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Additional Resources

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It takes a dedicated effort to conduct a good job search.  The searching itself is easy, but the entire process takes time, persistence, and patience.  Without those, your chances of securing employment decrease.  Below are some additional resources to help you find your dream job or career objective.

These resources should help you get started in the right direction and provide plenty of excellent advice to follow.  Should you have questions or need more information, contact us anytime.

SALARY LOOK-UP

Salaries and wages vary widely depending on geography, experience, current economics, and your personal experience and background.  These links will provide some insight.  For best results, use multiple links and resources, not only one.

U.S.D.O.L. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Wage Data
Payscale.com
Adecco Salary Look Up Tool
NACE Salary Calculator
Salary.com

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

As an international student, there are many factors to consider when seeking employment.  The following links will help to explain much of this is greater detail.  Should you need additional clarification, please contact the International Student Services Office.

EMPLOYMENT

Immigration law allows international students to work ON CAMPUS for BGSU up to 20 hours (maximum) per week when classes are in session. Any work or service that graduate students perform as part of their assistantship counts toward the 20 hours per week limit. For example, if the assistantship requires 10 hours of service, you may work an additional 10 hours per week at another job on campus.

GENERAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES
F-1 STUDENTS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY:

From NYC Mayor's Office for Intl. Affairs

WORK AUTHORIZATION:

CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING
OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING (OPT)
ON-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT

HOW-TO VIDEOS

The links below provide some additional tips regarding all aspects of finding a job, professional behavior, careers, etc.  Please click on each subject to reveal the video.

Personal Branding on the web
The Entitlement Creed: You are not Entitled to a job, you must Earn it.
The Elevator Pitch: 6 New Approaches
LinkedIn for Students
more soon...

CORRESPONDENCE

Please use the following templates to help guide you in your professional writing.  Do not copy/paste these verbatim, use them as a guide in creating your own personal message.

Good Afternoon INSERT-NAME-HERE,

Thank you for offering me the INSERT-POSITION-TITLE-HERE position at INSERT-COMPANY-NAME-HERE.  After careful consideration, I gladly accept your offer.

[ADD THIS NEXT LIST OF QUESTIONS ONLY IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REMAINING.
IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO CONFIRM DETAILS IN WRITING.]

I appreciate your efforts in recruiting me and have a few follow-up questions at this time:

  • What is the compensation rate for the position?
  • What is the expected weekly schedule?
  • What benefits will I receive?
  • (Add other questions that pertain to your situation….)


Please contact me with next steps.  I’m looking forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

INSERT-YOUR-NAME-HERE

Good Afternoon INSERT-NAME-HERE,

Thank you for offering me the INSERT-POSITION-TITLE-HERE position at INSERT-COMPANY-NAME-HERE.  After careful consideration, I have decided to decline the offer at this time.

I appreciate your efforts in recruiting me and hope to remain in contact should any future opportunities present themselves.

Sincerely,

INSERT-YOUR-NAME-HERE

Good Afternoon INSERT-NAME-HERE,

Thank you for offering me the INSERT-POSITION-TITLE-HERE position at INSERT-COMPANY-NAME-HERE.  After careful consideration, and selecting from multiple offers, I have decided to accept an offer from another employer.

I appreciate your efforts in recruiting me and hope to remain in contact should any future opportunities present themselves.

Sincerely,

INSERT-YOUR-NAME-HERE

PROFESSIONAL ETIQUITTE

All rules and guidelines formally presented to you by your employer supersede information within this document.
REMEMBER: You are representing yourself and BGSU, please behave appropriately and professionally.

  • This document exists to educate you on professional practices in business and industry, providing you knowledge and skills you will need to succeed when you enter the workforce upon graduation or during a co-op or internship.
  • Request all employment regulations and guidelines, relevant to your position, from your employer in writing, prior to beginning employment.  This will make you aware of their policies.  Be sure to read them.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early and begin work on-time, leave work when approved.
  • If you are going to arrive late for work, notify your employer immediately.
  • Ask permission if a leave is required during normal working hours for personal appointments (doctor/dentist etc.), in lieu of telling the employer when you will be absent.
  • Be sure to listen carefully to others comments, speak in turn and do not interrupt others.
  • Arrive early, do not leave early.  If you arrive at the meeting start time, you’re late.
  • Research meeting topic ahead of time, bring something to write with and take notes.
  • Do not wait to ask questions after the meeting is over.  State your comment or concern during the meeting.

If you have a question, ask for clarification.  Do not proceed with an action assuming you are correct.

VERBAL, PHONE & CELL PHONE  

  • Speak to employers, customers and co-workers politely, professionally and respectfully. 
  • Avoid use of slang, profanity and gossip.
  • When leaving messages to voice mail, always leave your name and contact phone #.
  • Do not text, use apps, or talk on your cell phone while at work.
  • Only use your cell phone during employer-approved time periods.

EMAIL & WRITTEN  

  • Use proper addressing formats, greetings such as Good Afternoon, Sincerely, Thank You, etc.
  • Do not use slang or informal language.  All writing should be formal, professional and polite.
  • Do not use “emoticons” and do not write in all lower-case letters at any time.

COMPUTER, INTERNET & TECHNOLOGY USE

  • Use computer and internet for work-related tasks and functions.  Personal use is never permitted.
  • It is not appropriate to wear earphones/headphones/etc. while listening to music or other media unless you are required or permitted to do so.  
  •  
  • Follow your employer’s dress code. Do not wear inappropriate or unapproved attire.
  • For out of office meetings or events, ask for appropriate dress requirements. These change depending on the event.
  • Guidelines regarding facial hair and good personal hygiene practice should be followed at all times.
  • Ask your employer for all official information regarding compensation, insurance and all other benefits.  Be sure to acquire all information in writing prior to beginning employment.