Site Visit to Sherwin-Williams

On Tuesday, November 11th, a group of 18 students and 2 staff members loaded up onto an OSU bus and headed north for the day. We participated in a corporate site visit for the Sherwin-Williams company.

Here they are, looking super awake at 8:00am on their day off:

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When we first arrived at their headquarters in Downtown Cleveland, we took a few minutes to admire their gorgeous building. It has so much character, and we later learned that each of the countries flag hanging represents over $1.5 million in sales in that particular country. You can find their products in 122 countries currently, but look for them in about 150 countries within the next 5-10 years.

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Inside the office, we were given a tour of the Center of Excellence, which was kind of a mini-museum that discussed the history of the company, how they’re growing (and BOY, are they growing!) and the culture of the company.

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You could definitely tell that Sherwin-Williams is a values-based company. They have immense pride in what they do, and that pride is reflected in each and every employee.

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It was also really interesting to hear about the evolution of the products and services offered by the company, particularly in the last few years. Did you know they are the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States???

This showcase of collectors items was a glimpse into how Sherwin-Williams has been an icon in American culture.

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From the Center, we were treated to lunch (thank you S-W!) where students networked with professionals and each other. Then, we moved into a theater of sorts where our guide, HR Coordinator Desiree Gwynn, had lined up an impressive panel of speakers.

The students were amazed at how many senior-level professionals came to speak with them. The list included Ellen Stephens, VP of Human Resources-Corporate; Susan Keough, VP of Human Resources – Global Supply Chain; Allen Mistysyn, VP – Corporate Controller; and Thomas Liebhardt, Senior VP, Marketing – North America. As you can see, we had a room full of extremely talented, extremely successful individuals, and we hung on every word.

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The other amazing point to note was that for all except one of these folks, they all started out in entry-level roles with the company and worked their way up the ladder. This is an exciting concept, because it shows that not only does Sherwin-Williams have a positive culture that people want to join and stick around, but they promote from within and are committed to the happiness of their employees.

Fun fact: The CEO of Sherwin-Williams, Christopher Connor, is an OSU Alum! GO BUCKS!

Though we wished we could stay longer, at that point, it was time to head back to Columbus. We want to thank Sherwin-Williams, Desiree Gwynn, and the entire team that helped make this day such a success.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sherwin-Williams and their job/internship opportunities, check out their website at http://careers.sherwin-williams.com/jobs/

(Hint: They start posting their summer internships in late February/early March)

2015 Leadership Summit

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Want to stand out for job opportunities? The 2015 Leadership Summit is an annual, all-day experience that seeks to bring together aspiring student leaders from across Ohio State’s campus. This event will allow you the opportunity to uncover your leadership strengths and network.  The itinerary includes a VP of UPS opening speaker, break-out development sessions held by industry professionals and dinner with company recruiters.

The 2015 Leadership Summit will be held at the Ohio Union on January 31st from 1-7 PM.

Deadline to register is December 15th.

Find out more information and register online http://www.osuleadershipsummit.com/student-registration.html!

The Art of Politely Declining a Job Offer

by Sarah Steenrod, Director of Undergraduate Career Consultation & Programs

You’ve finally accepted a job offer – CONGRATULATIONS! It’s time to celebrate!

BUT…before you do so…Hold up!…Wait a minute!

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Take some time to reach out to any employers you have received offers from or if you are choosing to remove yourself from a company’s candidate pool. It’s better to do this sooner rather than later, as it could help another candidate have an opportunity you are no longer interested in.

You might be saying to yourself, this all sounds good, but what is the best way to go about doing so? We thought you might ask, so we went ahead and pulled together some tips:

Pick up the phone. It is likely that a recruiter has gone out of their way to provide you with information and answer any questions you have had throughout the recruiting process. Show them the same respect and personalized approach by reaching out to have a conversation.

Be very appreciative. Declining an offer can be very intimidating to job seekers. Before cutting to the chase, it always helps to lead in to the conversation by showing your appreciation of their time and interest in you.

Avoid the one liner. Whether in an email or over the phone, nothing feels more like a “slap in the face” to a recruiter than when a student sends them a one line message declining the offer.

Be transparent. It can be very helpful for a recruiter to know why you decided to go with another company or opportunity. Students can either feel free to provide some information about their decision making process and why they chose the company they did or be prepared for questions about their decision. Recruiters often have to report back to their team when offers are declined and it can be helpful to have some context. Some factors may be out of their control, such as a geographic or industry preference, but other factors could be within their control, such as offering housing or relocation assistance.

Keep in touch. A company you decline today might be your target five years from now. It’s always good to keep in touch with people you met during the process. Chances are if they liked you well enough to want to hire you, they will have an interest in keeping in touch as professional colleagues.

Remember – It’s a Small World. Recruiters often change companies and they rarely forget when they’ve been burned. They’re human, right? You should be in good shape if you do the right thing, tell the truth, and always say thank you! Not only are you representing yourself, you are representing the Fisher College of Business and The Ohio State University. Feel free to reach out to the Office of Career Management and schedule an appointment if you would like to discuss anything more specific to your situation 292-6024.

Again, congratulations on accepting an employment offer!

 

 

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/