test, you won’t get the job. Keep in mind, taking someone else’s prescription can make you fail a drug test. If you have a drug problem and need some help or resources, please contact: http://swc.osu.edu/alcohol-tobacco-other-drugs/

Background Checks

Employers will ask for your approval to conduct a background check and once they receive it, they utilize a variety of resources to see if there are any causes for concern. Examples include: criminal and civil courts’ records, past employment records (always be honest on employment applications), and driving records (they likely won’t let you drive the company car if you were charged with reckless operation of a vehicle).

The moral of the story is, learn from your mistakes, be honest and transparent, and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do!

~ Sarah

Tips for Negotiating Your Job Offer

Fall recruiting is in full swing here at the Office of Career Management, which means that in the next few months, our talented Fisher students are going to be receiving, evaluating and accepting internship and full-time job offers.

When you receive that first offer, your first thoughts might be along the lines of “Someone wants to pay me actual dollars??? Sure, I’ll take it! Woo hoo! Pizza for everyone, I’m rich!!!!!”

Well, hold your horses there cowboy.

While you will be excited upon an initial verbal offer, it is highly advisable to not accept the opportunity right away. Whether you end up negotiating the offer or not, “stepping back” from the initial offer for a minimum of a few days will allow you to assess the offer and identify any potential issues for negotiation.

Here are some helpful tips for negotiating your job offer:

  • Negotiation discussions do not have to be conducted with the human resources representative who may have signed your letter of offer. Unless the company directs you otherwise, the best person to begin negotiation discussions with is usually the individual who has been the most consistent presence throughout the hiring process. Often, this is the recruiter who interviewed you on campus. If you are unsure of where to begin your negotiation, you can call this recruiter to ask.
  • Negotiation discussions are more effective when conducted in-person versus on the telephone. You should schedule a time to discuss details of the offer in order to have the full attention of the person with whom you are negotiating. Attempting to negotiate through e-mail or letter correspondence is discouraged.
  • Enter any negotiation discussion with a positive, civil, collaborative and appreciative attitude— how you negotiate will often be the first indication of how you conduct business.
  • Negotiation is an exploration of options and not necessarily a win-lose proposition—stick to facts and not personalities or subjective feelings.
  • While negotiation is highly recommended (you do not know what you can get unless you ask), it should not be viewed as required or a sign of weakness should you opt to accept the initial terms of the offer (a high percentage of initial offers are fair and determined by market value and your qualifications).
  • While salary is important, do not get too focused or “hung up” on dollars. Think in terms of the entire salary and benefits package being offered.
  • Have a clear decision in your mind regarding your “bottom lines” (salary and benefits), as well as your areas of most flexibility (salary, vacation time, bonuses, relocation expenses, etc.) prior to beginning a negotiation discussion. Decide if your strategy will be to “walk away” if the negotiation does not meet your bottom line, or if you will retreat prior to making a final decision or beginning a second round of negotiation.
  • While it is common for a company to be interested in your salary history as a possible indication of your salary value in the present, do not let this become a sole indicator or rationale. Some sample responses: “My salary history has followed a steady upward path and I have never failed to receive merit increases.” OR “I was earning $___ in my last position; however, I view this position as different from my last position and my skills and qualifications to be stronger as well.”
  • There will come a point in any negotiation where the company will indicate their “top salary offer.” If this salary figure is still short of your expectation based upon your research and market assessment, and you are still interested in the position, your response could establish other elements of the offer as more negotiable. A sample response to the final salary offer: “Even though the salary is not as high as I had anticipated based upon my research, I am still interested. Can we re-visit the package and see if there is anything here that is negotiable such as…(bonus, relocation expenses, performance review dates, job title, insurance, professional association fees, training schedule, tuition reimbursement, etc.).”