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Plant Trip Seminar Fall 2010






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  • First Year Class started this week. Graduate (maybe 2015) You started 2006, 5, 4??? Advice you would like to offer those first year students???   Information about job search All year process, maybe longer.
  • List of fall seminars
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  • Raffle time

Plant Trip Seminar Fall 2010 Plant Trip Seminar Fall 2010 Presentation Transcript

  • On-Site Company Visit and Overview of Benefits Brought to you by Career Services
  • Tonight’s Special Sponsor
  • Stick Around for the Raffle Hire
    • University and corporate gifts
    • Gift certificates from local merchants
    • A month parking pass for the President’s Lot
  • On-Site Company Visit
    • Sometimes known as:
    • “ The Second Interview”
    • “ The Plant Trip”
  • Purpose of Company Visits
    • Company has more time for
    • in-depth assessment of you.
    • You can decide if this is the right
    • organization and location for you.
  • Preparing For Your Visit
    • Review initial interview notes
    • Review more interview questions
    • Thorough review of employer’s web site
    • Industry/business association publications
    • Alumni or contacts within company
  • Resources For Company Information
    • LinkedIn
    • HuskyLink
    • Wikipedia
    • Manta.com
    • Hoover's Online
  • Additional Resources
    • Fortune 500 biggest U.S. Companies
    • Business Week 100 best small U.S. companies
    • Inc . list of 500 fastest-growing U.S. companies
    • Forbes list of best small companies in America
    • Career Services
    • Faculty & Staff, Family & Friends
  • Understand Travel Arrangements
    • Email is preferred for communication
    • A detailed itinerary
    • Who makes travel / hotel arrangements?
    • Is the company financing your travel?
      • Pre-paid or reimbursed?
      • Keep all receipts!
    • Married? Will your spouse accompany you?
  • Details About The Trip
    • Important details
    • Directions to the company
    • Dates/times and places you are to meet
    • Recommended way to get from airport to hotel
    • or company (shuttle, limo, cab)
    • Expected dress code
    • Required materials you should bring
  • What To Take
    • ID, passport, credit cards, some cash
    • Resumes, transcripts, references, portfolio
    • Appropriate clothing and shoes
    • Professional binder with note pad and pens
    • Briefcase/shoulderbag vs. backpack
  • Arrival and Hotel Details
    • Can use hotel alarm clock & wake up call
    • Set your cell phone alarm
    • Avoid room charges
      • Local calls, room service . . . Movies???
    • Do not bill long distance calls to your room
  • Be Professional, Everywhere
    • You are being evaluated during
    • EVERY part of your trip.
    • Everyone from receptionists, staff assistants
    • to janitors may communicate with your
    • prospective employer if they were
    • negatively or positively impressed.
  • The Interview Day
    • May need to check out of the hotel that morning
    • Don’t trash the hotel room
    • Know how you will get to the facility
    • The day is usually filled with interviews
    • Two types of plant trips:
      • Individual
      • Group visits
  • Individual Interviews
    • Average 3-5 interviews with various people
      • Potential supervisors
      • Department managers
      • VP or plant managers
    • Share what you know about company and yourself
    • Ask appropriate questions
      • Avoid questions about pay, benefits
  • Individual Interviews
    • May be asked the same question many times
      • Remain upbeat and energetic
      • Don’t worry about repeating your answers
    • Dining with the company
      • You are always being evaluated
    Business and Dining Etiquette Dinner: Wednesday, October 20, 5:30 at the MUB
  • Group Interviews
    • Could be as many as 20 – 40 candidates
    • Common in consulting industry
    • Useful to employers to “efficiently” reduce
    • the pool of candidates
    • Teams are selected to complete an exercise,
    • solve a problem
  • Group Interviews
    • May have one-on-one interview time
    • Company will observe your behavior in a group:
      • Who asks questions
      • Who communicates easily with others
      • Who dominates conversations
      • Who hides in the corners
      • Who can lead effectively
  • Testing
    • Technical Skills
    • Psychological Profile
    • Aptitude
    • Drug Testing (hair, urine)
    • Criminal Background Check
  • After The Trip
    • Take good notes for self
    • Write a thank you note to your main contact
    • Send brief notes to others who had significant
    • meetings with you
  • Patience
    • Find out when company plans to make decision
    • No news yet? Contact company after the
    • “ decision date” to inquire about your status
    • as a candidate
  • Congratulations, You Got The Offer!!
    • You do not have to take the first offer
    • You may get a week or more to make decision
    • How to delay a decision
      • Ask for more time
      • Contact Career Services for guidance
    • Consider all your options
    • But, once you accept, avoid reneging
  • Salary and Cost of Living Resources
    • Salary.com
    • Homefair.com
      • Calculates cost of living comparisons between cities
    • Quintcareers.com
      • Lots of information about salary negotiation tips
  • Salary and Cost of Living Resources
    • Michigan Tech Career Services' Salary Information
      • Salary Survey with recent grad data
    • Remember to fill out a job offer form on
    • Career Services' web site: www.career.mtu.edu
  • Overview of Benefits
    • Much to Consider:
    • Can add as much as 30%
    • to the value of your base pay
    • Health Insurance
      • Choice of Plans (HMO or PPO)
      • What will be your contribution
        • Monthly Premiums
        • Co-payments
        • Deductibles
        • Out of Pocket Limits
        • Lifetime Maximums
  • Overview of Benefits
    • Much to Consider:
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Retirement (401K)
      • Your contribution and company’s matching
      • contribution
    • Life Insurance
  • Overview of Benefits
    • Much to Consider:
    • Relocation Expenses
    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Vacation Days/Personal Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Other Miscellaneous “Perks”
    • Visit with Career Services staff for guidance
  • It is Raffle Time! Good luck