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.).”

Name Tags are here, ya’ll!

As you probably saw during our Twitter/email campaign this summer, the Ohio Union no longer allows stick-on name tags during any event in their facility. For Fisher students, that means we won’t have those sticky name tags available to print anymore. That’s okay, they’re not really environmentally friendly, and we’re Fisher, so let’s step up our game a bit, shall we?

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Look how nice Brutus Buckeye’s name looks when it’s attached to a magnet! Gorgeous.

If you ordered your name tag by the August 21st deadline, stop by our office, 150 Gerlach Hall, and pick yours up! We want to make sure you have yours in time for the Fisher Fall Career Fair, so we have extra staff members on hand to assist you over the next few days.

I mean, look at all these name tags! Seriously.

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It’s the first day of school and you still rule

On behalf of the entire staff in the Office of Career Management, WELCOME (BACK)!!!

Some of you may be new to campus, new to Ohio, new to this country, and I know I speak for everyone at the University when I say, we’re SO happy you’re here!

Isn’t it amazing to be a part of the best college at the best university in the country???? And no, we’re not biased or anything….

As you head to class (hopefully on time) today, take a minute to ponder the energy and enthusiasm you feel today. Today is the brand new start to a brand new year. A clean slate if you will. Let go of everything that held you back last year and charge forward. Come February, when we’re all wondering why in the heck we live in Ohio because there is snow up to our eyeballs, when we all enviably lose our steam, just remember that you made a promise to yourself today to seize the energy you feel and channel it into something that will last longer than the month of August.

And, it certainly doesn’t hurt that Fisher students have this gorgeous view to welcome them today.

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Happy Autumn semester everyone! We look forward to seeing you this year!

Adam’s Progressive Top 10

My internship with Progressive Insurance has come to an end. Through this two-part blogging finale, I will highlight my summer experience through a showcase of the most meaningful moments of my internship.

Research Project

Beginning the highlights is a work assignment that I came across through my own actions. On the first day of my internship, my manager asked me if there were any departments I was interested in outside of mine (Treasury). I mentioned sustainability and was provided with a contact – the business leader in Real Estate. After meeting with him, I was referred to a manager in Engineering, who taught me about how Progressive is conserving its energy use. He inquired to me about assisting him in a research project. This project involved me studying the repair shop industry. At the end of my internship, I created a complete outline of the industry in an organized fashion, and met with the manager to discuss my findings. By expressing my interest in outside areas of my department and pursuing unique opportunities, I differentiated my workflow, and learned something new throughout my research.

Understanding the Stakeholders

In working for a public company, I learned about the important stakeholders, ranging from investors to policyholders to employees to community to environment, in Progressive Corporation. Investors receive transparency from Progressive, which releases its results monthly, as opposed to just quarterly. Understanding the operations of Progressive’s service centers displayed to me the high regard in which it holds its policyholders. I participated in events held by Progressive’s employee resource groups, which are organizations that celebrate each of Progressive’s people. As mentioned earlier, I interacted with the Real Estate department to learn about Progressive’s sustainability initiatives, in which Progressive operates in a way that reduces its impact on the environment and contributes to the community. For a company of such vast size, there are a wide variety of stakeholders, and I learned how Progressive effectively meets the needs of each of these stakeholders.

Here is a picture from my last day with Progressive. I had a fantastic experience!

Here is a picture from my last day with Progressive. I had a fantastic experience!

Insurance Concepts

In addition to GAAP Accounting, insurance companies use Statutory Accounting Principles (SAP), a concept that I have not studied in the classroom. Learning nuances, such as this, from the insurance industry contributed invaluable knowledge to my accounting acumen. Also, I learned key terms such as premium, combined ratio, loss adjustment expense, claim, and more words that are particular to insurance. It was a welcome challenge to apply my knowledge from the classroom to a new territory.

Hosting FMN Session

Every month, Progressive has a Financial Management Network Session, a roundtable discussion that covers a particular business topic. The event involves a video that provides background on the subject matter, and is followed with a guest speaker who has experience regarding the topic of interest. After attending the May session, I volunteered to host the June session. After looking over potential topics, I decided on one that looked at the differences between GAAP vs. IFRS. I was tasked with finding a guest speaker, preparing the agenda for the event, and facilitating the discussion. The event was successful, and I gained confidence in my public speaking and preparation skills. I took a leadership opportunity and worked hard to see it through.

“Healthy U”

Work-life balance is positively emphasized at Progressive, and I was able to experience it firsthand. For example, its “Healthy U” program promotes nutrition and activity. In joining the Progressive Fitness Center, I joined in on the movement. From going on occasional runs with my manager to playing basketball with fellow Progressive people, I realized the value of being a “healthy me”. These activities allowed me to build meaningful relationships with co-workers, and when completed, I was refreshed to get back to work. 

Stay tuned for the rest of Adam’s Progressive Top 10.